WEF wishes everyone well during this challenging time. We have assembled resources that we believe may be useful to aid and enrich distance learning. Please check out the links below.
The members of the Board of the Winters Education Foundation, as part of the greater Winters community, believe it is important we all pull together while facing the challenges of COVID-19. As such, we are providing links to websites we consider useful to students, parents and educators. WEF encourages you to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and of our elected officials during this challenging time. We hope that with vigilance this will pass sooner rather than later, so WJUSD students and staff can return to school.
Home Schooling Resources
Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.
An adaptive, online math program for grades 3-12 that identifies each child's math level and delivers personalized learning paths. WHS students have been using this. The first two months are free.
These sites have suggested schedules and links to lessons for K-12.
This site has several links to other sites providing not only worksheets and educational activities but also virtual museum tours, field trips and PBS shows.
These links to virtual field trips and STEAM related websites were provided by WJUSD teacher Nan Williams. Thank you Nan!
The sites listed here come to us courtesy of Rio School District. We appreciate their sharing these educational activities.
The above link takes you to a page full of a wide range of educational activities for all age levels. There is something for everyone here.
Solano Rural Conservation District has put together some great ideas for safe nature activities to boost your family’s resilience.
These You Tube videos are grouped by grade level and provide entertaining educational opportunites.
Parenting During the Coronavirus
It is natural as a parent to feel overwhelmed when faced with the task of educating a child(ren) at home. The sites below offer useful tips but to help put the task facing parents in perspective and ease the anxiety, we share this excerpt from an article in EdWeek by Michael Q. McShane, director of national research at EdChoice.
"Families shouldn’t feel pressured to try and keep up, or even surpass, the rate of academic progress of their traditional school. It’s much more important to create a place where children can get some respite from the scary world outside of the door. Trying too hard to keep kids engaged academically could serve to push children away during a time when families can come closer together. A couple of hours a day of academic work should be plenty."
These National Public Radio (NPR) resources provides parents with useful tips for talking to children and answering their questions about COVID-19.
These sites provide useful daily schedule ideas and some helpful advice for dealing with the stress of homeschooling.
Low Cost Internet for Winters
Access from AT&T and Human-I-T offer low cost internet access. To see if you qualify please click on the links provided. WEF is providing these websites as a community service but has no direct knowledge of their programs.
Yolo County Food Bank
The Yolo County Food Bank offers two regular fresh produce distributions in Winters – please visit the link for details. Additionally, in response to COVID-19, low-income Senior citizens and individuals with health conditions which put them at a higher risk of infection for COVID-19 should call the food bank at (530) 668-0690 and enroll in the emergency food delivery program.
State of California Resources for LEAs
The California Department of Education – This site is primarily aimed at providing Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) with guidance, support, information and resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and California's response.