If you are like me, you are overwhelmed by the amount of "homeschooling" information, underwhelmed by the lack of guidance and certainty, and wondering what to do next. I have compiled a list of helpful links and ideas to share with you in hopes that this guides you and your child about what to do next. I am not associated with any of the businesses and cannot promise awesome results. And I fully welcome you to share your ideas and links! Many of my links are geared towards my third and fifth graders. Howard County has sent many links.
Resource for Parents. Mainly, it contains ideas on how to talk to your children about the virus.
Continuity of Learning contains links, by grade, to materials released on March 13 (last day of school) and March 25. The activities and tasks that children complete at home will not be used as an assessment or counted toward part of the student’s grades.
HCPSS Instruction Aps This, to me, is the most confusing of the links. You'll need to login with your child's ID and Password. TypingAgent and Wixie are located here.
Canvas Navigate to your child's homeroom teacher. Each teacher should have a welcome page with tools and resources.
Mrs. Carey, our amazing librarian sent an email with her recommended links to the HC Library A+ site. I've copied and pasted her ideas below (in case you missed her email) Capstone Interactive eBooks (prek-6): Fantastic nonfiction and fiction books for all ages, abilities and interests. Every title is supported by audio that’s recorded by professional voice-over artists. (Temporary access available during HCLS’s closure due to COVID-19. Our thanks to Capstone!) Storyline Online (K-4): Famous people reading awesome books. Just good fun. Check out Chris O'Dowd reading Arnie the Donut. <3 <3 Tumble Math (K-6): Picture books that introduce/reinforce math concepts! Example: Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi, by Cindy Neuschwander: When Sir Cumference drinks a potion which turns him into a dragon, his son Radius searches for the magic number known as pi which will restore him to his former shape. Scholastic Learn at Home (K-6+): Great to use until HCPSS figures out their distance learning plan! Includes very specific learning activities and exercises organized by grade level.
There's a new "curriculum" every day. It packages reading, science, social studies, math and more into one day's worth of activities.
Temporary access available during HCLS’s closure due to COVID-19. Here is a link to a slide show that I made to show you how to access the HC Library A+ student resources: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qJUbLES317wOEBcXjIJQ52GR89-ZMkxXM3tJ2I7puCk/edit?usp=sharing My journey has uncovered this amazing resource: http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/ It is a spreadsheet of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closing. Over 100 links, nicely organized with descriptions and links. My personal favorite links are the following:
Khan Academy. This has been great for math. They also have a special new class for Disney's Imagineering in a Box under Storytelling.
My biggest frustration has been trying to figure out what my children are learning, and how can I teach it. HCPSS Academics is a good site for getting an idea of what my children were learning, but I needed more. My friend turned me on to EngageNY and it's been a game changer for helping me understand what my children are learning and how I can help them. I hope this helps and I hope that you share some of your favorite links. We are all in this together! Stacie