Learning & Activities

FAMILY Learning and Activities.

While your children are at home, it’s important to help them keep their skills sharp, their bodies active, and allow them to have some fun. Check out these resources for e-learning, play, discovery, and more! Check back often as we continue to update with more resources.

Dialogue with the Deputy - English Session - Chicago Early Learning

Preschool families, please join us for a dialogue with Leslie McKinily, Deputy Chief of the Office of Early Childhood, and with the Office of Access and Enrollment, as we discuss how to navigate the process of GoCPS. GoCPS allows families to learn, research, explore, and apply to nearly every CPS school and program through one online platform.

Link for registration:

English: DialogueWithTheDeputyEngNov6.Eventbrite.com

Diálogo con la Diputada - Sesión en Español - Chicago Early Learning

Padres de preescolar, acompañarnos a un diálogo con Leslie McKinily, la Jefa Diputada de la oficina de educación temprana, y con la Oficina de Acceso e Inscripción. Venga y escuche acerca de cómo navegar el proceso de GoCPS. GoCPS permite a las familias aprender, investigar, explorar y aplicar a casi todas las escuelas y programas de CPS a través de una plataforma en línea.

Enlace para registro:

Spanish: DialogueWithTheDeputySpanNov6.Eventbrite.com

For Families with Children Enrolled in Chicago Public Schools (CPS)

  • Internet Access: Chicago Connected is a groundbreaking program that will provide free high-speed internet service to approximately 100,000 Chicago CPS students. This first-of-its-kind program will be one of the largest and longest-term efforts by any city to provide free, high-speed internet over the course of four years to increase internet access for students. Chicago families can click here to check their eligibility. 
  • Meal Sites: As of Tuesday, September 8, CPS has established more than 450 meal sites for the 2020–21 school year. Students, parents, or guardians may pick up free meals at the nearest school from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please find the nearest meal distribution site using this map. If families are unable to visit a meal site in-person, the district will continue to provide free delivery for those who need additional support.

Chicago Public Schools Remote Learning Resources

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has compiled this list of remote learning tips and strategies, as well as the following helpful resources.

Chicago Public Schools is offering online Enrichment Learning Resources for all levels. They include a range of activities that students can work on at home independently, with family members, or with other adults.

Remote Learning: How to Make Virtual Learning Sessions a Success!

Remote Learning for Diverse Learners

During the state-mandated school closures in response to COVID-19, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS) is following the most up-to-date guidance issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the United States Department of Education. For the most up-to-date information regarding the district’s response to COVID-19, visit: cps.edu/coronavirus. If you would like to receive updates from ODLSS, complete this form.

For frequently asked questions please visit this link.

Chicago Public Schools Child Learning Hubs

Chicago Public Schools now has a new website with more information on the Child Learning Hubs. The Child Learning Hubs give eligible families a safe space for children to do remote learning while supervised by an adult. Learn more about how to enroll and if you are eligible by visiting their website: https://www.cps.edu/school-reopening-2020/remote-learning-guide/preparing-for-school/child-learning-hubs/

U.S. Department of Education Releases Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide 

The U.S. Department of Education released a new Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide, a resource to help parents and guardians understand how digital tools can provide tailored learning opportunities, engage students with course materials, encourage creative expression, and enrich the educational experience. As an increasing number of school systems implement digital learning both inside and outside of the traditional classroom, this guide demystifies digital learning for parents and empowers them to be effective advocates for high-quality digital learning.     

Resources & Strategies to Support Children with Disabilities & Their Families During COVID-19

COVID-19 has deeply impacted early childhood programs, children and families, and their communities. This resource list, jointly created by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA), the Office of Head Start (OHS), and the OHS TA National Centers may be helpful when seeking guidance and resources to help leaders, services providers, teachers, support staff, children, and families during reopening and continuity of services.

Social Emotional Learning Parent Resources

The Illinois AfterSchool Network and the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership were funded by the Bright Promises Foundation to support the After School Parent Engagement and Social Emotional Learning Project. The collaborative project focused on providing support to After School and Family Child Care Providers through the use of mental health consultation. It is essential that program staff and families collaborate and connect to support the social and emotional development of their youth, which leads to academic success and the development of career and life skills. The manuals, linked below, offer resources, ideas and activities to support programs and families in this process.  

COVID-19 Parenting Tips & Activities for All Ages in 100+ Languages

Parenting for Lifelong Health has developed open-access online parenting resources to support families during COVID-19. Their Parenting Tip Sheets are available in over 100 languages and provide useful reminders, suggestions, strategies, and activities to help caregivers support themselves, their children, and their families during the pandemic.

Physical Activity, Play and Discovery

  • All Kids Network: Get worksheets, craft ideas, printable dot to dot, hidden pictures, and more.

  • Giant list of Ideas for being home with kids: A pretty giant list of all kinds of ideas for kids to do from art projects to making ice cream to gardening.

  • Highlights Kids: The place for children of all ages to play games and discover new jokes, surveys, answers to science questions, and fun crafts and recipes.

  • Seussville: These activities, crafts, and printables provide hours of Seussian ideas to engage your child in playful learning.

  • Switcheroo Zoo: Make new animals, play animal games, solve animal puzzles, take a guided tour, and join a zoo quest.

  • VOCEL AT HOME: Follow VOCEL on Facebook and Instagram for activities and tips to support you and your child’s development.

  • You can draw: Jarrett Lerner is posting activity pages on his website which you can print out and enjoy. Lerner is the author of “EngiNerds and “Revenge of the EngiNerds,” as well as the forthcoming “Geeger the Robot” early chapter book series and the author-illustrator of the “Hunger Heroes” graphic novel series.

  • GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home – A free online resource including movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos, downloadable activities, and recommended off-screen home activities.

  • Alo Yoga YouTube Channel – Yoga for Children

  • Little Twisters Yoga & Emotional Wellness: Don’t forget your child’s emotional health. What about yoga?

E-Learning Resources 

  • 123 Homeschool4me: Get printable worksheets and other resources for homeschooling.

  • ABCya: ABCya provides more than 400 fun and educational games for grades Pre-K through 6.

  • Ascend Math: Ascend Math offers math instruction for kindergarten to 12th grade students. The platform will be free until the end of April.

  • Audible by Amazon: While schools are closed kids can stream books for free! Start listening now!
  • Dad's Worksheets: A growing collection of printable worksheets, online calculators, games, puzzles, and tools. All of these are completely FREE.
  • Into the Book: Elementary school students can practice reading comprehension.

  • National Geographic for Kids: Look for games, videos, lessons, and “cool stuff.”

  • PBS KIDS daily newsletter: Sign up for a free daily newsletter from PBS KIDS.

  • Readworks.org: Reading comprehension is the goal of Readworks.

  • Scholastic Learn at Home: Scholastic Magazine is offering four learning experiences each day.

  • Science Friday: Elementary to high school students can get lessons in physics, chemistry, earth science, and biology.

  • Star Fall: Math, reading, art, and music is available for students in kindergarten through 3rd grade.

  • Storyline Online: Where the world’s best storytellers inspire a love of reading in children.

  • The FAB Lab: Watch STEM videos with Crazy Aunt Lindsey.

  • Toy Theater: A fun website with math, art and reading games.

  • Vizzle: If you have a child on the autism spectrum you can get specialize lessons from Vizzle.

Virtual field trips

Continue learning with your child by virtually traveling the world through Google Arts & Culture. Other places you can virtually visit include:

Family Legacy Foundation is still here!

Like many of you, we have had to change the way that we provide services. Also, like many of you, we continue to seek to grow in our new “normal”. This is why it’s more important than ever that we all work together to expand our capacity and enrich the lives of those we serve. To this end, Family Legacy would like to extend our remote services to you and your constituents. To reciprocate, we would like to refer our clients for your services. Therefore, please let us know what services you/your organization are providing. Please use the attached Partner Organization Information form to describe your programs/services and contact information.

As a reminder, all services offered by Family Legacy are FREE! Remote services include:

Services for adults

  • Literacy Tutoring
  • GED Practice Testing
  • College Exploration & Selection
  • Admission Application
  • Financial Aid Application
  • Enrollment Assistance for potential students who have not been to college
  • Re-enrollment Assistance for students who have been to college (includes students who have previous balances/holds)
  • Student Loan Counseling (including default advising) Youth Services (ages 11-14)
  • Virtual Summer Camp

We look forward to your response and working with you. Stay healthy & safe!