PDS understands that a shift to distance learning will require our boys and families to make adjustments. At the Hancock Home, we have been doing distance learning for the past three years. Some of you may know that my son, Clay, is an accomplished violinist and a traditional “bricks and mortar” school was not the best plan for him. He started online learning after his Freshman year of high school to allow for travel and practice. Now, he is heading towards graduation from online high school. We have experienced and adjusted a lot through these past years and you can click here to see some of the things we have learned that might help you during this time.
Maintaining a routine and structure for the day is very important for every boy’s success. This routine should begin with a regular bedtime and wake-up each day. Post the schedule in a public place in the home so everyone knows when there is work time and when there is break time. Depending on the age of your son, you will need to engage in check-in time during the school day. If your son has difficulty maintaining focus, please reach out to the teacher for tips and tricks.
We recommend that you create a separate, quiet space in your home for your son to study. The family room sofa with close proximity to a television or your son’s bedroom may not be the optimal place for your son to learn. We recommend that you choose an open area in the family living space (kitchen table, dining room, etc.) to avoid isolating your son and to allow parents/guardians to monitor your son’s learning and screen activity. A room with strong wireless connection will also be important.
Your son’s teachers and the division directors will maintain regular communication with parents. The frequency of the communications will depend on your son’s age, developmental stage, and level of independence. While teachers are available as resources for your son and for you, please keep in mind that our teachers will need to be in regular email communication with all of their families, so we ask that you be mindful when communicating with teachers, strive to be succinct, and focus on the essential. Many of our teachers are also balancing the needs of young family members. We thank you for your patience.
Stay engaged in your sons learning by asking him questions and having him share his thoughts while encouraging his independence so he can take ownership of his own learning. Some productive struggle is essential to learning, so we ask that parents allow their children to grapple with problems and come up with ideas for tackling them. Stepping in too quickly to help solve problems will deprive your son of the opportunity to learn, try new approaches, and gain greater independence and confidence. If your son becomes discouraged and/or overwhelmed by schoolwork, please reach out to your son’s teachers, mentors, or counselor.
We understand with our youngest learners the parents will need to be more actively involved. Our youngest boys will learn best when play turns into learning. Your teachers will continue to provide information and input on how to do this best. Remember, they are experts in harnessing the energy of young boys. If you have a question, please ask.
You will need to help your son with time management. We had to step in to help Clay with this area of online learning. Boys often have difficulty predicting how long something will take to accomplish. You might utilize a timer to help on task behavior. If school is taking too long to accomplish, please communicate with the teachers. We do not want students to feel tethered to the computer/iPad all day long.
As much as possible, we encourage digital free weekends. The boys will have enough time on technology during the week. I encourage you to play family games (we have loved playing Exploding Kittens lately) and take on family projects where everyone can contribute. We all need a break from technology.
If you would like to speak with me, I am available for phone or video conferences. Cheryl Burkart (firstname.lastname@example.org) continues to maintain my calendar. I look forward to being a resource for you during this time of remote learning, and I look forward to being together in person soon.
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Presbyterian Day School’s Toddler Time events are geared towards boys and girls ages 2 to 4. These free educational opportunities are offered a number of times throughout the year, These events and fill up fast so register your kids today.
Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is a private, Christian preschool and elementary school serving boys from 2-years-old through 6th grade for almost 75 years.
With our mission of striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, we take a holistic approach to education, nurturing the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.