Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. TAISM adheres to the guidelines from the Oman Ministry of Education as well as being responsive to the current conditions in Oman. We aim to minimize disruption to students’ learning while moving between learning online, hybrid learning, and face to face learning with students at school. For further information on each form of learning, please refer to the Return to TAISM guide on our school website.
Online learning will take place in synchronous format each day. Therefore, it will be important to set up a learning environment, guidelines, and routines within your home. This environment may include an area for reading, movement, playing, and tabletop activities.
EC2 students will be issued a school I-Pad for use at home.
School-issued iPads are intended for educational purposes. Apps that will be used are preloaded on the device and Seesaw and TAISM mail can be easily accessed. The use of social media applications or non-educational related games are prohibited on the school iPad.
In Early Childhood, we will continue to use Seesaw as our main learning platform for online learning. The class will have its own individualized Seesaw room, specific to the classroom teacher. Additionally, teachers will make use of synchronous video conferencing and the TAISM family Gmail for further communication.
The Early Childhood online learning program will emphasize student-teacher and student-student interaction. These practices will be incorporated to build relationships and support each child in their learning and social-emotional well being. Each morning there will be a live, synchronous, morning meeting from the teacher via videoconferencing. This is when attendance will be taken each day. During the morning meeting, students will engage in an interactive morning circle time routine with their classmates. Following this, there will be learning opportunities offered through either large group, small group, or one on one sessions. The learning will target the Early Childhood curriculum standards through literacy and numeracy activities, play challenges, inquiry projects, music, art, social-emotional learning, and movement for students to engage in.
|Early Childhood 2|
|8:30 AM||Morning Meeting|
|Morning classes (including Library, PE and recess)|
End of the School Day
- All classes will have synchronous daily morning meetings
- Synchronous sessions (in real time) will include whole class activities, small group instruction
Teachers will consistently take notes of your child’s progress as evidence of their learning and to guide their next steps as learners. At the end of the trimester, teachers will determine where your child is at and report on whether they are emerging, approaching, secure, or exceeding the standard in the areas covered thus far in the curriculum. For students who have not been sufficiently engaged a grade of insufficient evidence may be required. Insufficient evidence denotes that the teacher does not have the required information to determine a grade at the time of reporting.
Email is the preferred mode of communication between parents and teachers, should the need arise. Your child’s teachers will be available after 12:30 PM daily to conference with you or answer your emails. Teachers will be able to receive and respond to your questions through your TAISM school Gmail account. Teachers will also share a weekly newsletter highlighting the learning and sharing announcements.
Please inform the teacher and the elementary office when your child is going to be absent from school online. The Elementary School Office phone number is 2459-5180, extension 131. Attendance is taken at 8:40 AM each morning.
As a parent of an Early Childhood student, it is important to recognize that students will benefit from support, guidance, and involvement in the learning online process. Here are some ways that you can help support your child:
- Establish a home learning environment for your child.
- Support your child with videoconferencing for their learning, as there will be adult support required with the technology.
- Interact with Seesaw and support your child with posting their learning activities for the day when requested.
- Allow your child to do the learning, it is expected that fine motor and other activities look like the children’s work. Allow your child to complete the cutting, drawing, fine motor activities, etc. as independently as possible under your supervision.
- Communicate with the teacher if you have questions or concerns.