Perhaps the sounds of picking and strumming have filled your house during this time of distance learning?
Due to COVID-19 concerns, Music/Chorus Teacher, Mr. Wilcox, adjusted his first-semester music curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades, focusing on the ukulele rather than the recorder. Despite the challenges of introducing a new instrument via Zoom, students have learned new skills in each session, working on tuning, holding the ukulele correctly, and strumming. They will soon progress to learning basic chords. Meanwhile, 5th graders continue their work on the ukulele from last year and look forward to starting songs together soon.
As students have the unique opportunity to receive music instruction from their homes, Mr. Wilcox believes that "learning to play the ukulele can be a meaningful family experience." With other schools turning to distance learning and parents working from home, Mr. Wilcox has embraced the idea that parents and siblings can be a part of the learning process. He hopes that family involvement surrounding the ukulele leads to lasting memories. Music certainly has the power to bring joy during this time!
On Monday, March 23, KCS became one of the first schools in Hawaii to adapt a distance learning format in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A distance learning plan was implemented for all grades, from two-year-olds to high school students. While students and teachers may be separated by physical distance, the connection and community found through online learning has provided opportunities for new experiences and growth. Students are utilizing various platforms to facilitate remote learning, including Zoom, Seesaw, Google Classroom, and our student information system, RenWeb/FACTS.
With these new changes, the KCS ‘ohana has demonstrated an amazing resilience. KCS teachers and staff went above and beyond to learn new digital platforms, plan lessons, and research innovative ideas. On the home front, bedrooms have been transformed into classrooms, kitchens into lunchrooms, and garages into spaces for physical education. Many families continue to navigate these unchartered waters of balancing work, household, and educational tasks, all in the same space.
To encourage our ‘ohana and show support for our healthcare heroes, several 5th grade students and their teachers put together a special video during one of their Zoom video meetings last week. They took time to express their appreciation for those serving on the front lines, thanking everyone who has worked tirelessly to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. In their words, “We continue to learn as you continue to fight for all of us.”