March 18, 2020
The following resources may be helpful during this time.
Khan Academy provides courses for children ages 2-18. Click here to access Khan Academy's educational content.
Special Education Degrees
Special Education Degrees has a list of engaging, educational websites to use with students who have learning disabilities. Click here to access the Special Education Degrees website.
This website offers free educational content for use with your students. Click here to access MobyMax.
International Children's Digital Library
This website contains digital books from around the world for children to read. You can also read books in Spanish from this website as well. Click here to access the International Children's Digital Library website page.
Students in our Dual Immersion program can use this website to access free Spanish websites for kids. Click here to access the Spanish Playground website.
Spanish for Kids
This website is an additional resource for our Dual Immersion students. It provides Spanish language activities for them. Click here to access Spanish for Kids.
The Spanish Experiment
Another website with online Spanish lessons for our Dual Immersion students. Click here to access The Spanish Experiment.
- Charter Communications: Charter Communications is currently offering free Internet to households with K-2 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. To enroll, call 1-855-243-8892.
- Spectrum Internet Assist: High speed Internet is available through Spectrum's Internet Assist program to qualified households. Click here to learn more about the Spectrum Internet Assist Program.
- EveryoneOn: This program helps bring low-cost internet service to those who need it. Click here to learn more about the EveryoneOn Internet service.
For parents and families
- “How to talk to your kids about coronavirus” article from PBS
- Video: How to talk about COVID-19 with children from the Los Angeles County Office of Education
- Talking to children about COVID-19: A parent resource from the National Association of School Nurses Association and the National Association of School Psychologists
- Just for kids: A comic exploring the new coronavirus article from NPR
- Countering COVID-19 stigma and racism: Tips for parents and caregivers from the National Association of School Psychologists
- Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day! Tip sheets for families, caregivers and early learning educators from the U.S. Department of Education
- Curated lists of media to support home learning from Common Sense Media
- Educational toolkit for at-home learning from the Barbara Bush Foundation for Literacy
- Supporting kids during the COVID-19 crisis: Tips for nurturing and protecting children at home from the Child Mind Institute
No internet required
Parent Activities and Resources
- Have your child choose a feeling from a book. Pick a time that perhaps he/she felt the same way as the character and draw a picture or orally tell a story.
- Draw a picture of the book or favorite part of the book. Make sure there are captions telling what it is about.
- Make a storyboard then a comic strip of the best part of the story.
- Change the ending of the book. Orally retell a new story and make sure the details have facts for the ending solution.
- Have your child choose a character from the story to be his/her friend. Describe why that character was chosen.
- Have your child role play a section of the story and you have to guess what part of the story it is from.
- Use sticky notes as you read. These words will be used in review of vocabulary study. The colors can represent different things such as red means
- NEW WORD and yellow means WORD USED DIFFERENTLY. Good for second grade and up.
- Using plastic magnetic letters, the child spells out the vocabulary word. Good for primary grades.
- Become a Word Detective and write unknown words from the sentences on strips of paper. Next, create a loop, staple or glue together and link the strips together to create a chain.
- This is for first grade and below. If you have labeled the home environment, take 2 minutes a day to “read” the room. Change the location of the labels frequently, for instance “window” should be moved to different window. Add new ones periodically and take down the ones your child has learned, this way you will evaluate if your child has truly learned the word not just the association of the word with the location.
- This is for second grade and up. Practice searching the meaning of a concept on the internet. Ask it as a question. An example, “Why do butterflies migrate?” This is expanding their academic vocabulary understanding of the concept.
- Have your preschool, prekindergarten or kinder locate a picture they like from a magazine, or downloaded from the internet. They can identify objects in the picture, label and write the word with your help. A variation would be to “design” a scene using cutouts from flyers, magazines, catalogs, etc.
- Create a newsletter on an informational topic. Don’t forget heading, subtitles and pictures.
- Write a letter to grandma or grandpa. Don’t forget to use pictures or photographs!
- Use the storyboard pictures for a cartoon series. Check daily newspaper to see how a dialog bubble is written.
- Make sock puppets and dramatize the story your child wrote. (The sock puppets don’t have to be fancy, buttons for eyes, ribbon as hair.)
- Write new poems to match the story your child wrote.
- After your child reads a story, change the ending. The rewriting of the story with a new ending is very creative!
- Take a previous story written and rewrite it adding dialog.
- Create a book from a story your child has written. Draw pictures for the story.