Parent Peek at the Week

Week of March 23rd, 2020

A bit of a different Parent Peek at the Week!

Although I feel it’s important to continue to communicate with the Kawartha Heights community during these uncertain times, our regular Parent Peek at the Week format didn’t seem right. So for the next few weeks, we’ll change up the look and feel a little bit as we continue to stay in touch and connect.

The past 10 days or so have definitely been surreal. I’m sure in your family, like in mine, there has been a mix of increased connection and anxiety, laughs and tears, new routines and stress. That’s completely understandable as we try to navigate this new unknown world together. While there is so much we don’t know, below are a few items of interest that might help to support you with things we do know......

Please continue to check in with Edsby, Twitter and Instagram as we use these platforms as a way to communicate important information, home learning opportunities and general tips and tricks with you. As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Take care of yourself and each other,

Mrs. Sampson

Keeping in touch with KPR....

Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB has set up a main information page to support families with the every changing information about COVID-19. To access this information please log on to the board's home page, or use this link directly:

Ministry of Education "Learn at Home" Program

On Friday, Premier Doug Ford joined Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education to launch the first phase of Learn at Home and Apprendre à la maison, a new online portal that will provide resources for families so students can continue their education while schools are closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

"As a father myself, I know parents always want the best for their children, and I also know from speaking to parents that many are concerned that their child is going to fall behind while schools are closed during this difficult period," said Premier Ford. "To support families and students, our government has developed a one-stop spot for at-home learning. It doesn't replace school, but offers a great alternative as we approach the end of March Break."

Learn at Home offers all students high-quality, made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French. Elementary resources are designed to help young students learn at home with interactive activities that encourage participation through entertaining and stimulating digital content. High school content was designed with a focus on STEM courses and ensure core competencies and skills are reinforced. The government is also providing access to course content for students who take the initiative to refresh and extend their learning.

"The Learn at Home initiative will help mitigate 'learning loss' during this period of uncertainty," said Minister Lecce. "Our plan will provide interactive teacher-led math supports to keep students learning and empower all students to learn key skills with an emphasis on STEM education, while also arming parents with resources to support them as their kids learn at home."

"By offering new at-home educational resources, the province is further supporting Ontario's families as they help contain the spread of COVID-19," said Christine Elliott, Minister of Health. "Each and every Ontarian has a role to play in flattening the curve. Our government is providing families with the support they need so that they can continue to contribute to our shared goal of protecting the health and wellbeing of all Ontarians, including our young students."

"TVO is proud to be part of this important initiative by the Ministry of Education." said Jennifer Hinshelwood, TVO's Acting Chief Operating Officer. "TVO's suite of digital learning products are designed to engage young minds in learning - a mission that seems doubly important at times like this when many of our traditional learning environments are not accessible."

The at-home activities offered by Learn at Home provide quick and easy access to some of Ontario's best online kindergarten to grade 12 learning resources produced by Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Educators. As part of the government's commitment to planning for every scenario, the province is working closely with education stakeholders to develop a plan for scaling and building additional online learning programs.

"In these uncertain times, we are proud as a public agency to join the Ministry of Education's efforts in supporting families and students," said Eric Minoli, TFO's Chief Operating Officer. "Our online Apprendre à la maison program will help ensure continuity in education for Francophone and Francophile parents. TFO will be offering daily activities which will be accessible at all times on our IDELLO.ORG platform, BOUKILI.CA and our TV channel. TFO will remain a proud partner of all families through a tailored program of fun, high-quality educational activities and content, all of which will be aligned with the curriculum of Ontario."

Why can't we go to school?

Have your children been asking you about the Coronavirus? For all our students, but especially our younger learners, this can be a very confusing time. Children need to understand what's happening in their community and in the world. Here is an excellent, age-appropriate resource to help with these conversations:
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Baking....some great learning opportunities!

Looking for fun at-home Science and math learning? Try a baking project (or any cooking, really). Use cooking as a way to discuss measurement and fractions. Is a quarter of a cup of oil different than a quarter of a cup of sugar? How many quarter cups are needed for one cup? What would that same measurement be in grams?

After you've done all the measuring, then you can think about the chemistry of cooking. At what temperature does butter melt? Or water boil? You and your child can generate hundreds of questions and answers about math and science by the simple act of making cookies.

Then, once those cookies are made, there are all kinds of story problems! If everyone in the family gets an equal number of cookies, how many cookies does each person get? What about the ethical dimensions of cookie-making? Who should get the most? The person who cooks? Who cleans? Who buys the groceries? Or should everyone get an equal amount?

Keeping up routines.....

Did you know....during times of uncertainty, one of the most important things our children need is an expected or anticipated routine throughout their day. While at home over the next while, what might this look like for your family? Below is one example of a daily schedule....
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Just one more thing....

In these times that are so uncertain, when we’re worried about our families, thinking about how all our friends and students are managing, trying to keep our spirits high....don’t forget to enjoy the small pleasures in life. Each year at the Sampson house we have chipmunks in our backyard and it takes me several months to gain the trust of these little creatures. With some extra time over March Break, I finally had the first one eat from my hand today. Enjoy the small gifts that are everywhere!
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