Supplemental Learning
Online Resources
  • All children should be exposed to some reading every day. For the younger learners this can mean parents/older siblings are reading to them, by first grade students should be reading with an adult/older sibling; student can read a page, adult/sibling can read an alternating page. By second grade and up students should be reading for pleasure daily. Audiobooks and apps are great tools. See if your library uses the Libby (by Overdrive) app. Check out the Vooks app- parents can get free trial for one month. Vooks reads the story aloud. 
  • Students in grades 4 and up may want to start their own Book Club while school is not in session. They can select a book and comment with their group using a Google Doc or meet up in person to discuss, as parents deem appropriate.
  • This is an opportunity for all learners to have time to read about topics that interest them in books or articles. If you have a reluctant reader check out his list of recommendations for students from ages 5-13+ ( For other book recommendations look for Newbery Medal books, Caldecott Medal winners or the International Literacy Association Choices Reading Lists ( for Children’s Choices, Teacher’s Choices and Young Adult’s Choices. 
  • All students can benefit from learning new vocabulary daily. Ask your child to identify words they meet in reading or hear in conversation throughout their days that are new or unclear to them. The children can track new words on paper or in a Word or Google Doc to share with their class when school resumes. Children can define or illustrate them in creative ways.
  • Children in Junior Kindergarten – Grade 1 can practice rhyming words or create word families. A word family has the same ending letters with different beginning sound. EX. Man, pan, ran, tan, fan, scan, clan.
  • Never underestimate the learning value of flash cards. Younger children can review letters, sounds, most common words, and numbers. Older students can review spelling words & definitions, vocabulary in science or social studies, math facts and Spanish words. The children can make their own flashcards too; let them get creative.
  • Alpha sentences: Select a sentence from any grade-level text and have your child write a new sentence in which each word begins with the same letter as the original sentence. EX. Text: “The house was for sale.” New sentence: Ten helicopters were flying s
  • Give your child a word or phrase and let them use the letters in it to write as many words as they can create. They can divide the words into two-, three-, four-, five- or six- letter words. You can give a time limit for a challenge. EX. Happy St. Patrick’s Day  At, pay, say, tray, trick… You can also just give the child letters that make up one longer word to see if they can build it. EX. L, A, A, O, G, N, Y (long, along, analogy…)
  • Use this time to review all spelling/vocabulary words the children have learned in the first two trimesters. The children can use these words to write sentences, a paragraph or a story. Be sure to include content area vocabulary from math, science and social studies.
  • Students in grade 1 and up can make Lists of 10: write down 10 words that begin with gr, bl, end with -ing, things that are green, blue, orange, etc…,10 homonyms (to, too, two), 10 synonym (same) pairs or antonym (opposite) pairs, 10 math words, 10 science words, 10 states and matching capitals, 10 Founding Fathers, 10 Saints, etc.
  • Have a family game night or movie night.
  • Encourage your child to write their own math word problems. They must be able to solve them too.
  • Read the beginning of a book and then have your child write a new ending for it; then read the author’s ending and decide which they liked better.
  • Have your child read a book and then see the movie to compare/contrast the story. Check out some options here:

ELA/Reading Check out Every-Day Edits-these are short paragraphs that always have 10 errors in capitalization, punctuation, spelling or grammar. The answers are provided so a parent may want to print out the paragraphs. Recommended for Grades 4 and up. Book/Author reviews for students of all ages; younger students will need parent support. This site does not provide activities; just book recommendations. At home learning activities by grade levels; choose “For Families” tab or go directly to your child’s grade level Choose Parent-Teacher tab, then Free Resources for ELA and Math practice sheets. Recommended grades: PreK-3 Choose “Children” tab for links to online game websites Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine website-sports news articles Online articles for students in grades K-6 ABC Fast Phonics lessons and online children’s stories for a variety of age levels from young to young adult Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation-you may choose 1-2 free articles, but also access to crafts, activities and videos. Recommended for ages 7-12 Stream and download many resources with your LaGrange Public Library card. Chicago Public Library site-access to online resources, Kids Blog and book recommendations. Some features require a library card to access. Search this database of books and reviews. Stories for students in grade K-4 read by actors, most with activity guides. Free (computer version) phonics and reading games for PreK-Grade 1; also available as an app for $4.99 Videos for many subjects and grade levels.


Math Reading and math activities Games and worksheets for Pre-Gr. 7; also has algebra activities so it might work for 8th graders. Don’t let the name fool you, they also have addition, subtraction and division games and worksheets. Math games for K-8 PreK-grade 7 Activities for grades K-5    




Spanish/Foreign Language Many students are already using Duo Lingo but if your child hasn’t tried it you may want to take a look.