BACK-TO-SCHOOL

School Year 2020-21

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CREATING A SPACE TO LEARN AT HOME.

If you are a parent that has decided to keep your child home or is participating in a hybrid schedule of home and school learning for the upcoming school year, creating a space for your child to efficiently learn is crucial to their success.

Watch the video below for basic tips to set your child up for success.

Diggs, ShalomIsrael  "7 - Ways to Feel More Prepared for Pandemic Schooling" Pandemic School Resources. August 17, 2020 https://www.matermea.com/blog/how-to-prepare-for-back-to-school-2020-pandemic-schooling

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AlphaKey Club founder, ShalomIsrael Diggs wrote "7 - Ways to Feel More Prepared for Pandemic Schooling" as part of Matermea's back-to-school series.

Supporting the Black community is crucial and these important how-to and brainstorming conversations are necessary for all caregivers and parents. Join in on the conversation!

Why virtual learning pods?

The right way to learn is the virtual way to learn with a supplemental IN-PERSON learning experience at least once per week depending on your household. This is because where a child may get pushed to the fringe of an over-crowded classroom, one-on-one learning can now focus entirely on the needs of the student.

Virtual learning has been in practice for awhile. The pandemic of 2019-2020 has forced teachers, school and parents to consider the virtual learning platform as a legitimate means of educating children. The issue with virtual learning is that it lacks the social emotional skill building that early learners need to develop healthy social skills and temperament for learning in a social setting. Working, in person, with other children and being engaged in some form of group work (cooperative learning), increases knowledge and develops important skills like communication, teamwork, empathy and delayed gratification. These skills are crucial to building a foundation for academic success throughout a child's life.

So while virtual learning has enabled our communities to stay healthy and save lives, due to the ongoing threat we must look for creative solutions that will help students continue to learn and families in need while remaining as safe as possible.

Schools should create learning pods, but until then individual learning pods are a great start.

Articles & Resources

"Education experts say

fund-raising efforts and “pod scholarships,” however well-meaning, are no solution for millions of low-income parents juggling the educational, child care and economic challenges of the pandemic.

More useful, they say, would be if school districts or city governments created their own version of learning pods, especially for at-risk students or children of essential workers."

Taken from- NY Times

Families Priced Out of Learning Pods - By Abby Goodnough

Published Aug. 14, 2020

Updated Aug. 15, 2020

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