Happy Monday everyone! It's with a heavy heart that I am writing this post because I feel for everyone and what the world is facing during the Coronavirus pandemic. I know many states have the schools closed and I wanted to give some resources for parents out there needing something to do with their children during this time away from school!
I am a fourth grade teacher and I teach Reading and Writing (my school switches for subjects). If there is one thing I have learned with teaching it is that students need a schedule and I need solid plans. I have also learned that there are SO MANY resources out there available to all. I hope some of these can be helpful to you and your family!
My first suggestion is create a schedule that you and your family will follow the best you can Monday- Friday. Kids do so well with schedules and this will keep things feeling semi-normal. It will also help the overall feel of the house and help everyone remain positive! Here is a mock schedule that might work for you:
7:30- Wake up, Brush Teeth, Get Dressed, Breakfast
8:00- Morning Meeting: Ask each other questions (Example- What is one thing you are looking forward to today?) This is a great way to set a positive tone for the day and get everyone awake!
8:15- 9:15- Reading:
- Start first with a Read Aloud. No matter what age, all children loved to be read to. You could pick a chapter book that you have around the house, or you can use picture books. If you aren't able to read to your child because you are working, there are MANY read alouds on youtube you can play!
- After read aloud, do independent reading. During independent reading let the student decide what it is they want to journal about as they read. If they are reading FICTION they can focus on Setting, Characters and Traits, Problem and Solution, Theme (lesson learned). If they are reading NONFICTION they can focus on main idea and details of a section, and important facts they find and are learning. All your student needs to do this is a book of their choice (that they can read) and some type of paper, journal, pencil, to do their journaling.
- After independent reading, have the student share what it was they read and what they journaled about.
9:20- 10:20- Free Time: During the school day students get about an hour of specials time (Music, Art, PE). Use this hour for crafts, listening to music, or some type of exercise. If you can't get outside because of weather Gonoodle.com is a GREAT website with many activities to keep kids active. Just create a log in and it is free to use!
10:30- 11:30- Math: For math you can start by figuring out what every student was working on in school. You can create problems on your own for them to solve or have them use a math program online. MANY schools have math online programs that students have their own log ins to use. These are incredible resources and will help significantly.
11:30- 12:30- Lunch and Recess: Eat and then have a recess time! Go outside and play or play an indoor game!
12:30- 1:00- Writing: Have the students pick a special place in the house and do a free write. They can write about whatever they want! It can be private or they can share it with you! Kids LOVE doing this. If they have a hard time getting started you can start by giving them a prompt. (Example: You wake up and hear a THUD under your bed...you look underneath your bed and see a huge bag with gold coins spilling out. What is going on?!) When writing is over give them a time to share them aloud if they want to!
1:00- 1:30- Content: Decide together if you want to do Science or Social Studies. All states work on different things for Social Studies but I will leave a variety of resources to help with these subjects!
1:30- 2:00- Independent Reading: Have students find a quiet place in the house and independent read. This will give mom or dad free time as well to relax!
2:00- 2:30- Technology
This is just an idea! The schedule can start later in the day and end later if you would like and it can fluctuate! My only suggestion is try to keep the times the same each day because it will really help the kids stay in a routine. Eventually they will know the routine and can do this without much help incase you are also working from home.
Go Noodle: https://www.gonoodle.com/
Fun songs, reviews, and exercise videos
Storyline Online: https://www.storylineonline.net/
Picture book read alouds
Reading A-Z: https://www.readinga-z.com/
Can sign up for a free trial and have access to tons of different leveled books and activities to go with them.
ABC Mouse: https://www.abcmouse.com/
Can sign up for a free 30 day trial! Reviews Math, Reading, and Science.
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/
Awesome math resource!
This is my students favorite math site. It is so fun for them! Your child may already have their own log in.
Fun Brain: https://www.funbrain.com/
Math site for families to work on together.
Adventure Academy: https://www.adventureacademy.com/
Reading, Math, and Science resource. You can get your first month for free!
Also, many school districts have subscriptions to math and reading programs that the students have access to. Take advantage of these and use them! They are so great! The county I work for in particular has an app where students login once and are able to access many learning apps within it.
I hope that all of this ends soon and we will all be able to return back to school and work. Stay healthy and safe and enjoy your time with your families.
Jess or as my students know me, Mrs. Webb 🙂