Favorite Apps for iPad or Tablet
FREE, fun educational program for children ages 2 - 7. 100% FREE! No ads, no subscriptions.
LetterSchool is an educational app designed to help every child play and learn how to write all letters of the English alphabet (from A to Z) and numbers from 1-10. Kids practice and develop essential phonics and handwriting skills as they play three exciting games per letter or number – as an extra, they learn words associated with the letters!
The #1 preschool game in the app store. Learn and have fun by helping monkey pack lunch! Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is a collection of seven exciting educational games for your preschooler (ages 2 to 5).
This is one of our favorites for learning to write the letters in our name. It can be personalized with your child's name, friends, and family members.
Writing Wizard is designed to help every child learn how to trace letters, numbers, and words through a fun system carefully designed to maintain motivation.
Favorite Books Children Ask to Read in Our Classroom
Story: Sarah Lynne Reul Pictures: Sarah Lynne Reul Narrator: Dustin Steichmann Music: Adventures - A Himitsu
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a children's picture book published in 1967. Written and illustrated by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle, the book is designed to help children associate colors and meanings to objects.
You can also hear the Greg and Steve "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" song here: https://youtu.be/MYRTa3E91ag
A reading of Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story by Marian Gates.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale is a children's picture book by Mo Willems. Released by Hyperion Books in 2004, Knuffle Bunny won the 2005 Caldecott Honor.
In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats…and eats his way through the week. Taken from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories collection. Based on Eric Carle's picture book.
"We're Going On A Bear Hunt" animated story cartoon version of the classic Bear Hunt children's story book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.
Kids Books: WHAT IF EVERYBODY DID THAT read aloud for children shows us what happens when everyone decides to break the rules. Think it's no big deal? Oof! The world becomes a messier, ruder, dirtier place! It's a growing up KidTime StoryTime about spreading GOOD behavior and making the world a better place!
Fun Learning For PreKindergarten Kids
Contains fun literacy, math, and strategy games for PreK - 6th+.
Try these calming mindfulness exercises:
Ocean Breath with Bari Koral: https://youtu.be/6If7zcLsEV4
Star Energy with Bari Koral: https://youtu.be/5JjGi2sL1EY
Let it Go with Bari Koral: https://youtu.be/5-Ca01ijaDQ
A Breathing Technique for kids to use to help calm them down when big feelings arise. www.LearningTreeYoga.com
Fun yoga stories with Ms. Jamie.
Watch hens and goats at a farm via live video thanks to Terry Golson, author of "Tillie Lays an Egg"!
We listen to a lot of Jack Hartmann's music in our classroom and also view his Youtube videos on the "Jack Hartmann Kids Music Channel".
These are some of our favorites:
"Let's Get Fit Version 2, Count to 100, 2020 Version" - https://youtu.be/MiUw36s9V_g
"Subitize Up to 5" - https://youtu.be/PSlA-u_ABmU
"Count by 1's to 50 Forward and Backward - https://youtu.be/YtNskltyA0E
"Move it to the Sounds" https://youtu.be/7JvkWXBY2eY
A finger play that appears on Volume 2 of Jim Gill's Most Celebrated Songs! (A 3 CD set of Jim's best.) One of 17 musical games on this recording! Visit www.jimgill.com to order or download.
Very COOL educational video clips!
(For some reason, the little "play" triangle doesn't work, but the videos will play if you click just outside the triangle.)
Yoga storytime is here – integrating movement and literacy!
Go to this website to view amazing short clips related to our "Let's Find Out" classroom magazine. "ELC144"
Namaste Kid offers an entire FREE library of yoga poses for kids! Use these yoga poses as a guide for your yoga practice at home, preschool or daycare, or an elementary classroom. They are fun, child-friendly, and great for everybody!
Play games with "Sid the Science Kid", "Clifford", "Barney and Friends", "Martha Speaks", and more.
Let's learn about animals at the Saint Louis Zoo!
Learning games, videos, and playlists for preschool children.
Where children have fun learning to read!
Click to hear a great story!
The collection of activities has been collated with parents with children at home as a result school closures in mind, so many of the activities are open ended – meaning they can be used with children across a number of different grades or ability levels – you might just tweak the instructions, the amount of support you give, or your expectations of the final product, depending upon the age of your child.
Helpful Resources and Fun Home Learning Links During COVID-19 School Closure
ABC Mouse is free for families during COVID-19 school closures. Click here to find out to get the app.
A Breathing Technique for kids to use to help calm them down when big feelings arise. www.LearningTreeYoga.com
Your friends on Sesame Street are here to support you during the COVID-19 health crisis, as families everywhere are creating a "for now normal." Children thrive with structure in their lives, and they learn best through play—even in everyday moments. So our site is filled with content you can use all day long to spark playful learning, offer children comfort, and focus a bit on yourself, too. After all, it's important that we take care of ourselves, so that we can best care for our families.
Our resources aren’t prescriptions you have to follow—just ideas to help your family find ways to breathe, laugh, and play together. We'll be adding more in days and weeks to come, including new messages featuring your furry friends from Sesame Street—stay tuned and sign up for our newsletter for more! #CaringForEachOther
1. Young children co-regulate with trusted adults and older children feed off our internal states.
2. Focus on safety and connection.
3. Create your new normal.
4. Give children ways to contribute.
5. Shift toward seeing the best.
Social story to help explain school closure to young children.
This Story Hand is an adapted I Love You Ritual designed to help adults comfort and connect with children who are feeling scared or anxious about COVID-19. Begin with a gentle hand massage accompanied by a personalized social story that helps a child deal with stress or anxiety. Move through your story and associate key points of the storyline with each finger. The story you tell should reflect a specific, personalized experience or concern for the child. Use this adapted Story Hand ritual to comfort and connect with a child who is feeling scared or anxious about COVID-19.
In the wake of COVID-19, our normal way of life and our usual routines have been turned upside down. For children, these abrupt changes are especially confusing and scary, and so is the idea of a mysterious virus. Providing age-appropriate information soothes anxiety, and this simple social story gives you the words to use. Developed by Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor Abbi Kruse, this story uses reassuring language and colorful illustrations to explain a complex topic in a way that children understand.
Listen as a grownup reads a story or book to you. Then pick an activity from the list below! You can try a different activity every day, or repeat a favorite.
Due to community circumstances, District 186 schools are closed. However, we do not want student learning to end. This page offers grade level learning options that can be used to keep students learning at home.
Tune in to District 186 Storytime every weekday
In partnership with Neuhoff Media, District 186 Storytime will now air on 96.7 FM radio Monday through Friday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. through the remainder of the school year. Families can listen to a story while enjoying their lunch. The first 15 minutes (11:30 - 11:45) will be geared toward Pre-K to second grade learners and the second 15 minutes (11:45 - 12:00) will be geared towards grade 3-5 learners.
There are multiple ways to listen:
Alexa- “Alexa, open ninety six point seven bob fm”
Mobile App- Download the Bob FM Springfield Mobile App from the App Store or Google Play
Desktop- Log on to www.bobfmspringfield.com and click Listen Live
On Air- at 96.7 FM
A number of District 186 PreK to grade 5 teachers and reading specialists as well as volunteers from the Rotary Club will be reading on air. The community partnership is an extension of remote learning and student and family engagement efforts.
Our ELC Parent Educators have a wealth of information to help you access essentials during school closures. If you are needing help, feel free to contact them at:
Ms. Jen: email@example.com
Ms. Richards: firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch how Elmo interacts with friends and teachers while practicing social distancing.
Epic! is the Leading Digital Library for Kids 12 & Under
Instantly access 40,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more
Frog Street is excited to support educators and families with children ages three to five by providing resources from our award-winning curriculums to use at home. These engaging resources offer the first step toward empowering families with the tools they need to influence academic growth at home.
You can access over 250 English and Spanish electronic books, activities and songs from the Frog Street “Empowering Families” and “Sing & Read” collections simply by creating an account and logging in.
Access to these collections is FREE during school closures due to COVID-19.
Jack Hartmann shows helpful ways to greet someone from 6 feet. Follow along with the fun ways to greet from a distance of 6 feet.
is a comprehensive, interactive math practice site for students in Kindergarten to fifth grade. This online resource can be used during class or at home for independent practice, remediation, assessment, or homework. The site enables teachers and parents to differentiate assignments for students allowing them to work at their own level and pace towards mastery of concepts and skills aligned with common core.
You can sign up for a free family account.
Illinois Early Learning Project Tip Sheet specific to helping children during school closures due to COVID-19.
LeapFrog is as committed as ever to making learning fun and supporting parents with the tools they need to keep kids learning in these unprecedented times. LeapFrog is offering an extended 2-month free trial of our interactive learning program, LeapFrog Academy, and reduced pricing on 6-month and 12-month plans for parents who want to keep the learning going over the summer. Together, we can #LearnThroughThis.
Doodle with Mo Willems every day during lunch. Mo is the author of the favorite "Pigeon" series and "Piggie and Elephant" book series.
Go to the ELC home page and click on the purple button to the left of the screen for meal information during COVID=19 school closure.
A note from Tara at Autism Little Learners: "I wanted to share a story for children regarding schools being closed for the rest of the school year. I wrote this story assuming that we will be back in the school buildings in the fall. If that changes, I will write another story to address that. Please feel free to distribute this story to families. I hope this story helps kids around the world!"
Fun activities for teaching children at home using materials and toys found in the home.
Thank you to Prekinders.com for putting together a packet of materials for preschool students learning at home. Here is a link to the packet:
If that link doesn’t work, try clicking on this one and then click on the green box that says “Download the Home Learning Packet”:
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.
Choose "PreK and Kindergarten" in the green box.
Get your little ones moving with 20 play starters—simple ideas for play with a purpose. They can be done at any time and in any order. Click on the link above and then click on "play starters".
Wonderful educational video clips from Scholastic. 8 different categories, each containing many short video clips. These are the videos that accompany the Let's Find Out magazine and our students LOVE them!
We’re updating this post weekly during the global pandemic of COVID-19.The CDC defines “a pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide.”
Mrs. Fuhrmann's YouTube Videos During COVID-19 School Closure
A tadpole and minnow are inseparable friends. Watch what happens as the tadpole becomes a frog and the minnow becomes a full-size fish. How does the frog help his fish friend at the end of the story?
Watch Mrs. Fuhrmann read "From Caterpillar to Butterfly". Check out the daily photos of caterpillars and journal entries in the photos section of our classroom website. Be sure to show us your journal drawings.
Look around in your backyard. What do you see in the tall, tall grass?
Enjoy a story with me at Ostermeier Prairie Center by Lincoln Memorial Garden. Then, take a look at the photos I added to the "photos" section to see what I found on my hike. Go on a hike with your family and tell me what you saw.
After listening to this story, find 4 things that are the same, but not the same size, and send me a picture. For example, 4 bowls that are not the same size. Put them in order from largest to smallest or smallest to largest.
Ten little riddles! Each shares a joy you can find in Illinois!
In this story, 3 mice find 3 jars of paint. Listen to this story to find out what they learn about mixing colors! Use food coloring and water to mix colors at home.
Click on this link to see what is in my basement
You can also sing a song here:
and listen to a story here:
Use your shoes to measure something BIG in your house!
Watch Mrs. Fuhrmann read this book and then use the story props in your home learning pack to retell the "Very Hungry Caterpillar".
Other Fun ELC Teacher Stories During COVID-19 School Closure
Mrs. Duffy- Learning at Home Facebook Page
Watch Mrs. Duffy read stories and share her chick hatching project at home!
Carrie’s VIP Book Corner Facebook Page
Watch Mrs. Servough and her daughter Arabelle read fun stories at home!
We practice these yoga poses every day as a way to relax our bodies and focus our minds so we are ready to learn.
Information found on this Springfield Public School page will help you learn all about our Early Start Prekindergarten program.
These videos show some family activities that help infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children learn about the world.
This site at the Illinios State Board of Education contains many helpful "Tip Sheets" for parents on a variety of topics including language, math, motor, and social development.
90+ ways to learn about letters at home.
Loads of ideas for learning through play at home.
Whether you are a parent, teacher, or childcare care provider, you'll love our site filled with educational printables and activities for the children you love. You'll find that pre-kindergarten through first grade students will enjoy our activities most, but you'll find yourself having fun too!
Sign up to receive information about your child's development.
This site contains quick-read articles to promote math, literacy, social, language, sciece, and motor skills at home.
MANY activities for teaching children at home using hands-on materials and toys found in the home.
Find tons of printable resources for math, literacy, and more!
Award Winning Howard B. Wigglebottom books, animated books, songs, posters and social-emotional lessons.
Springfield and Community Partner Links
By donating even a $1, you can help bring learning tools and materials to our classroom. DonorsChoose is the resource we use to bring Scholastic "Let's Find Out" magazines to the students every year.
Donors from all over the country contribute to our classroom projects. When the project is fully funded, DonorsChoose ships the materials directly to our classroom.
Thank you DonorsChoose!
Explore in the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum at the Illinois State Museum.
Discover the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of nature!
Great website filled with information about Springfield area events and activities for families.