PCM Elementaries Update

March 23, 2020

Dear PCM Families,

In light of the Covid-19 situation, many staff members and families have been asking how they can help students at home during this time. With help from staff, we have created this newsletter to share free educational opportunities that can help us stay active, explore new learning, enjoy reading, and find positivity and calm during this time. We share these opportunities for you to take what works for your family and leave what doesn't.

As we navigate these uncharted waters, thank you for your continued support. For further communication, more ideas, and additional opportunities continue to follow us on social media. Together we are #mustangstrong!

Stephanie Ver Helst and Jayme Braida

PCM Elementary Principals

Reading/Language Arts

Amazon's Free Audible Book Site: Listen to stories online.

StoryOnline: Watch famous people read aloud stories. A huge selection of books to choose from and activities to go with each!

Fun Fonix: Free phonics worksheets, printable phonics workbooks, worksheet maker, and printable game templates. Reading skills broken down by phonics rules, and embeds spelling and writing skills too.

Fluency and Fitness (Free for 21 days) Exercising our brains and bodies, K-2

Phone-A-Story: Free service that offers a wide range of stories for different age groups and you can listen to them as many times as you want! Dial 720-865-8500 and just follow the directions.


Math Playground: Free educational games, puzzles, and videos. (K-6)

Study Jams: Math and science topics, including experiments, videos, lesson ideas, extension activities, and more!

CoolMath: Math lessons and games for upper elementary and above.

Math Playground: Free problem solving, logic games, and number puzzles kids will love to play (1-6)

Science & Social Studies

Distance Nature Activities: Activities from the US Fish and Wildlife Service - Including the Eagle Cam

Study Jams: Math and science topics, including experiments, videos, lesson ideas, extension activities, and more!

National Geographic Kids: Wide variety of science and social studies content. (games, videos)

Magic School Bus: Ideas of science experiments and printables related to Magic School bus books and science topics.

Stem Activities and Websites

All Subjects/Misc.

Fun Brain Jr.: Free games, stories, and printables for a variety of subjects.

PBS Kids: Free educational games, videos, and daily activities.

ABCya: Wide variety of educational games and videos. (K-6)

ABC Mouse (Free 30 Day Trial)

Starfall: Some free content for K-3rd grade. Literacy, math, music, etc.

Grid Club: Fun interactive learning games and videos for kids. Lots of material on English and math, science, history, languages, geography, health, art, music and more.

Tvokids: Free educational games and shows for ages preschool-5th grade.

150 Educational Shows on Netflix

20+ Virtual Field Trips: Includes a variety of types (zoos, aquariums, museums, etc.)

Fine Arts

Free Art Lessons: 12 YouTube Channels with Free Art Lessons

Art at Home - Mrs. Velazquez: Links to all things art (museums, lessons, videos, games, art at home, art contests.

Classics For Kids (music): Music learning games, activities, composer info, and parent resources

Music Lab: Kids can experiment with listening to, playing, and creating rhythms, chords, and songs in a kid-friendly format.

Incredibox (music): Free music-mixing using beat-boxing and riffs (online is free on computer, app is not free)

Free Music Download: Music choice board of activity ideas that could be done at home

Music K8: Free set of things to do online

Rhythm Trainer: (music) flash-based program for learning and practicing rhythm

Physical Education

Go Noodle- Good Energy: App offering free movement, exercise, yoga, mindfulness, and educational videos.

Fluency and Fitness (Free for 21 days) Exersizing our brains and bodies, K-2

Classfit: Crossfit Videos for Kids (offering free live workouts at 12:30 CST)

Heartland AEA Educational Opportunities

As students will be doing more learning and reading from home, there are abundant helpful opportunities for parents and students through your local Area Education Agency (AEA). Iowa’s AEAs provide a broad variety of digital content for students, teachers and families selected by Iowa educators. Students and teachers are familiar with these vetted, age-appropriate and high-quality digital opportunities and use them in their daily work. These learning opportunities can be found in the Library & Digital Resources on the Heartland AEA website.

There are read-aloud ebooks, ebooks, digital audiobooks, videos, encyclopedias, articles, newspapers and more for our youngest and oldest learners.

Some of the sites and opportunities may require a password. The passwords for the PCM Community School District and each building can be found below. Please email Kim Pettyjohn at kpettyjohn@pcmschools.org, if you have difficulty accessing the sites.

Monroe Elementary School

Username: 5160monroe

Password: haea11

Prairie City Elementary School

Username: 5160pcity

Password: haea11

What to Tell Your Kids About the coronavirus and Covid-19

Corwin Publishing Company has compiled a list of online resources that provide good guidance to school leaders and parents about how to talk to their children (and others) about the coronavirus.

Child Mind Institute: “Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

CDC: “Talking With Children About Coronavirus Disease 2019

WHO: “Helping Children Cope With Stress During the 2019 n-CoV Outbreak

WHO: “Mental Health Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak

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