Saint James’ Episcopal School implemented distance learning for preschool 2 through grade 5 on March 16, 2020, and continued until the end of the regularly scheduled academic year. Preschool and elementary teachers prepared take-home packets, virtual classrooms and online lessons. The ability to step right into distance learning allowed our students to continue learning and stay connected to friends, teachers and even the Head of School’s dog Skipper. Meaningful learning experiences continued even during the school building closure:
- Established age-appropriate classrooms/resources for core and Explorations classes, virtual class meetings/read alouds, teacher/student one-on-one meetings, and even virtual parent coffees. Preschoolers participated in circle time, morning meetings, and even show and tell.
- Utilized Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to remain connected and provide enrichment opportunities such as live music class, chapel, yoga and pre-recorded Spanish lessons and sing-alongs, etc.
- Asked families to share with us any photos or videos of students as they were implementing our distance learning plan which we posted on Facebook and Instagram in an effort to maintain our sense of community.
Our distance learning plans relied on the continuing partnership of our dedicated faculty, motivated and engaged students, and committed parents. Just as we differentiate in the physical classroom, we took the same approach with distance learning, knowing every family has different situations and family systems are different. Never before had our ability to work with one another as educators and families been more important. This partnership has been an area of strength at Saint James’ and continued to shine during this unprecedented time.
Other Core Subject Online Resources
These online resources offer core subject enrichment opportunities for all levels and interests.
Becoming a Math Family: (ages 3-6) Website and app to help parents support math learning in young children created by math learning experts at the University of Chicago (who authored the math series used at SJES) and other universities around the country. Here you will find fun and engaging activities you can do with your child to foster math learning.
STEM Fun at Home (Preschool - Grade 5): Free activities from the University of Chicago (who authored the math series used at SJES) to help develop children's STEM thinking and learning during engaging, age-appropriate activities and during everyday interactions.
Brain POP (Grades K through 8): A paid subscription site with some free content available to anyone, such as games and some videos. Lessons begin with a brief animated video and include a wide variety of school- and life-related topics.
IXL (Grades K through 12): An immersive K-12 learning experience that provides comprehensive, standards-aligned content for math, language arts, science, and social studies.
Kahn Academy (Grades K through Adult): Offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
PBS Kids (Grades K - 5):A collection of educational games and videos based on popular PBS shows and characters.
Scholastic: Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing by grade level.
Starfall (Grades Pre-K through 3): Teaches children to read with phonics with a systematic approach, in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL).
Storyline Online: Streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Extend your child's learning opportunities beyond the core subjects. Visit our Exploration sites for enrichment opportunities for preschool 2 through grade 5 students.
Back to School Resources
Use these links to help prepare your child for the upcoming school year: