BOBTOWN ELEMENTARY

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.

WAYS TO STAY SOCIALLY CONNECTED

  • REDDIT - REDDIT IS THE LARGEST ONLINE FORUM DEDICATED TO SPECIFIC AND UNIQUE INTERESTS AND TOPICS KNOWN AS SUBREDDITS. THERE IS A COMMUNITY FOR EVERYONE FROM YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW TO THE EVER SOOTHING /R/ODDLYSATISFYING SUB.

  • DISCORD - DISCORD IS A CHAT PROGRAM THAT CONNECTS YOU TO COMMUNITIES FOR TEXT, VOICE, OR STREAMING. IF YOU WANT TO JOIN CONVERSATIONS SURROUNDING YOUR INTERESTS.

  • NETFLIX PARTY - NETFLIX PARTY IS A CHROME EXTENSION FOR WATCHING NETFLIX REMOTELY WITH FRIENDS! IT SYNCHRONIZES VIDEO PLAYBACK AND ADDS GROUP CHAT.

  • GOOGLE HANGOUTS MEET - HOLD VIDEO MEETINGS WITH PEOPLE, INCLUDING CHAT AND AUDIO.

  • ZOOM - FREE TO USE FOR MEETINGS UP TO 40 MINUTES LONG WITH VIDEO, VOICE, AND SCREEN SHARE OPTIONS.

  • CREATE WHATS’APP GROUPS WITH FRIENDS OR NEIGHBORS TO TALK ABOUT YOUR DAILY LIVES THE WAY YOU WOULD IN NORMAL LIFE.

  • PLAY SETTLERS OF CATAN ONLINE - CATAN UNIVERSE LETS YOU USE CATAN CLASSIC TO PLAY THE BOARD GAME VIRTUALLY! THE WEBSITE IS IN GERMAN, USE GOOGLE TRANSLATE TO TRANSLATE IT TO ENGLISH AND VOILA!

  • INDIGENOUS SCHOOL TEACHERS - STAY CONNECTED TO LEARNING AND LEARN MORE ABOUT INDIGENOUS CULTURE.

  • HOUSEPARTY - STAY CONNECTED WITH FRIENDS, PLAY GAMES, AND SEE EVERYONE ON THE SAME SCREEN IN AN EASY TO POP IN AND OUT OF “HOUSE”.

  • NPR UP FIRST - A DAILY NEWS PODCAST, 15 MINUTES OR LESS.

  • TEEN VOGUE - SERIOUSLY - CHECK OUT TEEN VOGUE. THEY’RE DOING THE BEST REPORTING ON…. EVERYTHING, FROM HEALTH TO FASHION TO CURRENT EVENTS AND THE EPIDEMIC.

  • THE DAILY - NYTIMES PRODUCED PODCASTS THAT KEEPS YOU UPDATED AND HAS INTERESTING STORIES

AQUARIUMS AND ZOOS: LIVE FEEDS

MUSEUMS WITH VIRTUAL TOURS

FREE ONLINE ACTIVITIES TO STAY BUSY

  • GAMING: KONGREGATE - FREE ONLINE GAMES RANGING FROM CASUAL IF YOU JUST HAVE A FEW MINUTES TO LONGER-FORM GAMES THAT YOU CAN COME BACK TO.

  • ART: GOOGLE DOODLES - WE’VE ALL SEEN THE GOOGLE DOODLES THAT APPEAR DURING SPECIAL EVENTS OR TO HONOR SPECIFIC PEOPLE. THIS IS THE ARCHIVE THAT YOU CAN GET LOST IN.

  • MUSIC: SONG MAKER - A QUICK AND FUN WAY TO LET OUT SOME NOISE WHILE ON YOUR COMPUTER. SONG MAKER LETS YOU EASILY CONSTRUCT SONGS, PLAY THEM BACK, AND REMIX THEM.

  • HEALTH: YOGA WITH ADRIENE - WELCOMES ALL LEVELS, ALL BODIES, ALL GENDERS, ALLS SOULS! BROWSE THE LIBRARY OF FREE YOGA VIDEOS TO FIND A PRACTICE THAT SUITS YOUR MOOD.

  • HEALTH: FITNESS BLENDER- FREE WORKOUT VIDEOS FOR EVERY FITNESS LEVEL. THIS SITE HAS IT ALL- HIIT, PILATES, STRENGTH-TRAINING- YOU NAME IT!

  • EDUCATION/INSPIRATION: TED TALKS - THE TED TALKS CHANNEL FEATURES THE BEST TALKS AND PERFORMANCES FROM THE TED CONFERENCE, WHERE THE WORLD'S LEADING THINKERS AND DOERS GIVE THE TALK OF THEIR LIVES IN 18 MINUTES (OR LESS).

  • ENTERTAINMENT: OPEN CULTURE - 1,000’S OF MOVIES FOR FREE, INCLUDING CLASSICS, INDIES, FILM NOIR, DOCUMENTARIES AND MORE.

  • ART: VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOUR - TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF SOME OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE SITES.

  • NATURE: ANIMAL CAMS - CHECK OUT THESE AMAZING FEEDS! FROM JELLYFISH TO AN AFRICAN WATERING HOLE.

STAY POSITIVE

  • ACTION FOR HAPPINESS - ACTION FOR HAPPINESS IS A MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE COMMITTED TO BUILDING A HAPPIER AND MORE CARING SOCIETY.

  • TINY BUDDHA - TINY BUDDHA IS ABOUT REFLECTING ON SIMPLE WISDOM AND LEARNING NEW WAYS TO APPLY IT TO OUR COMPLEX LIVES-COMPLETE WITH RESPONSIBILITIES, STRUGGLES, DREAMS, AND RELATIONSHIPS. A LEADING RESOURCE FOR PEACE AND HAPPINESS.

  • SHINE TEXT MESSAGES - A FREE APP WITH DAILY MESSAGES AND SUPPORT FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

  • REPLIKA - A PERSONAL AI THAT WOULD HELP YOU EXPRESS AND WITNESS YOURSELF BY OFFERING A HELPFUL CONVERSATION. IT’S A SPACE WHERE YOU CAN SAFELY SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, BELIEFS, AND EXPERIENCES. IT ALSO CHECKS IN ON YOUR DAILY AND SENDS SELF-CARE REMINDERS.

  • QUARANTINE KARAOKE - TAKING THE QUARANTINE BY STORM IS A FACEBOOK GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HELD UP IN THEIR HOMES SHARING THEIR FAVORITE SONGS. THIS IS TRULY ONLINE KARAOKE AND PEOPLE SUPPORTING EACH OTHER IN AN ONLINE ENVIRONMENT TO HELP EACH OTHER GET THROUGH THIS EXPERIENCE.

  • CENTER FOR PUPPETRY - LIVE STREAMING PUPPET PERFORMANCES.

  • TEN PERCENT HAPPIER - HOST DAN HARRIS TACKLES ACTIONABLE AND PRACTICAL TIPS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH THE ANXIETY AND FEAR THAT COMES WITH NOT ONLY WHAT IS GOING ON CURRENTLY, BUT THE LACK OF INFORMATION AROUND WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS.

  • SOME GOOD NEWS - JOHN KRASINSKI OF THE OFFICE FAME HAS STARTED A YOUTUBE CHANNEL FROM HIS HOME, SHARING LITTLE BITS OF POSITIVE NEWS TO LIFT SPIRITS!

REDUCING ANXIETY

  • HAPPIFY - HAPPIFY IS AN APP THAT ASSESSES A VARIETY OF DOMAINS IN YOUR LIFE AND TAKES YOU THROUGH MODULES (GAMES, ACTIVITIES, EXERCISES) THAT ARE DESIGNED TO REFLECT THOSE DOMAINS TO INCREASE HAPPINESS AND REDUCE STRESS.

  • ALLTRAILS: TRAIL GUIDES & MAPS FOR HIKING, CAMPING, AND RUNNING | ALLTRAILS- WHILE OUR DAY-TO-DAY ROUTINES HAVE CHANGED PRETTY DRAMATICALLY, IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT WE NEED TO FIND WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES. WE MIGHT NEED TO KEEP SOME PHYSICAL DISTANCE FROM EACH OTHER FOR A WHILE, BUT WE DON’T NEED TO SHUT OURSELVES IN. THE OUTDOORS IS STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS (JUST REMEMBER TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING!). ALLTRAILS IS A WEBSITE AND APP THAT HELPS YOU FIND LOCAL TRAILS AND OPEN SPACES.

  • CALM - SHORT DAILY MEDITATIONS AND SLEEP STORIES TO HELP YOU RELAX. (APPLE) (GOOGLE PLAY)

  • HEADSPACE – SHORT 10-MINUTE MEDITATIONS (APPLE) (GOOGLE PLAY)

  • BREATH2RELAX – IS A STRESS MANAGEMENT APP, WHICH WILL HELP YOU LEARN HOW TO PERFORM AND USE DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING TECHNIQUES FOR STRESS CONTROL. (APPLE) (GOOGLE PLAY)

  • MINDSHIFT CBT - USES SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN STRATEGIES BASED ON COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT) TO HELP YOU LEARN TO RELAX AND BE MINDFUL, DEVELOP MORE EFFECTIVE WAYS OF THINKING, AND USE ACTIVE STEPS TO TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR ANXIETY.

  • WOEBOT – ANXIETY, DEPRESSION AND MINDFULNESS TOOL THAT PROVIDES TINY CONVERSATIONS TO HELP YOU FEEL AT YOUR BEST. (APPLE) (GOOGLE PLAY)

  • STOP, BREATHE, AND THINK – SIMPLE ACTIVITIES AND MEDITATION TO HELP CHECK IN ON YOUR EMOTIONS AND FEELING (APPLE) (GOOGLE PLAY)

  • PTSD COACH PTSD COACH WAS DESIGNED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE, OR MAY HAVE, POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD). THIS APP PROVIDES YOU WITH EDUCATION ABOUT PTSD, INFORMATION ABOUT PROFESSIONAL CARE, A SELF-ASSESSMENT FOR PTSD, OPPORTUNITIES TO FIND SUPPORT, AND TOOLS THAT CAN HELP YOU MANAGE THE STRESSES OF DAILY LIFE WITH PTSD. (APPLE) (GOOGLE PLAY)

  • QUARANTINE CHAT - DEVELOPED TO HELP PEOPLE FEEL CONNECTED.

  • SHINE – PROVIDES A SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR DAILY STRESS AND ANXIETY. LEARN A NEW SELF-CARE STRATEGY EVERY DAY, GET SUPPORT FROM A DIVERSE COMMUNITY. (APPLE) (GOOGLE)

  • 7 CUPS - 7 CUPS CONNECTS YOU TO A TRAINED CARING LISTENER FOR FREE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT. (APPLE) (GOOGLE PLAY)

FREE ACADEMIC RESOURCES

IXL
Content ELA, Math, Science Personalized Learning Platform (K-6 All Subjects, 7-12 Math Only) Link https://www.ixl.com/

Generation Genius
Content Instant Access to Hours of Fun and Instructional Activities (K-8 Science) Linkhttps://www.generationgenius.com/

Career Cruising
Content Self-Exploration and Planning Program to Achieve Potential in School, Career & Life (7-12) Link https://public.careercruising.com/en/

Study Island
Content Standards Aligned Science Curriculum (4) Link https://www.studyisland.com/

Code.org
Content Specially Designed Page for At Home Coding Activities (K-12) Link https://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

Free Ebooks
Content Collection of Classic Literature that can be Downloaded or Read Online (3-12). Link http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks

Math Games
Content Fabulous Free Math Games 7 Quiz Questions that Address CC Standards (K-8). Link https://www.mathgames.com/

PBS Kids
Content One-Stop Shop for a Wealth of Free Fantastic PBS KIDS Educational Content (K-6). Link https://pbskids.org/

Health & Physical Education:
https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/homeschool-lesson-plans/physical-education/ - Options for doing physical education at home.

HTTPS://WWW.ACEFITNESS.ORG/EDUCATION-AND-

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

Junior Achievement Program Resources

JA In-School Resources

Copy of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings
https://www.storylineonline.net/
Scholastic Learn at Home
Engineering Activities for Kids
33 National Parks Virtual Tours
Virtual Field Trips
Older Students: Coursera
Online Schedules with Kahn Academy
Washington County Library System

Math Resources
Math Seeds - Kindergarten (login info located on your child's FID Brr Bag)
Math Antics
Basic Math Videos and Worksheets https://mathantics.com/

Reflex Math
Math Aids
Math Practice
IXL
Math Games
Khan Academy
Prodigy
Math and Logic Problems
Study Ladder- Math, English & Science
NRICH

EdHelper- Math and Reading
4th Grade Resources- All subjects
Maths Chase
Sumdog- Free access during school closures
25 Learning Tools to use at home

Reading Resources
Reading Eggs- Kindergarten
Scholastic
Starfall
My Teacher Sidekick

Read Works
A reading comprehension resource. This has leveled reading passages, comprehension questions, and answer key. https://www.readworks.org/

Common Lit
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/

Epic
Have Fun Teaching (all subjects)
Literacy Nest for younger readers
Everfi
Amazing Educational Resources- A wide variety of resources for all subjects
Scholastic- Day by Day projects
ABC Mouse
Adventure Academy

PreK- 2nd Grade
Adventure Academy

3rd Grade- 8th Grade
READING IQ-

Pre-K- 6th Grade
Science & Social Studies
Mystery Science
National Geographic Kids
Virtual Field Trips
Virtually Tour -12 Museums Around the World

Brains On
An online podcast with interesting science related topics for students to watch 
https://www.brainson.org/

Coding
Coding Town

Other Activities
Freckle

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
Provides students to look at live cams featuring various zoo animals 
https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

50 activities that parents and kids can do together
101 fun ideas
Family activities (this google form as 3 tabs on the bottom of the page)
20 Hands-On Activities
Children's Musem of Pittsburgh- DYI Projects
Junior Achievement- Free online programs during this time 

SPEECH RESOURCES

WEBSITES FOR SPEECH AND LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES

ARTICULATION

LANGUAGE

FLUENCY

PRAGMATICS

WEBSITES FOR AAC PRACTICE

Additional Free Resources

Teacher Suggestions for Fostering Language Development

  • Say/read nursery rhymes so your child can hear the rhythm and flow of language.

  • Sing simple songs together to encourage vocal use, teach concepts, and expand vocabulary. (i.e. "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes")

  • Use body language in everyday communication to support multi-modal communication. (i.e. shrug your shoulders, shake your head)

  • 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.])

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Talk during play. The more language models your child hears, the more he/she will want to talk and will know about language.

  • 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?")

  • Focus on the positive! Children’s attitudes often reflect their parents’ attitudes!

  • Listen to your child! Give them your full attention to show that they are an equal communication partner.

  • 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?”)

  • 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.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY RESOURCES

Occupational Therapy resources to assist your child at home. These sites include activities that
support handwriting strategies, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual perception skills,
executive functioning, and sensory strategies.

OT Mom Learning Activities:
https://www.ot-mom-learning-activities.com

The OT Toolbox:
www.theottoolbox.com

Therapy Street for Kids:
www.therapystreetforkids.com

OT Plan:
www.otplan.com

Tools to Grow OT:
www.toolstogrowot.com

The Letters of Literacy:
https://thelettersofliteracy.com/category/learn-to-write/

The Sensory Spectrum:
http://www.thesensoryspectrum.com/yoga-poses-for-kids/