Resources to empower
The role of parents and families in the success of their children cannot be overstated. From birth on, family involvement in all aspects of children’s lives impacts the academic and social-emotional well-being of the whole child.
This article is part of the Backpack Connection Series to promote home and school connection. For this article, the focus is on helping parents give clear directions to their children in order to support positive behavior in the home.
This parenting resource from Zero to 3 provides parents and families with simple mindfulness activities to help both parents and children manage big emotions and stay calm and connected.
Each month, they provide quality, support, development, and education to almost 50,000 children, families in our 22,500-square-mile service area. They remain a unique and distinctive leader in the child care industry. Their current programs include resource libraries, home visiting, workforce development, family engagement, financial care assistance, Head Start preschool, Early Head Start, Early Head Start – Childcare partnership, Motherhood and so much more.
Creating book goals turns reading into a fun activity that your kids will look forward to in their free time. These are five tangible family reading goals teachers hope you make.
Asking questions is an important part of learning.
To extend your child’s language ability and vocabulary, here is a list of our favorite PBS KIDS games that all center around learning letters, reading, and telling stories.
Four ideas to encourage family reading time! This resource from PBS is designed for parents.
Learn new family literacy games that can be played anywhere!
This resource from PBS for Parents describes nine fun easy-to-do activities for home literacy learning.
The Community Engagement Initiative is a five-year effort intended to strengthen the System of Support by building the capacity of school districts to authentically engage one another. This includes identifying effective models of community engagement, developing metrics to evaluate those models, having difficult conversations, building trusting relationships and participating the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) development process.
Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition awarding approximately $4 million in prizes each year.
Science Snacks are hands-on, teacher-tested activities that bring explorations of natural phenomena into the classroom and home. Each activity uses inexpensive, easily-available materials, offers detailed instructions and images, provides a clear explanation of what's going on, and is adaptable to a wide range of curricula, content areas, grade levels, and settings.
The San Bernardino County Museum, in Redlands, California, is a regional museum with exhibits and collections in cultural and natural history. Special exhibits, extensive research collections, and public programs for adults, families, students, and children are all part of the museum experience.
The Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships is designed to support the development of family engagement strategies, policies, and programs for schools and districts.
Develop enthusiasm for reading and writing.
Reading activities for the classroom & at home.
The Harvey Mudd College Homework Hotline is a free over-the-phone math and science tutoring service for students in grades 4 through 12. We’re open five nights per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m. PST. We’ve always been a free service, and we always will be. Our tutors are all students at Harvey Mudd College, one of the top-ranked STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) schools in the nation, and they’re all selected for their technical expertise AND their superior communication skills. They get extra training to make sure they give you the best possible service!
Math games that build students understanding of mathematical concepts.
Apps and games that encourage mathematical thinking can also be fun!
Here are 6 ideas for parents/guardians to try, and links to many more resources.
Understanding place value and base-ten concepts is critical for all young children’s ability to compute using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Here are some simple games to help children explore these important place value ideas and have fun at the same time.
Counting is the most basic of all number skills and the most natural place for very young children to begin learning mathematics. This article is a primer on how parents might start their young children in the wonderful world of counting—and plant the seeds of enjoying math at a young age.
A great place for parents to start supporting their children’s mathematics learning is Math at Home, a short parent guide to mathematics education. This booklet, provided by the California Mathematics Council (CMC), was written expressly for parents and guardians of K-12th grade children. This booklet contains straight-forward information, practical suggestions, and resources for families who wish to better understand the importance of mathematics and the role they can play in helping children learn this critical subject.
A great place for parents to start supporting their children’s mathematics learning is Early Learning Math at Home, short parent guides to mathematics education. These booklets, provided by the California Mathematics Council (CMC), were written expressly for parents and guardians of Pre-K children. This booklet contains straight-forward information, practical suggestions, and resources for families who wish to better understand the importance of mathematics and the role they can play in helping children learn this critical subject.
The Parent Organization Network (PON) and Transformative Inquiry Designs for Effective Schools and Systems (TIDES) partnered for this research project and analyzed school district rating and narrative responses to the 2021 Priority 3 Self-Reflection Tool. The Tool is focused on three areas: building relationships between staff and families, building partnerships for student outcomes, and seeking input for decision making.
Games to practice letter, phonics, decoding, vocabulary, word study, and comprehension.
This site gives students the opportunity to read and answer questions while engaging in the news. Students select the current events they want to learn more about.
Play reading games with characters from Sesame Street for younger children.
Explore reading and play games with your favorite PBS KIDS characters.
An E-book library, Oxford Owl provides many free resources to support teaching and learning in primary schools and at home while others can be purchased with a subscription.
This website provides reading games and activities that expose students to a variety of skills and reading strategies that will help to create better overall comprehension. Skills covered include main idea, drawing conclusions, context clues, cause and effect, fact and opinion, synonyms, antonyms, vocabulary, and more.
Learn vocabulary words by playing an educational trivia game that helps you get smarter while making a difference for people around the world by earning a grain of rice for every question answered correctly.
Storyline Online is a children's literacy website created by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, which provides free storytelling videos and resources for parents and teachers to foster a love of reading in children.
Epic provides access to over 40,000 high-quality illustrated books and chapter books for children ages 12 and under. Create a login and it's free!
Phonics Games for Kids Phonics Games Online by Level, Preschool Reading Games, Kindergarten Reading Games, 1st Grade Reading Games, 2nd Grade Reading Games. Covering, Letters of the Alphabet, Short Vowels, Beginning and Ending Consonants, Long Vowels, Vowel Digraphs, S Blends, R Blends, L Blends, R-controlled Vowels, Special Vowels, Diphthongs and more. Copyright KizPhonics.com
Phonic sounds help kids identify alphabets. Identifying and reading phonics form the building blocks of a child’s language development. At SplashLearn, we’ve merged this fundamental learning requirement with interactive games to make learning phonics an engaging experience for your child!