7 Online Learning Resources to Keep Your Children Engaged

Story by cnmAdmin2030 / April 1, 2020

As a teacher at Meeting Street Schools, I know how important it is to continue growing our students’ brains at home! Due to recent school closures, our schools worked hard to assemble packets that align to the standards and objectives for the year, however we know that is not going to be enough! E-Learning gives students and families the opportunity to use engaging and interactive resources online, which correlate to our standards, to promote learning from home!

Here are some of my favorite at-home activities to keep your child engaged!

1. IXL

Are you ready to test your childs’ knowledge? All MSS students have access to individualized accounts where they can gain fluency and confidence in reading, math, science, and social studies! It helps students master skills through interactive questions, built in support, and motivating awards!

2. Raz-Kids

Is your child running out of leveled books? RazKids is an interactive learning portal that provides students with access to their leveled texts! Offering a free three month trial, students can read books at their assigned level, and take quizzes in order to level up. This keeps students motivated and engaged!

3. Khan Academy

Does your child need more instructional support and guidance? Khan Academy is a free, online platform that gives students access to practice exercises and instructional videos in all content areas, to assist with learning outside of the classroom.

4. Headsprout

Does your child need a little extra help sounding out those tricky words or answering questions about what you read? This online reading program helps children become better readers by focusing on foundational reading skills and comprehension questions! With Headsprout, students will be reading and answering questions on their own in no time. Headsprout is also offering free access for the remainder of the school year.

5. Storyline Online

Looking for a good read aloud? Storyline Online is the free online resource for you and your child! It offers entertaining read alouds of some all-time favorites, including: Harry the Dirty Dog, A Bad Case of the Stripes, Stella Luna, and so many more.

6. BrainPOP

Is your scholar curious about science and social studies? Well, BrainPOP is the resource for you! Offering free access due to school closures, it has over 1,000 short animated movies about science, social studies, technology, health, art, and music. Once your child is done watching the video, be sure to have them take the quiz to test their knowledge.

7. ABCmouse

Looking for a fun way to practice reading, math, music, and art? Check out ABCmouse for an engaging online curriculum that supports early learners, in an effort to develop a love of learning and creativity! ABCmouse is $9.95 per month, with your first month free.

 

About the Author

Erica Hamilton is a founding Kindergarten Lead Teacher and Department Chair at Meeting Street Elementary @Burns. Erica is dedicated to helping all of her students reach their individual goals, while challenging them along the way. When she’s not busy growing her students’ brains, Erica can be found reading, enjoying the beautiful beaches in Charleston, and walking her two fur babies, Harper and Remi.

 

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Meeting Street Schools (MSS) is an innovative non-profit where schools, families, and the community collaborate to create environments where all children can achieve their full potential. With a network of schools across South Carolina, including MSA-Charleston (Charleston, SC), MSA-Spartanburg (Spartanburg, SC), MS-Brentwood (North Charleston, SC), MS-Burns (North Charleston, SC), and MS-Jasper & Beaufort (Jasper, SC), we are committed to providing students with the rigorous education they deserve.

Founded on the principle that every child deserves an excellent education regardless of their socio-economic background, Meeting Street Schools has been a beacon of hope and a testament to what's possible in education. Our schools are driven by a strong focus on student achievement, evidence-based instruction, and relentless support of our students and their families.

While united by our shared mission, each MSS campus, is unique in its character, tapping into the local spirit of the communities they serve. Explore each of our schools and discover how they're creating a brighter future for students in South Carolina.

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Our Schools

MSA – CharlestonDowntown Charleston, SC - Independent School - Since 2008 - 364 Students

Nestled in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina, MSA Charleston is more than just a school—it’s a hub for innovative learning and community engagement. As part of the Meeting Street Schools network, MSA Charleston embodies a commitment to excellence through its rigorous academic programs, inclusive culture, and focus on developing the whole child. With a curriculum that emphasizes both academic and personal growth, MSA Charleston prepares students to be curious learners and active citizens of their community.

MSA – SpartanburgDowntown Spartanburg, SC - Public School - Since 2012 - 323 Students

MSA Spartanburg stands as a pillar of educational innovation in the Spartanburg community. The school’s dedicated educators and supportive learning environment ensure that each child receives a high-quality, personalized education with exceptional faculty and teachers. MSA Spartanburg is distinguished by its emphasis on community partnership, fostering relationships that extend beyond the classroom to build a strong foundation for lifelong learning and success.

MS – BrentwoodNorth Charleston, SC - Public School - Since 2014 - 694 Students

MS Brentwood is a place where education meets opportunity. Serving the Brentwood area, this school is a testament to the transformative power of education. With a student-centered approach that celebrates diversity and encourages excellence, MS Brentwood is dedicated to equipping students with the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. MS Brentwood also serves as a hub for the Brentwood community to access educational and wellness services. The school’s commitment to innovation, coupled with a warm, welcoming environment, makes it a standout in the MSS network.

MS – BurnsNorth Charleston, SC - Public School - Since 2018 - 478 Students

Located in a community rich with history and culture, MS Burns is renowned for its dynamic educational approach that intertwines traditional learning with modern teaching techniques. The school’s focus on experiential learning ensures that students at MS Burns are not only recipients of knowledge but also active participants in their educational journey. MS Burns exists to spark an educational revolution for the students and families in the Dorchester-Waylyn Neighborhood in North Charleston. With a commitment to creating a supportive and challenging academic environment, MS Burns is forging a new path in public education.

MS – Jasper & BeaufortJasper County, SC - Public Charter School - Fall 2023 -

MS Jasper represents the Meeting Street Schools’ dedication to community-based education with a global perspective. The school provides a nurturing environment where students are encouraged to explore their potential and cultivate a love for learning. With its diverse programs such as Eureka Math, and Wit and Wisdom, MS Jasper puts a major emphasis on character development, specialized learning and equips students to become thoughtful, engaged members of society, reflecting the MSS ethos of empowerment through education.

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“MSA is a family. Once you’re in, you’re in. They said they would follow our kids from K-3 to college and they actually lived up to what they said they would do. Not only did MSA challenge my daughter academically but it also exposed her to new things that she probably wouldn’t have been exposed to at our previous neighborhood school. Our journey at MSA was exciting and rewarding. They actually walk the walk.”

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“Meeting Street Academy is my family. They taught me that I am valuable. I am an asset to the world…They asked me, ‘What is your dream?’ I had never been asked that before. The MSS community gives me the strength to pursue my dreams.”

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“We come into work everyday truly believing that our students are capable of achieving anything that is put in front of them. Here at MSS, students are provided the opportunity to achieve success through the facilitation of well-educated teachers, resources, and a responsive classroom school environment.”

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