The Immaculata University Education Division would like to offer you some of our favorite online resources and tips to support you. Please explore the free online resources, interactive learning tools, and learning tips for parents, students and teachers.
Home Schooling Support
- American Psychological Association
- Khan Academy
- PA Department of Education
- PBS – How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus
- Scholastic – Variety of Grade levels and FREE!
- Bloomz – Communication, Behavior, Portfolio app all in one
- PearDeck – great to make your presentations interactive
- NearPod – great way to make lessons interactive in 1:1 classroom
- Quizizz – Self paced quizzes for student review – can be used in class on at home
- Kahoot – Interactive review for students – great premade also
- Trello – Great app to help you organize a project among a group
- StudyBlue – create flashcards and carry them on your phone
Subject Area Resources
Language Arts Resources
- Storyboard That – Free digital storytelling
- Audible – free audio stories
- Read Aloud – A YouTube read aloud from Mrs. Jenny Chrisman, a kindergarten teacher in the Coatesville Area School District and a doctoral student at Immaculata
- Spelling City – Free with code VSCFree90
- StoryOnline – Famous People read children’s books
- Magic Tree House – Lessons, activities, and more
- FunBrain – K to 8 – Site is not just for reading but many subjects
- Starfall – Phonics for PreK to 3rd Grade
- Phonics Hero – build sounds, to words, to sentences
- Adventure Academy – Reading, Comprehension, Writing
- Epic Books – read books online – over 15,000+
- Snippet Generator – Write a newspaper article
- Write Comics – Perfects to have students retell a story in any subject
Language Arts Tips
Story Time (adapted from the IHM ABC Notes)
There is no activity better than reading a book to your child (or having your child read the book to you) Why not give your child extra motivation for personal reading and a chance to improve oral reading skills? Set up a schedule and occasionally allow your child to read a story of their own choice aloud to you (or to the family). As an extra, the child can write about the story, for example – the setting, main character, problem, what they like about the story. If there is an audience (brothers and sisters), the reader can be the teacher ask a few questions about the book.
Self-selected required reading
Let your children read whatever they want for at least 30 minutes a day. This can be divided into two or three shorter segments depending on the age of the children. If you must require them to “show their work” they can respond to their reading using some of the reading prompts as follows:
Reading Prompts: Grades K-2
- What was your favorite part, so far?
- Draw a picture of the setting of a particular scene or chapter. (This may only be chosen once per book)
- Ask questions about things that confuse you or that you wonder about.
- Make a prediction about what will happen next.
- Tell how you would react to their situation if you were one of the characters in the story (fiction) or the actual person.(non-fiction).
- Describe a part that surprised you.
- Write a letter to the author or a character (fiction) or the person (non-fiction).
- Create a graphic organizer. Examples: time line, Venn diagram, mind map, etc.
- What do you think happens to the characters after the book ends? (fiction)
Reading Prompts: Grades 3+
- What other books or movies are you familiar with that have similar plots or themes to this book? Explain. (fiction)
- Would you change anything in this chapter/story if you were the author? (fiction)
- How much power do the characters have to change their world? (situation)
- What other people or events in history remind you of this this person and their achievements or struggles? Why? (non-fiction)
- Which actors would you cast to play these characters in a movie? Why?
- Does the author use any vivid imagery in the story (similes, metaphors, etc.)? Give examples.
- If this book or chapter had a soundtrack, what pieces of music would it include? Why?
- Did any of the characters remind you of someone you personally know or have known? How?
- Make a double entry journal. On the left half of the page, write two or three quotes or short passages from the book. On the right half of the page, write a thoughtful response about each. Tell why it is meaningful to you.
Have your children write a journal entry every day about whatever they want. Suggested topics might include: What did you do today or a previous day? Did you learn anything new? What do you miss most about school? What is a favorite memory you have? Name 15 things you love to do. List 10 of your favorite (foods, movies, songs, books, etc.). What are 5 things you like about (yourself, your parents, your siblings, etc?)
- Math Playground
- Khan Academy – Fantastic for understanding Math
- Photomath – Snap, Scan, and Solve Math Problems – Math Motion for Kids – K to 6th – FREE APP!
- Prodigy – Great Math adventure to reinforce skills
- Math Snacks – Great games to focus on specific skills
- Choreo Math – turning a picture into an animation Math for understanding – FREE APP!
- BuzzMath – 6th – 9th – Figure out problems to save the world
- NCTM Illuminations – complete lessons, games, etc. for math standards
- Math Goggles – A collection of math activities that use a piece of art as the lens for learning. The activities are free and include worksheets, coloring pages, etc.
- Rice University Resources – math websites, web tools, iOS math apps, math games, and coding.
Social Studies Resources
Physical Education Resources
- Catholic Mom
- Loyola Press – a number of free lessons and resources
- Loyola Press Prayer Resources
- Magnificat – Free education resources and a free download each weekly booklet of our colorful Sunday missalette for children ages 6 through 12. Magnificat
- MagnifiKids – Help Children Pray and Follow Sunday Mass
- Sophia Institute – Teaching the Liturgical year
- St. Mary Press – Youth Bibles, ideas and activities for elementary students and lessons for liturgy and prayer