Resources for Home Study and Practice
Reading is a cornerstone of student learning. Students are encouraged to read every day for at least 30-minutes.
We also encourage students to participate in Practical Life activities and other forms of learning when at home. Ideas include:
- Cooking and food preparation
- Sorting and organizing
- Playing an instrument
- Pet care
- Collecting and observing bugs (for short periods of time)
- Writing and illustrating stories and comics
- Sprouting and planting seedlings
- Solving a crossword puzzle or word search
- Interviewing a friend of family member
- Learning another language – try Duolingo
The following online programs are used by many Hayward Twin Oaks Montessori classrooms. If a log in or password is required, check with your child’s teacher to find out if it is a tool used in your student’s classroom.
Freckle is attached to a student's Renaissance Learning assessment account and provides self-paced customized learning activities to help your student further develop their math and English Language Arts skills.
Reading A-Z has more than 2,500 downloadable books. The reading levels are customized to your
Reading Rockets has tips for parents helping their lower elementary student with reading.
XtraMath is a free web program that teaches addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts which are critical to success in mathematics. Speed and accuracy are both important to fluency, and XtraMath will help kids build up both.
Typing.com is a resource to help students practice their typing skills.
Newsela is a database 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.
Khan Academy is a free resource of practice exercises, instructional videos, and personalized dashboards that helps student learn at their own pace in a variety of areas - math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.