As promised, here’s the Early Years version of the Remote Learning Menu for Literacy that I highlighted in my previous post, found here. Many thanks to the other Literacy Coaches (and Deidre) on my team, who helped me adapt this for an EY context. I am always grateful for their knowledge and expertise.
As I mentioned previously, this menu is designed to create meaningful, asynchronous literacy learning that is anchored in student choice and voice. It provides a daily guide for blocks of literacy time anchored in reading, writing & responding, and word work. It also includes a section for communicating student learning. The menu is adaptable for pretty much all grades and subject areas, you will just need to adjust the reading and viewing resources accordingly. The major change for the EY template was the removal of the viewing section, and the addition of word work. Please note that included in the package is a teacher only page, in which we curate a few word work activities found on seesaw. These curated lists are an approximation of grade level skills. Please factor in your professional judgement when assigning them to your learners.
While there’s a whole variety of contexts in which the EY: RLML could be used in, I built both the EY and MY learning menus with two scenarios in mind. First, a student is required to stay home for a short period of time as they are showing symptoms or awaiting test results. In this situation, the RLML could be emailed to a parent and their learners could either click on the links, or use the QR codes to redirect them the various resources. The second scenario is basically what is currently happening where I live (in Manitoba). Due to increase in cases and community transmission, schools are being placed into “orange mode” and parents in grade K-8 are being offered the opportunity to have their students learn remotely for a perhaps short(ish), indefinite time. Teachers still have students in their physical classrooms and need to juggle having learning in both realms, virtual and real. The RLML could be given to remote learning students as meaningful short term instruction until longer term plans could be made. I think that the RLML could be a longer term plan, but it would really need some support, direction and feedback from a teacher via video conferencing. Also, if used for longer term planning, I’d recommend:
- adjusting the targeted literacy skills to include other strands of ELA such as speaking, listening.
- updating and refreshing the digital resources links.
- developing a RLML around general themes or topics.
I built the RLML using the site Canva. It is a free site, but I bought a pro account for professional reasons. By clicking this link here, you will be redirected to Canva where you can sign up for a free account and be able to completely edit the menu as you wish. I you just want a pdf version, then click here.