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Scholastic offers free online courses for kids affected by school closures due to coronavirus

Patriot-News - 3/16/2020

As schools close across the nation due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of students are housebound, and their learning has been disrupted.

To prevent a pandemic-induced “summer slide,” Scholastic, a leader in publishing and education, has created a solution - a free “Learn at Home” website.

The digital learning hub is divided into four grade levels: Pre-K and Kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3-5, and grades 6 and higher. It provides students daily lessons in areas spanning literacy, math, science and social studies, states Scholastic in a news release.

What does Scholastic’s “Learn at Home” offer?

According to Scholastic, each grade level offers five days of lessons, with 15 more to come. Each lesson provides approximately three hours of learning opportunities per day. Instruction includes “writing and research projects based on nonfiction articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges, access to our new digital community for kids Scholastic Home Base, and more."

"Teachers can also plan virtual learning meetups to discuss and expand on any of the resources found on the site,” says Scholastic.

Scholastic states its Learn at Home program addresses “an unprecedented need for supporting our teachers, children, and families in learning,” as school closures increase.

“As more and more teachers, students, and families around the world are affected by the coronavirus, our priority is to support them in the best way we know how--by providing them with rich stories and meaningful projects that will keep kids academically active,” says Lauren Tarshis, senior vice president & editor-in-chief/publisher, Scholastic Classroom Magazines.

What will I need, and how can I access “Learn at Home”?

Scholastic states that the program is accessible on all devices, including smart phones.

There is no sign-up required.

Students can use any writing materials they have available at home. The program’s activities are flexible - no printing is required. Lessons were designed by Scholastic editors “in an effort to reduce the planning burden on teachers and families needing to ensure continuity in daily learning.”

To learn more and to access “Scholastic Learn At Home,” go to: http://www.scholastic.com/learnathome.

The digital hub will remain free and open indefinitely.

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