Distance Learning & COVID-19

“eNinja: A Children’s Book About Virtual Learning Practices for Online Student Success” by Mary Nhin

In this lesson, Ms. Shaw reads the story, “eNinja,” that talks all about how to be a successful distance learner by introducing the 3 P’s of distance learning success: being prepared, polite, and positive (students can print the 3 P’s poster here). This lesson also includes a “mindful moment” called “Words to Yourself” to encourage students to use kind and helpful words and thoughts about themselves as we dive back into the world of distance learning. 

“A Little Spot Learns Online: A Story About Virtual Classroom Expectations” by Diane Alber

In this lesson, Ms. Shaw reads a story about online learning and talks all about things students can do to be successful distance learners. Click here to print a poster from the book to remember the steps to distance learning success. This lesson also involves an activity where students get to compare pretend student scenarios and consider which students are best prepared for distance learning. This lesson also includes a simple “mindful moment” to practice taking deep breaths.

“Focused Ninja” by Mary Nhin

In this lesson, Ms. Shaw talks all about the important skill of focus! Learning about and implementing strategies to help with focus will help students find success in learning from home. In the story, “Focused Ninja,” students learn about the five steps of the F.O.C.U.S. Method: find distractions and eliminate them, organize, choose greens and healthy foods, use exercise to give your brain a boost, and split up large assignments into smaller tasks. You can download a poster of the F.O.C.U.S. Method to display at home here. This lesson also includes a “mindful moment” to help with focus.

“Fix It With Focus: A Story About Ignoring Distractions and Staying on Task” by Bryan Smith

In this lesson, designed for upper elementary students, Ms. Shaw talks more about focus and strategies to help students focus. In the story, “Fix It With Focus,” students learn about the five steps of the Fix It With Focus Method: figure out what your job is, outline the steps, concentrate on your job until it’s complete, use your focus tools, and stop only when the job is finished. You can download a poster of the Fix It With Focus Method to display at home here. Ms. Shaw also introduces the following three focus tools to try: brain/break cycles, fidgets, and calming music. This lesson also includes a “mindful moment” to practice strengthening attention and focus.

 

“A Little Spot Wears a Mask” by Diane Alber

In this lesson, Ms. Shaw reads “A Little Spot Wears a Mask” to talk about why we wear masks and how we can wear them effectively at school. This lesson also includes a very cool art project created by Cassie Stephens called, “Behind My Mask: A Super Kid Self-Portrait“. This is a wonderfully creative art project for children to showcase all of the amazing things about them that their mask hides. Learn how to do this activity here (note the video is very helpful) or print off this template I created to make things a bit easier. Hope you enjoy and mask up, friends! 🙂

“When You Can’t See Me Smile” by Emily Alston

It can be difficult to tell how someone is feeling when they’re wearing a mask. In this lesson, Ms. Shaw reads a story that teaches children what clues to look for to understand how someone is feeling when they’re wearing a mask. These clues include: body language and gestures, what the person says and how they say it, and how the person’s eyes and eyebrows appear. At the end of the lesson, students put this knowledge to practice by looking at masked drawings of people and making smart guesses about how they’re feeling based off the available clues. Students can continue exploring feelings and masks with these fun Emotion Mazes available to print. 

“A Little Spot Stays Home: A Story About Viruses and Safe Distancing” by Diane Alber

This book helps children understand viruses and why remaining home is necessary right now. The story also encourages children to keep a positive outlook by offering strategies to cope with feelings of anxiety and sadness.

“The Breaking News” by Sarah Lynne Reul

This is an empowering story of a young girl whose world is rocked by “breaking news” headlines, which make her feel scared and powerless. She learns, though, that she can feel better by looking for the helpers and finding small ways to help, too.

“The Invisible String” by Patrice Karst

Not being able to see the people we love right now can make us feel sad and lonely. Ms. Shaw reads a book called “The Invisible String” that teaches us that even though we aren’t together in person, we are always connected through our hearts by an invisible string.