Family Resources during Closure

Families looking for ideas to help students keep learning (and stay sane) during the closure, consider some of these ideas. You can also visit the district’s SPS Homeroom page for other great resources for all grades. Do you have other ideas? Share them on our Facebook page!

  • Help your teachers reinforce good online etiquette. Here’s a great video to start with.
  • Here are some great tips on maintaining physical and mental wellness through all of this.
  • Consider setting up some kind of structure to guide your days at home.
  • Remember the fun of good old-fashioned books and paper!
  • Build in time for outdoor play and/or family time, some educational time using some of the resources your child’s teacher may have shared or others on this page, reading time – for you to read to them, and for them to read to you – and of course, free play. 
  • Work on building good habits, like a bedtime routine, morning structure, healthy habits.
  • Help us reinforce our school’s Safe, Respectful and Responsible rules while your kiddo is out. Think of some incentives to reward them for their “SRR” and generally kind behavior. 
  • Build in time for chores or helping around the house. 
  • When you do get out with them, think of ways to build in some learning opportunities. 
  • Find out what things interest your kids, and build on those interests, encourage them to think, create and explore their ideas. 
  • Read, read, read!
  • And above all, stay healthy!

IDEAS FOR HARD-TO-ENGAGE STUDENTS

  • Read to siblings.
  • Read to pets.
  • Trade educational work time for their choice of screen time.
  • Create an incentive plan – 5 stars equals ?  10 stars equals? (what does the student want to work for?).
  • Use cooking to teach math, such as measurements and fractions.
  • Play games that require counting – cribbage for older students is a great fluency practice.
  • Create a routine and generally stick with it (every day at 10am, we work on school tasks).
  • If you are able to get out to parks, discuss the history of the area.
  • Write a letter to a relative who may not be able to get out right now.
  • Use bright markers, or smelly markers if you have them, instead of pencils.
  • Record your student reading or doing math facts on your phone and send a video to their teacher.
  • Get outside whenever possible – discuss science in the environment, for example, water cycle, how plants give us oxygen, seasons (for younger students).

GETTING INTERNET ACCESS

Please note, for those who do not have internet access, check out Comcast’s program or Spectrum/Charter’s offer of free internet.

LOCAL RESOURCES

GREAT SAFE WEBSITES FOR KIDS TO EXPLORE

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MISC FUN THINGS ONLINE

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