Providing Support for All Families Learning at Home Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic
These are trying times for all families with school-age students, whether they are experienced homeschoolers or finding themselves unexpectedly teaching their children for the first time. To help families until schools are back in session, we’ve put together some free resources. Many of these resources are being offered by our educational partners as a special service while schools are closed due to the current coronavirus pandemic, and others are available at all times.
The lists are broken down by recommended grade level. Resources include help with core subjects like math and science, ways to keep kids engaged and active, plus fun learning activities such as games and virtual study trips.
We’re sure you’ll find plenty of things to make sheltering in place a bit easier. If you are new to homeschooling, you might even discover how fun and rewarding learning as a family can be.
Grades K-12 Learning Resources
- Amazing Educational Resources — Truly amazing list of resources shared by a Facebook community of educators. The list includes virtual tours, libraries, video series, activities, apps, meetings, and many other resources.
- Discovery Education — Resources supporting the continuity of learning. Site includes virtual field trips, student learning activities, instructional inspiration, and learning events.
- Google Earth Education — Education is more than learning; It’s a journey of discovery. Explore the world with Google Earth Education, including: virtual field trips, gridlines in earth with Carmen Sandiego, creating stories, timelapse, and many other tools.
- Google Tools — Resources for distance learning.
- IXL Math — Free online practice of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) aligned math skills, organized by grade.
- Kahn Academy — Includes lessons in math, science and humanities from kindergarten through the early years of college. Students can use exercises, quizzes, and instructional videos to learn and master skills and get immediate feedback and encouragement. Plus, daily (weekdays) 12 pm live streams on Facebook and YouTube.
- Kahoot — Distance learning games and activities.
- Pronto — Frictionless communication hub that connects people via chat and video so they can work effectively from anywhere
Kindergarten – 8th Grade Learning Resources
- Fun and Educational Activities with Horizon’s Parent Liaison — Virtual field trips, live cams and more AMAZING things to do with kids developed by Horizon’s awesome Parent Liaison, Mickie Giacomini.
- ABC Mouse, Reading IQ, Adventure Academy — Free at-home access to online learning programs ABC Mouse, Adventure Academy, and Reading IQ. These research-based educational programs include thousands of digital learning activities. All three programs can be used on computers, tablets, and smartphones, and up to three children can be added per account.
- BookCreator — Collaboration, guidance for setting up home learning, daily webinars, remote learning ideas, and inspiration from homes around the world.
- BrainPop — Animated movies, assessment resources, and creative tools for distance learning, support for projects and homework, and keeping students on track with their studies.
- Common Sense Media — Media recommendations and resources for at-home learning and stress-management resources. Created by a parent and teacher to help the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- CAASPP Practice Test Guide and Portal — Practice tests for California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) / Smarter Balanced including CAA.
- i-Ready — Printable activity packs designed to provide students with valuable self-directed exercises and practice. Each pack is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade.
- Mad Science — Fun at home science experiments. Families can explore the world of science with fun and engaging at-home experiments using household ingredients.
- MobyMax — Comprehensive software curriculum spans math, ELA, science, and social studies.
- Mystery Science — (Grades K-5) Expertly designed science lessons engage students. Mini lessons are completely digital and full lessons include an activity. All activities are designed to use simple supplies families are likely to have at home.
- Sami’s Circuit — A positive voice that gets kids moving. View pre-recorded videos and watch live streams weekdays at 1pm. Students build self-respect and confidence and learn how to lead a happy, healthy life.
- Scholastic Learn at Home — (Grades K-6) Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing from a brand you trust.
- XtraMath — Help kids master basic facts.
High School Learning Resources
Unique Learning Systems Special Education Learning Resources
- Elementary Packet
- Intermediate Packet
- Middle School Packet
- High School Packet
- Transition Activities (ages 16+)
Horizon Charter Schools Students and Parents Learning Resources (Requires Login)
- The Roseville Learning Center’s K8 List of “Great” Recommended Home Learning Activities
- Buzz — Current curriculum materials for high school RLC and VLI classes.
- i-Ready — Personalized, online reading and math instruction and practice for K-8 Horizon students.
Horizon Provides Robust Support for Home Study Families
- Our experienced supervising teachers can help with curriculum decisions and lesson plans to make sure your students are on track to meet or exceed all state standards, as well as provide information about classes, study trips, and other fun learning experiences.
- Horizon’s Curriculum Support Team offers family workshops filled with tips and activities to assist with specific subjects and get families together for learning adventures.
- Our talented Parent Liaison creates awesome study trips (both virtual and in-person), meet-ups and events — including family gatherings and a yearly prom. In addition, she provides orientations and parent workshops on a variety of homeschool and independent study topics.
- Horizon’s guidance counselors help middle and high school students prepare for college and career paths. They are a wealth of information on topics needed for students to succeed. The counselors provide student grade-level orientations, conduct field trips to local colleges, administer the Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways program, assist with dual enrollment and advanced placement (AP) classes, coordinate a yearly college and career fair, and conduct an annual career contest.
- Our Virtual Learning Instruction (VLI) classes are held online and conducted much like a college distance learning class. Experienced, certificated teachers lead the sessions, and students interact virtually with the teacher and their classmates. In addition, VLI teachers organize study trips and activities to bring students together for some much-needed, in-person interaction. (In-person activities are not mandatory and are on hold during the shelter in place order.)
- The Roseville Learning Center (RLC) offers grade-level, small group classes on both core and elective subjects from experienced, certificated teachers. Students can take just one class a week, or multiple classes twice each week. (Note: RLC is temporarily closed due to the shelter in place order.)
- Our Curriculum Resource Center is filled with books, games, activities, manipulatives, and supplies available for check-out or purchase using your student funds.
Horizon also offers a myriad of flexible learning options, allowing you to choose what works best for your child. Please surf our website or contact us for more information. If you decide you’d like to continue with your homeschool, independent study, or virtual learning journey after the world returns to normal, we’d love to have you as part of our Horizon Charter Schools family.