Home Schooling

Parenting through a pandemic can be challenging. While at home, structuring you child’s day helps to establish a routine and sense of normalcy. However, establish a schedule that fits the lifestyle of your family during this time. Anxiety may be high for your family, so encouragement and positivity are important!  

Below are some resources that can help to navigate schooling at home and other supplemental educational projects for kids and parents, too. 

Summer Reading Suggestions

This summer maybe more than ever before, it is important to keep your children from the typical "summer slide". Summer reading is critical for students to retain knowledge and skills learned in the previous school year. Students who don't read are at risk of falling behind their classmates. Parents and teachers can avoid this by making sure kids take time to read.

Listed below are websites that we think would be fun/valuable for students and their families over the summer. Some are lists with reviews, some have additional activities. 

  • ALA (American Library Assoc.)—Birth through Grade 8; recommendations with brief descriptions of each book Click Here
  • Hornbook—Preschool through high school recommendations list. Click Here 
  • Hornbook reviews:
  • ILA (International Literacy Assoc) K through age 14 recommendations with brief descriptions, Click Here
  • Reading Rockets—Still has 2019 booklist, but there are excellent parent resources for the summer. Click Here
  • Read Across America—Summer activities plus booklists through age 12, Click Here
  • Kirkus Reviews— Summaries with reviews can be filtered by ages; birth through 12 Click Here

Homework Help

If you find that your child needs a little help with their homework, our Meadowlands Family Success Center staff members are ready to help on Mondays and Wednesdays. Email one of our staff members to schedule a time. Mondays via Zoom between the hours of 3:30-4:30 or Wednesdays between 1:30 - 2:30 at the Meadowlands Family Success Center in Little Ferry. BOTH DAYS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Email Olivia at OHall@meadowlandsfsc.org, Kriselle at KDabal@meadowlandsyfsc.org or Brianna at BCasagrande@meadowlandsfsc.org

Kahn Academy 

We want to give a shout to our fellow nonprofit that’s doing some awesome work right now. The Khan Academy, a free online education resource, is hosting daily live steam on their social media accounts for students, parents, and teachers navigating school closures. They have daily schedules that help parents to plan for children ages 4-18 and free teacher resources for math lessons, computer programming training, and SAT prep. 

Kahn Academy Remote Learning

Udemy

Udemy has a great collection of free courses a variety of topics ranging from typical school subjects to photography, accounting, marketing, teaching, health & fitness, and more. It's a site where you both parents and children can learn more about what interests them. TeachinGuide.com collects a list of free courses offered through Udemy. It requires setting up a login, but then you'll have access to all the courses listed there. 

Free Udemy Courses

Ted-Ed

Looking for ways to brighten up learning while at home? TedEd brings lessons to life for students through animation. TedEd’s goal is to ignite curiosity among learners by collecting the best lessons from teachers around the world and turning them into shareable animated videos for students. Try it out and let us know some of the ways you’re staying engaged and learning at home!

Get Started on Ted-Ed 

Improve Writing Skills 

Looking to help your students improve their writing abilities online? Or maybe your child expressed interest in writing a book one day? Now is the perfect time polish up those writing abilities with some helpful courses! No Red Ink is a great resource that’s helped student improve test scores and write more confidently. 

Visit No Red Ink

STEM Activity Calendars 

Running out of ideas for enriching activities for your child? The team at Vivify has created STEM activity calendars that anyone can use!  Their calendars include both online and offline activities designed for students from preschool to high school. 

Download Activity Calendars

Meadowlands Area School District Information 

Find information from your town's Board of Education as related to COVID-19 lesson plans, updates, and other resouces.

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