Learning at Home

Our Youth Services Department is working hard to provide educational materials that will support parents and students during this extended period of school closures and social distancing.  The flood of educational resources available online can seem overwhelming. In an effort to streamline the online information available, we have designed this space to try and provide you with some tips and tricks as well as links to free online resources now available.

Tips & Tricks

  • Avoid the online overload. Start working with just a few trusted online resources/websites and then build from there.
  • Set up a general daily routine.  Allow flexibility within your timeline and remember you don’t have to stick to a typical school day timeline of 7 hours.  When it come to time, remember quality over quantity.
  • Manage your expectations. Students will not learn the same at home as they did in the classroom and that is okay.
  • Don’t forget to go outdoors!

School Age

  • Scholastic Learn at Home: Offers day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.  PreK-9th
  • PBS Kids: Offers educational games, songs, and videos.  You can also sign up for their daily newsletter that shares tips and activities to help kids learn and play at home.
  • TumbleMath: TumbleBooks is currently offering free and unlimited access to their online database. K-6th math ebook database.
  • Really Great Reading: Free access through April 30th to tools for K-12 struggling readers – phonics, decoding, comprehension etc .
  • Iowa Reading Research Center: daily writing prompts and books study for kids and teens to support literacy learning at home
  • ISU Insect Zoo: Facebook live videos at 10am Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays focusing on different aspects of entomology,

High School

  • Khan Academy: Offers several resources for parents such as daily schedules for students ages 4-18, a parent quick start guide and information regarding SAT practice and administration.
  • TeenBookCloud: TumbleBooks is currently offering free and unlimited access to their online database.  Grades 7-12 ebook teen database.
  • NOVA (PBS): Offers science related videos that have classroom and real life application. Pre-K-12th Grade.
  • Adobe Spark: Offers design tools for crafting images, videos, and websites. Grades 6-12.
  • Big History Project: Offers a free, online social studies course aimed at Middle and High School students.

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