COVID-19 & Remote Learning Resources

School Opening & Safety Updates for 2020-2021

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MCS Online Learning Platforms

Seesaw – a learning management system to receive your lessons and upload student’s work.

Zoom – video tool for conducting live meetings and classroom sessions with our teachers, specialists, and administration

ParentSquare – a communications tool that provides faculty, staff, and parents the opportunity to send and receive school and class information, share pictures and files, see calendar items, and facilitate sign-ups. All school, grade level, and classroom information will be sent to your computer or phone via email and/or text.

Second Step – Second Step is a social skills program that combines social-emotional learning, bullying prevention, and child protection to take a holistic approach to children’s social-emotional development.

The program builds on cognitive-behavioral intervention models integrated with social learning theory, empathy research, and social information-processing research. It is intended to teach children to identify and understand their own and others’ emotions, choose positive goals and successfully manage reactions when emotionally aroused.

Montessori at Home

MCS’s Remote Parent Handbook – Learning from a home guidebook

Aid to Life – supporting the natural development of children from birth to 3 years from a Montessori perspective.

100 Ideas for Montessori Early Childhood Students at Home

100 Ideas for Montessori Elementary Students at Home

American Montessori Society – an excellent resource for families and educators.

Setting Limits Montessori-style

Ikea Items for Montessori Children

Online Resources to Support At-Home Learning

MCS Library Catalog – search titles available in the campus library.

MCS’s Library Book Form – use this form to submit your book requests to Anne Curtin, our campus librarian.

Unite for Literacy: books read to you in Spanish.

Buena Gente Spanish Video Series: great conversational videos.

Audiobook company is streaming stories for children in six languages, at no charge as long as schools are closed.

Virtual Museum Tours

Google Arts and Culture offers virtual tours and online exhibits from 2500 museums around the world.

Virtual Field Trips

Discovery Education, a digital education company, hosts virtual field trips and trove of online resources.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Scholastic, an education publishing company, hosts resources and projects for at-home learners.

National Geographic Kids. Games, puzzles, books, videos, crafts and more to engage children around science and adventure.

Find Your ‘Virtual Park’ with the National Park Service. Digital opportunities to engage with the parks through multimedia galleries, webcams, virtual tours, and more.

Santa Barbara Public Library

Goleta Public Libary

Storyline Online streams videos featuring actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, and dozens more.

Zoom Etiquette Tips for Kids

Parent Resources – Talking to children

Answering Young Children’s Questions About COVID-19. Age-appropriate responses, from ZERO to THREE, to common questions a toddler might have about coronavirus.

National Association of School Psychologists. Helpful resources for families and children coping with the constantly changing situation of COVID-19. Includes additional mental health resources for children.

Children May Be Afraid of Masks. Here’s How to Help.

Talking to Children about Covid-19 from the Fred Rogers Center

How to Raise a Good Problem-Solver

Parent Resources – Care of Self and Others

Kids for Peace promotes activities to help young children lead with empathy in this uncertain time. Includes self-care tips and compassion-centered projects for students.

Managing COVID-19 Anxiety and Stress The CDC offers guidance for coping with added stress and anxiety related to coronavirus.

Free Online Courses for Continuing Education. Well and Good provides a list of 11 online courses for adults eager to learn a new skill while in quarantine. Includes classes from Harvard, Disney, and Fender.

All of the Ways You Can Help. The New York Times has compiled a resource center for giving back during the coronavirus pandemic. Includes guidance for supporting medical professionals, donating blood, connecting with your community, and more.

Getting Children and Teens Outside While Social Distancing with COVID-19

Teacher Resources – Using Technology to Teach

Tips and Tricks for Teachers Educating on Zoom – learn about special Zoom features, tips and resources for how to enhance your class instruction.

Introduction to Instructional Design Join Jill Segerman, AMS’s lead online learning instructional designer, as she breaks down what instructional design is and how to create effective recorded lessons.

Using Technology Efficiently Learn how to use technology as an asset, rather than viewing it as a stressor. Tips from Jill Segerman, lead online learning instructional designer at AMS.

Fast Facts for Effective Online Videos Learn how to film clear and organized lessons for your online learning needs from an expert video producer.

How to Create a Video Learn about making videos to support student learning. You’ll get tips on personalizing your video, crafting engaging content, and setting yourself up for success in recording.

Seesaw Training and Professional Development offers daily webinars on remote learning as well as other free resources for teachers and administrators.

Communicating with Parents Hear from Beth Yoke of the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library and Chris McGilvery of the Leaders Readers Network to learn how you can implement communication best practices into your learning plans and effectively communicate with your families and networks.

AMI Digital Montessori Materials:

Webinar: How Young Children Learn From Screens

In this webinar, Erikson’s TEC Center explores what we know about how young children learn from and with screen-based devices, and barriers that make learning from screens difficult. Geared toward early education teachers, this information is helpful for those teaching young children remotely.

COVID-19 Resources

Coronavirus Advice for the Public. The World Health Organization provides regularly updated downloadable materials based on new scientific findings regarding COVID-19.

What’s New” The latest news about COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Santa Barbara County Public Health

California Public Health

Taylor Engineering COVID-19 White Paper – Addresses the role HVAC systems might play with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Analysis: Two metres or one: What is the evidence for physical distancing in COVID-19?