Preparations and Resources - Final update on 5/8/2020

Updated: May 8, 2020

As you can see, our awesome staff has been busy prepping materials for each one of our students! Beginning tomorrow afternoon, our buses will be delivering them to your homes. More details will follow.

Even during delivery, and for all of us in each of our paths, we strongly encourage a term which is becoming common language -- social distancing. Maintain 6 feet of distance, clean commonly touched surfaces, minimize your out-of-home exposure as much as possible. The government also asks that we limit group sizes to 10 people or less.

Meanwhile, for all those busy little people in your household, here are some online resource ideas from Mrs. Hoefakker!

Things to do and ways to Help your Household during the time away from School:

Posted March 18: ideas of ways to make your days enjoyable at home. Also, ways to work with the emotional needs that are a part of change for adults and children.– animals, stories, videos, activities, games, elementary kids Would you like to plan a trip to Yellowstone? Do the planning here! (For older kids that can read independently and navigate maps) -- this website has a lot of phonics skills for lower elementary – K to 3. It also includes math skills. Each letter has a phonics “book” that can be read. It is $35 a year, but if you have younger students that can learn together, it is a good site! Login: 5607neth Password: nwaea

Logging in at this site will give you access to:

Updated on March 25, 2020: – the ultimate guide to how cars work – for upper elementary -- high schooler – divided by grades. Includes math and reading. Game oriented. – in the top left you can type in the skill you are looking for – sight words, capital cities with states. Or, you can click on the content area and then the grade you are in. You will see all relevant tasks for that grade level – great site with math PK – high school. There are other subject areas there as well. Video tutorials on how to complete a specific kind of problem. – Smithsonian National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute webcams – virtual field trip of the Seattle Aquariam -- virutal field trip of Ellis Island – you can sign up for a free 30 day trial -- our GREAT Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls! Science experiments, links to wellness ideas, and much more!


Khan Academy Kids App – this app has math and reading for kids up to 7 years old (approx.)

Multiply & Divide App by GunjanApps Studio – practice math facts including 3 or more digits

Updated on APRIL 1, 2020 – the state of Iowa put together some online resources. You can check out the full list. I have gone through some of them below. I will go through more as time goes on. (app available) – this is normally a cost, but during this time is free. VERY game oriented, so I am not sure it is my favorite app. It does go K to 12.

Virtual Field Trips

Daily Discovery Education -- – this is divided into mini lessons each day. The ideas are also divided by grade level. -- is a data base of current events stories tailor-made for classroom use. Indexed by broad theme (e.g. War and Peace, Arts, Science, Health, Law, Money), stories are both student-friendly and can be accessed in different formats by reading level. Use Newsela to differentiate nonfiction reading. This website is normally very costly (in the thousands for a school.) -- different ways to get kids to learn their sight words – grades K to 2

Updated April 9, 2020

Meditation Links - This meditation chart was compiled by Mr. P. Verhoef, NRCEA coordinator.  Keep in mind that some of these things may not be taking place every week.

Also, the links at the bottom could be very beneficial.  They are for the recorded audio for the Vreugdenhil Bible Stories!  This could help your Bible instruction for your 1st - 3rd grade students.  However, we do know that those links may not work for everyone on each device.  For a more current version of the church links, visit here.

John Thune: U.S. Federal Government Basics (10 minute video) --

Audible – Audible is a story streaming service. For now, many of their titles are free. These are audio books (meaning, just listening to the story). You may search for many different free titles. All ages.

Stem Activity, Making a Kaleidoscope (STEM is a Math and/or Science Activity)--

Stem Activity, Making a Water Wheel (STEM is a Math and/or Science Activity) --

Stem Activity, Making a Soap Powered Boat --

Updated April 15, 2020 -- join at 3 PM EDT for the craft of the day. They will announce the supplies you need the day prior. – math, reading, social studies, etc. for 8 to 13 year olds. App available. -- Chemistry concepts for students -- learn about programming and engineering. For high school students. You will need to ask for access -- you can create your own books online! You will need sign up for an account. You can use this for a school project to portray what you have learned or you can make a book for fun! –advanced placement types of concepts. Easy to search. App available. For advanced students and/or high school ages - math games – divided by grade and concept -- reading and phonics for younger students. Computer version is free, but there is an app as well.

Updated April 24, 2020 -- when you find a youtube video you would like your kids to watch, paste the address (url) of the video into this site. That will make it so no videos show before or after the youtube video. Cuts down on distractions and also the chance an ad is not appropriate gets to the eyes of your child. – easy at home things to do – this comes from Better Homes and Gardens – that gives credibility. Pre-K to younger grades. – Teddy Roosevelt National Park Virtual Tour -- the author of “Hank the Cow Dog” is reading his books. You can check out his Youtube page – the Sioux City police are reading to kids -- this is NOT an online resource, but a resource nonetheless. This company puts out a good “review” book of the year. It is meant to do over the summer. You order the year that your child is CURRENTLY in. If you want to “work ahead”, you may order the next year, but you will need to teach the concepts as they will be new! The books are $a piece, but they are very good and worth it! Each book as about 10 hours of work in it – divided up easily for 10 weeks. Very doable! We have done them before in my house and I was impressed! -- Socratica youtube channel – organized by playlists. -- the Socratica site as a whole. This site has study tip videos, how to use flashcards, etc. to be a good student. Also, there are math and science videos. This would be more for high school students. -- SmarterEveryDay Youtube channel. – how rockets are made video from that site. – you can look at their playlists on butterflies, birds, helicopters, etc. All ages – geeky things about numbers youtube channel. – higher level math videos – high school – learn about science…what causes a sun sneeze? Talk about magnets…What is Fahrenheit? – youtube channel with science experiments for younger kids

Updated April 30, 2020 -- huge list of virtual field trips -- a book a week is read. You can browse through the older weeks. Books that have been read are a mixture of fiction and nonfiction. – you can buy crafts, learning kits, etc. They even have a section called “boredom busters”. There is a cost to these projects, but it is very reasonable. – science experiments you can do at home. – more science videos – like what would happen if we flushed all the toilets at the same time?? – videos to teach elementary age math concepts. – songs for addition, sight words, etc. K to 2 grades. Maybe a little “rappy” so see what you think. – math practice for grades K to 5. You can sign up for a free 60 day trial. You can put your kids in there and then it will track where they are at. You can sign up for a family account.

NOT an online resource – but a resource -- These chapter books are good for older elementary kids who want to dig deeper into the national parks and other related topics. They can also be used as read-alouds for younger kids.

· Mysteries in Our National Parks, by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson

· Wild Kratts series, by Chris Kratt and Martin Kratt

· The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through the Great Smoky Mountains, by Jeff Alt

· Adventures with the Parkers series, by Mike Graf

Final update: May 6, 2020 -- John Thune’s Youtube Channel. You can look under here from Government 101 short videos on different government topics. -- the National Park Service. Wow! What a lot of resources related to our parks…junior range information, webcams, a lot of fun virtual things! -- a link to all the national parks. There are usually videos and activities for elementary-age kids to do. Help them plan your family vacation! – science videos divided by grade. – reading games, ideas for parents to encourage reading at home – channel that teaches you how to draw! – many different videos. There’s a playlist of animals for young children, landmarks for kids, science, etc. – songs to help you memorize things that need to be memorized. – learning your math facts +1 is an example. Some of the songs are pretty “rappy”, so preview first!! More for elementary kids. – videos geared towards younger kids. Many different topics. There are timers on their site. Turn the sound off if you don’t want to hear the music. – printable workbooks, worksheets, etc. These are divided by grade level, subject area, etc. Very easy to use. You will need to create a log in, but it just asks a couple of questions. Download while the site is free!

If you have any questions on these, please ask! Sandra Hoefakker – or text/call me at 605.366.4059

Disclaimer: there may be videos, games, etc. that are not in accordance with our Biblical standards. Please use your discretion in using any materials.


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