At-Home Learning

Join WPSBC's Primary Program in a daily story time on Facebook.
 
Note: The Primary Program's Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) Patrice Bucheli will need to accept all WPSBC parent/guardian requests to join the private group.
This article describes the suggest amount of time students should spend homeschooling, by grade: https://www.scarymommy.com/chart-homeschooling-hours-by-grade/?utm_source=FB
    
Arts and Enrichment
The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has the following opportunities available:
 
WEBINARS for KIDS & their PARENTS
 

What Every Elementary/Middle Student Needs to know about Coronavirus Webinar

  • When: Choose from- April 11 @ 3 pm, April 14 @ 6 pm, April 18 @ 3 pm, April 21 @ 6 pm, April 25 @ 3 pm, April 28 @ 6 pm, May 2 @ 3 pm
  • Fee: Free!
  • Pre-registration is required
  • Presenter: Dr. Anthony Santella, Associate Professor Of Public Health, Hofstra University
  • This webinar is designed for elementary and middle school children. While children are our primary audience, we welcome parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, school administrators, health professions who work with youth, and anyone who is interested in getting information on the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. The webinar will use medically accurate and age appropriate content for children in grades K-8. The content will focus on basic facts related to the science and public health along with frequently asked questions about how the coronavirus impacts things that matter to children like their friends, pets, vacations, etc. Click title (above) to register.
 
“The Top 10 Weird, But Cool, Animal Adaptations” Webinar Just for Kids & their Families
  • When: Thursday, April 9, 1 pm – 2 pm
  • Fee: Free!
  • Animals can be beautiful and fun to watch. They can also be weird and surprising! Join WHC staff on this webinar and learn about the cool tricks animals do to help them survive in the wild. From frogs that freeze themselves in the winter to lizards that walk on water, we’ll explain their crazy behavior and why its important.
  • You’ll learn: What are “adaptations” (AKA cool tricks), and how adaptations help animals survive in the wild; 10 cool adaptations used by animals around the world; and Small actions to take to help these animals.
  • Register here with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC).
 
 

DISTANCE LEARNING RESOURCES/VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

 
  • Science Inquiry at Home with PA State Parks! The mysteries of nature are all around us – even right outside our doors, in our yards, and on our neighborhood streets. You don’t have to wander far to wonder at the signs of spring and the other rhythms of life – which trees will flower first, how do birds make nests, where does the rainwater go? You can become a nature detective at home! Join EE staff from Jennings Environmental Education Center on Facebook to explore your world. There will be new, FREE opportunities each week to INVESTIGATE the mysteries of nature and contribute to science from home, CREATE something from, about, or for the natural world, and to SHARE your explorations! To get started, check out the Jennings EEC Facebook page.
 
  • Remote learning resources organized for early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school, and higher ed have been gathered by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). This list includes lots of virtual field trips as well. Check it out here.
 
  • Nature-based, Remote-Learning Resources from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Education staff: Learn Outside, Learn at Home. CBF is providing new, interactive, education resources to keep students engaged with the outdoors. These learning resources and investigations can be done at your home and in your outdoor space. There are video lessons/resources,Nature Journaling Prompts, Student Investigations and Activities, and videos with CBF science experts. We’re currently working on a platform for students across the watershed to share the work they have created. Check routinely as new content will be added weekly and updates will be posted on the CBF Learn Outside Facebook Group.
 
 
  • Pre-K at home Water Exploration
  • Grades 4-8 "Seeing Watersheds" at home lesson

These lessons are from Project WET's award-winning curricula. Correlated to NGSS.

 

  • "Teaching About Climate Change: Water, Trees, and Wildlife" - this brand new resource contains hands-on lessons (some directly linked in the document free-of-charge) for teaching about climate change. This resource was created through an historic collaboration between Project WILD, Project WET, & Project Learning Tree (PLT).

 

  • California State Parks is a leader in online learning and connecting kids remotely to the outdoors. You can now take virtual tours of CA State Parks and register for their free, virtual K-12 programs.Check out their program calendar to register.

 

  • GROUNDWATER EDUCATION TOOLS FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS This new resource includes hands-on lessons, activities, and more organized by topic to engage your students in groundwater education while schools are closed. Featured lessons cover groundwater and the water cycle. New content and lessons added each week.

As a means to try and support my students at WPSBC during this unique time, I thought I'd take this opportunity to provide them another option for some at-home learning.

 

This health program will be primarily based off of the "Health Advocacy Program" created by the Attainment Company. It was designed to teach students with disabilities about basic nutritional health as well as physical and emotional well-being. Topics that will be covered between now and the end of the school year include:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Fiber and GI Health
  • Calcium and Bone Health
  • Exercise
  • Stress

 

For now, these will be uploaded in audio form, with a new lesson being uploaded every week. WPSBC serves a wide range of students and I will do my best to present it accordingly.  If you think your student could benefit from learning about any of the topics listed, please give them a listen!

 

While this health program is as new for me as it will be for the students, I think it's a great compliment to their current APE curriculum. Going beyond learning how to move our bodies and learning why and how our bodies work the way they do.

 

Thanks,

Ben Brilmyer

Adapted Physical Education Teacher

  
Related Services
Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) Nancy Salvante has prepared a Stop/Go Lesson to guide teaching moments at home. See her video, and join in here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT6ErBJ2t_4&feature=youtu.be
Follow this link to watch and subscribe to Nancy Salvante's weekly SLP lessons: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcwhjY-wDhcSAuBp3pIyURg
   
Supplemental Learning
American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is offering special licenses for JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion to assist students, teachers and families who must remain home during the COVID-19 crisis. This free short-term Home Annual License (expires June 30, 2020) is available to anyone with a personal email address in the United States and Canada.