Math-All Grade Levels

If you’re like me, I’m not all that confident with my math skills. I sat next to Danny and reviewed his online Math activity and I was nervous he would ask me the answers. Don’t worry there are plenty of online resources. I learned ANOVA from YouTube.

Here are some online math resources:

Social Studies-All Grade Levels

I love social studies. You can jump into any historical or political period and combine the lesson with reading, writing, art, science, sports, philosophy, cooking, music, etc. Encourage your child to share their thoughts and interests on the topic.

Here are some online resources:

Science- All Grade Levels

The unfortunate thing about learning science at home is that we don’t have the cool science equipment readily at hand. Check out YouTube for cool science experiments that you can do at home.

As with all learning, try to make it fun. Keep track of the lessons learned on your child’s learning log. Check for understanding and talk to your child about what they have learned.

Here are some online resources:

Khan Academy-Daily Schedule

I like Khan Academy for a few reasons:

  • You can pre-assess your child. This will give your child a starting point before they progress through the course.
  • The site provides assessments to check for growth and understanding.
  • Your child can complete a course and you will get a “report card” of sorts.

Click on this link to see the Khan Daily schedule.

Remember to keep your child on a regular schedule. Both you and your child should keep track of their progress. Students should keep a learning log where they write:

  • K: What do they know about the subject/topic?
  • W: What do they want to learn about the subject/topic?
  • L: What did they learn about the subject/topic?
Keep a schedule, plan and log learning.

Writing-All Grade Levels

I think we are all born to be writers. We have ideas, feelings, dreams, and stories inside our heads. The trick is to get them on paper in an organized way that allows the reader to understand those thoughts.

The goal of educators is to get students to a level of proficiency in writing so that students can convey their thoughts clearly and effectively.

Check out the following resources:

There are different kinds of writing– writing emails, text messages, writing directions, a lab report, writing out an explanation for a math problem, poetry, short stories, a thank you note, etc.

Consider creating a thematic unit– combining reading, science, social studies, math and writing all under the umbrella of a theme. For example,

Children can write about what they know about the subject, what they want to learn and what they learned afterward (KWL). Have your child keep a journal of what they are learning and what they are interested in learning more about.

Take care of YOU!

You are probably stressed about a lot of things:

  • Will I get sick? If I do, who will take care of my kids?
  • What if my kids get sick or one of my family members?
  • I’m out of work. How will I pay for my bills?
  • How long will this last? Will things get worse?

The list, I’m sure, goes on and on. So what can you do to manage your feelings, anxiety, and fear?

  • If your fear and anxiety feel unmanageable, please contact your family doctor or click on this link for Milwaukee Resources and seek help/support.
  • Be cautious with Social Media. Sometimes spending too much time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., feeds into the fear. You may be exposed to false information about the virus or events. Put yourself on a strict Social Media diet.
  • Find time to exercise. Take a walk, do yoga, ride a bike, etc.
  • Drink water. Limit or avoid alcohol.
  • Eat healthily. Food is fuel for the brain.
  • Write out your fears and talk about them with others. Get advice from family and friends.
  • I like to watch positive videos that talk about fear. Pema Chödrön – Fear and Fearlessness is a great video.
  • If you have a religion or faith, reflect on words of hope and promise. Here are some verses from the Bible.
  • Understand that you are not alone.

“Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou

How to help kids with their fear.

Talk with your child and have developmentally-appropriate conversations about what they’re thinking and feeling. Look for changes in your child’s behavior. If you are concerned about any changes or behaviors, contact your family doctor.

I’ll post some resources as I come across them.

Reading-All Grade Levels

Before you venture into the world of homeschooling/getting your child to read (or teaching them to read), you have to make learning fun.

How to make reading fun? Select reading materials that kids are interested in–comic books, books that are tied to a movie (gulp, “Frozen”), books on sports figures or movie stars, etc.

If I can’t go to the library or bookstore, where can I get books?

  • Your cell phone–iPhone, iBook app- in the search window, write “free” and select a book that may interest your child.
  • Google “free online books for kids” like this website
  • Milwaukee Public Library eBooks
  • Newsela is a great site that is now available for free. You can select current event readings and children can do a reading comprehension quiz after. There’s also writing prompts and more.
  • Khan Academy--Free online classes for all grade levels and all subjects.
  • MPS Online Learning page

What about reading levels? How do I know which book to select for my child?

First, reading is reading. I read all of the Harry Potter books, and it fed my enjoyment for reading, and there was plenty to talk about–characters, conflict, themes, etc. Danny read all of the Babysitters’ Club books. Pick a book that interests your child. You will want to throw in a few books that challenge your child.

Reading levels: Click on this link to see a site that shows the following-

  • Click on the grade level on the top to see the grade level.
  • Age
  • Lexile level–on some books, you can see on the back of the book or inside cover the Lexile level.

Reading Comprehension: How do I know my child understands what they are reading? Here’s a site with reading comprehension questions. I wouldn’t worry about printing out the sheets (look at the sidebar for more activities). Copy the activity down on paper or have your child read the reading passages and questions and write the answers on a sheet of paper.

How do I know my child is learning? Ask questions. Talk about the story. Can your child recall events? Does your child identify conflicts and themes? Can your child draw the story out?

If you are interested in reviewing the Wisconsin Department of Instruction ELA standards, click here.

Set aside time for your child to read–How much? Read here.