Teaching Homebound Students

Grades: 3rd – 5th Grade, 6th – 8th Grade, 9th – 12th Grade

Teaching children while they are homebound creates a learning situation that is unusual for the student, the teacher, and the parent.  Whether the extended absence is caused by the student’s health or any other reason, the situation can be challenging.  In light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be experiencing this situation in a new way as school districts cancel classes for extended periods and seek to incorporate ways to connect students and teachers online while students study from home.  As educators ourselves, we want to support parents and teachers with ideas for teaching children who are homebound, whether it’s for one student or an entire class.  To see materials currently available, check out the Weblinks, Student Tools, and Teacher Tools below and the Resource Packages to the right. 

And, as always, you can search all resources available on our website by keyword, educational standard, category, or video ID.  Just click on “Search” on our home page.

Educate.Today on TV in St. Louis City and County–If you’re part of Charter Cable in St. Louis City and County, then you can view our daily programs of featured videos through any of the methods below.  Programs are aired Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For our slate of programs, click on the hyperlinked title above.  Ways to view include:
Charter Communications Cable–Channel 989 (with converter box) Channel 108.26 or 118.26 (for digital TVs)
AT&T U-Verse–Channel 99

Archives of our Spring Live, Interactive Programs–Check out the archives of our Spring programs.  Connect your learner to experts on a wide range of subjects.

Using Video to Increase Student Learning–Find ideas and lesson plans to use the power of video to enhance student engagement and understanding and to provide an avenue for conversation between you and your child/student about what they learned, found interesting, and had questions about as they watched the video.  Access the materials through the hyperlinked title above.

Teacher Tool Kits–Use our Teacher Tool Kits to to see sample lesson plans utilizing different teaching strategies and classroom approaches that can work at home or school and read articles by educators about their use of the strategies.  Access the kits through the hyperlinked title above.

Student Tools
Student Tool 65: Journal Entry Worksheet
Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 317: Sharing Your Insights Through A Journal Entry as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Student Tool 66: Video Reflection Worksheet
Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 318: Sharing Your Insights Through A Reflection Worksheet as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Student Tool 68: Vocabulary Interesting to Me Worksheet
Students can use this activity on their own to share their learning and insights about vocabulary in any video they watch independently, and this Student Tool can also be used in conjunction with Teacher Tool 320: Vocabulary Interesting to Me as part of a classroom or homeschool activity. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Student Tool 75: Predict, Reflect, Question Student Worksheet
Have students use this worksheet in conjunction with any video on our Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tools
Teacher Tool 660: Using Video and Video Reflection–Sample Video Reflection Lesson Plans
Use the power of video to enhance student engagement and understanding and to provide an avenue for conversation between you and your child/student about what they learned, found interesting, and had questions about as they watched the video. Download this document to find lesson plans associated with Student Tools 65, 66, 68, and 75 included in this Teacher Tool Kit.
Teacher Tool 756: Journal Entry
This journal entry form can be used in a number of ways:
1) Student responses to prompt questions posed by you;
2) Student responses to prompt questions included in lesson plans accompanying our videos;
3) Student responses to videos watched to share what they learned and record questions for their own future research on the topic of the video;
4) Student use to keep a daily record of work completed and thoughts for the day. Keeping this daily information will make it easier to communicate with teachers and to reflect on lessons and activities completed.
Teacher Tool 757: Helpful Hints for Parents with Homebound Students
This article by Kristy Houle, Educate.Today's Coordinator of Educational Outreach, offers some helpful tips for parents adjusting to life with students learning while homebound.
Teacher Tool 758: Easy But Powerful Activity Ideas for our Theatre Videos
Download this document to find some quick and easy but powerful activity ideas to build on your child/student's interest in theatre or to help nurture one.
Teacher Tool 759: Easy But Powerful Activity Ideas for our Science Videos
Download this document to find some quick and easy but powerful activity ideas to build on your child/student's interest in science or to help nurture one.
Teacher Tool 760: Easy But Powerful Activity Ideas for our History in the First Person Videos
Download this document to find some quick and easy but powerful activity ideas to build on your child/student's interest in history or to help nurture one.
Teacher Tool 761: Easy But Powerful Ideas for our Environment Videos
Download this document to find some quick and easy but powerful activity ideas to build on your child/student's interest in the environment or to help nurture one.