If you have a child chances are they are out of school and you out of work for at least the next two weeks possibly more depending on where you live and how things unfold. Different schools and states are approaching this unique situation differently some are using google classroom, some are mailing work home, some are emailing and some may still be figuring out the next step. I decided to make a post about the resources available to parents/guardians/teachers while school is not in session.
Please note: I have tried out some, not all the sites/programs listed below therefore I have limited experience to draw from and do not endorse or condemn any, but considering the current situation I found it important to share . I will put an asterik (*) next to ones I have tried and share my thoughts and experience.
I have not separated teacher from parent resources because right now we are all both those titles. Please feel free to comment with any experience you have had or sites you think might help others.
- www.ixl.com – Individualized math, science and language arts curriculum*
- teacherspayteachers.com – Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell original educational materials.*
- learningally.com – high-quality, human-read audiobooks, Affordable and Educator-Friendly. Learning Ally Audiobook Solution is compatible with PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, Android and iOS devices*
- mysteryscience.com – K-5 science curriculum.
- BrainPOP.com – lesson planning, school to home connection, professional development.
- Kahoot!.com – read-to-play games, play live in class or share student-paced challenges, and dive into game reports to assess learning. Create, play and share fun games with your family and friends for parties, trivia nights and other occasions.
- bookcreator.com – Book Creator can be used in any subject, with any grade level. Book creator helps you focus on assignments that allow the student to get creative and demonstrate their understanding. *
- Bookshare.com – Bookshare makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading.*
- WeVideo.com – Empower students to collaborate and easily create videos, podcasts, slideshows and more.
- MobyMax.com – MobyMax helps struggling learners quickly catch up to grade level and closes learning gaps for all your students.
- Seterra.com – Seterra will challenge you with quizzes about countries, capitals, flags, oceans, lakes and more!
- Typesy.com – The same comprehensive keyboarding curriculum used by top schools nationwide. Very Affordable.*
- Pinterest – A little bit of everything for when you want a break from school stuff.
This is by not a complete list of all the available resources out there and I understand its easy to feel overwhelmed, but if I can offer one piece of advice during this tough time – Have Fun! Laugh with your kids, play games, go outside, cook with your kids, watch movies, create something cool – It doesn’t have to be a full school day at home, do what works for you. This is a learning experience for everyone and no one has it figured out and this is going to be around for a while. Your kids will be ok and so will you.
Like I tell my son every day I drop him off to school – Have fun, learn some stuff, be kind to yourself and those around you.
Sending calming thoughts to everyone.