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April 30, 2020
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School Closure Resources for Families


Reading/Language Arts

#kidlitquarantine– Authors and Illustrators are jumping in to help out! Under the hashtag #kidlitquarantine there are read alouds, drawing activities, and writing activities available for students by their favorite authors. (All ages) List of authors who are participating and activities/times, centralized calendar

Scholastic Free Virtual Learning– Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing (Pre-K-6+)

Storyline Online– Free literacy program where actors read to children, this is always a free resource (Pre-K-8)

Starfall– Grades Pre-K through 2nd- free resources for phonics and read-along stories (Pre-K-2)

Read, Wonder, and Learn! Favorite Authors & Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere- Spring 2020– Kate Messner (all ages)

Stories from Space– Listen to astronauts reading from space. (all ages)

Learning A-Z– All parts of Learning A-Z are available free trials for 14 days (K-6)

95% Group Phonics Resources for Home (K-2)

ReadAskChat is  sharing a code so PreK and K families can have access to their digital library through April: 5RVLD4  (Pre-K – K)

Resources for English Learners  (all ages)

Times for Kids Articles for students to read and interact with (K-6)

Readworks– Comprehension passages at different lexile levels with questions- always free (K-12) 

Building Stamina at Home– teach your child how to read by themselves for 30 minutes at a time. (1-8)

Growing Book by Book– An online book library (preschool-kindergarten)


Mo Willems Lunch Doodles- Author of Elephant and Piggie and the Pigeon books will be live each day at 1:00 ET for Lunch Doodles (all ages)

30 Days of Lego Fun– Calendar of lego activities (all ages)

Free Virtual Field Trips– (all ages)

Art & Craft Tutorials with McHarper Manor (Visual Arts Studio in Ohio)- Everyday at 1pm (all ages)

PBSKids.org– games, movement activities, and fun for younger kids. For fun for the whole family, you can airplay it to your TV for family viewing. (Pre-K)

No More Flashcards-Resources and Ideas for Pre-K Students-(Pre-K)

Inside Activities– Whether your company has required that you work from home for a few weeks or your children’s schools are closed, the coronavirus outbreak means a lot more time spent indoors. This is a list of indoor activities to do with your children at home (all ages)

BreakoutEDU– DIgital educational games students can play at home (K-12)

Wendy MacNaughton-Drawing Lessons from an illustrator (all ages)

GoNoodle– Burn off extra energy with kids’ dance routines from go noodle (all ages)

Cosmic Kids Yoga– Try out a yoga session for kids (all ages)

Tasty– Try out a new recipe with Tasty Cooking With Kids (all ages)

Virtual Music Instruments– If you need quiet time to get work done, plug kids (headphones and all!) into these virtual musical instruments (all ages)

Highlights Kids– Play a ton of interactive games and puzzles (all ages)

USA Today Article– 13 things to keep kids entertained if quarantined for coronavirus (all ages)


Mystery Science– Free K-5 mini-lessons available- schools can gain access to all mystery science for the remainder of the school year if they apply. (K-8)

DreamBox Learning– Online Math Learning free for 90 days (K-8)

Digital Rainforest Project for Google Classroom-Use technology to give students a fun, interactive to show off what they research about Rainforest Animals! Google Classroom project is great for school closure or at-home learning. This DIGITAL differentiated Rainforest Animal Research project helps reach the needs of all students while providing rigorous and engaging learning experiences  (1-2)

Common Sense Media Understanding Health and Science Headlines– A lesson for grades 8–12 to help kids read beyond the headlines. (8-12)

PHET- Interactive Simulations for Elementary through High School (3-12)

Healthy Habits– Watch the Healthy Habits video series from Sesame Street — then print the free activity book that goes along with it.

Backpack Science- Parents with elementary-age students can access Backpack Sciences’ free video series, which teaches kids hands-on science concepts.


Parent’s Guide to Google Classroom

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Parent’s Guide to Google Classroom in Polish

Parents Guide to Google Classroom Arabic Translation

SeeSaw Tutorial for Parents English

SeeSaw Tutorial Spanish

SMART Parent Dashboard– Looking for ways to engage your children in meaningful learning activities? These ready-made activities and tasks, created by educators, are designed to support home learning across content areas. Many of these activities can be used again and again. (K-12)

Khan Academy– Online learning website. They also created a Daily schedule for students 4-18 (Pre-K-12)

Kahoot-Free access to all Kahoot features (K-8)

Wide Open Schools– 

Common Sense Media At Home Learning Packets– Weekly learning plans to help open up the lines of communication with students’ families and ease them into some new digital learning routines. Think of these resources — which you can easily customize — as a quick-start guide for distance learning at home. They’re each structured around the following principles: Digital Citizenship, set reasonable goals, attempt a schedule and let common sense pick the tools. (K-2)

Common Sense Media– A list of educational apps that do not require the internet or data (K-6)

120 Free Math and Literacy Games (K-2)

ISBE’s Continuing Education Resources (Scroll down the page)

150 Eng150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely– Digital Learning Support for teachers and families (all ages)

Social-Emotional Learning at home– Free resources to support SEL at home (all ages)

Calm– free of charge tools to take care of our minds and stay grounded. Enjoy this curation of content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time. And check back soon as we’ll be updating these resources regularly. (all ages)

14 Free Virtual Ways to Exercise- Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you have to stop moving and having fun! (all ages)

PBS Kids Learn and Grow: Age by Age Tips & Activities for Social-Emotional Learning, Literacy, Arts and More! (Pre-K-3)

Technology Resources for Families

Comcast Internet Essentials Program– Free for low-income customers for 60 days (all families)

Parent’s Guide to using Google Classroom 2020

Parent’s Guide to using Google Classroom 2020 in Arabic

Parent’s Guide to using Google Classroom 2020 in Spanish  target=”_blank” rel=”noopener” data-saferedirecturl=”https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v%3DMezDwpbSQn4%26feature%3Dyoutu.be&source=gmail&ust=1588342396429000&usg=AFQjCNGKGfpMbYdFzG4G3KG0RLOBSu_TFQ”>(Video)  (families)

Read the World– Digital Learning Support for teachers and families (all ages)

Movie List– 23 feel-good movies to stream while your kids are stuck at home (all ages)

Educational TV Shows 26 educational shows for younger kids to stream while they may be out of school (younger kids)


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Illinois Early Learning Resource Page