Island Lutheran PreSchool Online Learning March 16-May 22, 2020
On March 16th The teachers of ILP began offering lessons online. We used our private FaceBook page that all the families are members of. We use this page to communicate events at PreSchool while protecting the privacy of the children in our program. We were committed to keeping in touch with all families during the stay at home orders. We held parent zoom get togethers to share fears and frustrations. We surveyed parents to see what support they may need. We called, texted, and mailed letters to families. We celebrated 5 children’s birthdays and welcomed a new baby to the PreSchool family.
We also formed a small group Bible study that meets Monday evenings to discuss Max Lucado’s book, Women of the Bible.
On May 7th we held a JOY Parade and invited Zoara Comfort Dog and HHI Fire and Rescue. We are currently planning an end of the year social distancing picnic for the week of May 18th which is our last week of preschool.
We began sharing daily Bible lessons from our Little Lambs curriculum. Lessons began with Jesus Rides into Jerusalem through Easter to the First Pentecost. Our daily Bible lessons gave us a chance to share the joy of Jesus’s love and salvation. We took this opportunity to pray together and for one another. We also shared children’s messages from Pastor Jeff and recorded
services of ILC.
Ms. Areli provided read alouds and Spanish lessons that continued our Spanish curriculum. Ms. Jacobs, our music teacher, recorded the children’s favorite songs and provided links for the children to watch and continue singing at home. Each night Ms. Deiha read the children a bedtime story. Some parents reported that their child asked for their teacher’s readings first each night.
Two-three times each week we would meet via Zoom and continue reaching the children. We would sing, listen to stories, have show and tell, and present lessons throughout the week. We studied the life cycle of the butterfly, ramps, fine motor practice with crayons, and water investigations.
We created works of art with directed drawings and process art. We investigated lines in our Line Lab during a Zoom call then created works of art using lines with our families.
The children were amazed to still be able to participate in a virtual Easter egg hunt and to discover an egg hidden in their own home! “How did my teacher know the Easter bunny hid this egg in my room?” We celebrated our Moms on Mother’s Day, telling everyone of their amazing superpowers! We held virtual tea parties and superhero trainings through Zoom. Zoom was a great platform to promote the social-emotional development of the children.
Our public Facebook page was used to share the ways our teachers were connecting with families during school closures and social distancing