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Sensical on phone, laptop or tablet

Website/App

Preschool–grade 5

Safe Streaming Service for Kids

Sensical is a new, free streaming service for kids age 2–10. Families will find thousands of entertaining and educational videos featuring characters and creators that children love!

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best interactive video apps and sites

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Best Interactive Video Apps and Websites

Have your students make interactive videos, or create interactive video lessons yourself with these high-quality apps and web-based tools.

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Common Sense Selection: Families

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

The Best Media for Your Kids

Recognizing outstanding media, Common Sense Selections include age-appropriate movies, TV series and specials, and games that have the potential to spark family conversations, entertain families of all kinds, and have a positive, lasting effect on society.

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Ultimate Guides

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Parents' Ultimate Guides

Struggling to keep up with the media and tech your kids are using? Whether you're trying to figure out Tik Tok, Roblox Snapchat, Fortnite, or more, we've got you covered.

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Parent Trapped

Audio

Parent Trapped Podcast

Host Ann Marie Baldonado checks in with authors, educators, and celebrities to bring you real-world stories and tips. You'll hear parents' candid stories because, let's face it: Raising kids in quarantine is a challenge none of us saw coming.

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Family Media Agreement

Worksheet

grades 4–12

Family Media Agreement

Create a media agreement with your kid to set expectations and ground rules about device use.

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Tech Balance

Preschool–grade 3

Tech Balance

Receive free text message tips about how to practice healthy media habits at home with your family!

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Website/App

grades K–12

Digital Citizenship Resources

Prepare kids to think critically and use technology in positive, creative, and powerful ways (available in multiple languages).

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list of vocabulary words

Article/Ebook

grades K–12

Great Vocabulary Games, Apps, and Sites

Get kids engaged with words and give them the supports to understand definitions, uses, and meanings.

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5 ways to help kids deal with disturbing news

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Explaining the News to Our Kids

Dramatic, disturbing news events can leave parents speechless. These age-based tips on how to talk to kids about the news -- and listen, too -- can help.

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Thank you for being my light!

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Thank You Cards

Show you care by sending a thank you card. Choose to print, color, or send electronically.

Video

grades K–2

Thank-O-Rama

Join Elephant and Piggy creator Mo Willems for Thank-You Thursdays. Think of someone to thank, make them a card, and sing a thank-you song.

Set expectations and ground rules for distance learning at home.

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media balance

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Family Tips on Media Balance for Grades K–5

These few simple practices can help your family find a healthy balance with media and tech, even during distance learning.

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Parents' Decision Guide to YouTube for Young Kids Infographic

Use this flowchart to find the best way to support a healthy and age appropriate use of YouTube with young kids.

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Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

This guide explains the benefits of digital learning and helps parents and caregivers understand best practices for distance learning.

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make your journey easier

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Take N.O.T.E.

Are you wondering why your child is struggling? Use this step-by-step tool to help you figure out whether the struggles you’re seeing might be signs of a learning or thinking difference.

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5 steps for a different school year

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5 Steps for a Different Kind of School Year

Five steps to help your child stay on track, no matter where learning takes place.

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Parent-Teacher Planning Tool

Three simple steps to help you partner with your child's teacher.

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Parent Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning

Help keep kids focused, interested, and balanced while learning from home.

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Digital Learning Pledge for Grades K–5

Set expectations for device care, online behavior, learning responsibilities, and more with this customizable agreement in English and Spanish.

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digital learning agreement

Worksheet

Digital Learning Agreement for Grades 6–12

Discuss expectations for online communication, safety, device use, and more with your tween or teen using this customizable agreement in English and Spanish.

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Article/Ebook

grades 3–5

Get Kids Ready for Video-Chatting

Set kids up for success by doing a trial run, testing your equipment, and reviewing appropriate behavior for online lessons.

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media balance

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Family Tips on Media Balance for Grades 6–12

Even though media and tech are essential for distance learning, families can find balance by following a few simple practices.

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tips on cyberbullying

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Family Tips on Cyberbullying for All Ages

More time online might expose kids to more mean online behavior. Help kids dodge the drama and stand up for others with these key tips.

Find tips, activities, games, and more to support math learning.

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Article/Ebook

grades 6–8

10 Best Math Tools for Middle School

Guide kids through the transition from foundational concepts to deeper math skills with engaging activities that build their math fluency and confidence.

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Get Kids Motivated for Math

Try these simple tips to help your kid find a love of math.

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Article/Ebook

grades K–5

10 Best Math Tools for Elementary School

Jump into early math with tools to help kids learn counting, estimation, rounding, representing data, and measurement skills.

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Worksheet

Recover Lost Learning

Use these worksheet packets for kids in grades K–5 to get them up to speed with essential math skills.

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daily math activities for families

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grades K–6

Daily Math Activities for Families

These plans have daily math activities, along with digitally accessible and downloadable resources.

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reveal the hidden math

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grades K–2

Reveal the Hidden Math

Look for opportunities to practice basic math concepts every day with young kids.

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Article/Ebook

grades K–2

Everyday Math for Young Kids

Practice math by incorporating these ideas into your daily routine.

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Interactive

Math Snacks

Check out the games and choose one that provides practice on a familiar or new concept.

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Everyday Early Math Tips

Learn easy tips to incorporate basic math activities for young kids.

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Website/App

grades K–5

Zearn

Innovative online math curriculum offers live whole- and small-group instruction along with adaptive independent practice.

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Website/App

LearnZillion

Access over 1,000 free video lessons to enhance your math instruction or tailor the learning to kids' needs.

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Article/Ebook

grades 9–12

10 Best Math Tools For High School

Prepare students for learning beyond high school with advanced algebra, calculus, test practice, and lots of real-life problem-solving.

Focus on reading skills with these free tips, activities, games, and more.

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list of vocabulary words

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grades K–12

Great Vocabulary Games, Apps, and Sites

Get kids engaged with words and give them the supports to understand definitions, uses, and meanings.

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joyful abcs activity books

Website/App

Preschool–grade K

Joyful ABC Activity Books

Support children’s positive identity development while enhancing their language and literacy skills with activities, museum objects, and new words.

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reading skills boost

Website/App

grades 1–3

Reading Skills Boost

This free program includes nine weeks of daily literacy practice to help kids in grades 1 to 3 catch up or stay on track.

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Strategies to Practice Writing

Learn about the benefits of writing and how you can encourage your kid's writing abilities.

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Website/App

grades K–12

Colorín Colorado!

Find advice, recommendations, videos, and more for teachers and families of English-language learners.

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Website/App

grades K–5

Epic!

Choose a book, read it yourself, or listen and follow along to fiction and nonfiction.

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Reading Tips for Parents with School-Aged Children

Read these tips to support specific reading skills at home.

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Fun Ways to Promote Literacy with Young Children

Playful literacy activity ideas for young kids you can add to your everyday routine. Available in English and Spanish.

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Having Fun with Words

Use your daily routine as an opportunity for vocabulary building with these tips.

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Lesson

grades 2–9

Khan Academy ELA

Choose your grade level (2–9) and then an interactive lesson to build vocabulary and reading comprehension.

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Newsela

Browse high-interest articles on everything from current events to science—each available in five Lexile levels ranging from grade 3 to 12.

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Interactive

grades K–3

Lalilo

Focus on essential early literacy skills like sight words, word families, and letter-sound recognition.

Learn ways to support your family's emotional and mental health.

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5 ways to help kids deal with disturbing news

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Explaining the News to Our Kids

Dramatic, disturbing news events can leave parents speechless. These age-based tips on how to talk to kids about the news -- and listen, too -- can help.

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how to develop perseverance

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How to Develop Perseverance

Use this resource to help your kid learn how to push through all kinds of challenges.

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Giving Kids the Sense of Belonging

The sense of belonging is important for kids' physical and mental well-being. Learn how to help them feel part of their school community.

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u.s. capitol

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Talking to Kids About the Violence at the U.S. Capitol

Use these age-based tips and questions to have conversations as a family about disturbing events.

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Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects

In a world where even little kids learn about horrific subjects, it's important for parents to put things in perspective, field questions, and search for answers together

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social media and mental health family tips

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Social Media and Mental Health Family Tips

Learn more about keeping media and tech use healthy and positive for older kids and teens.

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winter break activities for families

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Preschool–grade 12

Winter Break Activities for Families

Cut out the cards and drop them into a jar. Try one, two, or 10 to keep the family thinking and creating while school's out!

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Interactive

Preschool

Support Your Kid's Learning with a Growth Mindset

A positive growth mindset can make kids more resilient when it comes to learning. With this tool, you can learn more about it.

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Enjoy the Holidays More with Mindfulness

Learn how slowing down and taking some time to focus on mindfulness can help you and your family enjoy this holiday season.

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character strengths finder

Interactive

Character Strengths Finder

Discover which character strengths your kid displays most often and how to help them develop them further.

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"Learning to be grateful can improve kids' relationships ability to empathize & happiness."

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10 Tips for Raising Grateful Kids

Practicing gratitude is key for happiness and resilience. Use these tips to teach your kids about this important character strength.

Video

Elections in the Digital Age: How to Cut Through the Noise

Watch Common Sense for a discussion about how you, media, and tech companies can help give all voters, and especially young voters, the resources and tools necessary to separate fact from fiction and make sense of election news and social media coverage this election season and beyond.

Everything you need to know about the apps and devices your kid is using for distance learning.

Video

How to Add a School Account in Family Link

Watch this video about using Family Link with a school account on a Chromebook. Learn about safety and accessibility features.

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Article/Ebook

What to Ask When Your Kid Brings Home a School-Issued Laptop

There are no silly questions when it comes to the technology your kid will be learning on.

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Article/Ebook

Understand Google Classroom

Learn more about this popular classroom management tool so you can best support your kid's online learning.

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Article/Ebook

What You Need to Know About Zoom

What is Zoombombing? Is Zoom safe for kids? Get answers to your most pressing questions about this popular video-conferencing tool.

Video

How to Use the Google Translate App

Watch this video to learn how to use this translation app.

Video

6 Tips for Families Using the Seesaw Class App

If your kid's teacher is using Seesaw Class to share assignments, check out these tips on how to use the app from your mobile device.

Video

How to Use ClassDojo

Watch this video to learn about the tool many educators use to communicate with families and students.

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microsoft teams app

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Getting Started with the Microsoft Teams App

If your kid's teacher is using Microsoft Teams for distance learning, follow these steps to use the app from your mobile device or desktop computer.

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using your school's equipment

Website/App

Tips and Tricks to Manage Your Kid's School-Issued Computer

From parental controls to consequences for misuse, here's everything you need to know about using your kid's school computer for distance learning.

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Tips for Parents Using the Schoology Mobile App

If your kid's teacher is using Schoology to run classroom activities, check out these tips on how to use the app.

Find thoughtful ways to celebrate or give thanks with creative tools and activities.

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best interactive video apps and sites

Website/App

Best Interactive Video Apps and Websites

Have your students make interactive videos, or create interactive video lessons yourself with these high-quality apps and web-based tools.

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Thank you for being my light!

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Thank You Cards

Show you care by sending a thank you card. Choose to print, color, or send electronically.

Video

grades K–2

Thank-O-Rama

Join Elephant and Piggy creator Mo Willems for Thank-You Thursdays. Think of someone to thank, make them a card, and sing a thank-you song.

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various created images

Website/App

grades 6–12

Canva

Create cool images and designs in minutes with this easy-to-use tool.

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Activity

Preschool–grade K

Appreciation Cards Craft

Help your child talk about appreciation by making cards for the special people in their life.

Activity

grades 3–5

Write and Perform

Write an original rap, song or spoken word poem with friends, family members or by yourself. Practice your performance.

Wide Open School's logo

Video

Preschool

Bush Baby Makes a Thank-You Card

Grab a piece of paper and some colored pencils and make something beautiful for your family member!

Activity

grades 6–12

Flexible Cookie Recipe

Mix up some yummy cookies with pantry staples. Add whatever you have in the kitchen and learn some solid substitution skills.

Activity

grades 3–12

Thankful Pictures

During the week, take pictures of things you're thankful for. Then combine them into a slideshow, collage, or other collection to revisit and add to.

Wide Open School's logo
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Activity

Preschool–grade 3

Build a Tree of Thanks

Make a simple tree of thanks together, and bolster your family’s gratitude practice—maybe even start a new family tradition!

Video

grades 5–9

Why Be Grateful?

Watch this video to find out why being grateful makes us happier. Then take a minute to focus on the things you're thankful for.

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Website/App

grades K–5

Book Creator

This easy-to-use digital book-making tool lets kids publish their own writing with images, sound, and video.

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Sensical on phone, laptop or tablet

Website/App

Preschool–grade 5

Safe Streaming Service for Kids

Sensical is a new, free streaming service for kids age 2–10. Families will find thousands of entertaining and educational videos featuring characters and creators that children love!

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Common Sense Selection: Families

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

The Best Media for Your Kids

Recognizing outstanding media, Common Sense Selections include age-appropriate movies, TV series and specials, and games that have the potential to spark family conversations, entertain families of all kinds, and have a positive, lasting effect on society.

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Ultimate Guides

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Parents' Ultimate Guides

Struggling to keep up with the media and tech your kids are using? Whether you're trying to figure out Tik Tok, Roblox Snapchat, Fortnite, or more, we've got you covered.

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Parent Trapped

Audio

Parent Trapped Podcast

Host Ann Marie Baldonado checks in with authors, educators, and celebrities to bring you real-world stories and tips. You'll hear parents' candid stories because, let's face it: Raising kids in quarantine is a challenge none of us saw coming.

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Family Media Agreement

Worksheet

grades 4–12

Family Media Agreement

Create a media agreement with your kid to set expectations and ground rules about device use.

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Tech Balance

Preschool–grade 3

Tech Balance

Receive free text message tips about how to practice healthy media habits at home with your family!

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Family looking at tablet

Website/App

grades K–12

Digital Citizenship Resources

Prepare kids to think critically and use technology in positive, creative, and powerful ways (available in multiple languages).

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media balance

Website/App

Family Tips on Media Balance for Grades K–5

These few simple practices can help your family find a healthy balance with media and tech, even during distance learning.

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media balance

Website/App

Family Tips on Media Balance for Grades 6–12

Even though media and tech are essential for distance learning, families can find balance by following a few simple practices.

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Conversations

Video

Preschool–grade 12

Conversations with Common Sense

Conversation with Common Sense brings together authors, experts, and thought leaders for meaningful and timely dialogue on what it means to raise healthy and happy kids in the digital age.