Resources For At-Home Learning

resources for parents with children in grades prek - 12

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U.S. Department of Education: Parents

Early years and up:  Information includes Early Childhood, Special Education, Reading Resources, and How to Help Your Child to Learn.

American federation of Teachers (aft):

Free Online Resources for Educators, Parents and Students

Library of Congress

Grades 8-12:  The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. Resource can be used by students and is currently free.

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.  You can choose Vimeo or SchoolTube instead of YouTube to view the videos for an ad free experience.

BrainPOP

PreK-5:  BrainPop provides engaging learning games, animated movies, and activities aligned to key ELA skills and knowledge. This resource can be used by both parents and students and is currently being offered for free!

Quill

PreK-12:  Quill provides free writing and grammar activities for middle and high school students. This resource can be used by both parents and teachers to create engaging lessons for students.

Common Sense Media

All Ages:  Tools to help parents and caregivers keep kids focused and learning at home.

Thinkport
Khan Academy
Apps That Act Like Math and Science Tutors for Homework Help
Free Educational Apps, Games, and Websites

Hand-picked, age-appropriate media suggestions to keep the whole family engaged:

Best Music Apps and Games for Kids
50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12
Best Family Movies
Best Documentaries for Kids and Families

Stress-management resources:

Apps, websites, and video games that inspire running, jumping, and more to stay active.

PBS and MPT’s collections for teachers and parents to support kids learning at home:

PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings

PBS Kids Daily

Commonlit

Grades 3-12:  Free access to complex digital texts with differentiated levels and standard aligned, text dependent questions for students. This resource can be used by both parents and teachers.

Actively Learn

PreK - 12:  Comprehensive resources for ELA instruction that allows students to work remotely while teachers check their progress, see what supports they are using, and provide feedback on their writing. They are providing these resources for free for the remainder of the school year. This resource can be used by both parents and teachers.

Curriculum Associates

PreK - 12:  Curriculum Associates provides printable at-home activity packs that are designed to provide students with valuable self-directed exercises and practice during extended absences from school. Each pack is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade. These resources are being offered for free for the remainder of the school year.

Scholastic 

PreK-12:  Scholastic provides targeted solutions for use in every area of the literacy block, featuring a wide range of authentic text and research-based instruction. The wide variety of programs can be used in conjunction with existing materials or together as an integrated literacy framework. This resource can be used by both parents and teachers. They are providing these resources for free for the remainder of the school year.

English Learners (ELs)

PreK - 12:  These sites provide English lessons and games students can do alone or with their parents/family.

Environmental Literacy

PreK - 12: 

Grades K - 8:

Middle School:

High School:

Fine Arts

Grades K - 12:   CREATIVE IDEAS, AND FILE-BASED RESOURCES

  • MSDE Fine Arts: MD-Resources - This depository was created collaboratively by Maryland arts education stakeholders, including Fine Arts Supervisors, arts educators, community arts partners, and professional associations. Please examine the resources to ensure they are appropriate for your intended use.  The resources are sorted by category on three tabs.
     - Online Resources: Hyperlinks to FREE Fine and Performing Arts Online Resources. Examples include virtual field trips, videos of performances, study tools, and online courses.
     - Creative Ideas: Artistic ideas for students and families to explore. Examples include art challenges, family activities, or prompts.
     - File-Based Resources: Files of resources for students, families or educators. Examples include PPTs of self-guided instruction, PDF lesson plans for synchronous learning, printables of asynchronous learning projects, and resource documents.

Gifted and Talented

Grades K-12:  These sites provide many learning opportunities and much information for self- study. Some of the materials are designed or labeled for teachers to use as resources or as lesson plans, but all can also be used by students and their parents/guardians to provide additional enrichment or learning opportunities at home. Guidance may be necessary for younger students.

Health

Grades 7 - 12

  • Kids health in the classroom - all aligned to National Health Education Standards, and based on expert-approved, age-appropriate articles and videos.
  • Scholastic Choices - Empower kids to make positive, real-world decisions related to health, social-emotional learning, and life-skills with Choices magazine.

Mathematics

PreK - 8:

  • Math Game Time - a wide variety of games for many mathematics concepts and skills. Parents can sort the games by grade and by topic. (Student interactive)
  • Bedtime Math - 5 minutes of math fun for your students. Each day presents a fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can participate. Free Bedtime Math App
  • 25 Fun Maths Activities And Games For Kids To Do At Home For Free!  - a variety of free activities and games for your child to do to practice and reinforce their math skills.
  • The Mathematics Shed - activities for students to practice grade level mathematics concepts.
  • NRICH - a variety of tasks, problems, investigations that help students think and practice many mathematical topics. (PreK-5).
  • Archived: Helping Your Child Learn Math: Activities-Math in the Home - website explains how your home is filled with opportunities to explore math with your child. Activities use things you have in your home to learn math concepts.  (PreK - 3).

Physical Education

PreK - 8

PreK - 12:

Additional Resources in the District of Columbia:

Distance Learning

New learning at home videos for K-2 school that run on weekdays from 9:30am to 11am and rerun from 1pm to 2:30pm on the following channels:

WideOpenSchool.org

Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day. Check it out today: wideopenschool.org