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Learning resources for families

Tips, ideas and links for information, learning & fun

 
General Resources

Here is a list of General Resources that encompass federal departments, medical organizations, and nonprofits that provide guidelines, and resource access.

 

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics is dedicated to the health of all children.
  • The US Department of Education’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
  • The Centers for Disease Control has a portal for parents to help keep your family healthy and safe.
  • The National Catholic Educational Association works with Catholic educations to support ongoing faith formation and the teaching mission of the Catholic Church.
  • The National Association of Independent Schools unites the Independent school community by offering research and analytics, leadership and governance guidance, and professional development opportunities for Independent school and board leaders.
  • The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools occupies a critical role in the charter school movement as a leader in federal education policy and as a prominent voice, determined to improve state charter policy and advocacy.
  • The Southern Association of Independent Schools’ mission is to strengthen member schools by providing high quality accreditation processes, comprehensive professional growth opportunities, and visionary leadership development programs.
  • PBS KIDS is dedicated to offering free access to media content and community-based experiences that support learning for young children.

 

 

Home Study Environment Resources

We all know that your environment is critical to scholastic success. We compiled home study environment articles to assist you in setting up that perfect space.

 

  • Short on space? ConnectionsAcademy helps you create an organized home classroom in a limited space.
  • HGTV always has tips and tricks to set up your personal homework haven.
  • The Spruce has 20 different ideas for creating a homework station for kids and teens, from converting a nook, hallway, or even a landing space to the perfect study area.

 

 

Distance Learning Resources

Distance learning can be a full school day, tutoring, school-while-sick, or multiple other definitions. Here are some distance learning resources we’ve aggregated to help you at home.

 

 

 

Just For Fun

There are endless online recommendations for activities, themes, tutorials, etc that are just plain fun and entertaining. Here are some of our favorites.

 

  • Theme weeks are fun and the options endless: Battle of the Books, Favorite Scientist, Rube Goldberg machines, Scavenger hunts, Game-a-thon, Pirate Week, Fun with Food, Arts & Crafts Week, Around the World, Safari, and more
  • Virtual animal activities: There are so many zoo, aquarium and farm live streams that we couldn't list them all. Some of our favorites:
  • Animal Planet has expanded their educational offerings with full seasons of The Aquarium, Too Cute, and The Zoo
  • Check out Katmai National Park's famous bear cams at Brooks Falls. In the fall, join the voting for Fattest Bear!
  • The world famous San Diego Zoo has 12 live cams to watch the antics of baboons, pandas, penguins and more.
  • We all love Mo Willems, and it’s great that he’s doing daily art activities with his Lunch Doodles!
  • ThisGirlCan has put together Disney Dancealongs for the whole family.
  • We Are Teachers keeps an updated list of favorite childrens’ book authors doing online read-alouds and activities.
  • Virtual Museum Tours can be fun and educational at the same time. The Smithsonian has a great tour of The National Museum of Natural History, while the British Museum has an amazing interactive virtual tour that we can all appreciate.
  • CNN also put together a list of concerts, plays, and other culture you can enjoy from home virtually.

 

Is there anything we missed? If you know of other great resources, please send the link our way and we will add it. This resource page is for you, by you, and will be updated regularly.