Milestones & Miracles is based in West Virginia and if you’ve turned on the national news, you may have noticed we are headed into Day 8 of a school closing where our brave teachers and school personnel are standing for a better future for themselves and a more sustainable and stronger education system for our children. It’s been stressful. As a parent to children who have been going to public schools every day for 8 years, it is a very unsettling feeling. Parents are scrambling for ideas to keep their young minds busy at home, so I thought it might be a good time to add a resource centered blog to share ideas for supplemental learning at home.
You don’t have to be in a state without a functioning public education program (I’m trying to keep smiling here) to use these. Bookmark for times your kiddo has an illness, you are seeking extra support around a certain topic or subject, or to encourage learning through the summer. Lacy and I stand firmly in believing that real learning occurs in context by doing, playing, practicing, and experiencing and that parents working as an active part of the team WITH educators always leads to positive experiences. Hope this is helpful and maybe even fun!
Resources listed start with Pre-K ages/skills and progress. Many thanks to the teachers that assisted in creating this list. In addition, there’s always good old fashioned reading (take a trip to the library!), writing (perfect time in our state to practice letter writing to a favorite teacher or more than one legislator), or daily living skills (plan a budget, prep and cook a meal, open their own bank account and balance a check book).
Our thoughts, prayers, and support are with many educators and students we admire and love.
Reading, Math, Science, Arts & Colors for kids 2-8
Encourage literacy and language by taking a picture of anything, record your voice or a story, and make it talk!
We’ve collected hundreds of purposeful play ideas on the following Pinterest Boards:
Dr. Seuss themed learning
Movement and mindfulness for any age
Leading digital library for kids 12 & under
Online reading games and activities
Core math and problem solving skills made fun
Building reading comprehension & vocabulary
Our top pick and personal favorite for math, science, computing, engineering, test prep, arts, and more
Curriculum aligned math games
Read current events articles and take a short comprehension test for understanding
Online reading materials for social studies, science, reading and more
Online math games
Online grammar lessons
Online civics lessons and games
Spanish learning drills and activities