Hey Westlake family!
We’re all adjusting to being stuck at home and figuring out this Remote Learning thing. I’m so grateful for technology these days and how we’re able to adapt and figure out school from home. I’m also incredibly grateful for our greater community. So many different companies have stepped up to offer FREE resources for families who are stuck at home. We wanted to make a (non-exhaustive) list of resources we’ve seen online. As a school, Westlake does not endorse any of these sites – we haven’t vetted them all, so please use wisdom and caution before you just let your child freely roam these sites.
If you encounter a site that you love that you’d like for us to share here as well, please email me (Erica Adkins) and I’ll consider adding your recommendation to this list.
Resources Already Used in the Classroom
- GoNoodle – Little Videoes to keep your student active for “brain breaks”
- IXL – Timed quizzes for both math, science, and language arts – each WCA student should already have a login to access.
- DuoLingo – Learn a language for free!
- Google Classroom – each parent and student should have access through their school email.
Additional Supplemental Resources
- Starfall – Math, Language Arts, & Music lessons for K-3rd grade
- Daily Doodle Lessons from the Kennedy Center – Artist Mo Willems teaches doodle lessons
- Storyline Online – Famous actors read classic children’s stories aloud
- Virtual Museum Tours – Tours of famous museum exhibits are available
- Virtual Field Trips – Here is a list of 20 places where you can go on a “field trip” to museums, zoos, aquariums, and national parks.
- Scholastic Learn At Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
- 75+ Educational Resources for When You’re Stuck at Home – Various things to do from a mom’s blog
- Free Educational Subscriptions During COVID-19 soft-quarantine – A Wide Array of Websites Listed with different focuses
- List of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings. – Another long list of different website resources available
Internet Access Resources
If you’re struggling to get access to internet (as many coffee shops and libraries will be closed through the social-distancing) Comcast has offered free internet for low-income families (normally $9.95/mo). They’ve also increased the access speeds to make it easier for families to do what they need from home.
- Comcast Internet Essentials – 60-day free internet access for low-income families