Parent Flexible Learning Toolkit
In addition to the information provided by your child’s teacher regarding ongoing learning during the time of school closure, Florence’s Curriculum & Instruction team has compiled a list of online resources for at-home learning activities. We encourage you to see the opportunity for learning in everyday activities and to think outside the box to keep your children actively engaged in learning.
Teachers will provide review and enrichment opportunities for your child through Google Classroom. This is an online learning platform that all teachers and students can use to keep in contact with assignments and information. A parent guide to Google Classroom can be found here. Teachers will be primarily using the resources and websites found in the links on this webpage.
Please let your teacher know if you do not have internet access. Our teachers will work with families to provide learning opportunities through a different format.
We know that learning must be Flexible during this time and that some students might need additional learning opportunities not assigned by their teacher. If you are a parent of a K-8 student, and would like to continue the learning beyond what your teacher has assigned, you can use the suggested activities below. You can also see our list of supplementary resources and parent friendly information our website.
For additional questions please contact your child’s teacher and we will make sure you have the support you need!
Parent & Child Learning Activities
Younger children need to hear you read books to learn what fluent reading sounds like. Believe it or not, this is the first step in being a successful reader. Enjoy this time with them, snuggled up on a couch and share a good book every day. Along with you reading to them, ensure your child is reading to you, as well.
Older children should be reading for a minimum of 30 minutes every day (3rd – 12th grade). Because books take longer to read and are not as instantly gratifying as a video game, it is important to hold them accountable for their reading. You can also read with them by taking turns reading or talk about the book with them as they are reading it. You’ll be amazed at your child’s insight!
Whether kids are journaling, or writing a letter to a friend, writing can be fun during this time! Your child can proofread their writing for use of proper spelling and punctuation. You can also help them with the editing process. While you’re at it have children practice their penmanship for a short period each day. Young children can practice printing and children in grades 3-8 can practice cursive.
If you aren’t sure what to have your child write about, writing a letter is a great place to start. Journaling about their life at home during this time may also be an entry point into writing. Remember that many nursing homes cannot have visitors but would love to receive a letter of encouragement from your child! Have your child write a story about their favorite character or a next episode of their favorite television show.
Children need to keep interacting with mathematics to keep up their skills.
This is the perfect time to show them that math has real-world meaning in daily interactions with you and your household. Have your children cook with you and follow a recipe. Have kids count back change or learn how to balance a checkbook. If you have younger children have them add and subtract using goldfish, crackers or cookies.
Science is a fun interactive way you can continue your child’s education! You probably have all the ingredients you need to conduct some fun science experiments around the house (with adult supervision) However, there are tons of fun science videos online where children can get intrigued by the scientific world around us. Check out our online resources for ideas.
You can integrate history in your child’s reading time. Choose a historical period or event that is of interest to your child. You can read a biography together and discuss the impact that person made. Many museums, including the Smithsonian, have digital tours you can take with your child.
If you can, incorporate music or art into all the activities that you do throughout the day! If your child is in band, have them practice their instrument. For more engagement, add music and art into your activities!