School of Grammar – Distance Learning
Welcome to at-home learning. We at ACA are partnering with you to set you up to succeed and for your child to learn and finish this school year well, despite the new challenges we are all facing. Family members are now our co-teachers! Welcome aboard!
ACA Teacher Expectations
- Lesson Plans-Weekly lesson plan will be shared no later than Fridays at 4pm for the next week.
- Virtual Classroom-ACA teachers will set up at least a once a week virtual class. We will be using an app called Google Meet. You can access it through a computer or download it as a mobile app. Although having a Gmail account helps, it is not required to use the app. Homeroom teachers will be setting up the date and times of these virtual classes. Attendance at these sessions will be taken so please make these a priority. Follow up sessions for individual and small group lessons are available upon request. Teachers may also be setting up individual tutoring sessions to ensure mastery of content.
- Communication-If you or your students have a question, teachers are available Monday-Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm to answer questions. You can email or set up a time to virtually meet through Google Meet.
- It is our desire to serve you the best we can and make this situation as user-friendly as possible. Please ask us and let us use our expertise to help you and your student.
At Home Expectations
It is our expectation that the co-teacher is closely supervising the student during home days. Grammar school students need help in understanding and completing their work and most lessons will require the co-teacher’s direct participation and guidance. Although it is a good idea to follow some sort of schedule, home days do not need to follow the order of subjects as listed on the weekly lesson plan. While home days will look different for different families, having a consistent weekly home schedule will help your student to establish routines and expectations and contribute to successful home days. We recommend that more academic tasks and subjects be completed in the morning while students are mentally at their best.
It is important to take small breaks throughout the day, as this will help your student to focus when it becomes part of your daily routine. Go outside. Incorporate physical activity breaks. It will help keep the mind sharp when the energy level is declining.
Fridays are intended to be flex days; you may use this day as needed.
Distance Learning Tips
- Choose a cabinet or shelf that is dedicated to curricula and school supplies.
- Establish home school day routine (Monday-Thursday) and home non-school day routine (e.g. Friday-Sunday)
- Print lesson plans on Friday and check for supplies you may need for the next week.
- Keep up to date with the campus communication -these contain valuable information.
- Home days will typically take more time at first while routines and expectations are being established.
- While some days may take longer than others, a typical home day should not last more than 3 1/2 hours. If it is taking a student longer than that, please contact the homeroom teacher. Beginning and stopping at the same time each day will help to establish more structured home days.
- For families with older students: It is such a blessing to have your children grow and learn together, but it can also be a challenge to get through all the lessons on home days. Having older students read aloud to younger students is a wonderful way to build family bonds.
- Discipline is training that corrects and molds; it perfects the mental faculties and moral character. Establish a co-teacher/student relationship. As a parent, you have been teaching your child since the day he/she was born, but schooling at home will add a new dynamic to the teaching relationship. The co-teacher is the authority and sets the tone for home days. Our first priority is to disciple the student’s heart!
- Define expectations. Explain to the student what is expected of them on home days. This is where a chart of tasks or a schedule can help them see and understand what is required.
- Train toward a goal. There is always a period of adjustment, so showing gracious but consistent correction will help your student’s understanding and obedience as you train them toward diligently completing their lessons.
- Know student’s strengths and weaknesses. Areas of strengths can be used for encouragement and praise. Knowing where your student struggles can help you know when to do extra review. If your student becomes frustrated, it may be a time to take a break and come back to the subject in a better frame of mind.