Distance Learning Resources

These resources have been compiled by Pearl Prep as a resource to all families who are faced with the difficulties of distance learning through school closures.  These programs are all offered at no charge and are organized here for families who are looking for ways to extend their child's education

Pearl Prep students should refer to Gradelink for their assigned lessons as well as a more comprehensive list of extension activities available through school specific programs.

Science

Science is a great activity to do at home with lots of online resources available.  These are two of our Pearl favorites. Mystery Science is structured more like a science class with instructional videos built in. Generation Genius has fun videos with quizzes and activities to go along with them. It also includes discussion questions.


Mad Science


Mystery Science


Generation Genius

Math

It is very important to give young students a strong foundation in math.  This is a great time to strengthen those math facts and computational skills. Here are some great programs to use:


Rocket Math-Math Facts Practice Game


Khan Academy-Math Facts Practice Game


Freckle-Adaptive Gamified Math Facts and problem solving practice. Includes other subjects as well.


Math Playgroundtons of free video style math games. Play against the computer or even other students.

ARTS

or those creative students who want to be more hands-on and learn to draw and create, the internet is a great resource for learning to do art.  Here are a couple of our Pearl favorites so far:

Art for Kids  -Fun family produced art tutorials for all ages


Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems-Art tutorials from the Kennedy Center hosted by Mo Willems, the author of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.


Magic Workshop  -8-12 year olds can sign up for a free magic class offered every Wednesday & Saturday


After-school Arts Classes-Currently offering video classes in music, art, cooking and drama.

Virtual Field Trips

With everyone staying safe at home, regular field trips are definitely out of the question. But, why not take advantage of the growing trend of virtual field trips.  

 

25 Amazing Virtual Field Trips

Animation & Storytelling

Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. Recommended for upper elementary students.

 

Pixar in a Box

Music

What a perfect time to learn a new instrument or expand your music education.  Pearl's music teacher, Mrs. Joe, has put together a fabulous website for this time of distance learning and we are excited to share it with you.

 

Mrs. Joe's Music Class

Reading

Reading is probably one of the most important things you can do with your child during this time of school closure.  Research has shown that the more a child reads, the better reader they will become. Take time to read with them each day, but these are some extra resources for parents to use, especially with the libraries closed:

 

 ReadWorksReading Lessons focused on comprehension

 

Scholastic Daily Lessons-This is a great selection offered by grade which includes read alouds and activities.

 

AudibleAmazon is currently offering their library free

 

Times for Kids-Their complete digital library is now available for free to parents looking for kid friendly news.

Language Arts

It is very important to keep your students writing daily. There are many things ways to do this, but journaling is the simplest and very impactful at this time in history. Having a daily response journal with your child can give you great insight to how they may be feeling at this time, even if they aren't sharing as easily verbally.  Here are some other resources for facilitating their English skills:

 

Covid-19 Time Capsule - This is a great way to journal this time in history and will give you a nice keepsake when you are done.

 

Writing Ideas - Originally designed as summer writing ideas, this site has a lot of great ideas for writing prompts, projects and even poetry.

 

Vocab VictorVocabulary game app

Learn to Code

Being stuck at home, kids often want to sit around and play video games. With many parents also having to get their own work done, learning to code their own games is a great compromise.  Here are some different options for learning to code:

 

Code.org -Coding for all ages

 

Scratch-Coding 8 years and up

 

Code Monkey -K-8 coding program, free trial

 

Another fun option is to create scrapbook videos or newcasts.

 

Animoto-Create Music Videos

 

Touchcast-Use an iPad to create newscasts