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COVID-19 Learning Resources

Who would think I would still be posting COVID-19 Learning resources 5 months later than my first COVID-19 post? But we are here, once again, with schools closed, delayed or virtual and millions of families impacted. Parents are stepping up to “homeschool” their children and are using home packets and online resources. For many, this is still unfamiliar territory and an added element to their already full plates.

For those parents scouring the internet to find additional activities or to support schoolwork, here are some websites to get you started. Keep checking back for additional posts.

KnowitAll.org

A FREE online collection of educational resources designed specifically for classroom use. The site includes nearly 9,000 multimedia resources to include mobile-friendly videos, audio resources, photo galleries, and interactives.

LeaningWhy.org

FREE K-12 Project-Based and One-to-One lessons vetted and editable to meet your needs.

PBS LearningMedia

FREE standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans aligned to PBS

Early Elementary

Find elementary resources and lessons.  Videos, games and activities aligned to state and national standards.

PBS KIDS Learn

Multiple resources to help support learning at home.

PBS Parents

Sign up for a FREE for a free weekday newsletter with activities and tips to help kids play and learn at home.

PBS KIDS Games

Wide collection of games that are searchable by subject area.

PBS KIDS Apps

Searchable by skills and age level.

 Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

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August Trivia Questions for Kids & Adults

 July Trivia questions can help your memory.

August Trivia questions can help your memory.

Trivia questions can be fun for kids and adults.  We’ve looked at questions in the General Knowledge category, movies and World and US History. Time to move onto August Trivia: World Geography. Check them out and have some fun!

Warm Up (Easy) Questions

  1. How many US states begin with the letter A?
  2. What is the name of the largest river to flow through Paris?
  3. What is the most recent state to be added to the USA?
  4. The southern tip of South America has what name?
  5. In which US state would you find Fort Knox?
  6. Alberta is a province of which country?

Warm Up (Easy) Answers

  1. 4 -:Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, Arizona
  2. The Seine
  3. Hawaii (1959)
  4. Cape Horn
  5. Kentucky
  6. Canada

August Trivia: Challenge Questions

  1. The Strait of Gibraltar separates the Iberian Peninsular from which African country?
  2. Which is the only vowel not used as the first letter in a US State?
  3. Mount Vesuvius overlooks which present-day Italian city?
  4. Dracula famously lived in the historical region of Transylvania – but in what country would you now find his castle?
  5. What is the capital of New Zealand?
  6. The African country with the largest population is?
  7. What country has the longest coastline in the world?
  8. What country is Beirut the capital of?
  9. The city of Ceylon changed its name to _______in 1972?
  10. The smallest country in the world us ?
  11. Which Central American country has a name which translates to English as “The Saviour”?
  12. What is the largest desert in the world?

August Trivia: Challenge Answers

  1. Morocco
  2. E
  3. Naples
  4. Romania
  5. Wellington
  6. Nigeria
  7. Canada
  8. Lebanon
  9. Sri Lanka
  10. Vatican City
  11. El Salvador
  12. Antarctica

If you enjoyed these trivia questions, be sure to check out next month’s questions and answers on U.S. FLAGS

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September Learning Activities

September learning activities gives relevance to historical dates.

For kids in school, knowing historical dates helps them relate to history and builds their general knowledge. Knowing these dates can help parents and teachers engage students in valuable learning activities. Check out September learning activities.

Read a New Book Month

Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15

Sept. 2        Birthday of K. Macmillion (inventor of the first bicycle with pedals)

STEAM Activity: Draw a picture of a bicycle

Sept. 4        Henry Hudson discovered the island of Manhattan, New York (1609)

Art/Geography Activity: Draw a picture of the Hudson River or visit the Hudson River

Sept. 5        Voyager 1 launched a grand tour of the Solar System, 1977

Art/Science Activity: Draw and label a picture of the Solar System

Sept. 6        Read a Book Day

Literacy/Art Activity: Write a book report on your favorite book or draw a picture to describe your favorite part.

Sept. 8        International Literacy Day

Literacy/Art Activity: Write a book report on your favorite book or draw a picture to describe your favorite part.

Sept. 9        California became a state, 1850

Geography Activity: On US map: find California, name capital, state flower.

Sept. 10      Elias Howe patented his sewing machine, 1846.

Science Activity: Find 5 things in your house that were sewn or try to use a sewing machine.

Sept. 12      Mid-autumn Festival, China

Science/Art Activity: Make a leaf rubbing

Sept. 13      Grandparents Day

Art Activity: Make a card for your grandparent or a favorite person in your life.

Sept. 15      International Day of Peace

Art Activity:  Make a dove, a symbol of peace

Sept. 15      Make a Hat Day

Art Activity:  Make a hat that you like

Sept. 17      Constitution Day (US)

History Activity: Ask someone about the Constitution

Sept. 21      World Gratitude Day

Literacy/Art Activity: Write about or draw something you are thankful for

Sept. 25      Birthday of Shel Silverstein (1930)

Literacy Activity: Read a silly poem

Sept. 26    Johnny Appleseed born (1774)

Literacy Activity: Read about Johnny Appleseed

Sept. 28      National Family Day

Literacy/Art Activity: Write about your family or draw a picture of your family.

Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.

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Sight Words: Good Start for New Readers

Kids that know sight words are better readers.

Did you know that there is a list of 200+ sight words that are seen LOTS OF TIMES in reading and writing? Kids that know these words can become better readers.   Including them in games and everyday activities can make learning fun for kids. 

These words are high-frequency words and kids that know these words are more fluent readers.  When kids know these words they use them more often in  reading and writing.  This also results in a child having more time to focus on other words in their reading.

6 Steps to Teaching Sight Words Guidelines

  1. Introduce the word, saying and spelling it.
  2. Read the word in a sentence.  Reading it from a book you are reading with the child is perfect
  3. Write the word on paper or chalkboard, say it, spell it again and underline it. 
  4. Talk about the word and invite kids to see the differences in the word (e.g. tall letters, round shapes, double letters, camel humps)
  5. Have children practice writing the word in journals, in the air, with letters etc.
  6. Add the word to your word collection.  This could be a card on the refrigerator, a jar, a twist tie or a hook, zip lock bag or taped to a wall.  The best location is one that be seen and practiced. For families on the go- make an extra set of cards or take photos of cards and use your phone’s photo gallery to practice.

While teaching, keep in mind that many of these words are irregular.  Irregular words do not follow the phonics rules that kids may be learning (e.g. with, where, were, when, the, them this). 

Sight Word Lists

Different lists are available in school, but a commonly used list is the Dolch list. The list of 200+ sight words was developed by Dr. Edward William Dolch in the 1930’s-40’s Yes, a long time ago but the list is still used in many classrooms today.  The list can be used in its entirety or by grade levels.  There is even a special list of nouns.

  • Dolch Sight Words (complete list)                                                                                          
  • Pre-K Dolch Sight Words (40 words)                                                                                 a, and, away, big, blue, can, come, down, find, for, funny, go, help, here, I, in, is, it, jump, little, look, make, me, my, not, one, play, red, run, said, see, the, three, to, two, up, we, where, yellow, you                                                                   
  • Kindergarten Dolch Sight Words (52 words)

    all, am, are, at, ate, be, black, brown, but, came, did, do, eat, four, get, good, have, he, into, like, must, new, no, now, on, our, out, please, pretty, ran, ride, saw, say, she, so, soon, that, there, they, this, too, under, want, was, well, went, what, white, who, will, with, yes

  • First Grade Sight Words (41 words)after, again, an, any, as, ask, by, could, every, fly, from, give, going, had, has, her, him, his, how, just, know, let, live, may, of, old, once, open, over, put, round, some, stop, take, thank, them, then, think, walk, were, when

  • Second Grade Sight Words (46 words)

    always, around, because, been, before, best, both, buy, call, cold, does, don’t, fast, first, five, found, gave, goes, green, its, made, many, off, or, pull, read, right, sing, sit, sleep, tell, their, these, those, upon, us, use, very, wash, which, why, wish, work, would, write, your

  • Third Grade Sight Words (41 words)

    about, better, bring, carry, clean, cut, done, draw, drink, eight, fall, far, full, got, grow, hold, hot, hurt, if, keep, kind, laugh, light, long, much, myself, never, only, own, pick, seven, shall, show, six, small, start, ten, today, together, try, warm

  • Noun Dolch Sigh Words (95 words)

    apple, baby, back, ball, bear, bed, bell, bird, birthday, boat, box, boy, bread, brother, cake, car, cat, chair, chicken, children, Christmas, coat, corn, cow, day, dog, doll, door, duck, egg, eye, farm, farmer, father, feet, fire, fish, floor, flower, game, garden, girl, goodbye, grass, ground, hand, head, hill, home, horse, house, kitty, leg, letter, man, men, milk, money, morning, mother, name, nest, night, paper, party, picture, pig, rabbit, rain, ring, robin, Santa Claus, school, seed, sheep, shoe, sister, snow, song, squirrel, stick, street, sun, table, thing, time, top, toy, tree, watch, water, way, wind, window, wood

Reinforcing sight words and celebrating the many new words your child’s learning is key to reading success.

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Happy 2020 School Year Resources

School year resources!

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “It takes a good home and a good school to prepare young people for citizenship in a democracy.”  In these past few months, more than any other time in history, families have worked with schools in teaching and learning.  We have been living through a time where many questions go unanswered and the questions seem endless. 

Over the last 2 years, I have posted many resources for parents, teachers, and student teacher to support student learning.  However, for the past few months, I have taken a hiatus from blogging because I have been at a loss for answers on the best way to proceed in this education crisis.  I have been watching and listening to parents and teachers as they have tried to meet kids needs in our new remote learning world. Is it the best way of learning?  No.  Is it what we have right now?  Yes. 

Over the last few months, I have watched my blog readership grow, and I believe it is a result of many more parents and teachers searching for resources for kids.  Although I have not posted I have been continuously writing on education topics and I am starting to post again.   Upcoming posts will focus on topics and areas that are most relevant to my family and student teacher needs.  No philosophical opinions (maybe, a few) but mostly basic resources.

As we begin the new school, we seem to be once again in a state of “suspended animation” with many local schools starting the yearly virtually.  Childcare, working at home, relocation, and homeschooling are all family discussion decisions. So many changes with so many possibilities that are stress factors for parents and kids.  Bottom line folks is that we will make decisions on the information we have and do the best we can.  Flexibility and optimism will be key in getting through the beginning of the school year. So, here’s to a new school year of Parent, Teacher and Student Power! 

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