By Amanda Moses
Over the past school year, the Starrett Early Learning Center (SELC) has been hosting hybrid classes, a first-time endeavor for many educational facilities since the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was an arduous task to create a curriculum for remote and in-person learning, but SELC Director, Tammy Moore and her staff were up to the challenge. Together they provided optimal lessons that helped students meet all of the fundamental building blocks of their education.
“As the director of Starrett Early Learning Center, I am so grateful for the many accomplishments and successes experienced with my staff in the midst of this difficult pandemic. My 3K/4K teaching teams, support staff and I, with admirable compassion and dedication have managed 5 days per week full day in-person learning and remote Learning,” Moore said.
Moore credits each of her instructors as key components to creating another successful year at SELC by drawing connections between in-person and remote classes.
“Every morning students gather for morning meetings whether they are remote or in person. During morning meetings students greet each other, gain insight on the Department of Education’s Unit of Study, share responses to questions asked by the teacher and participate in music and movement activities,” Moore said.
She explained how one of the main focuses for teachers this year was to make sure that the remote students felt like they were valued members of the classroom community even though they were learning from a distance.
“Teachers prepare remote activities for remote learners that reflect the Department of Education’s (DOE) Unit of Study. Some of the units of studies have been: plants, water, the five senses, light, transportation, and more. Parents are working with their children to complete these play-based activities, while in person learners are working with their teachers to complete similar activities. Remote learners submit photos or videos of the work they have completed at home to teachers who then share it with classmates,” Moore said.
Parents of SELC students were also able to take part in a DOE resource that provides additional activities for remote families to do at home, such as math, literacy, social studies, science, art, social emotional and gross motor skills. Also, the DOE launched the Ready 4k, allowing parents to opt into receiving daily text messages that provides fun facts and tips on how to help their child has grown and is learning.
Recently, one of the fun lessons 3K students in Ms. Amy and Ms. Yvette’s classes learned was focused on care through a unit called, “Community Helpers.” The children explored the concept of what it means to care for themselves, others, and the environment.
The instructors shared that the children had a great with this lesson. Each student attended class, whether it was remotely or in-person, showcasing different outfits that represent careers they deemed a “community helper.” Some students wore nurses and doctors’ uniforms, while others dressed as a postal worker and Amazon delivery person.
Photos courtesy of SELC