MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS PROVIDED IN ORDER TO ASSIST OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN OBTAINING MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE AND OTHER SUPPORT DURING THESE TIMES WHEN OUR SCHOOL BUILDINGS ARE CLOSED AS A RESULT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. WE HOPE THESE RESOURCES WILL BE HELPFUL BUT IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A TRUE, LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911 TO GAIN IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE. THANK YOU AND STAY HEALTHY.
Content ELA, Math, Science Personalized Learning Platform (K-6 All Subjects, 7-12 Math Only) Link https://www.ixl.com/
Content Instant Access to Hours of Fun and Instructional Activities (K-8 Science) Linkhttps://www.generationgenius.com/
Content Self-Exploration and Planning Program to Achieve Potential in School, Career & Life (7-12) Link https://public.careercruising.com/en/
Content Standards Aligned Science Curriculum (4) Link https://www.studyisland.com/
Content Specially Designed Page for At Home Coding Activities (K-12) Linkhttps://code.org/athome
Free Audio Books
Content Over 450 Free Audio Books that can be Downloaded to Computer or Mobile Device (K-12) Link http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks
Content Collection of Classic Literature that can be Downloaded or Read Online (3-12). Link http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks
Content Fabulous Free Math Games 7 Quiz Questions that Address CC Standards (K-8). Linkhttps://www.mathgames.com/
Content One-Stop Shop for a Wealth of Free Fantastic PBS KIDS Educational Content (K-6). Linkhttps://pbskids.org/
Health & Physical Education:
https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-lesson-plans/physical-education/ - Options for doing physical education at home.
https://fit.sanfordhealth.org/discover?category=move - ACTIVITIES, VIDEOS, GAMES AND MORE LESSONS TO PROMOTE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.
https://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/rainy_day_physical_activities_school.shtml -INDOOR PE ACTIVITIES FOR ELEMTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS
Math Seeds- Kindergarten (login info located on your child's FID Brr Bag)
Basic Math Videos and Worksheets https://mathantics.com/
EdHelper- Math and Reading
4th Grade Resources- All subjects
Sumdog- Free access during school closures
Reading Eggs- Kindergarten Scholastic
A reading comprehension resource. This has leveled reading passages, comprehension questions, and answer key. https://www.readworks.org/
A reading comprehension resource. Also has a read aloud option with reading passages that can be searched by reading level, grade level or by theme. https://www.commonlit.org/
Have Fun Teaching (all subjects)
Amazing Educational Resources- A wide variety of resources for all subjects
Scholastic- Day by Day projects
- PreK- 2nd Grade
- 3rd Grade- 8th Grade
Pre-K- 6th Grade
Science & Social Studies
Virtually Tour -12 Museums Around the World
An online podcast with interesting science related topics for students to watch https://www.brainson.org/
Allows students to work with common core standards in reading, math, science and social studies for grades K-12. https://www.freckle.com/
Live Cams: San Diego Zoo
Family activities (this google form as 3 tabs on the bottom of the page)
Children's Musem of Pittsburgh- DYI Projects
Junior Achievement- Free online programs during this time
Carrie Clark- SLP Solutions: This YouTube channel includes 5-6 minute videos that can provide direct instruction, models, and verbal/visual cues for a student’s target speech sound. It also includes videos that can provide parents with strategies for expanding language skills in young children.
WEBSITES FOR AAC PRACTICE
Additional Free Resources
1. Say/read nursery rhymes so your child can hear the rhythm and flow of language.
2. Sing simple songs together to encourage vocal use, teach concepts, and expand vocabulary. (i.e. "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes")
3. Use body language in everyday communication to support multi-modal communication. (i.e. shrug your shoulders, shake your head)
4. Name and describe objects you and your child are looking at together. You can ask your child to help you come up with descriptive words (i.e. What color is it? How does it feel? Soft or hard? [Giving them a choice of words reinforces vocabulary and decreases the language demand.])
5. Model correct pronunciation and grammar. You don’t need to always correct them; just repeat what they say with the corrections. Children are like sponges – they soak up what they hear repeatedly!
6. Expand on your child’s sentences to be more descriptive/clear/grammatical. This validates his/her efforts and provides a model, which supports and encourages language growth.
7. Talk during play. The more language models your child hears, the more he/she will want to talk and will know about language.
8. Ask open-ended questions instead of "yes/no" questions. This encourages your child to produce language rather than answering yes or no. If he/she has difficulty, you can provide two choices. (i.e. "what do you want to eat? spaghetti or pizza?")
9. Focus on the positive! Children’s attitudes often reflect their parents’ attitudes!
10. Listen to your child! Give them your full attention to show that they are an equal communication partner.
11. Look at books/read together. This supports language development in so many ways! You don’t need to read the pages word for word, but talk about the pictures, make connections to your child’s life (i.e. in the book the boy has a red ball; say to your child “Oh look, there is a red ball like yours! What do you do with your ball? What does he do with his?”)
12. If your child is working on a specific sound, you can look for that sound/letter throughout the book and practice saying words with that sound.
OT Mom Learning Activities:
The OT Toolbox:
Therapy Street for Kids:
Tools to Grow OT:
The Letters of Literacy:
The Sensory Spectrum: