Distance learning can be very overwhelming because it’s something new for our little learners. They have traded in a brightly-colored classroom for a computer screen as a platform to interact with their teacher and classmates. As an educator, there is new technology to learn, and how do you even teach your students over video? It can be super overwhelming and stressful, I know. But the worst part is that it looks like this is going to last for the rest of the school year.
First, take a breath; you can do this. Next, think about what things or activities your students LOVE doing at circle time or small group. Many of those special activities can be done on a video conference but it may just look a bit different. It will be more challenging to keep their attention. You may be nervous because families are watching too. Don’t despair; you CAN do this, and it WILL get easier each time for both you and your students. Check out this post with all FREE distance learning visuals and management tips.
This post is all about ACTIVITIES you can do. Many of them, I’m guessing, you did during your circle time or small group in your real classroom! Now you can do these on a video conference like Zoom or just make a video of yourself doing a circle time (just imagine the students are answering you back).
Before I tell you the list, please remember to still make a mini-lesson plan, even if you sketch it on a Post-It note. This will help you make sure you have your materials next to you so you are well-prepared. Just like regular teaching when we plan with intention, it is higher quality instruction for your students when you are prepared! And teacher friends, you can still use printable games, which are great visuals for our little learners too.
Let’s get to it! I just made the printable images so you can save them to your phone if you would like.
Your lesson plan can be super simple, but please make some plan! You can even print these four to a page.
I hope this list helps as we all switch to teaching remotely and virtually. If you have a tip, trick, or suggestion that you have found to be helpful, please share and tag me in the Pocket of Preschool Facebook Group. We are all in this together friends.
If you want to send home activities for your families to do, check out the links below. You can send these via email or on a secure school site.
If you need management tips, FREEBIES, tricks, and my Zoom tech secrets, click the photo below!
If you are able to make Home Learning Bags, check out this post for ideas!
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