Learning Ideas for Families
Teachers and other staff members created a list of ideas to help students continue learning at home when school is not in session.
- To yourself, or to someone else
- Listen to stories like audiobooks and podcasts for kids
- Read the room at home - start with food labels like a cereal box
- A letter to a family member, a teacher, or a community hero
- A nature diary about what you see changing outside
- A play and act it out
- A book and illustrate your story
- Using boxes, cards, cans, sticks, or recycling
- A reading fort
- An obstacle course outside
- Your vocabulary-- learn new words in English and other languages
- A game for a younger child
- Photographs using a camera phone or disposable camera
- Puppets made out of old socks
- A drawing of what you see. Make a map of your house, your street, or your neighborhood
- Flashcards, and make up math games.
- New costumes by dressing up and playing with makeup or face paint
- Make up a dance to a favorite song
- Set a timer and race yourself
- Go for a walk and tell an adventure story
- Walk up stairs and count them by 1s, 2s, 3s, or 10s
- Energy by finding the electrical devices in each room. Where can you save electricity?
- Make a new recipe, and get creative to use leftover ingredients. Make up a new recipe
- Make a toy bath with lots of soapy bubbles
- Stories: https://www.storylineonline.net/, https://www.funbrain.com/books, www.pebblego.com (username: engaged password: learning)
- Activities: https://www.pbs.org/parents/learn-grow, https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html, https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home/activity-packets
- Moving: https://family.gonoodle.com/
- Recipes: https://www.americastestkitchen.com/kids/home
Middle School & High School
- Everything: books, magazines, news…
- Talk about current events. What news sources are helpful?
- Listen to audiobooks or podcasts
- Watch documentaries about subjects you are interested in
- A list of goals to achieve during this time, and the steps needed to attain them What do you want to learn more about, or get better at?
- Letters to family, friends, teachers, and heroes
- Stories using your favorite characters from books, tv, or movies
- Essays for college applications and scholarships
- An alternate ending to a favorite book
- A journal of this time-- write, draw, or record your thoughts every day
- Art: dance, instrumental, voice, or acting performances; drawings, paintings, costumes
- A list of college and career ideas (take quizzes and explore in Xello)
- A graphic novel or comic book
- A daily schedule that includes time to work toward your goals
- Fix things that need repair
- Knowledge for younger students. Teach them to multiply, divide, or solve for x.
- Go outside: walk, run, bike, or stretch
- Work on individual goals to run faster, lift more, jump higher, or practice a new skill
- Practice yoga
- Cook for your family, and get creative to use leftover ingredients. Make up a new recipe.
- Think about what gets used in your household. How can you rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle?
- Reading: www.mackinvia.com (login with student ID number and password), www.mycapstonelibrary.com (username: continue password: reading), Libby app (with HCLIB library card)
- College and Career Exploration: https://login.xello.world/ (login with BCS email and password)
- ACT Preparation: www.hclib.org, ACT Up app
- Lessons: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home/activity-packets