As a virtual kindergarten teacher, I work very closely with homeschool families. After spending 3 years in this role, I've seen firsthand what works for many students learning at home. Read below for my top tips for home education families! Create a weekly schedule/daily routine Children thrive when they have a routine and know … Continue reading Tips for Homeschooling
Fun at MOSH!
As a virtual teacher, I work very closely with homeschool families. I'm always looking for fun ideas and activities to share with them. MOSH (Museum of Science & History) in my hometown, Jacksonville, FL, is a great example. MOSH offers many exhibits year-round and also has feature exhibits that are temporarily available. My kids and … Continue reading Fun at MOSH!
Building Relationships in the Virtual World
When I first accepted a job with Florida Virtual School as a kindergarten teacher (almost 3 years ago), I thought there was no way I’d be able to make the same connections with my students as I did in a brick-and-mortar school. I don’t see my students every day and my role as their teacher … Continue reading Building Relationships in the Virtual World
Somewhere Over the Rainbow…
... where classrooms are virtual. I know you have heard me say this many times, but just because we are a virtual school doesn’t mean we can’t read awesome books, do science experiments, and HAVE FUN! I’m doing a whole rainbow-themed week with my kiddos, and here are some of the fun things we … Continue reading Somewhere Over the Rainbow…
Frequently Asked Questions
Today on the blog I'm answering the most common questions I receive about my job as a virtual teacher. Have a question I didn't answer? Let me know in the comments! How often do you teach? I teach every Tuesday/Thursday morning from 9:00-11:15. That time is broken up into two, one-hour live lessons. From … Continue reading Frequently Asked Questions
My Journey to the Virtual World
A question I get a lot since I began teaching with Florida Virtual School is, “How did you get into that?” People are very intrigued by the idea of teaching virtually, especially teaching kindergarten virtually. In fact, when I excitedly called my mom after getting the job offer from FLVS, my mom said, “KINDERGARTEN? VIRTUALLY? … Continue reading My Journey to the Virtual World
Class Time is the Best Time
If you’ve never been in a virtual classroom before, it may be hard to picture what it looks like. Today I’m going to share all about Class Time! What is “Class Time”? Class Time is what we call our live lessons with our students. I meet with my students twice a week in our virtual … Continue reading Class Time is the Best Time
Picture Books in the Virtual World
Even though I am not physically with my students, there is nothing I love more than sharing a great picture book with them. But how do I do that? As you may know, I see my students twice a week for our live lessons. This is where the students come to our virtual classroom and … Continue reading Picture Books in the Virtual World
There’s a Headband For That!
As a virtual teacher, my students only see my head for the most part. I’m in a little box on their computer screen (unless they drag it to make it bigger and I’m not sure how I feel about that) and I’m competing with whatever else they may have going on at home: TVs, siblings, … Continue reading There’s a Headband For That!
Little Justice Leaders
I had the wonderful opportunity recently to sample a box from Little Justice Leaders. They are an awesome company that has a box subscription service that contains resources to help children learn about social justice issues. Subscribers get a box each month that focuses on a different social justice issue. Every box has arts and … Continue reading Little Justice Leaders