Online Lessons with Littles: Engagement

What, Why, How. These are the three most important questions that we need our youngest students to understand when it comes to their own distance learning. This resource-packed course will provide you with a path forward in engaging your pre-kindergarten through kindergarten students. You will gain tips on maintaining personal connections, building and fostering your students’ social-emotional and cognitive skills, prioritizing family interactions, and using technology to enhance learning. You will also have opportunities to connect with others to share what has worked (and what hasn’t).

In this course, you will:

  • Explore activities that integrate important aspects of play to foster student interactions and connections,
  • Identify ways to create space for family involvement through virtual field trips and meetups,
  • Determine how to use age appropriate technology to enhance instruction and communication with littles, and
  • Discuss strategies you use in your own classroom or what you might incorporate in the future to engage students online.

Online Lessons with Littles: An Overview is strongly recommended as a precursor to this course, but not required.

SCECHs Granted


Who should take this course?


What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

Early Childhood

Course Partner

Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.