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  • - Hi everyone, if you're already here

  • for the "Structuring The Day" webinar

  • from Khan Academy kids.

  • Thank you so much for joining.

  • We're going to get started in just a minute

  • when folks have had time to join, thank you.

  • Hi, my name is Sophie

  • and I'm from the Khan Academy Kids team.

  • Thank you so much for joining today

  • for our parent webinar on "Structuring The Day"

  • and how some of the Khan Academy Kids resources and tools

  • and support center can help you keep your days moving

  • with your little ones at home.

  • I wanna take this moment to say thank you so much

  • to our sponsors, Bank of America, Google.org,

  • AT&T and Nevadas for helping us provide this support

  • during school closures, we are so grateful.

  • And I wanna just acknowledge all of you parents

  • carers, grandparents, maybe some teachers

  • who have joined today.

  • You're taking the time to figure out ways

  • that you can make your days

  • maybe a little bit more structured

  • maybe meet some more of your goals

  • and we're so grateful that you're turning to Khan Academy

  • and Khan Academy Kids at this time.

  • I am Sophie Turnbull.

  • I'm from the Khan Academy Kids team

  • and today I'm really excited to be joined

  • by two of my friends and colleagues

  • Vicki Lang and Dan Tieu

  • and they are both on the Khan Academy team.

  • Today our big objective

  • is to make sure you know where to go

  • to find tools to help you structure your day

  • and achieve your goals during this school closure period.

  • We've got a bunch of free resources

  • and we've got our expert Vicky

  • joining to give us some tips and tricks.

  • I think this will be really helpful for parents

  • who are thinking about ways

  • that they can help keep their children learning

  • throughout school closures.

  • We won't cover in detail

  • how to get set up on Khan Academy Kids

  • how to download the app and set up a profile for your child.

  • And we won't cover specific advice for teachers.

  • That is all really important stuff

  • and if you go to the handout that is linked in this webinar

  • you'll see that on the learning objectives page

  • we have linked to the getting started guide

  • and to the teacher guide.

  • And if that's what you're looking for

  • then I'd encourage you to check those resources out.

  • What we will cover is a quick overview

  • of the Khan Academy Kids resources.

  • And then we'll spend most of our time

  • hearing about this idea of structuring our day.

  • And we'll hear from a pro on how to do this.

  • And then we're gonna turn it over to you.

  • I wanna spend at least 10 minutes of today

  • answering your questions

  • and hearing from you about what's on your mind

  • as you try and structure your day with the little ones.

  • Khan Academy Kids is a part of Khan Academy

  • but it's a separate app, it's a mobile app

  • and it was designed particularly for children

  • ages two through seven.

  • Just like Khan Academy, it's completely free.

  • There are no ads, there are no subscriptions in the app.

  • It is a really rich and educational

  • and also entertaining experience

  • for your two to seven year old.

  • It has a range of activities.

  • We built it with head start, so it has a lot of the academic

  • and on academic activities

  • that are really useful for getting your preschooler,

  • kindergarten, first grader, ready to go on

  • and succeed at school.

  • So it includes math and reading.

  • Also things like telling the time

  • and life skills like getting dressed.

  • It has a huge social emotional learning aspect to it.

  • Things like understanding emotions

  • and expressing frustration

  • which I think is really important during this time.

  • And it also encourages children to get up

  • and move around to draw a picture for a friend

  • and get creative.

  • It is so much more than just drilling the hot academics

  • and that's what we hear from parents

  • and that's what they really love.

  • During this time of school closures

  • we have had a think about and we've talked to parents

  • about what they're finding useful

  • and one piece of feedback has been the app is amazing.

  • I'm just really struggling to structure my day.

  • How much time should we spend on Khan Academy Kids

  • verses play time or doing other things that are so important

  • through our day?

  • And how on earth do I get any work done

  • in this mind bogglingly confusing time?

  • And one thing that we have come up with at Khan Academy

  • is a set of schedules

  • that just gives you a recommendation, a guide,

  • a starting point, that educators and parents alike

  • came together and helped to form

  • that says, "Maybe you could structure your day like this."

  • So on this page in your handout

  • you'll see a template for the daily schedules.

  • They're the Khan Academy schedules

  • and they go right from preschool

  • right through to the end of high school.

  • So if you've got a child of any age

  • and you're listening to this webinar

  • that will be helpful for you.

  • We've also included this more guidance link

  • and that is the Khan Academy Kids team

  • has added some very visual and fun schedules

  • specifically for children ages two through seven.

  • And if you're looking for something

  • where you can actually engage

  • and build a schedule with your child

  • then I'd encourage you to have have a look

  • at those extra examples from Khan Academy Kids.

  • And we put these schedules out

  • having heard that they were important

  • but we could not have prepared ourselves for the feedback

  • that we got from parents.

  • One of my favorite quotes

  • is a parent who says, "I just got teary eyed

  • "reading the Khan Academy schedules.

  • "These are fantastic."

  • Parents just saying that it has really helped them

  • to get some degree of normalcy back into their day.

  • And so I really want as many of you all

  • to access these schedules.

  • We'll be sharing the handout

  • and you'll be able to click on those links

  • and check them out.

  • But what I thought would be really important

  • was to acknowledge that they weren't just work

  • as is for everyone.

  • And I wanted to invite my friend at Khan Academy

  • who is an incredible parent and educator

  • and child development specialist.

  • I'll let Vicki tell her story.

  • But I'd love for Vicki to share with you some tips

  • about how you can really use these schedules

  • as one tool that might help you structure your day

  • and some other important things that you can keep in mind

  • as you're doing that.

  • So I'll hand over to Vicki.

  • - Yeah, thanks Sophie.

  • What a wonderful introduction

  • and just wealth of fantastic resources

  • you all have put together at Khan Kids.

  • My six year old loves it, it's so fun.

  • So yeah, I'm gonna talk to you a little bit about

  • the specific schedules that we've put together at Khan Kids.

  • And sort of the bigger principles

  • of like what are some things to think about

  • as you're structuring the day for a young child

  • especially if you are also trying to get work done

  • at the same time?

  • So we're all, I'm living that myself right now.

  • We're all trying to do 1700 things at once.

  • Before I launch into that just a little bit about

  • who's talking to you.

  • I'm a learning scientist at Khan Academy.

  • I help all of the teams understand how learning works

  • and how to design for it.

  • I've been doing learning design for a long time.

  • First as an elementary school teacher and then an ed tech

  • and I am the parent myself.

  • I'm a single parent of a six year old

  • and so I have a lot of practice.

  • She's in kindergarten

  • a lot of practice doing two things at once.

  • And living this currently

  • of her kindergarten being closed.

  • I'm trying to figure out how to structure this day for her

  • while also continuing to try to do my job.

  • So let's look at what some of these key principles are

  • of what we're trying to do

  • on restructuring the day for a kid

  • and why you would wanna put structure on it at all.

  • If we can go to our next slide.

  • Can we go to the next slide?

  • Thanks, well sometimes it freeze up.

  • I know that feeling, that's a terrible feeling.

  • So what we're trying to do

  • the real goal of trying to think through structure

  • is to create a space where kids feel safe

  • and secure so that they can can learn and you can work.

  • Safety and security are good

  • especially in an uncertain time like how we are right now.

  • And then it's also true that kids who feel safe and secure

  • learn better, their brains are more ready to learn

  • and they're also better able to play independently

  • when it's time to play independently

  • so that you can get your work done.

  • So it's kind of a win win all around.

  • And that's gonna help

  • you to be able to get even just a few hours

  • of work done or not if you're not working.

  • Either way, it's still good for the kids

  • to know what to expect throughout the day.

  • And then hopefully by the end of the day

  • we can all go to bed still liking each other

  • and getting along reasonably well by the end of the day

  • even in this stressful time.

  • So the big ideas to keep in mind

  • cause as Sophie said, "Every family is different

  • "and what works for one family

  • "isn't gonna work for another."

  • So I want you to be able to modify

  • the tools that we're providing

  • to work for your specific situation.

  • And as you do that I want you to know what are the big ideas

  • that I wanna keep in mind going forward as I make changes.

  • So first clarity and communication

  • is really helpful for kids.

  • When kids know what to expect

  • and what's expected of them, that helps them feel confident.

  • It helps them feel like they are empowered

  • to act independently

  • and they can trust that it's gonna work out

  • cause they know what's expected of them.

  • When they know what to expect

  • they come to trust the world as a safe and reliable place

  • that they can walk around

  • and then it's gonna be okay in general.

  • So having that clarity of a list

  • of this is what's gonna happen throughout the day

  • and we're gonna stick to this

  • and if it changes I'm gonna talk with you about that

  • and partner with you about that.

  • So that the kiddo is just aware of what's going on for them.

  • That really helps them to feel secure.

  • Connection is also really important.

  • Connection with any trusted adult

  • is an important part of security for kids.

  • They constantly need that connection cup refilled.

  • This is when you start to see attention seeking behaviors

  • and it can be really helpful

  • to reframe them as connection seeking behaviors.