As school districts around the United States work on the issue of internet connectivity, how special education services will be delivered and how long schools will be closed for, families are working on providing a stable environment for their children.
- The Department of Education’s COVID-19 web page is dedicated to providing information, statements, and resources about providing services to children with IEPs during school closures related to COVID-19.
- California Department of Education – Resources that Support Distance Learning, Part of the COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools published on March 17, 2020. https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/appendix1.asp
- Understood’s Legal FAQs on Coronavirus, School Closings, and Special Education
Through our Open Classroom, any family can access free daily online lessons, parent guides, and resources.
- This is an open and free community service.
- All you need to start is an email address and zip code or country.
- Open to all K-12 students*
- No enrollment necessary
- Highly-curated, grade-level specific content aligned with CA State Standards
- Credentialed teacher created and supported
- Live classes taught by a credentialed teacher, four days per week.
- Weekly lesson plans with all materials provided
- Parent answer keys and resources
- Teacher guidelines for teachers wishing to adopt Springs’ content for their own classrooms
Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
Mars: Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover. They are updating from WEBVR to WEBXR now, but 360 Mode offers a digital view!
San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games.
World Famous Landmarks Tours: https://artsandculture.google.com/
Broadway Plays at home – https://www.playbill.com/article/15-broadway-plays-and-musicals-you-can-watch-on-stage-from-home
ABC Mouse is offering a free 30 day trial. Code: Starfall https://www.abcmouse.com/abt/homepage?8a08850bc2=T1197417524.1584510864.0032
BrainPop is offering free access for families whose school is closed due to the COVID-19 virus. Includes unlimited use of the full BrainPOP suite with cartoon videos on a variety of subject during the period of closure. Complete form at https://go.brainpop.com/accessrequest?utm_source=bp-com&utm_medium=internal&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_content=coronavirus
Khan Academy offers free online lessons for students of all ages https://www.khanacademy.org/
PBS Kids has pre-made at home-learning schedules which will change every week. Broken down into PreK-3rd, K- 12th, and 9 -12th. Visit https://www.kcet.org/at-home-learning/at-home-learning-schedules
Outschool has live online classes for Ages 3-18 spark your child’s curiosity with access to 10,000 small group video chat classes—created and taught by inspiring teachers. Start learning for as low as $5/class. Fun classes like Harry Potter, , Dungeons and Dragons, Fortnite, Lego, Pokémon, Minecraft, cats, dogs, unicorn, adventure, World Languages, Art, Music, English, Math, Life Skills and much more! https://outschool.com/
Pinterest has tons of ideas that are fun and educational!
Scholastic Learn at Home releases free daily courses, activities for PK-6 kids home from school. here are five days worth of classes, divided up into the Pre K-K, grades 1 & 2, grades 3-5 and grade 6+ levels, on the “Learn at Home” website. The site promises “15 more days of thrilling learning journeys are ahead” so check back regularly for the latest activities. Each course includes articles, stories, videos, learning challenges and even virtual field trips with up to three hours of content per day. New users will need to create a free BookFlix account to access the content. A special username and password has been made public for anyone to use for free, which can be found on the Learn at Home grade level landing pages.
Smithsonian for Kids offers free fun stuff for kids https://www.si.edu/kids
Building Language Through Barrier Games – https://www.spdstar.org/node/1493
More Traditional Language Arts from Ca Dept of Education
- Curriculum Associates Free Downloadable Reading Packets 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. i-Ready’s engaging online lessons can support at-home learning.
- Myon a student-centered, personalized literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books.
- Starfall Reading a free public service to teach children to read. It includes language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and third grade. Starfall emphasizes phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity.
- StoryKit is a simple storybook creation app, with a private online sharing tool. It caters to students in grades 1-4 and above, and allows them opportunities to create stories, add pictures, and infuse recordings of their own voices.
- Core Knowledge provides open access to an exemplary curriculum for preschool through eighth grade.
- Open Culture allows visitors to download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. Below, you’ll find great works of fiction (http://www.openculture.com/audio_books_fiction), poetry (http://www.openculture.com/audio_books_poetry), and non-fiction (http://www.openculture.com/audio_books_non-fiction), by such authors as Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells & more.
- Librivox – Free Public Domain Audiobooks features recordings of books in the public domain (https://librivox.org/pages/public-domain/) read by volunteers from around the world.
- CommonLit – Free reading passages in all literacy and nonfiction genres for grades 3-12.
- ReadWriteThink Free Mobile Apps helps students engage in literacy learning using tablet devices. No internet connection is required once the apps are downloaded. Offers resources for grade levels K-12.
- ReadWorks, driven by cognitive science research, ReadWorks aims to create world-class content, teacher guidance, and integrated tools that improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. They leverage cognitive-science research to create high-impact instructional materials and tools that are designed for immediate use within the practical realities of current U.S. classrooms.
Math from CA Dept of Education
Online and digital resources for math instruction, assessment, and independent practice, including tutorials and videos.
- Curriculum Associates Free Downloadable Math Packets Printable at-home activity packs 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.
- PhET Simulations support math and science learning.
- Zearn is offering their entire K-5 curriculum – including 400 hours of digital lessons with on-screen teachers and supportive remediation.
- Eureka Math offers its curriculum as PDF downloads for free, non-commercial use. The curriculum is accompanied by a selection of instructional materials and support resources for teachers at no additional cost.
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics provides access quality standards-based resources for teaching and learning mathematics, including interactive tools for students and instructional support for teachers. Lessons and activities on Illuminations align with NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and the Common Core State Standards.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children encourages mathematics learning at home.
- Illustrated Mathematics Free Educational Resources and Videos
Code.org offers free online coding classes for all ages https://code.org/
Mystery Science is offering free fun science lessons for students of all ages.https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning
National Geographic Kids is offering free video games and videos on their website. https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Smithsonian for Kids offers free fun stuff for kids https://www.si.edu/kids
Wow in the World offers free science podcasts for curious kids https://tinkercast.com/listen/?m_page=1&m_search=
Art, Music, Crafts
Lakeshore Learning is offering free crafts and activities. https://www.lakeshorelearning.com/resources/free-resources?ref=hpS2
Lunch Doodles with Mo Williems – Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET/q0am PST and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
Cosmic Kids Yoga offers free YouTube yoga lessons for children https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Go Noodle offers free movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts https://www.gonoodle.com/
- S’Cool Moves: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3dz2cctrfyele91/C12Booklet.pdf?dl=0
- https://bit.ly/2WsMkmd (Compilation of Resources)
- https://bit.ly/2WsMkmd (Compilation of OT activities)
- https://bit.ly/2x0NAST (Mindfulness)