Abigail is thriving in her school’s “hybrid” kindergarten program.
She has a few advantages compared to her older siblings, which I mentioned before. First, kindergartners get to go to school in person 4 days per week, instead of just 2 days. Because of that, the teacher doesn’t have to teach in-person and remote students simultaneously. Finally, she was placed with an excellent teacher, Mrs. K. — who was also Elizabeth’s kindergarten teacher!
Yes, the kids have to wear masks. Yes, the classroom setup is odd:
But she’s happy and she’s learning. Even the 3 hours of remote instruction on Wednesday mornings are productive, having been broken thoughtfully into “on screen” and “off screen” time. Sample schedule from this past Wednesday:
- 9:00-9:40 — Gym. Child will need some space to move around.
- 9:40-10:00 — Morning meeting.
- 10:00-10:45 — Off screen time. Have a snack and complete the identity tag from child’s folder.
- 10:50-11:15 — On screen learning time. Child will need a blank piece of paper for a math activity.
- 11:15-11:35 — Off screen time. Watch the Tribute video made by your classmates. Think about a friend or two that you can make a connection with. Draw something you learned about a friend and be ready to tell Mrs. K.
- 11:40-11:55 — Closing meeting.
I’m grateful 🙏 to Mrs. K. for making this work, and for at least one very happy child!