Kumon of Pleasant Hill Update June 18, 2020
While we wait for a safe time to return to the center, let us keep up with our daily Kumon Study in a structured way so that we do not squander the precious summer days. Instead of a layback summer that we were accustomed to having, this summer is particularly stressful with health risks and social issues. We feel empathy and compassion for all adults and children alike who feel the pain and suffering that is happening. It would be natural to feel down and depressed. Staying active and engaged, albeit in ways different from what we are accustomed to, may help alleviate some of those feelings. Many of you have already reached out to me to have zoom conferences with you and your children. In general, I find that the kids were excited when the regular school year ended, and the first week or two of summer was fun. However, I sense that the kids are starting to feel the monotony of day in and day out being cooped up at home because going out entails being cautious and restrictive. I have been helping many families establish a daily summer structure to take care of themselves while staying in and practicing necessary social/physical distancing. Here’s my simple suggestions that seem to resonate with the families, even the kids find it simple enough to adhere to. Please give it a try:
Start of Day
Good morning, rise and shine
Groom oneself and put on day clothes
Eat breakfast to wake up the belly
Do Kumon homework to wake up the brain
Perform family chores with other family members or exercise together
Middle of the day
Do some more physical exercise to wake up the muscles
Schedule media/electronic time for recreation to under 2 hours per day as agreed upon with parents. One must not allow media/electronic time to be free form as to whenever!
Play with your toys, do fun projects, read some books for fun, chat with others
Evening and end of day
Spend fun time as a family, chat, play games, or watch TV together
Turn off all electronics “one hour” before going to bed to calm your brain so you can sleep well
Good night, sleep tight
Many students have stated that they miss seeing their school friends on Zoom. Starting June 30, Tuesday, Kumon of Pleasant Hill will be transitioning to “Checking in on Zoom” in the mornings (to simulate the above recommendations) once a week, schedule is on the next page. Exchanging worksheets will be once a week, Tuesday or Friday (3:30 to 7:00pm). Some of you may have vacations scheduled, please forward requests for extra work to us as soon as you know by text or email so that we can prepare extra work for you ahead of time.
Communicate with Phyllis regarding any issues, help with worksheet problems, private zoom meetings/conference etc: Text # 925-360-8993 Email: [email protected]
Schedule for Kumon Zoom Classes begins June 30 - Invitations will be Sent the Day Before
Students (organized by last name so that families stay together) will check in 5 minutes before scheduled time for us to let you in. If the zoom time slot, or day to exchange weekly assignments does not work for you, please contact Phyllis to make changes.
Tuesdays: Morning Zoom Sessions for Kumon Homework
09:15 to 10:00 a.m. - Last name starting with A, B, C,D
10:15 to 11:00 a.m. - Last name starting with E, F, G, H
11:15 to 12:00 p.m. - Last name starting with J, K, L
3:30 to 7:00 pm - Exchange worksheets for 1 week (Last names A through L)
Fridays: Morning Zoom Sessions for Kumon Homework
09:15 to 10:00 a.m. - Last name starting with M
10:15 to 11:00 a.m. - Last name starting with N, O, P, Q, R
11:15 to 12:00 p.m. - Last name starting with S,T,W,Y,Z
3:30 to 7:00 pm - Exchange worksheets for 1 week (Last names M through Z)
For once a week exchanges, we will still be helping you at the door with our masks on. Now that there are more people out and about, we will not be leaving work out 24/7 the way we used to for security reasons. Let us know via text or email. My Wednesday afternoons are open for 30 min Zoom conferences. Please click link to make an appointment:
Remember we are a team and communication among members is vital:
Student: does daily work to practice good habits, be organized, be self-aware and study with their heart and mind
Parents: supervise good work habits, grade completed work daily so that your child can make corrections before doing the next day’s work. Please consider this as daily quality time spent with your children.
Instructor: assign individualized daily work that is just right for each student’s current ability. Advise/counsel for your child’s development to be a kind and capable person who can contribute to society...
Thank you all so much for being kind, patient, and persevering during these difficult times!