Resources While Kids are Home
Are you looking for resources while school is out? Check out these great, local resources including free meal sites, free educational sites, fun ideas while the kids are home, tips from local educators, and more!
• Free Meal Sites for Students
• Free Meal/Supply Sites for Families
• Grocery/Supply Store Priority Hours
• Free Learning Websites
• Home Play Ideas
• Tips from Local Educators
• Tips from Local Parents
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FREE MEAL SITES FOR STUDENTS
With new information coming out daily, please check school district websites, social media accounts, or call the district before planning to visit.
Central Unified School District
• Biola-Pershing Elementary, 4885 N. Biola Avenue, Biola
• Central High School, 3535 N. Cornelia Avenue, Fresno
• Hanh Phan Tilley Elementary, 2280 N. Valentine Avenue, Fresno
• James K. Polk Elementary, 2195 N. Polk Avenue, Fresno
• Teague Elementary, 4725 N. Polk Avenue, Fresno
• William Saroyan Elementary, 5650 W. Escalon Avenue, Fresno
Families can pick up free meals for their kids, ages 1–18, through April 3rd (tentative, check website for finalized end date), Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., through a mobile drive-thru or pick-up.
Children must be present to pick up meals. Children can come with a parent or guardian or come without a parent. Parents cannot pick up meals without their children present. Dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated, but vegetarian options will be available.
Clovis Unified School District
• Buchanan High School, 1560 N. Minnewawa Avenue, Clovis
• Clovis East High School, 2940 Leonard Avenue, Clovis
• Clovis North High School, 2770 E. International Avenue, Fresno
• Clark Intermediate School, 902 Fifth Street Clovis
• Kastner Intermediate School, 7676 N. First Street, Fresno
• Clovis Elementary School, 1100 Armstrong Avenue, Clovis
• Cole Elementary School, 615 W. Stuart Avenue, Clovis
• Fancher Creek Elementary School, 5948 E. Tulare Avenue, Fresno
• Jefferson Elementary School, 1880 Fowler Avenue, Clovis
• Miramonte Elementary School, 1590 Bellaire Avenue, Clovis
• Nelson Elementary School, 1336 W. Spruce Avenue, Fresno
• Pinedale Elementary School, 7171 N. Sugarpine, Fresno
• Sierra Vista Elementary School, 510 Barstow Avenue, Clovis
• Tarpey Elementary School, 2700 Minnewawa Avenue, Clovis
• Temperance-Kutner Elementary School, 1448 N. Armstrong Avenue, Fresno
Kids ages 1–18 can pick up free meals from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Monday–Thursday. Kids must be present and can go to any of the district’s sites to receive a meal. Drop-off locations below. Meals available through the end of distance learning. Visit www.cusd.com for updates.
Grab-and-go meals will be delivered by our bus drivers to the following locations: Clovis West Route: 7:50 a.m. Vin Rose LN at N. 41 Frontage Road. Temperance-Kutner Route: 7:27 6207 E. Clinton, 7:37 E. Huntington & S. Waverly, 7:40 Belmont Frtg & N. Sabre (Ponding Basin), 7:37 E. Huntington & S. Waverly, 7:29 Fancher @ Turner, 7:30 Mckenzie @ Rector Wy, 7:32 Belmont @ Sanders CT, 7:33 7902 E. Belmont @ Dewolf, 7:35 Locan @ Belmont, 7:37 7261 E. Tulare @ Dirt Field, 7:40 6870 Kings Canyon Rd, 7:42 N Douglas & E. Kerckhoff, 7:40 Inyo @ Shelly Golden Dawn, 7:43 N. Burgan & N. Armstrong (Pump Station), 7:39 N. Burgan & E. Inyo, 7:41 N. Burgan & E. Balch, 7:50 Iowa @ Cimarron. Liberty Route: 7:18 16088 N. Friant Rd, 7:24 Via Mira Bella, 7:33 Bella Vista @ Mail boxes, 7:45 Burroughs & Marcus, 7:47 Flemming & Waldby, 7:49 Friant & Root. Clark Route: 7:10 Barstow & DeWolf. Visit cusd.com for updates.
Fresno Unified School District
• Addams Elementary School, 2117 W. McKinley Avenue, Fresno
• Ahwahnee Middle School, 1127 E. Escalon Avenue, Fresno
• Bullard High School, 5445 N. Palm Avenue, Fresno
• Columbia Elementary School, 1025 S. Trinity Street, Fresno
• Computech Middle School, 555 E. Belgravia Avenue, Fresno
• Cooper Middle School, 2277 W. Bellaire Way, Fresno
• Figarden Elementary School, 6235 N. Brawley Avenue, Fresno
• Fort Miller Middle School, 1302 E. Dakota Avenue, Fresno
• Hamilton K-8 Elementary School, 102 E. Clinton Avenue, Fresno
• Kings Canyon Middle School, 5117 E. Tulare Avenue, Fresno
• Lincoln Elementary School, 774 E. Alluvial Avenue, Fresno
• Scandinavian Middle School, 3216 N. Sierra Vista Avenue, Fresno
• Sequoia Elementary School, 1820 S. Armstrong Avenue, Fresno
• Tehipite Middle School, 630 N. Augusta Street, Fresno
• Terronez Middle School, 2300 S. Willow Avenue, Fresno
• Tioga Middle School, 3232 E. Fairmont Avenue, Fresno
• Wawona K-8 Middle School, 4524 N. Thorne Avenue, Fresno
• Yosemite Middle School, 1292 N. 9th Street, Fresno
Students can access Grab-and-Go meals between 9 a.m.–11 a.m. Monday–Friday. Students must be present. Stay connected with Fresno Unified for an end date on service.
Meals will be available on a grab-and-go basis. Students can get a meal from any Fresno Unified school; they do not need to go to their school of enrollment.
Fowler Unified School District
• Malaga Elementary School, 3910 S. Ward Avenue, Fresno
• Fowler High School, 701 E. Main Street, Fowler
• Delivery Meals (Clovis & American, Temperance & Golden State, Flamingo Trailer Park)
Families can pick up free meals for their kids who are ages 18 and younger. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Fowler High from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Clovis & American and Temperance & Golden State from 11–11:30 a.m. Mondays: Malaga Elementary from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Flamingo Trailer Park from 12–12:30 p.m.
Children must be present. Please drive up, stay in your vehicle, and maintain the flow of traffic. Stay connected and visit www.fowlerusd.org for end date.
Golden Valley Unified School District
• Liberty High School, 12220 Road 36, Madera
• Webster Elementary, 36477 Ruth Avenue, Madera
• Sierra View Elementary, 16436 Paula Road, Madera
Families can pick up free Grab-n-Go meals for their kids who are ages 1–18, Monday–Thursday from 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Golden Valley Unified School District students must be present. Visit gvusd.org or call 645-3502 for more information and for end date.
Hanford Joint Union High School District
• Hanford High School, 120 E. Grangeville Boulevard, Hanford
• Hanford West High School, 1150 W. Lacey Boulevard, Hanford
• Sierra Pacific High School, 1259 N. 13th Avenue, Hanford
Through June 5th, free meals will be available for pick up once a week every Monday for children ages 18 and under from 11:15–11:45 a.m. Exceptions to this are April 14th and May 26th when meals will be served on Tuesday since Monday is a holiday.
Hanford Joint Union High School District children must be present. Frozen meals will be given to last the week.
Kerman Unified School District
• Kerman High School, 205 S. First Street, Kerman
• Kerman Floyd Elementary School, 14655 W. F Street, Kerman
Families can pick up free Grab-and-Go meals for their kids who are Kerman Unified School District students Monday–Friday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. through school closures.
Children must be present to pick up meals. Drop-off at bus stops also available.
Kings Canyon Unified School District
• Dunlap Elementary School, 39667 Dunlap Rd, Dunlap
• McCord Elementary School, 333 Center Street, Orange Cove
• Orange Cove High School, 1700 S. Anchor Avenue, Orange Cove
• Great Western Elementary School, 5051 S. Frankwood Avenue, Reedley
• Jefferson Elementary School, 1037 E. Duff Avenue, Reedley
• Reedley High School, 740 W. North Avenue, Reedley
• Washington Elementary School, 1250 K Street, Reedley
Meals will be available on Monday–Friday between 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Any person, age 18 and under, is eligible to pick up a meal during the times listed above.
Children must be present to pick up meals. Meals are for the communities of Dunlap, Orange Cove, and Reedley. For end date, please stay connected with www.kcusd.com
Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District
• Lincoln Elementary School, 1900 Mariposa Street, Kingsburg
• Kingsburg High School, 1900 18th Avenue, Kingsburg
Families can pick up meals for kids 18 years and younger, through April 3rd from 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays.
Children must be present to pick up meals. Please stay in your vehicle and maintain the flow of traffic. Meals can be picked up in the Cafeteria. Children do not need to be students of Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District. Visit www.kesd.org/foodservice for more information.
Lemoore Union Elementary School District
• Cinnamon Elementary, 500 E. Cinnamon Drive, Lemoore
• Engvall Elementary, 1055 Cedar Lane, Lemoore
• Lemoore Elementary, 573 W. Bush Street, Lemoore
• Meadow Lane Elementary, 352 Meadow Lane, Lemoore
• Liberty Elementary, 1000 Liberty Drive, Lemoore
Families can pick up meals for kids 18 years and younger Tuesday–Friday, April 14th through April 17th, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. From April 20th through June 4th, meals can be picked up Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday’s only between 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Open to families of the Lemoore Union Elementary District. Children must be present to pick up meals. Drive-through or walk-up available.
Lemoore Union High School District
• Lemoore Union High School District, 101 E. Bush Street
Lemoore Union High School will provide meals for students 18 and under. Meals will be available through the end of the school year from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Students must be present to receive meals. Location pick up will be on Bush street in front of the NJ ROTC Building. Parents cannot pick up meals without their children present. Dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated.
Los Banos Unified School District
• Creekside Junior High, 1401 Prairie Springs Drive, Los Banos
• Miano Elementary, 1129 B Street, Los Banos
• Los Banos Elementary, 749 J Street, Los Banos
• Los Banos High School, 1966 Eleventh Street, Los Banos
• Los Banos Junior High School, 1750 San Luis Street, Los Banos
• Pacheco High School, 200 N. Ward Road, Los Banos
Walk up or drive through to pick up meals for children 1-18. All meals are To-Go style. No identification is required. Monday–Friday from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. No service on May 1st or 25th.
Sites may close due to lack of participation. Please check website Losbanosusd.org or call 209-826-3077 for closures or new sites openings.
Mendota Unified School District
• Mendota High School, 1282 Belmont Avenue, Mendota
• Mendota Elementary, 605 Bass Avenue, Mendota
• McCabe Elementary, 250 Derrick Avenue, Mendota
Families can drive through or pick up free meals for their kids who are ages 18 and younger. Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. the week of April 13th. Mondays from 11 a.m.–1 p.m., April 20th through June 1st. Drop-off locations below.
Drop-offs will also happen with Bus 1 at 11:30 a.m. Water District, 11:43 a.m. Douglas & Adams, 11:51 a.m. Douglas & Dinuba, 12:03 p.m. Adams & San Diego, 12:05 p.m. San Diego, 12:06 p.m. Murrieta Houses, 12:12 p.m. Enchers Ranch, 12:14 p.m. Papas Ranch. Bus 2 at 11:20 a.m. Belmont & Douglas, 11:25 a.m. Belmont & Murphy Ranch, 11:28 a.m. Fairfax McKinley Detrichs, 11:32 a.m. Stamoules Trailers, 11:36 a.m. Vaquero Trailers, 11:36 a.m. North Avenue, 11:43 a.m. Vaquero Forman Houses, 12:00 p.m. Hansen Ranch, 12:05 p.m. Pilibos Ranch, 12:15 p.m. Belmont & Stamoules Camp, 12:18 p.m. Washoe Camp. Bus 3 at 11:20 a.m. 29927 W. Whitesbridge, 11:25 a.m. Whitesbridge, 11:27 a.m. 29779 Whitesbridge (trailers), 11:28 a.m. Figueroa Ranch, 11:30 a.m. Whitesbridge Trailers, 11:32 a.m. Whitesbridge (Garcia Trucking), 11:37 a.m. 23399 San Mateo,11:43 a.m. Jack’s Resort.
Riverdale Joint Unified School District
• Riverdale High School, 3160 W. Mt. Whitney Avenue, Riverdale
Families can pick up free meals for their kids who are ages 1–18, Monday–Friday from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Visit www.rjusd.org for bus route delivery schedule. Riverdale Joint Unified School District parents may pick up meals with or without children present.
Sanger Unified School District
• Del Rey Elementary, 10620 Morro Avenue, Del Rey
• Wilson Elementary, 610 Faller Avenue, Sanger
• Sanger High School, 1045 Bethel Avenue, Sanger
• Washington Academic Middle School, 1705 Tenth Street, Sanger
• Sequoia Elementary School, 1820 S. Armstrong Avenue, Fresno
Families can pick up free Grab-and-Go meals for their kids, ages 18 and younger, through June 5th, Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. No service during Spring Break or on Memorial Day.
Children must be present to pick up meals. Children do not need to be part of Sanger Unified School District.
Selma Unified School District
• Theodore Roosevelt Elementary, 1802 Floral Avenue, Selma
• Eric White Elementary, 2001 Mitchell Avenue, Selma
• Abraham Lincoln Middle School, 1239 Nelson Boulevard, Selma
• Selma High School, 3125 Wright Street, Selma
Families can pick up free Grab-and-Go meals for their kids, ages 18 and younger, Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Children not longer need to be present to pick up meals. Children do not need to be part of Sanger Unified School District. Check for updates after April 22nd.
Sierra Unified School District
• Sierra Unified Bus Route
Children ages 1–18 living in the Sierra Unified School District will be provided meals Monday–Friday through May 15th. Meals will be delivered on the bus route starting at 10 a.m. Please fill out the free meal survey provided by Sierra Unified School District.
Children do not need to be present, but parents need to provide the child’s name and age. Call 855-3662 for more information. Route times and locations are available at sierrausd.org
Tulare City School District
• TCSD School Cafeterias
• Bus Drop Locations
Beginning the week of April 20th, free Grab-n-Go meals will be available from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. On Tuesdays there will be 4 meal servings offered per child. On Thursdays there will be 6 meal servings offered per child.
Any child between the ages of 1–18 years old. Children must be present. TCSD will also be asking families to open hatchbacks and trunks for the food to be placed directly into the vehicle limiting social contact for families and employees. At the Meals-on-Wheels, bus drop locations, and school site cafeterias, please use social distancing and stand 6 feet apart as you wait for your Grab-n-Go servings. Please visit www.tcsdk8.org for more information.
Visalia Unified School District
• Annie R. Mitchell Elementary School, 2121 E. Laura Avenue, Visalia
• Cottonwood Creek Elementary School, 4222 S. Dans Street, Visalia
• Divisadero Middle School, 4222 S. Dans Street, Visalia
• Elbow Creek Elementary School, 32747 Road 138, Visalia
• Four Creeks Elementary School, 1844 N. Burke Street, Visalia
• Global Learning Charter School, 1051 W. Robin Drive, Visalia
• Goshen Elementary School, 6505 Avenue 308, Visalia
• Houston Elementary School, 1200 N. Giddings Street, Visalia
• Ivanhoe Elementary School, 16030 Avenue 332, Ivanhoe
• Linwood Elementary School, 3129 S. Linwood Street, Visalia
• Manuel F. Hernandez Elementary School, 2133 N. Leila Street, Visalia
• Mineral King Elementary School, 3333 E. Kaweah Avenue, Visalia
• Ridgeview Middle School, 3315 N. Akers Street, Visalia
• Valley Oak Middle School, 2000 N. Lovers Lane, Visalia
• Veva Blunt Elementary School, 1119 Chinowth Street, Visalia
• Washington Elementary School, 960 E. Teague Avenue, Fresno
Families can pick up or drive through and grab free Grab-n-Go meals for their kids who are ages 1–18, on April 6th, 14th, 20th, 27th, May 4th, 11th, 18th, and 26th from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Meals are provided for the entire week.
Children can pick up meals with or without a parent; however, parents cannot pick up meals without their children present. Dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated during this time, and meals must be eaten off site. Bus stop deliveries: Cameron & Oakview at 11:30 a.m., Douglas & Gowdy at 11:30 a.m. All regular stops for Annie R. Mitchell, Elbow Creek, Goshen, Ivanhoe, and Linwood 4 hours after regular morning bus stop pick-up time. For further information, please visit vusd.org or call Visalia Unified School District’s Nutritional Services Department at 730-7871.
Yosemite Unified School District
• Yosemite High School, 50200 Road 427, Oakhurst
• Coarsegold Elementary School, 45426 Road 415, Coarsegold
Families can pick up free meals for their kids, ages 18 and younger, Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.–12 p.m., through a mobile drive-thru or walk-up. Stay connected with Yosemite Unified School District for an end date.
These meals will be available for free to anyone in the community 18 and under, regardless of what school they attend. No paperwork is required. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Meals will be provided based on the number of children present. This program will be solely provided for pick up and meals will not be consumed on-site. Families are encouraged to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of germ-spreading by not congregating at the school site and utilizing social distancing once meals have been distributed.
FREE MEAL/SUPPLY SITES FOR FAMILIES
With new information coming out daily, please check websites, social media accounts, or call before planning to visit.
411 Broadway Ales & Brewing: 411 Brewing is brewing and giving away free hand sanitizer from 12–6 p.m. on April 16th, 17th, and 18th. 411 Broadway Street, Fresno. To-go beverages and food trucks will be available for purchase. Facebook @411BroadwayBrew
Bitwise Industries: Bitwise is available to deliver food to seniors or those who are sick in Fresno, Madera, and Tulare counties. Call 460-7809 for more information. www.bitwiseindustries.com/takecare
Bulldog Pantry: The Bulldog Pantry distributes food monthly. The Bulldog Pantry will distribute food on April 18th, April 25th, and May 9th from 9–10:30 a.m. at the Lutheran Campus Ministry of Fresno, 2311 E. Shaw Avenue, Fresno. www.thebulldogpantry.org
Central California Food Bank: CCFB serves Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings, and Kern counties. Food is available for pick-up at over 200 food distribution sites. Call 237-3663 for more information. www.ccfoodbank.org/food-locator
Neighborhood Market VDC and VCC: Thousands of pounds of food are given away to Central California families. The Neighborhood Market VDC is held in the Main Parking Lot of Valley Dream Center 1835 N. Winery Avenue, in Fresno, every second Monday (May 11th) of the month starting at 11:00 a.m. The Neighborhood Market VCC is held in the Main Parking Lot of Valley Christian Center, 4649 E. Shields Avenue, in Fresno, every third Thursday (May 21st) of the month starting at 9:00 a.m. Call 492-3324 for more information. www.valleydreamcenter.org
GROCERY/SUPPLY STORE PRIORITY HOURS
Aldi: The first hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays is a dedicated shopping hour for senior citizens, pregnant women, and customers with compromised immune systems. Locations in Clovis and Porterville. www.corporate.aldi.us/en
Big Lots: The first hour of every day is dedicated to senior, pregnant women, and those who are most at-risk. Visit the website for store locations in Central California. www.biglots.com
Costco: Costco warehouses will open from 8–9 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for members ages 60 and older, for pregnant women, and for those with disabilities. The pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will be closed during these hours. Find a Costco warehouse near you. www.costco.com
Dollar General: The first hour of every day is dedicated to senior customers. Visit the website for store locations in Central California. www.dollargeneral.com
Food 4 Less: Exclusive shopping hour for Seniors 60+ and higher-risk individuals from 6–7 a.m., daily. Visit the website for store locations in Central California. www.food4less.com
Rite-Aid: Rite-Aid is dedicating one hour every weekday to seniors 65 and over. Seniors or those with a weakened immune system can shop in-store between 9–10 a.m. Visit the website for store locations in Central California. www.riteaid.com
Save Mart: Special dedicated hours on Tuesday and Thursday for seniors and those with compromised health. Shopping hours: 6–9 a.m. Pharmacy hours: 7–9 a.m. Visit the website for store locations in Central California. www.savemart.com/keeping-you-safe
Target: On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the first hour is dedicated to the most vulnerable guests, those over 65 years old, pregnant women, and those defined by the CDC as vulnerable or at-risk. CVS pharmacies inside the store will also be open. Visit the website to confirm local store opening times. www.target.com/store-locator
Vallarta Supermarkets: Special early shopping hours for pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities from 7–8 a.m. Visit the website for store locations in Central California. www.vallartasupermarkets.com
Vons: Special senior hours are set up for those in need. Call your local store for days and hours. www.vons.com/faq/covid-19-faq.html
Walgreens: Senior hours are available to senior citizen customers age 55 and over every Tuesday starting March 24th from 8–9:00 a.m., for a limited time period until further notice. Pharmacy hours may vary by location. Visit the website for store locations in Central California. www.walgreens.com
Walmart: From March 24th to April 28th, Walmart will host a senior shopping hour every Tuesday for customers ages 60 and older who may be more vulnerable. This will start one hour before the store opens. Pharmacies and vision centers will also be open during this time. www.corporate.walmart.com
FREE LEARNING WEBSITES
ABC Mouse: The Step-by-Step Learning Path presents a curriculum through a carefully designed program of more than 850 lessons. As your child completes each lesson, they are guided to the next one and are motivated to continue learning through rewards! Preschool through 2nd grade. Redemption code: SCHOOL7771. www.abcmouse.com/redeem
ABCya!: Learn about your five senses, practice addition with dice, and make a pizza—all while playing fun games that support learning! www.abcya.com
Adventure Academy: Kids can join the ranks of young scholars in a fully-immersive virtual universe for those seeking knowledge and adventure. Gain access to hundreds of hours of educational activities, teaching essential skills in math, language arts, science, social studies, and more! 3rd through 8th grade. Redemption code: SCHOOL7771. www.adventureacademy.com
Bookflix: Bookflix is an online resource aimed at Preschool to 3rd graders and offers animated storybooks, books online, educational games, and more. www.fresnolibrary.org/resources/bookflix.html
California Academy of Sciences: Fun, online activities for grades Preschool through High School including Nature Play, Compost Investigation, Spot the Bird, Flipside Science, Creatures of the Sea, and more! www.calacademy.org
Dial-A-Story: Fresno County Public Library’s 24-Hour, Dial-A-Story is a great way for children ages 3 to 7 to hear a free and fun story! All you have to do is dial 600-TALE or 600-8253!
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities! www.imaginationlibrary.com
Fresno TK: Parents will love this collection of resources provided by Fresno Unified and other Transitional Kindergarten teachers. The site is easily navigable for kids and provides a connection to teachers. www.sites.google.com/view/fresnotk
Fun Brain: Kids in grades Pre-K through 8 will enjoy the free interactive games, books, videos, and printables that help develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving, and literacy. www.funbrain.com
Google Arts & Culture: Take virtual tours and explore exhibits at over 500 museums and galleries—right from the comfort of your own couch!
Highlights for Kids: Read, play games, and conduct cool science experiments! Kids will enjoy the activities, videos, and more! www.highlightskids.com
Into the Book: This reading comprehension resource focuses on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating, and Synthesizing. Try the online interactive activities! www.reading.ecb.org
Kanopy: With your Fresno County Public Library card you can enjoy unlimited plays in the curated video collection for kids! www.fresnolibrary.kanopy.com/signup/auth/publiclibrary
Khan Academy: Students can utilize the free exercises, quizzes, and tests to practice and master skills, as well as watch instructional videos to help learn material. www.khanacademy.org
Nat Geo for Kids: Go wild! Kids can learn all about geography, fascinating animals, and more through facts, games, and pictures! www.kids.nationalgeographic.com
Oxford Owl: Parents can access hundreds of free eBooks and activities on Oxford Owl for Home. Teachers can access resources and expert school improvement support on Oxford Owl for School. www.oxfordowl.co.uk
PBS Kids: Hang out with your favorite characters by playing games and watching videos, all while learning! Plus, there’s a section for parents, too! www.pbskids.org
ReadingIQ: A library in your pocket! Growing readers are making strides in their learning and development with increases in reading and comprehension. Preschool through 6th grade. Redemption code: SCHOOL7771. www.readingiq.com/redeem
Scholastic: Keep the learning going with special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin! https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
Seussville: Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends. Explore crazy characters through books, videos, and more! www.seussville.com
Star Fall: This free public service helps children from Preschool to 3rd grade with reading, language arts, and mathematics by emphasizing exploration, play, and positive reinforcement. Encourage your kids to become confident and intrinsically motivated! www.starfall.com
Storyline Online: Children’s literacy resource featuring the world’s best storytellers reading books aloud. Each video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students to do at home. www.storylineonline.net
Switch Zoo: Make new animals, play animal games, solve animal puzzles, take a guided tour, and join a zoo quest. Build a biome and an online habitat, play other learning games, read animal facts, get lesson plans, and more! www.switcheroozoo.com
Teachers Pay Teachers: Resources, knowledge, and inspiration! Millions of free resources created by educators who understand what works in the classroom. Inspire our next generation. www.teacherspayteachers.com
HOME PLAY IDEAS
• Measure the perimeter of your home.
• Write a letter to your teacher.
• Learn ten new words and use them!
• Read, read, read! As much as you can!
• Read a book to a sibling or pet.
• Create a vision board using magazines.
• Find, pick, and dissect a flower.
• Create and test paper airplanes.
• Find ten rocks and describe them.
• Go bird watching in your backyard.
• Plant a seed inside or in your garden.
• Engineer a boat that can really float.
• Play 20 questions with an adult.
• Make puppets and perform a show.
• Paint a picture or figurine.
• DIY a musical instrument.
• Create and perform a new dance.
• Practice a new yoga pose.
• Create your own training regimen.
• Have a glow stick dance party!
• Practice deep breathing exercises.
• Create your own quiet space.
• Create a Venn diagram for 2 things.
• Cook a family member’s favorite dish.
• Create a museum of your drawings.
• Practice and perform a magic trick.
• Play board and card games with family.
• Create a scavenger hunt.
• Go camping inside.
• Pop popcorn and watch a movie.
Thanks to the community for some of these great ideas!
TIPS FROM LOCAL EDUCATORS
“Make sure to utilize online sources if you have internet access. Keep your kids reading, even if that means from their textbooks. Reach out to their teachers if you haven’t done so already. Kids need to keep their brains stimulated—reading and problem-solving are some of the easiest ways!” —Mr. Miranda
“If you’ve received instructions from your child’s teacher, connect with other classroom parents. Check in with them daily to keep yourself accountable. Have the kids video call each other at the end of the day to discuss how their work went.” —Mrs. Camden
“Keep your child reading and writing. We can’t let them regress. Teachers have worked too hard! There are so many companies that have offered free services—resources are out there! We want kids to keep their minds active and we want parents to talk to their kids about what they’re reading and learning.” —Ms. Metzger
“Gently remind your kids that this is not a vacation and learning is still the priority. Lay out a schedule for your kids every day. Cater the schedule to what will best fit your home, time, and your kids’ ages. Visual schedules will work best for younger kids and written schedules will work best for older kids. Consistency is key, keep a routine!” —Ms. Lopez
TIPS FROM LOCAL PARENTS
“Have patience and take breaks! This is easier said than done, but this is all new and we’re all learning. Your child will test you and you should look at it as an opportunity for teaching. If your patience is running thin or you notice your child may benefit from a brain break, take one! Go for a quick walk, dance with your kids, or just take a mental break. You need the break as much as they do. Plan them throughout your day to save everyone’s sanity.” —Angela A. (Clovis)
“Use this time as an opportunity to cater to your child’s specific needs. If your child needs more help with Language Arts, schedule more time reading and writing each day.” —Carrie B. (Madera)
“Clear your expectations and be flexible. Your house may not look like a classroom, you may not read books to them like their teachers, and your kids may not behave as well as normal. Don’t let these things get you down. This is a time to be flexible. We are all doing the best that we can!” —Fran S. (Fresno)
“Stick to a routine or schedule and set boundaries. Have your routine or schedule posted so your kids know what is expected of them. It’s also a good idea to set your own routine or schedule to keep yourself on track. Set clear boundaries for your kids so you can also get your own work done. You can set physical boundaries if you want to keep them out of your home office or time boundaries if you need a block of uninterrupted time.” —Andrew O. (Visalia)
“Have a behavioral and rewards system in place. I use mason jars with the coins from their Connect game. Red chips are given when they show behaviors I don’t want and yellow are for good behaviors I want to see continue. I use this system to have them earn free time on technology. I also have daily and weekly prizes. We have a small treasure box, but it doesn’t have to be toys and candy, there are lots of things that are free you can use as incentives.” —Angela A. (Clovis)
“If you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask for help! If you’re struggling with your child’s homework, look into hiring an online tutor. Many businesses here in the Valley are still offering remote services. If you’re struggling with your own work, talk with your boss to see what type of support is available to you.” —Sara L. (Fresno)
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