Supporting Learning from Home

Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions (Reference: casel.org). Visit this link for resources on supporting your child's mental health, how to talk to your child about COVID 19 and more! Also, here are some activities that you can do with your child:

  • Have your child keep a Gratitude Journal. Being grateful helps to create a positive mood and a feeling of hope. They can write down 1 to 3 things they were grateful for each day. Younger children can draw a picture of 1 thing they were grateful for that day.

  • Make an Accomplishment Box to build your child’s confidence.

  • Dance Party - move the furniture out of the way and just put on some of your best dance music and have a great time shaking your tail feathers! This is a great way to get out energy and uplift everyone’s mood!

  • Play Water Bottle Bowling - With five to 10 empty plastic water bottles and a soccer ball (or another ball about the same size), you can create a home bowling alley in your hallway. Use tape to mark where each bottle should go. And if you can, pour a little sugar, salt, sand, or even unused kitty litter into each bottle so they don’t tip over too easily.

More Social Emotional Learning Resources:

Helping your child learn at home during Distance Learning

High-impact strategies for helping children learn at home
High Impact Home Strategies, which are research-based practices, are linked to student learning, that when utilized by parents and caregivers at home, have been proven to have significant impacts on student learning and academic achievement in school. From San Diego Office of Education.

Getting Started Learning at Home - from Wide Open School
As parents, you may be adjusting to the idea of having your kids at home all the time. To make learning with them more accessible, we have been busy compiling the best free online resources. Also see their Resources for Families during the coronavirus page here. We can't say enough good things about Wide Open School's resources - go see for yourselves!

Google Classroom for Parents - support your family in getting connected

Learning Keeps Going
ISTE & EdSurge are curating a list of free products offered by companies and organizations to support learning during extended school closures. Explore activities and lessons, ways for managing stress, learning tips, digital citizenship, and more!

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Mo Willems invites you into his studio for his lunch doodle. Learners can draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo. Viewers can see each weekday’s new video at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Educate Today - Spring 2020 FREE Programs
Connect with real world experts through free, live, interactive programs. Ask questions. Offer insights. Inspire learning. All in real time.
Explore their weekly programs with many engaging topics for grades 2-12!

Explore Science Activities You Can Do At Home!
Carolina Biological is offering free interactive activities for students grades K-12. Browse a variety of subjects with investigations that can be done with supplies found in your home!

Supplementary Educational Materials

Inyo County Public Library eServices - borrow books, periodicals, and movies

Stories by Audible - Free audiobooks from Audible

Recommendations for Apps and Games and more from Common Sense Media

The Social Distancing Festival: Celebrating Art from all over the World - new events in all disciplines changed every day for your enjoyment

Daily storytime and bi-weekly science talks through the Lawrence Hall of Science. View this document for the live program schedule and links

15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home - an article by Playbill

Get Your Kids Outdoors to Learn Science