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The Children are Home...Now What?

Making the most of school closure

Dear MCS Parents,


Many of you are no doubt overwhelmed by the dramatic changes that are taking place. In addition to your children being at home, a large number of you are now working from home yourselves. Although we are sending work for your children and some of our classes have online opportunities, we understand the days are long when school is canceled. So we have put together some suggested resources for you to help the days pass more productively.


Something you might also consider are jobs, or, as I like to refer to it, the gift of responsibility. At MCS, the children have jobs that involve caring for their environment - cleaning, restoring the classroom to a neat and tidy condition with things in their place, taking care of class pets and plants. They often take pride in their role in making the classroom environment a beautiful place. With the entire family home, you might find it helpful to have a family meeting to talk about how you will all share in the work that makes your home a nice environment. Ask them about the classroom jobs at school and what jobs you should have at home or in the yard or garden.The time is right to even do some planting!


https://centerforparentingeducation.org/library-of-articles/responsibility-and-chores/part-i-benefits-of-chores/


Kim

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CCSD has created a new technology line to help students and parents with technology questions. If you are having problems reaching our resources or connecting a CCSD device to wifi, please call (843)849-3400.

Parent eLearning Resources

This site was built by the CCSD Department of Innovation & Digital Learning. It serves as a resource to support parents in utilizing eLearning (virtual) for continuing instruction during prolonged school closures.

A Sample Day with Ideas to Help Fill the Time

*disclaimer: what follows is a pretty packed day with a lot of transitions. The purpose here is not to impose a structure but to offer ideas for how to break up the time. Think of it as a menu of options; pick and choose what works for your children and your family. T


8:00 Make breakfast together

8:30 90 minutes of schoolwork that includes reading

10:00 DIY Science project or morning responsibilities/chores

11:00 Exercise! Here are some Indoor suggestions or gardening - remember that all of our students garden at school!

12:00 Creative lunch-making

1:00 Second session of schoolwork

2:00 Round 2 of physical activity - we all need it...

3:00 Healthy snack & DIY Crafts project

4:00 Write, rehearse, and perform a play or mock commercial, or dress up time.

5:00 Movie or TV break

6:00 Prepare, eat, and clean up dinner; everyone helps.

8:00 Board Games/showers/read aloud before bed

Extended Learning: Additional Resources

CCSD School Library Resources

Daily read alouds, access to electronic books, information about applying for a CCPL library card to access their electronic books, additional resources, etc. are available here.

Accessing Digital Content

There are many places to find directions to access digital content available to all CCSD students. Your child's teacher included their username and password in the packet that was picked up at the school. Digital directions to follow are located above through the CCSD School Library Resources website. Additionally, below are the handouts that were sent home with screenshots of directions. These are linked for you to make a copy of these documents. Please feel free to contact the CCSD Help Desk at (843)849-3400 or email our teacher librarian at Lori_Crane@charleston.k12.sc.us.

New Resources Available in MackinVIA: TumbleMath and TeenBookCloud

New resources are being uploaded in MackinVIA through the databases. These are currently available through DISCUS.

TumbleMath

  • TumbleMath targets Kindergarten through Grade 6
  • Subjects include counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, word problems, geometry, fractions, place value, measurement, probability, division, graphing, finance, and time and temperature.

TeenBookCloud

  • TeenBookCloud targets grades 7-12
  • The collection includes graphic novels, enhanced novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audio books.

Resources to Use to Enhance Extended Learning Opportunities

Comcast Offers Affordable Internet at Home

As our country continues to manage the COVID-19 emergency, Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020. Click here for more information.

Spectrum to Offer Free Internet

Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, announced Friday that beginning March 16, it will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have internet through the company. Click here for more information.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. The website offers a variety of resources, schedules for each grade level that accommodate learning abilities, and videos to explain an abundance of academic topics. Click here to visit Khan Academy's webpage.

Mystery Science K-5

To help educators during this time of coronavirus, Mystery Science has pulled our most popular science lessons and are offering them for anyone to use for free. No account or login is needed. If you need more lessons than what is listed below, you can sign up up for a free account. Click here to access these video lessons.

Learning A-Z

Starting today, please register for a FREE subscription to Raz-Kids and/or Headsprout, valid through the end of the school year.*

  • Raz-Kids is a digital resource that provides a library of differentiated books students can use to practice reading wherever they are (Internet connection required).
  • Headsprout is an online K–5 reading program that adapts to the needs of the individual student. It is self-paced, which makes it ideal for at-home practice.

Students Can Respond to Daily Writing Prompts, Inspired by the New York Times

Looking for ideas for remote learning? Each week The Learning Network offers a dozen new ways for students to practice reading, writing and thinking using Times journalism — all free. Click here for more information.

Storyline Online

Storyline offers a number of picture books being read aloud by a variety of actors from the Screen Actors Guild. Click here to access read alouds.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Day-by-day projects to keep kids growing, reading, and thinking. Click here to access the website.

Edpuzzle Math and Science Videos for Grade Level Standards K-12

Click here to choose from the list.

Take a Virtual Trip! Over 30 Virtual Field Trips Listed

Click here for the Google Doc.

Stuck at Home? 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours

Travel + Leisure magazine has compiled a list of 12 museums who offer virtual tours. Click here to access the article.

450 Ivy League Courses Online for Free

A list of classes available online through a variety of Ivy League colleges. Click here to access the list.

Baking = great STEM learning

Looking for fun at-home STEM enrichment? Try a baking project (or any cooking, really). Use cooking as a way to discuss measurement and fractions. Is a quarter of a cup of oil different than a quarter of a cup of sugar? How many quarter cups are needed for one cup? What would that same measurement be in grams?


After you've done all the measuring, then you can think about the chemistry of cooking. At what temperature does butter melt? Or water boil? You and your child can generate hundreds of questions and answers about math and science by the simple act of making cookies.


Then, once those cookies are made, there are all kinds of story problems! If everyone in the family gets an equal number of cookies, how many cookies does each person get? What about the ethical dimensions of cookie-making? Who should get the most? The person who cooks? Who cleans? Who buys the groceries? Or should everyone get an equal amount?

South Carolina ETV Programming Options

Click here to access the variety of options SC ETV offers.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

The Kennedy Center offers episodes with their Artist-In-Residence Mo Willems.
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems! Episode 01

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