In these uncertain times with mass school closures and hourly news updates, many families are grappling with identifying their new normal. In addition to balancing work and home life expectations, families now must also take on a more active role in their child’s academic needs through remote learning.
As a Georgia mom and educator, I know that you are not alone in navigating these unchartered waters. With all public schools in the state now closed in the wake of COVID-19, it may feel overwhelming for families to continue the quality of learning their children would be receiving at school. There are numerous free online resources available to help with the next few weeks in support of students and families who seek to continue their learning at home until schools re-open. See the resources and tips below to stay safe and healthy while learning remotely!
- Your child’s school: Many schools and districts have been working tirelessly to assemble online resources and assignments for its students. You should definitely reach out to your child’s school to gain access to those resources.
- Khan Academy: Khan Academy offers exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material based on standards-aligned lessons covering kindergarten through early college math, grammar, science, history, AP® courses, SAT® preparation, and more. Khan Academy is also offering a free webinar for families on March 18 at 8:00 PM ET to learn more about accessing Khan Academy resources for remote learning. Register for the webinar here.
- Khan Academy Kids: Khan Academy Kids provides engaging, standards-aligned resources for children ages two to seven. Visit https://learn.khanacademy.org/khan-academy-kids/ to download the free app.
- ABCya!: ABCya!provides over 400 engaging, academic games at all learning levels and styles for grades PreK through 6. Visit https://www.abcya.com to access the website or download the free app.
- CodeAcademy – Take some time to learn something new like coding. CodeAcademy offers free access to lessons on coding. Visit https://www.codecademy.com/ to learn more.
- Want a break from technology? Read an independent reading book with your child to practice literacy skills and review content from multiple subjects. Visit https://thisreadingmama.com/tuesdays-teaching-tip-3/ for some tips on ways to ask high-quality reading comprehension questions.
- Local Libraries: Some local libraries are not open, but access to E-libraries and great online resources is available. Here’s Dekalb, Atlanta-Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, and Clayton. If you’re outside the metro Atlanta area just google your local library and they should have a tab for online resources.
Keeping a routine is super important. I know it can be tough but you are more likely to find success if you put it down on paper. My husband and I crafted a schedule for our five-year-old daughter, Brooklyn. Here’s Brooklyn’s daily schedule:
If you have any resources or online platforms that work for your student or have an example of a schedule feel free to share with us by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.