First things first:
to Isaac (KB) who turned 5 on December 8th!!
And now down to business….
During Parent-Teacher conferences last week, we had a lot of questions about the apps and online programs we are using in class as well as the ones that could be used at home. We thought it would be helpful to give you a recap of all of these programs, how your child might be able to use them at home, and how you can support your child as they are using them.
IXL Online Math Forum
IXL is an online forum that provides diagnostics of learning skills, promotes review, mastery and extensions of skills through practice, as well as providing students, teachers, and parents valuable information on student’s progress through grade data points. You should have received a handout that explained how to log in and provided your child’s login and password; if you need a reminder contact Morah Andrea. We use this program at least once a week in class, but practice time at home is also encouraged! For a more in depth tutorial on how to set up the program for your child as well as highlights of the program, check out these blog posts from our Math specialist, Mrs. Cleveland:
IXL: Online Math Forum for Personalized Learning
IXL: Four Highlights to Understand
is a program that can be used on a computer, iPad, or phone. It supports Hebrew language learning and Jewish holidays with games, songs and other activities. Every week, new games are assigned to support what is being learned in class. Use your child’s OJCS account when logging in; the passwords are either kaojcs or kbojcs, depending on your child’s class.
is a French reading app that allows your kids to read books online or to be read to in French. As they read books, they earn points and rewards like games and outfits for their avatar. This program is mainly for practice at home and is not necessarily assigned by Madame Sophie.
Flipgrid is a platform where students can record short videos of themselves answering a prompt. It is a great way for them to demonstrate their oral language skills. To log in, use your child’s class code flipgrid.com/kaojcs
followed by your child’s school email and password. Use of Flipgrid will either be assigned in class or via the distance learning schedule where the code for specific assignments are posted, eg: https://flipgrid.com/688f36cd
Classkick is a site that allows your child to work online while receiving live support from their teacher. You may see it referenced on our distance learning schedule. To login, select “sign in with Google” and ensure that you are using your child’s ojcs email and password.
Teach Your Monster to Read
This app is available for purchase on the App store ($6.99), and we recently learned that you can download a desktop version that is free, though there may be some differences in the program. We use this app in class and the kids absolutely love it!! It covers everything from letters and their sounds to reading full sentences and short stories.
Kids Learn! Sight Words
This app is designed for iPads and is available for free on the App store, though there are additions available for purchase. It combines fluency, vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension practice with entertaining, engaging graphics in a fun learning format.
Spelling Games for Kids
This app is designed for iPads or iPhones and is available for free in the App store. It helps to hone your child’s spelling skills through a variety of games that feature over 900 words.
Any more questions? We are here to help!!
The K Team