Educational Resources

Helping Students Prepare For Virtual Learning:

(Credit to Fairfax County Public Schools for creating)

Where will I learn best?

Families and caregivers can help children plan their day and set up their learning space.

Consider helping your child develop a plan for where they will learn, such as:

  • In the kitchen
  • In a bedroom
  • At a desk
  • At a table
  • A quiet place

Supporting Your Student's Posture

When will I learn?

Consider helping your child plan when they will learn during the day, such as:

  • In the morning
  • In the afternoon
  • In the evening
  • At _______ o’clock
  • Different times spread throughout the day

How will I organize my time?

Consider helping your child organize their learning time. Considering having your child ask questions such as:

  • How long can I focus at a time?
  • How much time will I spend on each activity?
  • When will I take breaks?

What materials do I need?

Consider helping your child identify what supplies they might need, such as:

  • Paper or Notebook
  • Pencil
  • Highlighter
  • Markers
  • Timer
  • Device (laptop, computer, phone)

Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety

Visit the School Social Work blog post Keeping Kids Safe In A Digital Age

ACPS has also created a digital 1:1 intiative page, which provides helpful information about chromebook use and policy.

Information about Securly, our internet filtering program.

Keeping Your Child Engaged in Virtual Learning

Families and caregivers can help children stay engaged and focused on learning by helping students create goals.

Consider helping your child set short-term goals for learning each day and week. Consider having your child use the following prompts: 

  • My goals for today are:
  • My goals for this week are:

Visit this link for more ideas, Distance Learning Resource Center webpage or the USA Today article.

Keeping To A Schedule

As school changes occur, it is important to maintain some sense of normalcy for our children.  Below is a sample schedule of structuring their day during periods of school closure or disruption.  Making the Most of COVID-19 School Closures




Social Stories

COVID-19 related stories for school

Technology Resources

Technology How To's Elementary

Canvas at Home-Students First Days

Student Canvas Cheat Sheet

How to Navigate Canvas as a Student

Canvas Student Tutorials

Online Learning Resources

Pre-K Online Learning Resources

K-5th Online Learning Resources

6-12 Online Learning Resources 

Instructional Resources for Students With Disabilities

Virginia Learns Anywhere Task Force

Additional At-Home Learning Links

At-Home Learning Links for Elementary PreK-5

At-Home Learning Links for Secondary 6-12

Virginia Career View

Learn Local Facebook Group

NPR Poetry Challenge

Scholastic Learn At Home

Daily Free Learning Workbooks



Have your children write notes, color pictures, and mail them to local nursing homes. The elderly in many of these homes aren't allowed visitors right now!

Helping Kids Rise compiled this great list of READING websites for kids to keep the learning going despite many schools being closed due to the coronavirus. 
1. ABCya! -
2. Starfall -
5. Storyline Online -
6. National Geographic Young Explorers
8. International Children’s Digital Library -
9. PBS Reading Games -

List of educational companies offering FREE subscriptions due to school shutdowns

FREE unlimited access to our Fluency & Fitness® website to use with their child at home during these next few weeks. Now they can keep their child learning and help burn off that extra energy, so parents can keep their sanity. There are over 900 videos to review 60+ literacy and math topics for K-2nd.

Read Alouds


Printable Materials

Word List Activities (K-3)

Listen and Learn Activities At Home (K-2)

At home reading challenge (K-2)

At-Home Learning Menus (2nd-5th)

Mandalas Coloring Therapy (3rd grade+)

Offline Options


Simple and fun non-screen activities that children can do at home






Virtual Learning Visits

San Diego Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo Safari

Offering Home Safaris beginning March 16th at 3pm. Each home safari will feature a different animal and at home activity. Just follow the zoo's Facebook page!


Virtual Yellowstone Park

Virtual Field Trips