IPS Kids Rocking Homeschooling
The second lockdown and homeschooling did not dim the IPS kids’ enthusiasm to learn. The children proved that they are capable of tackling all the online tasks, the weekly plans that their teachers prepared and sometimes the ups and downs of learning at home. Homeschooling cannot be compared to learning at school. The children missed their friends, classmates and teachers. They missed working and playing with them; they missed their learning environment.
In order to bring plenty of interactions to the students, IPS teachers led different activities that challenged the kids. It started with a Snowman challenge in which the whole family had fun in building snowmen, igloos and snow caves. Winter wouldn’t be complete without snowflakes. Our kids displayed their different snowflakes during their art virtual meeting, creating a wonderful screen full of snowflakes. Another activity that our students rocked is the construction of the highest tower made of paper. All grade levels proved their skills by building scaffold towers. IPS kids also rocked the Jerusalem dance challenge. Even the parents accepted this challenge and joined in dancing. There were also Kahoot challenges and Lego challenges that added diversity to our virtual learning. Several winter experiments and learning observations for instance observing the birds and making bird feeders were just few of the tasks and meaningful learning experiences that our IPS kids had accomplished. Through all these activities, we have continued with our curriculum and ensured that the outcomes are being met.
It is amazing to see how the first graders rocked their Zoom meetings with almost complete attendance; and the second, third and fourth graders showed more independence and confidence in using the computers. The Homeschooling attendance had always been remarkable. Before the kids went to their well-deserved winter break, the students received a “Superstar” certificate of recognition for all their efforts.
However, not all these activities would have been possible without our parents’ assistance and hard work. We recognised that it could be challenging for families to keep being informed of the weekly learning plans, Zoom meeting schedules and numerous opportunities to connect with their kids’ teachers online. It is in time like this that we can see how strong the bond between the school and home is. We would like to thank all the parents for their continued support and understanding through this uncertain time. We have proven that we are a good team – the IPS family.
We are all looking forward to having all the kids back into the classroom, where we can go on providing support and challenges for all the students, regardless of the current situation.