As our community navigates the challenges of coping with the coronavirus emergency and schools are closed indefinitely, we parents find ourselves searching for ways to keep our children’s days structured and safe.
FCPS has committed to continuing to provide online instructional resources during the first phase of school closures. While your students’ work won’t be graded, our children will still have opportunities to keep moving forward in the school curriculum.
Moreover, the Cooper PTO has compiled an additional list of online continuing education resources parents might want to use to supplement the FCPS opportunities:
Instructional Resources for Suddenly Homeschooling Parents
MIDDLE SCHOOL AGE STUDENTS:
FCPS will provide continuing learning via Blackboard and Google as usual – go to Blackboard and click on upper left-hand corner box called: “Continuity of Learning Resources.”
SCIENCE/MATH/READING/WRITING Extra Instruction Opportunities
- Scholastic: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-6-12.html
- Kahn Academy (Check out the homeschool tab): https://www.khanacademy.org/
- Smithsonian Learning Lab: https://learninglab.si.edu/?mi_u=1152876
- The Gifted Guru: Learning at Home Resources
- Kate Messner’s website is loaded with a list of instructional resources for both older and younger readers/learners:
This includes dozen of different authors reading their own work and leading instructional segments afterward. Scroll through to see which authors/books/subjects are appealing.
- The blog From the Mixed-Up Files … of Middle-Grade Authors is a resource for teachers, homeschool parents, and librarians. They’re in the process of curating a new tab called “Homeschooling Covid19,” which will collect all posts with suggested lesson plans and activities on reading and writing for middle schoolers. TRANSPARENCY NOTE: PTO President Heather Murphy Capps is a regular contributor to this site, and is also on its administrative team. She does not get paid for this work nor does any of its admin team or its contributors. All posted resources are free.
COPING SKILLS AND STRATEGIES FOR BOTH ADULTS AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:
- NESCA (Neuropsychology and Education Services)
Other Ideas For What To Do;
From Growing Leaders (Cooper parents saw Andrew McPeak speak last fall)
ELEMENTARY AGE STUDENTS:
- Author Cindy Baldwin’s writing series on “3-Part Stories
- Dad’s Worksheets: https://www.dadsworksheets.com/ (printable worksheets from pre-school to Algebra)
- Twitter feed: #ScienceWithRach from author/scientist Rachael Allen (daily science experiments with household ingredients)
ART FOR ALL AGES:
- Mo Willems Doodles – will stream live at 1:00 pm every day; video recordings available afterward.
Episode One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmzjCPQv3y8
- Draw Everyday with Jarrett Krosoczka – will stream every day at 2:00 pm; video recordings available after
- High Res Image Upload from Paris Museums
- New York City Museums: Virtual tours of some of the city’s most important cultural institutions.
- Field Trips: From Adventures in Familyhood, 20 Virtual field trips to zoos, aquariums, and museums in the country, with activities and lesson plans to accompany each trip.
This is just a smattering of the many online educational outlets available to us. Suggestions? Leave them in the comments – and we will add them!