Choose Chicago & Black People Eats
In honor of Juneteenth and celebrating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, check out both Choose Chicago and Black People Eats. Choose Chicago has put together a great list of celebrations and events happening in Chicago. Black People Eats has also provided an extensive list of 70+ restaurants! Let's support Black-owned businesses and restaurants on this day and even beyond Juneteenth!
ReadWorks & Small Project Chicago
May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. ReadWorks has a great collection of articles to celebrate and learn about AAPI history and authors. In addition to this, there are several AAPI-owned small businesses to support as well! Check out Small Project Chicago's directory to start, and let's all work together to #stopAAPIhate.
Check out some of these creative activities to do with the family for Pi Day! They include number-themed math games Candy Numbers, Overlapping Circles, and more! Review some math concepts while also having fun!
Wide Open School
Thanksgiving this year might be a bit challenging given the pandemic and being separated from some family members. Check out Wide Open School's activities focused on gratitude and positivity. There are some for all ages and grade levels! Best of all? You can do all of these in the safety of your own home!
VIRTUAL HALLOWEEN ACTIVITES
Parents Magazine, UNICEF, Eventbrite
Wide Open School
Need help planning the day? Common Sense Media and Wide Open School can help! Each day they release a new daily schedule template that you and your family can follow. They even provide a nifty planner that includes a reflection portion you and your child can fill out together!
Worried about summertime and unstructured time for your child? Check out these summer reading packets by Read Works available for all grade levels and ages. Tutoring Tree LOVES to use Read Works because of their intentional guided questions. Pick a packet that you're interested in, and your Tutoring Tree tutor will gladly work through it with your child. Let's avoid the summer slump!
Check out these great articles and question sets offered on ReadWorks. They have content for multiple grade levels and ages, everything from "What is a Memorial?" for the younger kids to "What is the difference Veteran's Day & Memorial Day?" for the older kids.
There are so many great ways to celebrate Earth Day! Given that everyone is currently social distancing, check out these creative ways to celebrate -- learn the history about this day, go on a virtual field trip, and more!
Check out these amazing ideas from EmergingEdTech on how to keep your children engaged during this difficult time! Tutoring Tree is happy to connect with you and your family, and provide best practices for all of these ideas!
Coalition for College
Find free college planning tools here that help you learn about, prepare for, and apply to college. Students can stay organized and have a "locker" of everything college-related. Tutoring Tree also offers college planning services such as brainstorming and writing personal statements as well as analyzing financial aid packages.
Common Sense Media
Read tips for understanding the news as well as explaining it to your children. Additionally, explore mental health resources and homework help. Tutoring Tree is also happy to help with media/news literacy and social-emotional learning.
Academic Works CPS Scholarships
Several scholarship deadlines have been extended! Take the time to research scholarships that could be a good fit for you and your family and create a game plan for applying to them. Make sure that you're signed up to receive updates on these scholarships here! Tutoring Tree can help with organizing your child's scholarship applications and deciding what essential information to include.
Check out relevant guided reading passages and questions. You can even set up your own account as a parent/guardian! Tutoring Tree has often used ReadWorks to aid with teaching/strengthening reading comprehension and overall literacy skills.
In this article, NYT Parenting provides some useful tips and resources on how parents can handle potential school closures due to Coronavirus. Tutoring Tree is still continuing to offer at-home tutoring services but also happy to discuss online learning alternatives if needed.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Tutoring Tree believes that with the right resources and support, every child can become a lifelong learner. This blog post explains various effective study techniques that can lead your child to academic success.
Tutoring Tree focuses on all four foundational skills to help your child achieve their reading goals. This article goes into more detail about these skills and why they're so important.