Hello SLCA Families,
I am new to St. Leo Catholic Academy and have been teaching here since October 2019. I have a background in administration, design, marketing and website management. I am re-entering the world of teaching and I have to say, it has been a pleasure working with your bright scholars. Your children are ready and eager to learn everyday and that makes my job enjoyable! Here are just a few topics that I have had the pleasure of teaching your children.
For the past few months, students in grades K-5 have been learning coding.
Coding is the ability to read and write a machine language as well as to think computationally. Learning to code develops problem-solving skills, (digital) confidence, and helps young people understand the world around them.
Coding also helps our students visualize abstract concepts, allows them to apply math to real-world- situations, and makes learning math both entertaining and creative! Students who code understand the value of strategy and planning which also results in better writing skills. Here is a video about how coding affects the world around us and how coding can be influential in your child’s life.
LESSONS IN GOOGLE
For the past few months, students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades have been learning the fundamentals of Google tools. These tools have amazing benefits for classroom learning and engagement.
- Google Docs for essay writing and organization
- Google Slides for presentations and animation
- Google Forms for survey and data analysis
Developing these online classroom skills will help our students not only transition into high school, but also into college as we move into a more digitally equipped world. Not to mention, being able to work and save projects on our computers, proves to be environmentally friendly with little to no paper waste in the classroom.
EDUCATIONAL LEARNING WEBSITES
In addition to coding, grades K-5 have also been practicing expanding their math, language, science and typing skills through our weekly exploration of a number of different learning websites. These websites are tailored to help children learn through online games.
I will list below a few that we have been working on that can also be accessed at home. I encourage you to allow your children to explore these websites after they have completed their homework or even on the weekend as a fun way to continue education at home. Some of them even have free apps that you can download on your phone or tablet for learning-on-the-go.