Resources for Families
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English Language Arts Resources
ReadWorks & Growing Readers
ReadWorks (OPEN EXTERNAL LINK)
Set up your free Parent or Guardian account
1. Click the "Sign Up" button on ReadWorks.org. You may see language targeting
educators—don’t worry! We consider you educators too!
2. Share your email and create a password.
3. Select the role "Parent/Guardian."
4. Start finding engaging reading passages and activities for your child or children!
GROWING READERS from Reading Rockets https://www.readingrockets.org/newsletters/extras(OPEN EXTERNAL LINK)
Written especially for parents, Growing Readers provides monthly tips for raising strong readers and writers. Schools and PTAs can add these preformatted briefs to their parent newsletters. Growing Readers is also a great resource for libraries and community literacy organizations.
Free Decodable E-Books for Early Readers & Reading Rockets
Free Decodable Books (OPEN EXTERNAL LINK)
READING ROCKETS - https://www.readingrockets.org/ (OPEN EXTERNAL LINK)
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Their reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.
Find the best apps for building literacy skills.
Target the Problem: Pinpoint the problem a struggling reader is having and discover ways to help.
Read FAQs About Reading: Real questions from parents and educators, answered by experts.
Listen to their Podcasts: Watch or listen to their classroom video, author interviews, and more.
Explore PBS KIDS Lab - The newest educational games, activities, and mobile apps, for kids PreK to grade 3.
Amplify Science is our science curriculum and this resource includes Unit maps, a Back to School Night video, Simulations, Questions for At-Home Discussion, and more!
https://amplify.com/amplify-science-family-resources-es/ (OPEN EXTERNAL LINK)
Health and Wellness Resources
GoNoodle offers free movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos, downloadable curricular activities, and off-screen home activities. These resources span a variety of abilities, interests, ages, and subjects.
https://grownups.gonoodle.com/ (OPEN EXTERNAL LINK)
Action for Healthy Kids
Parents for Healthy Kids (OPEN EXTERNAL LINK) is a national initiative created for parents, offering resources to help parents and caregivers become effective change agents in school and student health. Explore our resources; sign up (OPEN EXTERNAL LINK) to receive news, tips, and more; and learn how you can take action (OPEN EXTERNAL LINK).
Social-Emotional Learning Resources
Harmony At Home
Harmony at Home is an online toolkit for educators, families, and caregivers to teach vital social and emotional learning (SEL) skills using the strategies Harmony has developed for classroom teachers, which our P.S. 241 teachers use. See what they're learning in school so you can reinforce these vital lessons at home.
Get started with user-friendly support for SEL at home:
- Introduction to SEL
- Harmony Everyday Practices
- Adapted grade-specific lessons
- Access to live implementation training webinars
- Recommended on-demand webinars
- Additional resources for families
https://online.harmonysel.org/harmony-at-home/ (OPEN EXTERNAL LINK)
Registration Instructions: https://www.sanfordharmony.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Sanford-Harmony-Getting-Started-Guide-1.pdf (OPEN EXTERNAL LINK)
General Family Resources
Wide Open School
The Wide Open School website provides learning activities for students to complete independently at home, or with their families. Activities are available in all subjects and grades, and in all languages via Google Translate.
Families can use the information to do the following:
Access an overview of the units their children are studying throughout the year, in grades K-8; high school units will be added soon.
Engage with their child on what is taught at school;
Find support for learning at home, like tips for keeping children focused, as well as information about using online learning tools;
Assist with conversations at parent-teacher conferences;
Locate after-school activities.
https://nycschools.wideopenschool.org/ (OPEN EXTERNAL LINK)
Parent University serves all families, from early childhood through adulthood. Even if you are not a parent, we encourage you to become involved with Parent University. With an expanding course list, Parent University is ready to support you.
Register and enroll for a course today at https://parentu.schools.nyc/
The United Federation of Teacher (UFT)'s Parents Program
https://www.uft.org/get-involved/parents (OPEN EXTERNAL LINK)
You can subscribe to their newsletter at https://www.uft.org/get-involved/parents/sign-emails-and-texts (OPEN EXTERNAL LINK) where you'll find out about amazing resources and events to help us be the best caregivers our children deserve. Examples include enrichment classes for students and workshops for parents.