While we at Catapult Learning firmly believe that nothing can replace direct instruction and support from our teachers, we offer the following as a resource and guide to help families plan for disruption to the normal educational environment.

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Establishing an Environment for Learning: Below are some suggestions which may help your child/ren transition to distance learning during an extended school closure:

  • If possible, set up a dedicated space at home, free from distraction, with room for a device, classwork materials, and supplies.

  • Talk with your child prior to the transition, to alleviate fears or concerns.

  • If possible, keep an open line of communication with your student’s school, teachers and other families in your community, via e-mail, online chat, discussion forms or videoconferencing (Zoom is FREE right now!).

  • Be clear about expectations, while setting achievable goals for students.
  • Create schedules with your child to help them adhere to some level of normalcy comparative to the traditional classroom. Offer flexibility but encourage a routine. See sample schedules like the ones below, adapted from Khan Academy

Sample At-Home Routine

Instructional Materials – Math & Reading Packets: Printable math and reading lessons and activity packs are available for you to use at home. You can access these materials directly here or visit http://i-ready.com/athome.

Online Instruction: Internet Access at Home – Families in need of high-speed Internet access can find companies offering free or low-cost services during this time. Contact your current Internet/cable service provider to see if they are offering specials in your area or the companies below:

  • Comcast: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
  • Spectrum: Families can call (844) 488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will be waived. Regular pricing will take effect at the end of the 60-day period if a customer doesn’t cancel or change the service.

Online Learning Activities: The list below are offerings and activities available from many organizations* to support online learning:

*The sites and companies represented are not affiliated with Catapult Learning.