Mrs. Hand - Special Education ID Mild
HandML@pwcs.edu

Hello!

Welcome!

Hi everyone! Are you hanging in there? I miss all of you greatly. I hope you are staying safe and enjoying time with family. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email me at HandML@pwcs.edu.

I will be posting daily lessons on Monday's & Wednesday's. They will be posted in a Microsoft Word document under the Files/Documents, and Links tab in the folder labeled Home Lessons.  Click on the one with the appropriate date. Also feel free to explore the websites provided for additional work if you wish. Please note that all work is optional.

We will also  have a weekly Zoom meeting for 30-45 minutes on Tuesdays starting at 10:00am.  I will email you a link to join us the night before.  Parents, please plan to be present and help when needed until your child is comfortable.  Please note that this is also optional.  

If you have any questions, please email me!  Thank you so much for all that you are doing!


Tuesday April 14:
I hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break and enjoyed time with family and stayed safe! Welcome Back :) I will be communicating the majority of our optional assignments from this webpage, and specifically the "Files and Documents" tab to the left of the screen. There will be new documents almost daily. My Office Hours are 12:00-1:30 on Monday's - this is the time we will focus on live, virtual learning (ie. Zoom). I am also available during this time to receive phone calls. I am available daily from 8am-3pm by email as well. The office hours are designated for virtual learning & live communication, and all assignments posted are designed to be completed whenever you and your student are available to do so :) This is not meant to be stressful in any capacity! Please feel free to email me anytime! I miss you all!

Friday April 3: 
Happy National Find a Rainbow day! Maybe you can color a rainbow to celebrate! Next week is Spring Break - so ENJOY the down time with family and stay safe! We will see/talk to you all on Tuesday April 14th! 

Thursday April 2:
Happy National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day! My children and I will definitely be enjoying this yummy treat for lunch today! If you like it, you should too :) Check out the "Files and Documents" tab on this website for today's optional learning assignment suggestions. Have a great day!


Wednesday April 1: 
Happy First Day of April! Its also National Walking Day. I challenge you to take a nice walk with a family member and get some fresh air. Don't forget to use your 5 senses! Check out the "Files and Documents" tab for today's optional home learning assignment suggestions.


Tuesday March 31:
Happy National Crayon Day! If you could be any color crayon, which color would you choose, and why? I would be BLUE, because it is my favorite color, blue sky reminds me of warm Summer days and baseball, and I think it's pretty! :). Don't forget to check out the Files and Documents tab for today's optional assignments.

Monday, March 30: 
Hi everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are staying healthy! This week, I want to direct you to the "Files and Documents" tab to the left of the screen. Please click that link, and you will find a file labeled "Week of March 30-Apr 3 Online Learning". When you click this link, you will see a document I uploaded this morning with some assignments for the day :) Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and grades will not be awarded.


Friday, March 27:
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all made it through your first official week of optional online learning. Its beautiful out today, so try to spend some time outdoors if you can!

Reading- Before listening to "Catching the Moon", talk about dreams with your child. Clarify what the meaning of 'dream' is, and ask them what some of their dreams might be. Ask if they know what they need to do, to make their dreams come true. Then, listen to this story online today, and try to complete the following activities:
https://www.storylineonline.net/books/catching-the-moon-the-story-of-a-young-girls-baseball-dream/

After reading/listening, answer the following questions:
   -Who is the main character?
   -What was the main characters dream?
   -What obstacles/challenges did she face in realizing her dream?
   -How did she overcome these obstacles?
   -Summarize what the story was about.

Math - on the left hand side of this site, click "Files and Documents", then click "Math at Home" for 2 fun word problems for the day. Ask a parent or older sibling for help if you need to :) 

While you're outside getting some sun and fresh air today, think about your 5 senses we learned in Science. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell? What can you touch? Start a journal and make an entry every time you're outside with what senses you used :) 

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND! Talk to you Monday!

Thursday, March 26:
By now, you should have received an email from me outlining the topics we have covered in class since I began in the classroom and some useful resources to help your child at home. If you did not receive an email, please let me know.

A few suggestions for today's learning at home:

Weather: Write down what the weather looks/feels like outside. What type of activities would you like to do in this kind of weather? 

Days of the Week: What day is today? What day was yesterday? What day will tomorrow be? 

Math: Lets keep talking about coins. Which coin is worth the least? Which is worth the most? How many coins can you find laying around your house?

Writing: Write a journal entry about your experience at home so far. What do you like about being at home? What do you dislike? Do you miss school? 

Reading: Read a short story/book aloud to your parent or family member. Have them read the book aloud to you and answer important questions such as "What is the book about?" and "Who are the important characters", "Where does the story take place". Read independently for 20-30 minutes. 

Wednesday, March 25: You will receive an email from me in the next couple days, unique to your child, outlining the material students have learned in the past 6 weeks since I began as well as some helpful websites/resources to assist you in their at home learning. Please feel free to email me at any time with questions. 

Here are a few things we do daily in our classroom, that you can work on at home with your child :) 

Days of the Week: "Today is _____"; "Yesterday was ______"; "Tomorrow will be ______". We also discuss the weather every day. Students learned the different seasons and types of weather in each season so they should be familiar. We describe what it feels like (warm, hot, cold, cool) as well as whether it is cloudy, sunny, rainy, windy, or snowy. Ask students to describe what kind of clothes would be appropriate based upon the weather that day. 

Reading: We have been reading the chapter book called Magic Treehouse #2 The Knight at Dawn aloud in class, and discussing important details such as characters & setting. You can pick a book off Raz-Kids or choose one from home. Have your student read the book to you if its on their instructional reading level or read a more difficult one aloud and answer "who, what, when, where, why" questions. Independent reading for 15-20 minutes is also highly encouraged each day.

Writing: Writing will be based on individual abilities. For those who can write paragraph's, supplement your child's reading by encouraging them to write a brief summary on what passage/story they read. They can answer questions such as Who are the characters in the story, where does the story take place, was there a problem in the story and if so, what was it and how was it solved? 

If your child needs to work on handwriting, this is a great time to practice that. They can even practice by writing the days of the week in order with proper spelling and capitalization since we have been working on that. 

Math: Have your child work on identifying coins and bills. Write down what each coin is worth. Once they can do this consistently with no help, have them add multiple coins together and total how much they have. www.Math-aids.com as well as www.mathfactcafe.com are great resources for worksheets. 

For those who are able to do the above, ask your child to add a group of money together. Then ask them to give you a certain amount and count it out, as well as count how much change they have remaining. I can provide money word problems to supplement this if you would like. Just email me.

Socialization: Play a fun game with a family member. Students love Uno! 


Tuesday, March 24: Parents, please look for an email from me by end of the week, with information regarding what Instructional Units have been covered with your child since I started with them in February 2020. Covered in this email will be where your child left off in each subject area and helpful websites to continue supporting their learning. I have included their unique log in for certain websites, as well. Please feel free to contact me if you need additional resources, have questions, etc. I am available by email Monday thru Friday 8am to 3pm. 

*Information regarding IEP's, secondary services, etc are forthcoming from the Virginia Department of Education and information received will be relayed to you as soon as it is passed along to us. 

Please feel free to reach out during this time for additional support, ideas or resources: HandML@pwcs.edu

This link provides a list of educational websites that are available to families for free during the school closures: 

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/parenting/g31677468/education-companies-offering-subscriptions/

See the useful links tab for some ideas, also.

Announcements:
Schools have been officially closed for the remainder of the academic school year :(