Families, We Got This!

We’re making this time a learning moment

(and we have FREE resources to make it a whole lot easier).

School may be closed, but learning has definitely not stopped. Like you, thousands of families across Philly are helping children learn while balancing work, school, and family time all under one roof. 

And boy, do we know what a challenge this can be! But it’s not about turning your home into a classroom. Small things you do with your child can have a big impact on their learning. Try finding everyday moments that encourage reading, sharing, and curiosity. And most importantly, cherish every extra minute of family time.   

Making Reading Our Special Time

The stories we share are powerful and a great way to reduce stress. For an extra boost, we ask questions about the characters, build vocabulary and look up new words, and connect the story to our world. 

We have help for habits. Check out Springboard Collaborative’s Reading Challenge for daily tips and online family workshops. Or, sign up for Springboard Connect for a personalized coaching plan delivered via text. 

Online resources. Check out the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Digital Resources and Storyline Online.

Free audio books. Audible has free audio stories to stream for families.


Talk It up, Tune In

We know one thing, social distancing has definitely brought us closer to our families. And while that comes with challenges, we wouldn’t trade those moments for the world. 

Sign up for Ready4K. Text Readby4th to 70138 to receive tips for learning at home, sent to your phone 3x week. Standard messaging rates apply.

Create with You

Keep a journal. We’re living through history. Encourage children to draw or write about how they’re feeling or what they’re doing every day.

Family photo albums. Create a digital time capsule with cell phone pictures or videos. Or look at old photo albums together to pass down family stories.

Follow their passions. Is your child a budding artist, or future LEGO engineer? There’s no better time to encourage their creativity.

Get creative.  Grab a pen, marker or crayon and doodle along with child’s author and illustrator Mo Willems’s video series, Lunch Doodles!


Champion Your Child’s School Success

Anyone can help their child learn. Choose a few recommended resources to help make it easier to keep your child on track.

Set a schedule. A daily routines can be helpful, but go easy on yourself.

Make screen time a learning time. We recommend ABCya (website) for when you want to browse activities by grade level and skill, or Teach Your Monster to Read (website or app) to let the software take the lead.

Game time! Game time can be a great time to reinforce reading skills. Look at these lists with your child to see what words they are ready to master, then try some of these DIY games

Be Mighty! Sign up for an online poetry workshop or one-on-one writing consultation offered by Mighty Writers.

Build background knowledge. Help your child find ebooks, articles, or videos about topics they are interested in. Scholastic is a great place to start.

Keep in touch with your child’s school.
School District of Philadelphia
Mastery Charter Schools
Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools
Independence Mission Schools
KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools

Release Stress and Ask for Help

These times are uncertain and downright scary, but try not to let stress and anxiety take you away from your family. You don’t have to do it all or be it all. Give yourself the time and flexibility to create a new normal. And remember, you’re not alone. 

Tips for coping with anxiety and cabin fever
Tips for talking to kids about Coronavirus
Managing anxiety and stress during coronavirus (CDC)