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Parent Guide to Fighting Academic Loss 

Understand what your child should know, discuss incentives, organize, and create a schedule. Create a schedule that fits the needs of your specific situation, put your child’s learning in their hands, tweek when needed, but be consistent. Complete when you have time off or a free hour or two to explore and create something that is possible for your family.

What My Child Should Know

Age 4- What Your Child Should Know by Age 4

Age 5- What Your Child Should Know by Age 5

Kindergarten Readiness checklist- FIVE YEAR OLD CHECKLIST

Age 6- What Your Child Should Know by Age 6

Age 6/7- Academic Learning Among 6-7 Year Olds

Ages 8/10-Support Learning in 8-10 Year Olds

Ages 11-13- Academic Learning Among 11-13 Year Olds

Age 14- Development Milestones for Your 14-Year-Old Child

Going into high school-Skills Kids Need Going Into High School

10th Grader- What Your Child Should Learn in 10th Grade

11th Grader- What Your Child Should be Learning in 11th Grade

12th Graders: Scroll to the very end of this page

Decide incentives: For example: each time you do not complete a portion of the schedule you get a tally mark. If you have less than five tally marks at the end of the week your child could get more electronic time, stay up later, choose the family game, choose dinner, choose dessert, skip a chore, etc. Discuss it with your child but do not “pay them” or give “gifts” for something they need. Keep it simple.

Organize: Decide how much time you want your child to spend learning a day. Decide whether you want to be full hands on, partly hands on, or just want to monitor learning. Remember more isn’t always better. Think about your child and what interests them. Finally, scroll through the following charts/resources and write down, or cut and paste on your own doc, three sites per subject for your child to choose from. If you just want to tell your child to check out the following chart, that is also an option.


  1. Depending on the age of the child, focus on 2 areas of need, you are not the teacher.
  2. This is temporary. If things become frustrating for you or your child, take a break. 
  3. Reading is the foundation for many subjects and all areas of life. If you don’t do anything else engage your child in reading.
  4. If you have teens, encourage them to look at what they should know, and make their own schedule. Discuss why they chose what to learn/their schedule, and approve or tweek and hold them accountable for their own learning.
  5. Motivate, Encourage, Incentivize, Have fun! 


ReadTheory | Free Reading Comprehension Practice for Students and Teachers (k-12)

(create a parent account, track your child’s progress, very user friendly)

Is Bookshare for Me?

People with reading barriers can customize their experience and read in ways that work for them. 

Khan Academy | Free Online Courses, Lessons & Practice (k-12)- Resources for all areas

SmithsonianTweenTribune | Articles for kids, middle school, teens from Smithsonian (k-12)

features topics about animals, fashion, entertainment, school, science, technology, national and world news written by kids and professional journalists

Storyline Online (pre-k-5th)

Accomplished actors and actresses read some of their favorite children’s books.  Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube.

ABCya! • Learning Games and Apps for Kids (Pre-k-5)

Children can listen to short stories read aloud to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.  ABCya! has a variety of educational games in addition to the featured stories. (2-8)


Khan Academy | Free Online Courses, Lessons & Practice (K-12)- Resources for all areas

Home | Prodigy Education (1-8)- Games, activities and more

MathTV – Home (k-12)

Math videos and concepts for specific concepts. For example, Multiplication, shapes, right angles, etc.

Math is Fun (k-12)- Definitions, activities, and more to help anyone understand math.

AAA Math (k-12)- Click on the link, look on the side bar, and choose the item your child needs.

Browse Resources By Grade (k-12)- Printable worksheets how math connects to the real world

SMILE Program (8-12)- Lesson plans for math, and science


Kids National Geographic and National Geographic

National Geographic and National Geographic for Kids contains articles, videos, games and more to help kids learn about different places and animals around the world. Content is free, and students wanting to create an account can earn badges for viewing and interacting with content.

Science News for Students | News from all fields of science for readers of any age

an online publication from the Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about science. This magazine includes current events for middle and high school readers, focused on STEM fields like physics, biology and math. Each article also includes a list of Power Words in accordance with Common Core standards, as well as a readability score.

Free science resources for educators and parents

Science resources that families can do at home. Scroll down to the links.

Science at Home with the Family – Community Resources for Science

Scroll down to view all the science resources for families, teachers, etc.

Social Studies

42 Fun Websites to Learn and Teach Social Studies From Home

42 social studies resources and websites. Scroll down to see which websites fit the needs of your child and family.

Test Prep

Students and Families – Ohio State Assessment Portal (Ohio residents) 

View practice test to help with state test, and more.

ACT youtube videos 

I know many Universities and Colleges waived these tests, but certain scores equal scholarship money. (English) (English) (Math) (Math) (Math) (Science) (science) (Writing) (writing) (Reading) (Reading) (Reading)

ACT Practice 

The ACT English Practice Test Questions (English)

The ACT Science Practice Test Questions (Science)

The ACT Test Math Practice Test Questions (Math)

The ACT Reading Practice Test Questions (Reading)

The ACT Writing Sample Essays (Writing)

SAT Practice (reading) (reading) (math) (Math) (Math) (Writing) (writing)

SAT Sample Questions | College BoardSAT practice site

The following youtube videos are just ideas. Search on youtube for other videos that may be more beneficial for your child or family.

Resources for the Entire Family

Your 24 / 7 Library

Resources for everyone stuck at home including free video hosting platforms for families stuck at home. Ex: zoom, google meet, etc.

Duolingo – The world’s best way to learn a language

Have the entire family learn a different language for free, practice talking to each other in that language

Khan Academy | Free Online Courses, Lessons & Practice

Very user friendly for all ages; even adults who need to tighten up their skills

Ayude a su niño a aprender a leer | Colorín Colorado

For our Spanish speaking families and ELLs

Family fun


SI Kids: Sports News for Kids, Kids Games and More  Sports Illustrated magazine provides online resources, articles, interviews with famous athletes, videos, games and more engaging content. There are even articles written by kids in the Kid Reporter section of the site


Resources for elementary children (pre-k-3rd)


Educational games for small children

Explore Topics: Books and Activities for Summer Reading and Learning

Planning for pre-k-3rd students that need a parent, daycare, or teacher

For the stay at home dads and others who want to laugh. This is just some of the awesome videos from tedx

ReadWorks provides over 2,200 K-12 non-fiction and literary reading passages, each with a research-based question set to support student comprehension. Teachers must create an account to access resources, but once signed in all content is free and searchable by grade level, topic, lexile level and more. Needs a parent, daycare, or teacher.

Art (elementary)

This one video will lead your child to several drawing videos that are easy and fun

Social emotional learning (elementary)

This is just one example video.

For the little girls

Being different and accepting it

For kids who can’t sit still (watch with your child)

Simply put, how to encourage one another

Inspiring video about discrimination from 4year olds

Empathy and care

Accepting our differences (nice family watch)

Self care tips

Managing stress for Teens

Managing stress and anxiety for teens

Understanding anxiety and depression for the entire family.

Create: Create a schedule that is simple for your child to follow. Keep it Simple

Example schedule: K-8th

9:00-10:00- Breakfast and TV

10-10:45- Math

10:45-11:15- Reading (

11:15-12:00-Art (Mon/Wed)

11:15-12:00-social emotional learning (Tues/Thurs)

12:00-12:45- Science

12:45-1:30- Lunch

1:30-2:00-Reading (not readtheory)

2:00-2:30- Spanish (Mon/Wed)

2:00-2:30-workout videos (Tues/Thurs)

Example High School Schedule

45 minutes of reading

45 minutes of math

45 minutes of social emotional learning/art/

45 minutes of Swahili

45 minutes of test prep

Friday (less structured)

30 min reading

30 min math

30 minutes of your choice

You can even use these resources and sites in quarantine, summer, weekends, etc. The sites that allow your child to learn using games are an excellent way to expose them to learning on the weekends.

12th graders: Those going to college and those working straight out of high school

After High School: Different Paths to Success | Learning Disabilities

College Bound Students (otherwise keep scrolling)

Create a fasfa Account Now

How Does FAFSA Work – Financial Aid Process

Financial Aid Process Text-only

The FAFSA Process | Federal Student Aid

College Essay Practice

Crafting an Unforgettable College Essay

How to Write a College Essay Step-by-Step: The Ultimate Guide

First-year essay prompts

How To Answer the 2020-21 Common App Essay Prompts

Things to Know When Preparing for College

42 College Tips I Learned Freshman Year

15 Things Kids Should Know to Prepare Them for College

10 Things You Should Know Before You Start College

100 Things to Know Before College

Money and College

What College Students Need to Know About Money

Teen and College Student Money Tips: What to Know By Age 20

Money lessons every high school graduate should know

All High School Graduates 

14 Things Every High School Student Should Know About Money

Understanding money 

Well-paying jobs that you can get right out of high school

Jobs right out of high school

Jobs out of high school Dayton Ohio

The Ultimate How to Rent Your First Apartment Guide

Getting your first apartment