Staying true to our school culture of relationships, connection, and community during COVID-19
During this unprecedented time in education across the country, State College Friends School's leadership team and faculty have been finding ways to be true to our school’s Quaker values and our mission while providing emergency school-at-home.
Technology is not usually a big part of our curriculum or school culture by design at Friends School, and suddenly we have become dependent on it to communicate and even teach in some instances. Our teachers are all doing an amazing job exploring creative ways to keep the social/emotional growth alive and engage students in hands-on, even collaborative learning, as much as possible.
We invite you to take a look at some of the ways our teachers and students are working and playing together in Pre-K through 8th grade. Although these are unfamiliar times, we're supporting families with thoughtful care and meaningful resources that reflect the Quaker testimonies we hold dear - simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship.
Morning Meeting Schedule
10:00am - 10:05am: Greetings and Chit Chat
10:05am - 10:30am: Teacher Lead Time (Hello Song, Songs, Books, etc.)
10:30 am - 10:35 am: Breakout Groups (Full Student Interaction)
10:35 am - 10:40 am: Announcements and Goodbyes
Weekly Daytime Schedule
Monday: Teachers Deb and Cindy with our Weekly Science and Math
Tuesday: Teacher Maureen with Language Arts
Wednesday: Teachers Quiana and Maddy with Music and Movement
Thursday: Teacher Carrie with Art and Friends Share!
Friday: Teacher Maureen with Friday’s with Teddy
K/1 Multi-age classrooms
Thoughts on K/1 School at Home - Excerpt from Teacher Letter
. . . In this time of uncertainty, it is most important that School at Home not become a source of frustration or anxiety. Be sure to take time to pause and breathe. Give your children and yourself grace! You are not trying to make your home like a classroom. A K/1 classroom day cannot be replicated at home. . . With all the sudden changes, creating some routines will be helpful for you and your child/ren. You need to put together a routine that’s going to work in your home; and never underestimate play. It is critical to all sorts of learning for young children. Open-ended, exploratory play is a significant part of every classroom day at school and should be at home as well. Here's a suggested framework for a daily schedule. We look forward to our small group Zoom get-togethers with you and your children too.
8:30 Morning Meeting
Breakfast with your family!
Help with preparation and cleanup!
Share a highlight from yesterday.
What are you looking forward to today?
Check if there’s an email message from your teacher.
9:00 Math Number stories, calendar practice, number writing practice, telling time, math games
9:30 Recess Get outside! Take a walk, play in the yard, hop on a bike or scooter, dig in the dirt, create an obstacle course, build a fort…
10:00 Reading and Writing Start with a story! Journal, stories, letters, cards, notes, etc.
11:00 Outdoor Play (Don’t forget to include pets in the fun!)
12:00 Lunch with your family! Help with preparation and cleanup!
12:30 Read Aloud Cuddle up on the couch and read! A great time for a longer book (a chapter or two a day) or a variety of shorter books.
1:00 Explorations Kitchen science, outdoor explorations, baking…
1:30 Invitations/Centers Draw a picture, make some play dough, create art projects from items from the recycling bin and other craft supplies, build with blocks or Legos, dress up and put on a play, put on some music and dance and sing…
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Read much. Play more. Love most of all! We will get through this together, even while we are apart!
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