Educational experts at MCPER have created videos to help parents and guardians use effective practices to teach students at home due to COVID-19. Videos will be posted regularly, so be sure to return to this page often to get the latest information.
Many of our videos emphasize reading with your child because of the importance of learning language and literacy. In this video, we provide specific examples—from children’s books—and 10 simple strategies for interacting with your child while reading books. Hosted by Amory Cable.
Most of you read books with your kids. This video shows you how to use book read-alouds to build vocabulary and learning. Choose a book, predict what the book is about, talk about vocabulary, and enjoy your reading time! Hosted by Letti Grimaldo and Shannon Giroir.
Download the free read-aloud bookmark!
Sometimes it’s difficult to help your kid transition from one activity to the next. We provide several suggestions, such as using a schedule, giving choices, and being consistent. We also share how to make transitions fun for kids. Hosted by Tina Fragale.
Have you ever found it tricky to get your kid to cooperate? This video provides a few ideas about building cooperation in the home. You may want to make a schedule, use checklists, break down tasks into manageable chunks, give breaks, and give choices. You also want to provide specific feedback and may use a reward system. Hosted by Tina Fragale.
The earliest learning of math comes through language—as kids learn words such as more, difference, square, or three. We share how to help your kid with early math learning through the use of math storybooks. Choose a book, identify key words, and do activities around the house to connect to the math! Hosted by Suzanne Forsyth (@suzanne_forsyth).
Download the free handout!
A word wall is a great tool for kids to learn different words. Often, teachers have word walls in their classroom, but you can make a word wall for your home! You can make a word wall with sticky notes or using the included handout. Word walls provide opportunity for your child to interact with many words. Hosted by Jennifer Schnakenberg.
Download the handout.
Download a template for your older learners to create their own word walls.
The following websites have free, downloadable word lists:
From preschool to high school, kids have to understand what they read. When reading at home, ask and answer questions, such as what, how, and why. Then, work to identify the main idea. With these strategies, kids will learn more when they are reading! Hosted by Johny Daniel.
Citation: Stevens, E. A., Park, S., & Vaughn, S. (2019). A review of summarizing and main idea interventions for struggling readers in grades 3 through 12: 1978–2016. Remedial and Special Education, 40(3), 131–149.
Asking children to read and understand texts independently is one of the most difficult things that we can ask them to do. This presentation shares a straightforward approach to improving independent text comprehension for students in grade 3 and beyond. Hosted by Phil Capin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Download the free self-monitoring worksheet, provided both with and without goals filled in.
Phonemic awareness is about hearing the smallest units of sounds, and it is one of the most important skills for young kids as they learn to read. Learn how to blend words and segment words by doing brief activities around the house. Hosted by Paul Steinle.
Beyond reading, writing, and math, kids need to learn about science! Kids are naturally curious, and talking about science is a great way to extend this curiosity! You could do a science scavenger hunt by walking around your house or neighborhood. You could also observe your surroundings. Science helps you have many interesting conversations with your kid. Hosted by Chris Doabler.
Novice readers are learning skills to help them become fluent in word reading. As children learn these new skills, they need lots of structured opportunities to practice. This practice can (and should) be fun and engaging! Join us to learn four games that can be played at home to help promote early reading skills. Hosted by Jessica Toste (@DrToste).
Download the free handout with game play materials.
Beyond numbers, young kids have to learn about shapes. In this video, we focus on identifying shapes and classifying shapes with activities you can do around the house. Hosted by Meijia Liu.
Before kids start reading a new book or story, it can be helpful to preteach important vocabulary. This will help prepare your kid for new information and help that new information stick. This video helps you see which vocabulary words to preteach. Also provided is a template for you to make your own vocabulary maps. Hosted by Sarah Fishstrom.
Download a vocabulary map template.
Teaching your child high-frequency words is an important and easy way to develop word reading skills at home. This presentation shares a simple 10-minute routine that you can use daily to positively affect the reading development of your elementary-school-aged child. Hosted by Phil Capin (email@example.com).
Download a free sight word list.
Explore related resources from the Texas Center for Learning Disabilities.
Counting is one of the first things kids learn in math, and counting involves three separate skills. Kids have to know the number names, use the number names to assign counts, and understand the last count tells how many are in the set. Counting is essential for most other math skills, so we need to help our kids become great counters! Hosted by Sarah Powell (@sarahpowellphd).
To help with counting, download a free ten frame and number line.
In middle school, the number of multisyllable words that kids read increases greatly from elementary school. We share how to help students read multisyllable words with sounding out activities that you can do at home. Hosted by Elizabeth Swanson. This work was supported by the Office of Special Education Programs (H326M150016).
Download the five-step process!
Download sample words and cards!
When kids read, they often encounter academic vocabulary. These are words that aren’t commonly used in conversation. Kids need help to understand these words. We share a vocabulary routine that can make learning academic vocabulary easy! Hosted by Colleen Reutebuch.
Download a helpful handout!
Caregivers should not feel like they have to cover all aspects of early reading. See some tips and examples for supporting a small but important set of phonics skills for beginning readers: learning letter-sound knowledge and using letter sounds to read and spell words. Hosted by Nathan Clemens (@DrNathanClemens) and a special guest star.
Fractions! That word can bring a feeling of dread to both kids and adults. But understanding fractions is necessary for success in math at all grade levels, and fractions can be fun! Join us to learn how to talk about fractions and show fractions with items found in your home. Hosted by Sarah Powell (@sarahpowellphd).
Download free fractions strips!
Some older students may need some motivation to read. One way to help older students read more is to do partner reading. Partner reading leads to discussions about the text and lets you have fun reading with your kid. Hosted by Elizabeth Swanson. This work was supported by the Office of Special Education Programs (H326M150016).
Download a free partner reading guide: English!
Download a free partner reading guide: Spanish!
Kids often read without understanding what they just read. Join us to learn how to help kids identify the main idea by asking about the important “who” or “what,” the most important idea about the “who” or “what,” and telling the main idea in 10 words or less. Hosted by Colleen Reutebuch.
Download the free resources!
Kids in the early stages of reading need lots of opportunities to read with support from an adult, and when school is out, reading at home is even more important. Here are some tips and ideas for reading with your elementary-aged kid and ways to make it fun and motivating. Hosted by Nathan Clemens (@DrNathanClemens).
Now that many kids will be doing school work at home, motivation to do work might be important! Join us to learn how to plan for work at home, set the stage, and support your kid. Hosted by Elizabeth Swanson. This work was supported by the Office of Special Education Programs (H326M150016).
Download the free guide, provided in both English and Spanish!
All kids have to set up and solve word problems in math, but that’s hard when you don’t have a good strategy for working through the problem. Join us to learn more about the UPSCheckway of working through a word problem. Hosted by Sarah Powell (@sarahpowellphd).
Download the free poster!