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Ms. Lois J. Rapp Director for Student Excellence

Ms. Lois J. Rapp

DoDEA Pacific Director for Student Excellence

A Message from the Director

In response to the current health situation presented by COVID19, the Pacific regional leadership team has partnered with DoDEA headquarters to present this parent resource for learning in a remote setting. During this unprecedented time, the DoDEA schools have transitioned to remote learning to support your student in maintaining a strong connection to the school community. While the connection to school is critical for our students, we know that remote learning does not come without challenges. As we continue to navigate the new learning environment, it will be important for you to have resources to lean on as a parent to best support your student’s current school experience. This document serves as one of those resources. Along with the information found below, please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s teachers, counselors or school leadership for help. Thank you for your commitment to your child’s learning and flexibility with remote learning as we navigate this situation together.

Yours in Education,

Lois Rapp,
Director of Student Excellence, Pacific Region

Elementary School Remote Learning Resources


Tips for Remote Learning
  1. Develop a routine and schedule
  2. Provide your student with choices
  3. Encourage dance and movement »
  4. Create a designated space to learn
  5. Engage in hands-on activities
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Ways to help your child in Social Studies

  • Use a world map to identify the different places you have lived and traveled to.
  • Encourage your child to talk about the things they want versus need.
  • Learn about history with your student.
  • Discuss how your student contributes to the family and the community.
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Ways to help your child in Science

  • Encourage children to see science everywhere, be inquisitive and seek out answers.
  • Lead family discussions on science-related topics.
  • Create a science notebook with your student. 
  • Garden or care for plants.
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Ways to help your child in Math

  • Ask your child to explain to you in their own words what they are learning about in their math lessons.
  • Play games involving dice or cards.
  • Bake or cook together.  Let your student help measure ingredients.
  • Incorporate graphs into your exercise routine.
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Ways to help your child in ELA

  • Have your child read independently for 30 minutes every day. Try to find a book series to get them “hooked” on.
  • For early readers, use picture books. Use the pictures to tell a story.
  • Read to your child.
  • Encourage your child to write every day for 10-15 minutes.

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Tips for Social/Emotional Learning

  • Create a schedule for each day; you can use pictures
  • Provide frequent screen time breaks
  • Stay calm, listen, and offer support
  • Ask your child about what they are learning
  • Balance screen activities with hands-on activities
  • For early learners, encourage learning through play

Middle School Remote Learning Resources


Tips for Remote Learning
  1. Develop a routine and schedule
  2. Provide your student with choices
  3. Encourage dance and movement
  4. Create a designated space to learn
  5. Engage in hands-on activities
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Ways to help your child in Social Studies

  • Know what platform your child is using (Google Classroom/ Schoology) and maintain regular contact with classroom teacher.
  • Help your child with organization and time management.
  • Ask your child what they are learning and why?
  • Encourage your child to check work before submitting assignments.
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Ways to help your child in Science

  • Ask questions about what is happening in their environment.
  • Look for patterns in weather, solar system and natural events. Have students come up with predictions based on past patterns and how it relates to Science.
  • Cook at home and discuss the scientific processes (chemical/physical).
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Ways to help your child in Math

  • Ensure your child is actively taking notes during live sessions and  watching instructional videos.
  • Read math problems together with your child.  As you read, ask questions about the problem.  (What do you notice? What is the problem asking you to do? Can you create a picture to represent the problem?
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Ways to help your child in ELA

  • Be a positive role model for reading and writing.
  • Make sure you have (or have access to) lots of reading materials at home for your children.
  • Discuss reading challenges with your child’s teacher immediately.
  • Ask questions to engage your child in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

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Tips for Social/Emotional Learning
  • Establish a daily routine.
  • Stay calm, listen, and offer reassurance.
  • Take time to talk.
  • Monitor television viewing and social media.

High School Remote Learning Resources


Tips for Remote Learning
  1. Develop a routine and schedule
  2. Provide your student with choices
  3. Encourage dance and movement
  4. Create a designated space to learn
  5. Engage in hands-on activities
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Ways to help your child in Social Studies

  • Ask your child what they are learning and “why”.
  • Have your child identify Primary and  Secondary source documents and explain the difference.
  • Children should be able to justify their answers with supporting evidence from valid sources.
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Ways to help your child in Science

  • Ask questions about their environment.
  • Look for patterns in natural events. 
  • Have your child make predictions. 
  • Cook at home and discuss the scientific processes.
  • Read articles about science and engineering. 
  • Talk about the natural phenomena that they see.
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Ways to help your child in Math

  • Ensure your child is actively taking notes during class sessions.
  • Read math problems with your child.  As you read, ask questions about the problem. What is the problem asking you to do?
  • Can you create a graph, picture or use items around the house to represent the situation or problem?
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Ways to help your child in ELA

  • Be a positive role model for reading and writing.
  • Make sure you have (or have access to) lots of reading materials at home for your children.
  • Discuss reading challenges with your child’s teacher immediately.  
  • Ask questions to engage your child in reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

Content Web Links

Tips for Social/Emotional Learning
  • Be a positive role model for reading and writing.
  • Make sure you have (or have access to) lots of reading materials at home for your children.
  • Discuss reading challenges with your child’s teacher immediately.  
  • Ask questions to engage your child in reading, writing, listening and speaking.