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Parents, You’ve Got This and We’ve Got You.
As the waning days of summer give way to a school season like no other, NSLA joins our partners across the country in putting families first during this time. Our children need us more than ever and together we will find the silver lining in helping our children learn, grow, and thrive.
This new NSLA PSA offers helpful tips for parents as they soak up the last few days of summer and navigate uncharted waters this school year. We invite you to share with your families in your “village.”
How to Keep Your Kids Learning When Schools are Closed
This new e-book, written by Dr. Matthew Boulay, an educator, and advocate for children and families for over 25 years, is just the resource parents need to keep kids learning this summer. The book offers “40 Digital Learning Kits” inspired by the best practices of award-winning programs around the country. Available on Amazon for $2.99.
“Parents will love this book! It’s a much needed guide to help parents navigate the summer months and is filled with fun and practical ideas grounded in years of deeply respected research.” – Liz McChesney, former Director of Children’s Services, Chicago Public Library
“An excellent resource for any family giving their best from home.” – Matthew Hathaway, Elementary School Teacher and Father
Ready to Partner: 5 Steps for a Different Kind of School Year | Learning Heroes
Every parent can be a learning hero. You’ve got what it takes — you know your child best. But even superheroes need a team. Learning Heroes is here to help you support learning at home— with simple actions to help your child reach their goals.When parents and teachers join forces, students succeed. This year it will be more important than ever.
Here are five steps to help keep your child on track, no matter where learning takes place.
¡Todo a Colaborar! 5 pasos para un año escolar diferente | Learning Heroes
Tienes lo que se necesita: tú eres el que mejor conoce a tu hijo. Sin embargo, hasta los superhéroes necesitan un equipo.Estamos aquí para ayudarte a apoyar el aprendizaje en casa,con medidas sencillas para facilitar la ruta al futuro exitoso de tu hijo.
Con estos cinco pasos tus hijos seguirán avanzando en su educación, donde sea que ocurra el aprendizaje.
Parents are key in supporting their children’s learning on Khan Academy, and Khan Academy wants to help you and your child get to learning and growing on Khan Academy as quickly and easily as possible. Khan Academy is a great way for your child to get help with what they’re learning in school or to learn something completely new. Plus, Khan Academy is a free resource for students, teachers, and parents.
Khan Academy Kids
Khan Academy Kids is an award-winning educational app for young learners ages two to seven. The app engages kids in core subjects like early literacy, reading, writing, language, and math while encouraging creativity and building social-emotional skills.
You can also check out the Khan Academy Kids YouTube channel as a place for parents and kids to access learning resources. For parents, it is about putting all the resources you need to use our app at your fingertips. Kids can join Circle Time every other Monday, a fun space to read and play with friends!
Unboxed by Prepared Parents
Unboxed is a monthly learning kit that unpacks the education families want, kids deserve, and teachers love, with a focus on grades 4-9.Unboxed is for everyone, and it’s FREE. Prepared parents designed Unboxed for the parent who is helping kids learn at home, the community organization or enrichment program supporting remote learning, and the learning pod leader working with mixed-age groups. It’s beautiful, simple, and easy to use.
Parents’ Guide to Student Success | National PTA
The Parents’ Guides to Student Success were developed by teachers, parents, and education experts in response to the Common Core State Standards that more than 45 states have adopted.
Created for grades K-8 and high school English, language arts/literacy, and mathematics, the guides provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.
Great Children’s Books about Cooking, Eating, and All Things Food!
Provided by Applegate Natural and Organic Meats
Here are some great children’s books, about cooking, eating, and doing all things food from Applegate chef and food stylist, Kate Winslow, author of Onions Etcetera: The Essential Allium Cookbook and former editor at Gourmet magazine.
Back To… Something
Provided by Applegate Natural and Organic Meats
FAST, FUN RECIPES & ACTIVITIES FOR THE STRANGEST SCHOOL YEAR EVER
The only thing that’s sure this school year is that it’s going to be different. So let’s make different better with easy, wholesome lunch recipes that anyone can make. (We’re looking at you kids!)
Whether you’re in the classroom or at the kitchen table this back-to-school season, lunch and learn about good food with Applegate.
Take N.O.T.E. | Understood.org
Since 2014, Understood has served millions of families of kids who learn and think differently. In September 2020, Understood launched Take N.O.T.E.™, an initiative developed in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), to empower families to seek support. The initiative includes free, digital-first resources in English and Spanish for families to use when they notice their child struggling with behavior changes or are concerned about developmental delays.
Learn more about the early signs of learning differences in your children and how to take early action.
PBS Kids for Parents
School is back in session and families have lots of questions about the 2020-2021 school year and what it holds for their kids. PBS Kids believes there are many things families can do to “bolster children’s feelings of confidence and security as they head into a new year.” PBS Kids provides ways to create and practice routines, cope with anxieties and emotions, and find ways to learn at home.
SAT Preparation Information | CollegeBoard
The SAT is a standardized college entrance exam that’s accepted by every college in the U.S. and over 600 institutions internationally. It assesses the knowledge and skills your child is learning in the classroom—the same skills that are key to success in college and career.
CollegeBoard has prepared fast facts for parents and guardians that will help you navigate the college application process, help your child practice for the exam, and register for the test.
Cooking Matters® | Share Our Strength
Cooking Matters is a Share Our Strength campaign that is helping end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy, affordable food choices. The site offers recipes, tips & videos, and a tool to help families find school meals in their area.
Parent Resources | Great Schools
GreatSchools is the leading national nonprofit empowering parents to unlock educational opportunities for their child. GreatSchools has an array of articles, worksheets, tips, and interactive tools to help parents support their child’s learning and well-being every day. Grade-based toolkits range from Pre-K to high school.
Nature-Based Bingo | Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Experiencing nature, even close to home offers a lot of benefits. Being near animals, plants, and natural land can relieve stress, improve our mental health, motivate us to eat healthy and be physically active, and make us feel more connected to others. Celebrate the natural world around us this Earth Day and every day using this handy BINGO card filled with nature-friendly activities.
8 Art Activities to Encourage Wellness: At-Home Edition | Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
If you’re ready to embrace the restorative power of art, check out these 8 ideas to try. Don’t worry, most of the activities use supplies you probably already have on hand; flex your creativity and adapt the activities too – just be sure to share your great ideas with me on social media.
Electrifying Engineering | STEM Online Learning | General Motors
General Motors (GM) invites kids and their family to join in on immersive, kid-friendly lessons on sustainability, #EV design and more. Tune in to GM’s YouTube Channel playlist for new #ElectrifyingEngineering videos every Sunday!
Yoga Animals | National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids presents, Yoga Animals: A Wild Introduction to Kid-Friendly Poses
Roar like a lion! Arch like a kitten! Stretch like a cobra! Many yoga poses were inspired by animals. Let these creatures inspire you to get moving, practice mindfulness, or calm down after a long day. Yoga Animals has photos of animals that mimic each pose. Follow along with yoga expert Tara Stiles.
Additional resources are available in NSLA’s Knowledge Center.