Distance Learning Resources

Resources for HOW to help your child learn at home.

Is your child at home because of COVID-19? There are a lot of resources out there for what to teach but not enough on HOW to learn. We can help!

Check out our free resources for children on IEPs, on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, anxiety, or any related learning need.

If you have suggestions, questions or know of a good resource that we're missing, please tell us at distancelearning@aowl.org

  • Getting Started 

    You are at home with your student. Now what?

    First things first: Take care of yourself!

    Don't be too hard on yourselves. Validate your feelings. This is new territory for everyone. It's OK - in fact, it's good - to move to "plan B" if your first plan isn't working. Be flexible throughout your day and week. Take breaks. This goes for you and your student.

    Set up a Learning Space

    Designate a neutral space for learning that is different from where your student plays and sleeps. The key is to create a space that won't trigger other routines and is separate from a break space. Try to minimize distractions (e.g., TV, windows). Find a hard surface for writing and computer work with good lighting.

    Set up a Break Space

    A private, potentially enclosed space, away from others, with very few stimuli. This is a space for your student to use to remove themselves from stress and reset their mood. This space should be calming and may include items such as fidgets, weighted blankets, comfortable seating, and soft lighting. This space should NOT include TV, technology such as tablets, computers, and phones.

    Do's & Don'ts

    Do: Use therapeutic language; give them time to think; validate their feelings

    Don't: Talk too much; give lengthy explanations to tasks; expect an immediate response to your questions

    Celebrate the Small Victories

    We are all navigating this new territory together and it can be easy to direct our focus to the things that have gone wrong or didn’t go well. Challenge yourself to find small successes and celebrate them with your student.


  • Schedules for Success

    Schedules and structure are essential for anyone to be successful when working from home. They’re even more important when they help your student stay regulated and avoid challenging behaviors.

    Have a written schedule to help your student know what to expect from their day. Structure is more important than content. To start, do NOT include times next to the activities. The goal is for your student to follow the flow of activities and let things happen naturally. Remember to start slow. Down the road, you will systematically increase the expectations and duration of activities.

    Is it possible to create schedules and structure with the flexibility required for your family to succeed under one roof? Absolutely. Watch our experts discuss how.

    Deeper Dive into Schedules

    Being flexible is very important for learning. Giving your student a sense of control over their schedule and activity through choices is essential. It’s okay to build that schedule around how your child works best. Here are some tips from our behavior therapy staff on how to make it work for your family.

    Managing Multiple Schedules

    How on earth do you manage your work, help your child/ren with work, and actually get something accomplished? Making a master schedule, so that your family knows what the expectations are for everyone, is essential for success. Listen to our experts share ideas on how to make co-working at home work for everyone.

    Examples of Schedules

    Lower School, Grades K-5:
    Motiv8 Video: Movement to get ready for the day
    Read a preferred book
    Language Arts Websites (Lexia)
    Snack & break
    Math websites (Prodigy)
    Art: coloring, painting, easy craft OR Science Activity
    Go-Noodle to end the day

    Middle School, Grades 6-8:
    Motiv8 Video: Movement to get ready for the day
    Read a preferred book
    Language Arts Websites (Lexia)
    Snack (student could plan/make their own snack) & break
    Math Websites (Prodigy)
    Art Activity: Coloring, painting, easy craft
    Science Activity
    Write about results of science activity
    Preferred activity to end the day (dependent on your student’s preferences). Try to have this not be computer/technology.

    High School, Grades 9-12:
    Read a preferred book
    Alex Math: 1 lesson
    Snack (student could plan/make their own snack) & break
    Art activity: Coloring, painting, easy craft
    Science Activity
    Civics: Read a current event article
    Journal activity: write about either science activity or civics assignment

  • Mental & Behavioral Health

    Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. We know many resources are available, including from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But what about your child, who processes information and emotions differently? Here are some specific tips from the Academy of Whole Learning staff.

    To view all (16) videos, click in the upper right of the video below for the complete playlist.


    Prioritizing Mental Health

    These are unusual times and we need to remember that we are all doing the best we can. Making sure that you and your student are not pushed to the breaking point will help you get through this process.

    Managing Challenging Behaviors at Home

    Disruptions to your student’s schedule may create challenging behaviors at home. Asking “why” your student feels the way they do and normalizing the need for breaks will help your student ask for them. How do you stay proactive and help your child avoid challenging behaviors?


  • Motiv8

    Start the day with a Motiv8 video to get your body moving and ready to learn. Check out these videos for each day of the week to start your virtual learning day right!

    To view all (5) Motiv8 videos, click in the upper right of the video below to view the 1/5 playlist.


    Movement Matters

    One of the keys to helping all kids stay calm and focused is to blend physical activity into the entire day, not just in one block. You know your child best, so move as often as you need to; it could be 10 minutes for every 30 minutes of focused time.

    Add movement throughout the day. The Go-Noodle videos get kids up and moving to fun, engaging content and games. Every dance party, yoga session, mindfulness activity, and game session is an opportunity for kids to wake up their bodies, engage their minds, and be their best.

    Throughout the day, check in with your and your child’s emotions. Stop, Breathe, & Think is a helpful online tool for this.

  • AOWL Families

    Academic Links for AOWL Students and Families:

    Communication Expectations

    Teaching teams and Behavior Therapists are here to support and help you as we all navigate these uncharted waters. See detailed information below regarding who to contact and when they will be available. Teaching teams will do their best to be available to you during school hours.

    Due to the individualized nature of our programming, our teaching teams may not always be available when you reach out. We ask for your patience during this time and suggest working with your teaching teams to schedule check-in meetings as needed.

    Lower + Middle School

    Class Groups

    Teaching Team

    Extra Support BT
    Wolf Creek Ms. Maggie Ms. Lizzy


    Ms. Jen Ms. Katie
    Cascade Ms. Courtney + Ms. Hannah Ms. Lizzy
    Minnehaha Ms. Anita + Ms. Amy Mr. Louie

    Teacher Kade + Ms. Keera

    Ms. Katie


    Ms. Amanda + Ms. Regina

    Mr. Louie
    Available by phone and email M-F 8:00AM-3:00PM M-F 8:00AM-4:30PM and by scheduled meetings

    Teaching Team Role: Provide daily expectations, schedule, and assignments
    Extra Support BT Role: Provide individual behavior and mental health support as needed

    Advisory Teacher Role: Primary point of contact for all questions
    Subject Area Teachers: Provide daily assignments on google classroom
    Extra Support BT Role: Provide individual behavior and mental health support as needed

    Upper School

    High School Morning Meeting & Social Hangout Times
    We will be having morning meetings starting on Monday, April 6 in Google Hangouts Meet. These meetings will be daily and run by Mr. Collin at the same time each day.
    Pigeon River will be at 9:00 am
    Lake Superior (Ms. Anna's advisory group ) will be at 9:30 am 
    Lake Tulaby (Ms. Kelly's advisory group) will be at 10:00 am
    Lake Minnetonka (Ms. Liz's advisory group) will be at 10:30 am
    Please have your student sign in to Google Hangouts Meet through their invite from an email from Mr. Collin each day. Mr. Collin will be following up with students that are missing morning meetings. Encourage your student to check their email daily.
    Mr Collin will also be having an Open Social Hang Out daily starting on April 9 from 12:30-3:30. Students feel free to pop in and see who is there and what's going on.
    Mr. Collin and Ms. Lisa will also have 1-1 check-ins with students each week. In addition to student check-ins, we will be a part of weekly parent check-ins.
  • Virtual Clubs &
    Enrichment Resources  

    Virtual Clubs

    Check out the videos below for our virtual clubs! The YouTube playlists will be updated weekly. Note: To view all videos for a club, click in the upper right of the videos for the complete playlist.

    You can also access the videos here

    Monday: Dance Club

    Click Here

    Wednesday: Tae Kwon Do

    Click Here

    Thursday: Art

    Click Here

    Friday: STEM Challenge

    Click Here

    Ten Enrichment Activities To Try!

    1.Go for a hike! Minnesota state parks and trails are still open and getting some fresh air can help relieve stress during this time. If you can’t make it to a local park, be sure to get some time outside every day by going for a walk, bike ride, or playing in the backyard.

    2.Take a virtual trip to the outdoors. Explore.org has hundreds of nature and animal-themed live streams that you can watch from the comfort of your living room.

    3.Learn to cook a family meal. We know from the popularity of Cooking Club at AOWL that many of our students enjoy learning to cook. Browse the internet for recipes the whole family will enjoy and work together to create your masterpiece.

    4.Virtual Theater Classes. Stages Theater is launching virtual theater activities for ages 18 months to 18 years and beyond designed to get our bodies, voices, and imaginations moving and creating.

    5.Host a virtual hang out! Technology today makes it easy to spend time with family at friends from the comfort of our homes. Applications like FaceTime and Google Hang Out allow you to talk to multiple people at once. Get creative with games you can play through the screen like 20 questions, charades, or Battleship.

    6.Take a virtual tour of a famous museum. Many museums all over the world are hosting free virtual tours.

    7.Get creative! Identify items around the house that your child can use creatively. They can create a piece of art, engineer an invention, or create a new game. The internet is full of STEM challenges and craft ideas, the possibilities are endless!

    8.Start a book club. Reach out to classmates, friends, and family members and start a book club. Even if libraries are closed, e-books and audiobooks are still available for free online with a library card. Download the Libby App to get started.

    9.Learn to Code. Explore online coding resources such as Hour of Code. There is something for all ages, and you will be surprised how fun coding can be.

    10.Take a Virtual Field Trip. Travel all around the world and beyond with this list of virtual field trips you can take. From the San Diego Zoo to Mars, there is an adventure everyone can enjoy!

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