Home Learning

Following Virginia state superintendent guidance, PWCS will use a phased approach to supporting our students learning while they are at home (this is subject to change based on circumstances). Our goal is to ensure that all students and families are supported, but not overwhelmed by our support and guidance during this unprecedented health emergency and school closure. None of this work is for submission to a teacher or for a grade. The use of these resources is completely optional and we encourage parents to preview the learning resources prior to students using them to determine which ones are most appropriate for your family to support the learning of your student(s) at home.

Optional Daily Schedules

Preschool

The times listed are suggestions only and completely optional.  Activities can go on as long as the student is interested.

Optional Preschool Daily Schedule

Optional Time Activity Ideas
Before 9 a.m. Wake up/Breakfast  
9-9:15 a.m. Music and Movement Sing and dance outside (remember to practice social distancing) with music playing or indoors to your favorite preschool songs from:

Make a musical instrument with household items to play along with the beat of your songs.

Get moving with these YouTube options:
Little Sports
Family Cardio; Cosmic Kids Yoga; Air Cycling; or Go Noodle for Families

9:15-9:45 a.m. Academic time & AM snack: Math Science

10-15 minutes each.

See content selection listed below daily schedule

9:45-10:45 a.m. Fine Motor Skill Building
& Explorative Play

10-15 minutes each. 

Fine Motor Skill Building
Use scissors to cut out pictures, shapes, lines, and other images drawn or from paper.

Use clothes pins, kitchen tongs, or just two fingers to pick up and fill containers with small objects (cotton balls, paper clips, coins, dry pasta, buttons, etc.)

Play in a sensory bin-fill a container with beans, sand, or water. Use cups, spoons, etc. to move materials around in the bin.

Explorative Play

Cook/Bake- stir, pour, and mix ingredients or help an adult in some other way. 

STEM-Use blocks, Legos, playdoh, and other materials to build things you see in the real world (cars, buildings, traffic lights, stop signs, etc).

Draw pictures of objects around your house, what you see outside your window, or follow directed drawings from ArtHub for Kids (Preschool).

10:45 a.m.- noon Clean up & Rest/Nap Time

Clean up your toys;

Do helpful chores; and

Rest your body.

Noon-12:30 p.m. Lunch  
12:30-1:30 p.m. Gross Motor Skill Building/ Physical Health

Go outside and play! - Remember to use social distancing

Run, crawl, reach, stretch, jump, turn, and hop to different parts of your yard or park.

Have a relay race with your family/siblings.

Play with balls and other sports equipment to achieve a goal.

Take a walk with a pet, family member, etc.

If weather does not permit, stay indoors and do exercises.

1:30-2 p.m. Academic time & PM Snack: Literacy  Social Science/History  See content selection listed below daily schedule
2-3 p.m. Creative Play

Up to 30 minutes each.

Puzzles- Break down and put together puzzle pieces or match up like pictures/objects.

Try dramatic play with toys-toy cars, games, dolls, stuffed animals, etc. *You could even play together with a friend virtually on Skype or another video platform.

Finger Paint- use washable paints, shaving cream,

Use stickers, crayons, markers, and other decorative tools to create a work of art.

3 p.m.-bedtime Connect With Others

Clean up your toys;

Do helpful chores;

Eat dinner with family;

Connect with friends and family virtually;

Play a family game;

Rest/Bath;

Get plenty of sleep.

     

 

Optional Academic Activities by Content Area

Content Area Activity
Literacy

Journal- Draw a picture and/or write words to tell about your favorite color, day at home, a person you love, or another interesting topic.

Say, Draw, Trace, Point to/identify, and Sing the letters of the alphabet.

Play ABC games using: PBS KidsTurtle Diary

Read or have someone read a story to you from and pause to talk about the pictures: Lil-Fingers, FreeChildrenStories, StoryTimeFamily.

Visit Storyline Online and enjoy a wonderful book read aloud by a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Listen to books read aloud in your home language:
-International Children's Digital Library; Scholastic Daily Activities; Story Time from Space; or Unite for Literacy.

Explore these digital resources to build your English language skills:

Listen, sing, and role play with story telling/songs from TheChuChuTV.

Math

Count objects in a group, point to/identify, write, and sing your numbers.

Say, draw, point to/identify, and sing your shapes and colors. Sing about your numbers, shapes, and/or colors: ShapesSongs4KidsKidsTV123. 

Strengthen your math skills ages 3-9. Bedtime Math The Geoboard app is a tool for creating virtual shapes on a geoboard. Students “stretch” bands around the pegs to form line segments and polygons.

The Math Playground Geoboard is a similar tool with a larger surface.

Science

Explore Environmental Sciences-learn, play games, and tease your brain on National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-KIDS.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to a place you have read or learned about this year on Discovery Education.

 Explore learning about animals & many other topics on  National Geographic.

Take a virtual field trip:
Discovery Education Field Trips (can filter by content)
More Virtual Field Trips

Social Science/History

 Virtual Field Trips:

   

Elementary

Optional Elementary Daily Schedule

Optional Time Activity Ideas
Before 9 a.m. Wake up  
9-10 a.m. Morning physical activity

Take a walk; Remember to practice social distancing.

Have a dance party in your kitchen;

Make a backyard or indoor Scavenger Hunt;

Get moving with these YouTube options:

10-11 a.m. Academic time:
Math
Science/Social Studies
See content selection listed below daily schedule
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Creative time

Play music;

Cook/Bake;

Reuse & Recycle-create something using something you no longer need or want to repurpose (birdfeeder, etc.);

STEM-build or solve a problem using household items (visit ScienceBuddies for inspiration);

Draw and write with authors/illustrators:

Post daily creative challenges on Twitter;

Art Prompts:

12-12:30 p.m. Clean up Clean your room, help around the house, etc.
12:30-1 p.m. Lunch Enjoy Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Mo Willems Lunch Doodles
1-2:30 p.m. Quiet time Check out these resources for quiet time:
2:30-4 p.m. Academic time:
Language Arts
Science/Social Studies
 See content selection listed below daily schedule
4-5 p.m. Fresh air

Take a walk, ride your bike, play outside with siblings, if you have a pet, play with your pet too! - Remember to practice social distancing.

If it’s rainy, visit Sports Illustrated for Kids.

5 p.m.-bedtime Connect with others

Eat dinner with family;

Connect with friends and family virtually;

Play a board game;

Rest;

Get plenty of sleep.

 

Optional Academic Activities by Content Area

Academic Area Activity
Language Arts

Journal- Write about your experiences at home use one of many Journal prompts.

Read a book and make a short video about it.

Visit Storyline Online and enjoy a wonderful book read aloud by a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Listen to books read aloud in your home language:
-International Children's Digital Library; Scholastic Daily Activities; Story Time from Space; or Unite for Literacy

Visit Word World where words come alive.

Create your owncomic strips or graphic novels.

Explore these digital resources to build your English language skills:

Listen to these authors sharing picture books and excerpts compiled by author Kate Messner.

Brush up on your grammar skills: Khan Academy Grammar,

Mathematics

Bedtime Math- Stories and puzzles that helps parent talk math with their kids. Each day presents a non-fiction article, with videos and photos, followed by related math riddles for kids ages 3-9. This includes Cabin Fever Math which are engaging, hands-on math activities for families.

3-Act Tasks- Problem-based lessons, including engaging videos and photos, to foster students’ curiosity and incorporate mathematical reasoning and problem solving. 

SPLAT!- Fun, very powerful, highly interactive number sense activities that can be used at any grade level! 

Esti-MysteriesEstimation Meets Math Mysteries. Each image invites students to wonder what number is represented by the image. 

GregTang Math- This site includes a wide variety of mathematics games and resources to challenge students’ math thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. 

Open Middle - Challenging math problems at all grade levels with multiple ways to approach and ultimately solve the problem. 

Thinking Blocks – Uses a visual model to support understanding of word problems.

Number Talk/Journal - Roll dice or use playing cards to identify a number then journal all the ways to make/solve for this number (use more than one for two digit and higher numbers).

 

Science

Explore and create on Google Earth and Google My Maps.

Explore Environmental Sciences-learn, play games, and tease your brain on National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-KIDS.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to a place you have read or learned about this year on Discovery Education. 

Explore learning about animals & many other topics on  National Geographic. 

Take a virtual field trip:
Discovery Education Field Trips (can filter by content)
More Virtual Field Trips

Explore a variety of scientific topics:
PHET Simulations (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science)
Engaging science content YouTube videos
Interactive Periodic Table

Social Studies

Explore historical sites, geographical regions,and create on Google Earth and Google My Maps.

Interactive Map of the United States- find your state/capitals, identify the states that border your own, predict the geographical features in each area, etc.

Virtual Field Trips:

 Learn about the history and the meaning of the U.S. Constitution through the Constitution Center’s interactive activities.

Learn about life in Colonial Times Jamestown/Yorktown Foundation.

Discover  Rise and Fall of Jim Crow Laws- hear personal interviews, read articles, and watch videos on the impact of this time period.

Secondary

Optional Secondary Daily Schedule

Optional Time Activity Ideas
Before 9 a.m. Wake Up & Breakfast  
9-10 a.m. Morning Physical Activity

Take a walk - Remember to practice social distancing; 

Have a dance party in your kitchen;

Make a backyard or indoor Scavenger Hunt;

Get moving with these YouTube options:
-Family Cardio; Cosmic Kids Yoga; Air Cycling; or Go Noodle for Families.

10-11 a.m. Academic Time:
Social Studies
Science
See below for activities by content area.
11-12 p.m. Creative Time

Play music;

Cook;

Draw and write with authors/illustrators:
 -Jarrett Lerner
-Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Post daily creative challenges on Twitter;
Art Prompts:
-7 Daily Drawing Prompts; 100 Sketchbook Prompts; or Origami.

12-12:30 p.m. Lunch  
12:30-1 p.m. Clean Up Clean your room, help around the house, etc.
1-2:30 p.m. Quiet Time Check out these resources for quiet time:
-Calm
-Live Animal Cameras
-Sunday Morning Moment in Nature Playlist
-Mindfulness Activities for Families
-https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
2:30-4 p.m. Academic Time:
English
Mathematics
See below for activities by content area.
4-5 p.m. Fresh Air Take a walk, ride your bike, play outside with siblings - Remember to practice social distancing.
5 p.m.-bedtime Connect with others

Eat dinner with family;

Connect with friends and family virtually;

Rest;

Get plenty of sleep.

 

Optional Academic Activities by Content Area

Academic Area Activity
English

Journal your experiences of what is going on during your time at home. Here are Journal prompts;

Read a book and make a short video about it;

Visit Storyline Online and enjoy a wonderful book read aloud by a member of the Screen Actors Guild;

Listen to these authors sharing picture books and excerpts compiled by author Kate Messner;

Brush up on your grammar skills: Khan Academy Grammar;

Create your own comic strips or graphic novels;

Explore these digital resources to build your English language skills:
Breaking News English/
Talk English
Hello World
ESL Vocabulary Quizzes.

Mathematics

Need a free calculator? Don’t forget Desmos has a free desktop version and app!

Review math concepts from earlier in the year using Khan Academy;

Problem solve different mathematical areas through Open Middle;

Explore a variety of mathematical concepts through interactive simulations and games on PHET Interactive Simulations!

Science

Explore and create on Google Earth and Google My Maps

Take a virtual field trip:
Discovery Education Field Trips (can filter by content)
More Virtual Field Trips

Explore a variety of scientific topics:
PHET Simulations (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science)
Engaging science content youtube videos
Interactive Periodic Table.

Social Studies

Take a virtual field trip:
Go on a Virtual Museum Tour
Discovery Education Field Trips (can filter by content);

Learn about the history and the meaning of the U.S. Constitution through the Constitution Center’s interactive activities;

 Explore different aspects of civics through games on iCivics.

 

Optional Learning Links

Preschool

Virtual Field Trips

  • San Diego Zoo This website contains videos, live cam footage, stories, and activities for all ages.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium This website offers videos, live cam footage, and information on a variety of marine animals.
  • Caring for Cows & Nourishing Communities This virtual field trip to a dairy farm teaches students about cows and how milk goes from the farm to the grocery store.
  • Discovery Education Offering free videos in various areas of learning; math, science, industry, and animals.

Physical Wellness

  • Play World This site has 12 physical activities for toddlers and preschoolers. 
  • Fluency and Fitness This website will help kids get moving and work on some literacy skills. Parents will need to set up a free account to have access to the site free of charge for 21 days.
  • Go Noodle Offers various movement activities combining literacy, math, social emotional, and science concepts and vocabulary.

Early Literacy and Math

  • Starfall This website has multiple early literacy and math activities to include nursery rhymes, fun songs, and movement.
  • Classroom Magazines This website offers children digital books, animated stories, and watch and learn videos. Parents will need to set up a free account to access these resources.
  • Education.com This website has multiple games and printable sheets to assist young learners with learning shapes, numbers, patterns, sorting, and counting. Parents will need to set up a free account to access the resources.
  • PBS Kids Offers digital books, videos and games, including creating your own stories.

Science

     

    Kindergarten - Grade 2

    Optional K-2 Digital Learning Resources for Parents

    (Parents may need to set up free accounts to access material on some websites)

    Literacy

    These websites contain digital books, videos, activities, and games focused on helping young learners to build and practice literacy skills.

    Math

    These websites contain puzzles and games focused on helping young learners to build and practice math skills.

    Science

    These websites contain videos, activities and games focused on helping young learners to expand their science skills.

    History & Social Science

    These websites contain virtual field trips, videos, and activities focused on helping young learners to expand their history and social science skills.

    Movement, Music, and the Arts

    These websites contain multiple ideas for at home activities that include art, music, and physical movement.

    Gifted Education

    These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping young learners to expand their critical thinking skills.

    World Languages

    These websites contain stories and activities in Spanish and French.

    English Learners

    These websites contain stories in a variety of languages to expand literacy skills.

    Grades 3-5

    Optional 3-5 Digital Learning Resources for Parents

    (Parents may need to set up free accounts to access material on some websites)

    Literacy Websites

    These websites contain digital books, videos, activities, and games focused on helping learners to build and practice literacy skills.

    Math Websites

    These websites contain puzzles and games focused on helping learners to build and practice math skills.

    Science Websites

    These websites contain videos, activities and games focused on helping learners to expand their science skills.

    History and Social Science

    These websites contain virtual field trips, videos, and activities focused on helping learners to expand their history and social science skills.

    Movement, Music, and the Arts

    These websites contain multiple ideas for at home activities that include art, music, and physical movement.

    Gifted Education

    These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to expand their critical thinking skills.

    World Languages

    These websites contain stories and activities in Spanish and French.

    English Learners

    These websites contain stories in a variety of languages to expand literacy skills.

     

    Grades 6-8

    Optional 6-8 Digital Learning Resources for Parents

    (Parents may need to set up free accounts to access material on some websites)

    Literacy Websites

    These websites contain digital books, videos and activities focused on helping learners to build and practice literacy skills.

    Math Websites

    These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to build and practice math skills.

    Science Websites

    These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to expand their science skills.

    History and Social Science

    These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to expand their history and social science skills.

     

    Movement, Music, and the Arts

    These websites contain multiple ideas for at home activities that include art, music, and physical movement.

    Gifted Education

    These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to expand their critical thinking skills.

    World Language

    These websites contain activities in Spanish, French and German.

    English Learners

    These websites contain activities to expand literacy skills.

    Visually Impaired

    Grades 9-12

    Optional 9-12 Digital Learning Resources for Parents

    (Parents may need to set up free accounts to access material on some websites)

    Literacy Websites

    These websites contain digital books, videos and activities focused on helping learners to build and practice literacy skills.

    Math Websites

    These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to build and practice math skills.

    Science Websites

    These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to expand their science skills.

    History and Social Science

    These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to expand their history and social science skills.

    Movement, Music, and the Arts

    These websites contain multiple ideas for at home activities that include art, music, and physical movement.

    Gifted Education

    These websites contain videos and activities focused on helping learners to expand their critical thinking skills.

    World Language

    These websites contain activities in Spanish, French and German.

    English Learners

    These websites contain activities to expand literacy skills.

    Advanced Academic Coursework

     

    Division Digital Resources

    PWCS provides many options for how schools, teachers, and students can communicate and collaborate.

    Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.