With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our play-based learning environment has taken on a new look. After a two-week spring break, The International Preschools reopened on Monday, March 30th…online! Every day, our Red (2s), Green (3s), Pre-K (4s), and Junior K (4s/5s) Rooms are logging into their technical devices and bringing the IPS curriculum into our (currently socially distant) homes.
Throughout the IPS spring break, the teachers and administration worked hard to gather materials, set up schedules, and most importantly, create curriculum that would bring the familiarity of the IPS classrooms into the homes of our families. Many teachers set up corners of their homes to resemble a classroom, including morning meeting charts, book displays, and photos. Teaching teams and administrative teams alike met virtually to discuss job distribution. Some classes conducted “practice Zoom sessions” to make the transition easier on (re)opening day.
On Monday, March 30th, The International Preschools welcomed back its community with a simple thirty minute session to reconnect with the children. Children and teachers alike were able to practice the Zoom process while catching up on what went on in each other’s lives during the prior two weeks.
In the days that followed, some classes increased their session lengths, while others added on additional Zoom connections. Some IPS virtual classrooms are not only hosting whole group meetings, but also smaller, more intimate gatherings of a few students apiece. The smaller sessions allow for the students to chat and catch up with their teachers, which is incredibly important during this potentially confusing and isolating time for our little ones.
More news on remote learning to come in the following weeks. In the meantime, stay healthy and safe!
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