Homeschooling Virtual (Live): Homeschooling: Where Do I Begin? (Zoom) - Registration Required Monday, August 31: 7:00pm - 8:30pm Lincolnwood Public Library AGE GROUP: ADULTS EVENT TYPE: SPECIAL EVENT CLASSES & PRESENTATIONS If you’re contemplating homeschooling, this program is for you. Learn about Illinois state law, learning styles, curricula, scheduling and a whole lot more. Michelle took notes, so if you are interested, please send an email through the contact us page & she will be happy to share with you.
Illinois Extension Serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria and Tazewell Counties Schools OnlineIllinois Extension is well positioned to help parents and teachers dive more deeply into relevant and interesting curriculum areas. Regardless of the age of the learner, our educators have crafted a set of educational resources that will help students understanding important information about topics that touch their everyday lives. These educational units are free and available to use in any classroom or home school environment. CURRICULUM UNITS BY GRADE LEVEL Elementary School Middle School High School REINVENTING.SCHOOL explores an increasingly common practice--home as a place for learning, and in some cases, as a physical replacement for a physical school facility or the library. It is our belief that many students and parents and teachers will experience much of the coming school year at home. And so, we decided to take a closer look at how this might work. We will address homeschooling, but our experts are prepared to go beyond the usual discussion. Pat Farenga describes himself as a writer and education activist who addresses academic and general audiences about working with children, not on children, to help them learn. He carries on the legacy of author and teacher John Holt. Doug Fine takes the concept several steps further, offering a unique approach that combines traditional school coursework with work outdoors at his New Mexico ranch. Diana Ortiz Burns is Director of Operations and Sustainability, Indian Creek School, and a force in the physical reinvention of local facilities used for learning.
Varsity Tutors Take a moment to review Virtual School Day, Virtual Field Trips, and the other free Varsity Tutors' resources. Several months ago, we launched free live celebrity classes led by Mayim Bialik, Julianne Hough, Coyote Peterson and others. The response has been incredible with hundreds of thousands of people signing up for these classes. We have more on the way as well with some huge names! These are a part of our growing list of free, live classes.
Comments While it remains uncertain if schools across the country will reopen for students this fall, here is a book to get young readers back in the spirit of learning and connecting with teachers and classmates—in-person or at a distance.
Picture Book Our Favorite Day of the Year A.E. Ali, illus. by Rahele Jomepour Bell. S&S/Salaam Reads, June 30 $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4814-8563-0. Ages 4–8. This tranquil tale opens on kindergarten’s initial day, as Ms. Gupta tells her richly inclusive class that the first day of school is her favorite day of the year, and that each student will have a chance to share their favorite day at show-and-tell. The library has this book in our collection. If you are interested in borrowing it, please let us know.
How to Keep Kids Learning When You're All Stuck at Home Quick tips Manage your expectations. Your kids will not be learning at the same pace or breadth as a usual school day. Figure two to three hours a day to start. Don't stress too much about this.
Make time for breaks and fun. All of us are anxious as we manage this new reality, so take any opportunity to relax and laugh together. It will make the hard stuff easier.
Set a schedule. Get everyone on the same page so you don't have to nag. Routines can be comforting for everyone.
Review schools' plans. In some cases, schools will have a very specific education plan during closures. Use their instructions as a guide for setting up your schedule. Morning
Math. About 30 minutes. Watch a Khan Academy lesson and practice. If your math skills aren't what they used to be, visit Khan Academy's FAQ for tips on how to help your kid with math or get them started on self-directed learning. Here is their Quick Start Guide if you're ready to jump in.
Connect with friends. 30-60 minutes. Tweens and teens thrive on social connections, so make sure to keep these going even if you aren't allowing in-person time. If they're already on popular social platforms, this might be the time to re-negotiate any time limits so they can get their social fix virtually.
Creative time. 90-120 minutes. Bring out the pens and paper! This can be a nice chunk of time off screens. Whatever your kid is into—piano, papier-mâché, playwriting—this is the perfect opportunity to let loose. Of course, there are lots of ways media and tech can support these interests if you choose.
Chores. 15-30 minutes. Every family has a different way of managing household responsibilities. But if you're finding this to be a particularly challenging time to get your kids to help out, you can try some apps that can help them stay organized and give some incentives.
Family time When kids are stressed, they're going to need even more chances to chill out, so this might be a time to relax rules about entertainment media. And while tweens and teens don't always tell you that they need your support, they do. Watching movies or playing games together can be an easy way to be together in a low-stress way. Here are some ideas.
Jackbox Party Packs are collections of games that groups can play using individual devices (phones, tablets, laptops). You can download the game via providers such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Comcast Xfinity X1, and the game network Steam—and then play it from the couch. You can even invite friends and family from afar to join the game while video-chatting.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Home Safari Events Each weekday, starting at 2 p.m. Central time, the Cincinnati Zoo will introduce one of their animals, and include an activity to do at home. Go to Cincinnati Zoo’s Facebook page for the Facebook Live event.
Khan Academy Free resources for ages 4-18, or a free app for ages 2-7. Requires signing up for a free account. History
Digital Public Library of America DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions.
Illinois Digital Archives The Illinois Digital Archives is a repository for the digital collections of the Illinois State Library as well as other libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois. It contains historical photographs, slides, glass negatives, oral histories, manuscripts, letters, federal government documents, postcards, posters, videos, newspapers, and maps.
Newspapers.com Newspapers.com is the largest online newspaper archive consisting of 514 million+ pages of historical newspapers from 12,100+ newspapers from around the United States and beyond. Newspapers provide a unique view of the past and can help us understand and connect with the people, events and attitudes of an earlier time. DKPL card required. Language Learning
Mango Languages Reach conversational proficiency in 72 languages, including English as a Second Language, good for tourists or beginners. Free app for iOS and Android available. DKPL card required.
Weekday Live Streams with Mr. Jon & Friends Mr. Jon & Friends will be hosting weekday live streams of music and movement for kids at 9:30 a.m. Central time each day. Watch live, and then come back to re-watch alter as often as you’d like. The live stream events run from Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 27th. You can find all the info on their Facebook page.
Multitasking, distractions, procrastination—these are often challenges for kids, but never more so than right now. Adult oversight is really helpful, but it's not always possible. So after you set expectations with your kids, check out these apps and plug-ins to help them make the best of their schooling situation. A few favorites:RescueTime. This plug-in reports on productivity and lets you set limits to either totally block sites or allow a specific period of time for certain activities. Bear in Mind. Use this app to set reminders and create to-do lists to help younger kids stay on track. JustRead. Strip out all the ads from your kids' webpages with this plug-in, so they can just focus on their research. Get the whole list of productivity tools How can I support my kids during distance learning?
Most parents aren't experienced educators, and even for those of us who are, teaching your own kids is tough! We've rounded up some clever tips for setting your kids (and you!) up for success, no matter what school looks like this year. Try these:Give detailed praise. Instead of "good job," say, "You're working hard!" Use natural consequences. "If you really focus, you'll have time for fun when you're done." (No focus, no fun stuff!) Try movement and humor. Come up with crazy answers so your kids correct you. (This one works every time.) Get more tips and details
If you or anyone you know is struggling to get set up for remote learning because a suitable device or high-speed internet is unaffordable, there are resources to help. Our distance learning portal has a list of providers.
Set your family up for success with distance learning tips and schedules for kids at home, using the back-to-school guide in Wide Open School. There you'll find helpful resources from Common Sense and other trusted organizations on a wide range of topics, from using Zoom and managing anxiety to supporting social and emotional well-being. Create a positive experience learning from home with Wide Open School