Vooks Offers Free Read Alouds!

Feeling couped up? Try Vooks! Vooks is a great resource to use in the home with your children. Vooks is a streaming library of ad-free, kid-safe animated read-aloud storybooks, trusted by teachers and enjoyed by millions of children around the world every week. It is an entire library of storybooks, brought to life, to help encourage the love of reading.  You can sign up for Vooks and use the take-home resources to help keep your children reading during these extraordinary times.

Sign Up Link:
www.vooks.com/parent-resources

Take-Home Lesson Plans
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Get Busy Bodies Moving and Learning!

As we keep seeing more and more school closures due to the Coronavirus, educational resource creators have been working to arrange for free, at home resources for families. They see how stressful this is on parents and want to help. Therefore, our friends over at Fluency & Fitness® are offering parents a way to sign up for FREE, unlimited access to their program for 3 weeks (after the time you register). Fluency & Fitness® lets students keep their skills fresh and get out that extra energy from being stuck inside, all while having some fun. To get access to this free resource, simply visit fluencyandfitness.com to fill out a form to get more details.

Join Make for Art Class Weekdays at 11am

Due to school closures, Make–an arts gallery, supply store and maker space in Puducah, Kentucky– will be offering free art lessons on their Facebook page each weekday for the next two weeks. These will be family oriented for a range of ages and utilize supplies typically found in your home.

Creativity can ease stress, expedite learning and allow us to see circumstances in different ways. Since we will all be home gathered together over the next few weeks unexpectedly, it is the perfect time to discover and grow new talent! Make’s creator will pull from her classical training as a BFA studio art major and 25 years as a professional artist to offer lessons. She loves to introduce process learning. In other words–she likes to show you how to do it AND get messy!

Join Make at 11am PST this Monday for the first lesson
Hint: For Monday, gather plain paper, a baking sheet, cooking spray/oil and pencils…we will be drawing faces!

Cincinnati Zoo Launches Daily Virtual Zoo Visits

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden knows now thousands (millions?) of kids are home from school, and while they are closed to the public right now too, they want to help make kids’ hiatus from school fun and educational. That’s why the zoo has announced that they’re hosting daily “Home Safaris” beginning today, March 16th, at 12pm our time every day. These Home Safaris will be broadcast live on Facebook and will feature a different animal and a related at-home activity. Be sure to follow the zoo’s Facebook page to be notified when the Home Safaris begin.

Miss the live videos? Find an archive of them here!

Lots of FREE Resources for Families

Following is a list of resources for your family that were passed along to me from a colleague I respect. Feel free to explore and share!

Media recommendations for entertainment
Hand-picked, age-appropriate media suggestions to keep the whole family engaged.
·         Best Music Apps and Games for Kids
·         50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12
·         Sibling Watch-Together TV
·         Best Documentaries for Kids and Families
Resources for at-home learning
Tools to help parents and caregivers keep kids focused and learning at home.
·         17 Apps to Help Kids Stay Focused
·         Apps That Act Like Math and Science Tutors for Homework Help
·         Free Educational Apps, Games, and Websites
·         Top Time-Management Apps
Stress-management resources
·         When everything feels overwhelming, check out tips for taking in rapidly changing news.
·         De-stress together with meditation apps for kids and families.
·         Get the blood flowing and elevate the mood with these 25 dance games 
·         Apps, websites, and video games that inspire running, jumping, and more to stay active.
·         Don’t forget to enjoy a device-free dinner or two.

Free Online Curriculum at Home

Scholastic put together a free online curriculum if you’d like your kiddos to work on it at home over the break. It is not required, just a resource in case you’d like it.

Find it here: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Over the break I will find and share more games that students an use if they would like to stay up on fluency and curriculum. Stay tuned!

Thanks for all your support at home, and as I said before, I am really going to miss these kiddos smiling faces every day.

A Message to Our Clear Lake Family

As we go into break, here are a couple of things to know.

  • Please continue to practice healthy habits, like washing your hands and coughing into your elbow.
  • Free food will be available each day next week, if you need it, and families will receive information on that.
  • The Bethel Health Center will remain open next week.

We will look forward to having you back on April 1 April 29. We’ll be waiting for you.

Work Available for Extended Break

I wanted families to know that I’ve put together a folder of materials for students to work on over the extended break, if parents are interested. If your student is in attendance today, March 13, 2020, they will come home with the folder. If your student is not in attendance and you would like the work folder, they have are available at the front office. You can pick up until 3:45pm today. None of the work in the folder or online opportunities I post are required. I simply want to make resources available to anyone who is interested.

In addition to the work in the folder, students have several online options for continuing to learn over the break. I recommend iReady online lessons for math instruction and/or IXL (login information is included in the student folders). Both are linked from this website under Student Resources>Student Links>Class Links. The kids know how to access this page and most know their logins by heart. I also recommend students continue their work on their fact fluency using XtraMath, which is linked from our website, as well.

For reading, I encourage students to read, read, read! As of the time of this post, the Eugene Public Library is still open and operational. The downtown branch is open 12pm-6pm and the Sheldon and Bethel branches are maintaining their regular hours. If you prefer to stay at home, they also offer several electronic options for enjoying library resources, including e-books, at no additional charge. Learn more here: http://eugene.libguides.com/ebooks. Need a library card? Go here: https://www.eugene-or.gov/1002/Get-or-renew-a-card.

I’ll also be posting additional resources periodically for families to explore. Again, nothing is required. I just want to share resources your child(ren) may find interesting during this extended break to keep those little minds busy! 🙂

I’m going to miss seeing these kiddos’ smiling faces the next two weeks! Take care of yourself and your families. Stay healthy!