Due to the statewide closure of all schools in Illinois, we have compiled these resources that may be used at home for students and families. We are committed to providing high-quality e-learning and alternative learning. We will continue to update these resources for our Catholic school families.
Frequently asked questions document that offers basic information about e-learning/alternative learning, tuition, registration, and other important issues.
Resources flyer to assist parents in supporting their child’s e-learning/alternative learning.
ChiCathSchools YouTube Channel has video lessons for students.
How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus: This provides a number of resources for parents on considerations for addressing the Coronavirus with their children
Social Story about Coronavirus for Children: This is a social story designed by an educator to explain the Coronavirus to children.
Screen Time Considerations: Common Sense Media provides important information about screen time and children.
Family Readiness and Coping: Family Readiness for an Outbreak from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
7 Ways to Help Children: 7 Ways to Help Children Cope with Coronavirus related anxiety from Dr. Sabrina Strutz.
CDC Mental Health during Coronavirus: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) mental health and coping information during COVID-19.
Deep Breathing Printables: Documents designed to guide deep breathing exercises.
Self-regulation Mind Breaks: Printable mind break samples.
10 Brain Breaks: These are physical activities that provide movement breaks for children from Playworks.org.
Free SEL Worksheets: Free printable worksheet for SEL Learning from Centerventions.
SEL Games to Play at Home: Games that parents/caregivers can play at home with younger children.
Parent Toolkit: This parent toolkit provides families with information and resources for children’s development.
Handouts for Parents: This handout is for schools and parents to build student’s social, emotional and academic skills.
Ways to Boost Empathy: This page provides information on how to boost empathy.
Pros and Cons of Social Media: This Family Orbit video provides the pros and cons of social media with teens today.
Yak Back Pack for speech: Yak Back Pack is a YouTube channel with a series of speech therapy videos aimed at articulation. Each video shows a mouth in the bottom corner to provide a visual to students on how to properly form sounds. No cost. This video has a young-child's feel to it. However, the videos do provide helpful practice and guidance for articulating sounds that any older children may continue to struggle with.
Carol Gray Social Stories for students with autism, developmental disorder or other health impairment: Carol Gray is an international expert on creating social stories. Social stories were originally designed for students with autism. However, any child at any age who is having a difficult time with interacting appropriately to the world around them can benefit from social stories. Carol Gray’s website provides samplers as well as guidance on how to create social stories to benefit children.
Dyscalculia.org for students with a specific disability in math (dyscalculia): This free resource provides research-based interventions and teaching techniques to support students who struggle with a specific learning disability in math.
Typing Club for students with a specific disability in writing (dysgraphia) and/or fine motor skills deficits: This free resource provides students with self-guided lessons on keyboarding. In addition, with the audio reinforcement, it is a good resource for reviewing phonemic awareness. This resource is appropriate for students in PK-8.
Jack Hartman Kids Music Channel for students with a specific learning disability in reading (dyslexia): Jack Hartman is a musician and educator who provides engaging songs to support learning in foundational skills in reading. The channel is geared toward younger children in grades kindergarten through fourth grade.
Slingshot to English for students with a specific learning disability in reading (dyslexia): Slingshot to English is a video channel that provides short videos to reinforce skills for improving comprehension. The videos are geared toward older students but is useful for younger students as well.
Intervention Central for intervention: Intervention Central provides teachers, schools and districts with free resources to help struggling learners and implement Response to Intervention.
PBIS World for intervention: This site is an excellent site for helping address various behaviors that will likely be seen during these uncertain times and e-learning/alternative-learning days.