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INDEPENDENCE Elementary & High School
 

The Independence schools provide highly-structured individualized educational programs to help prepare students to function as competent, self-reliant adults.  The schools serve students grades K-12 with disabilities, primarily those who are impacted by poor self-regulation and behavior problems. School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) along with level systems of rewards, Restorative Justice and Social Skills training support these efforts.  Instruction is supported by technology, with students using digital text books, personalized, supplementary computer based instruction, and individual computer devices.

 

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Families:

 

We believe that student success comes from continuous learning.   E-Learning is a great resource that gives you an option to access the various resources our school provides. It is a very efficient way of delivering courses online.   We feel it is important to give students opportunities to practice the skills they have learned at school. In response, we have created an E - Learning resource packet that students can work on while they are at home. Please review the student assignments given by their teachers.  In addition, encourage them to complete their web- based assignments to support their learning.  For your convenience we have attached their usernames and log-ins for Blue Streak and Study Island.  

 

Our web based programs to support learning:

 

BlueStreak Math

The Future of Fact Fluency for all students here. Bluestreak is a digital educational tool that excites and ignites students in developing fast math skills and mastery of fact fluency through a themed centered approach.  

Study Island

Is a leading academic software provider of standards-based assessment, instruction, and test preparation e-learning programs.

 

Additional Educational Websites:

 

PBS Kids

https://pbskids.org/

 

Each of the educational shows your children watch on PBS has its own learning section through PBSKids.org. Try sing-along songs, sorting and counting games, watch videos, and more.

 

 

Starfall

https://www.starfall.com/

When a mom mentions she's looking for some great educational websites for her kids, it's not long before Starfall.com is mentioned. The site has been online since 2002 and works with your children from letter recognition to reading plays, nonfiction, and comics.

 

CoolMath

https://www.coolmath.com/

CoolMath.com calls itself "an amusement park of math and more." Children can play online math games that help them with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, money and more. CoolMath is geared toward ages 13 and up, but sister site CoolMath4Kids.com is appropriate for ages 3 through 12. CoolMath-Games.com includes math games for preschoolers.

 

TIME for Kids

https://www.timeforkids.com/

From the publishers of TIME magazine, TIMEforKids.com is loaded with interesting articles, photos, and videos. Politics, the environment, entertainment, sports, and health are just some of the topics covered. TIME for Kids isn't as interactive as most of the other website on this list of educational websites for kids, but the site does tackle subjects that are in the news now while being written for an audience of children.

 

National Geographic

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Watch animal cameras, learn interesting tidbits about animals, see and share photos of nature, learn about different countries and try science experiments on Kids.NationalGeographic.com. These activities don't even begin to scratch the surface of the National Geographic Kids website. There's also a "Little Kids" section for the younger explorers in your home.

 

The KIDZ Page

http://thekidzpage.com/

TheKidzPage.com has more than 5,000 pages of learning games and activities. Online coloring pages, jigsaw puzzles and word games are just a few sections of this massive site. Each holiday has its own section of activities and games to enjoy with your children.

 

How Stuff Works

https://www.howstuffworks.com/

When your child wants to know why the sky is blue, how a tornado forms, or any number of other questions she can come up with on a daily basis, head on over to How Stuff Works. The articles break down subjects like autos, culture, entertainment, science, money, technology and more. Games, quizzes, and videos also round out your children's learning experience.

 

Fun Brain

https://www.funbrain.com/

One visit to Fun Brain and you'll want to bookmark it for your kids. Math, reading, online books and learning games are just some of the site's many treats. Fun Brain caters to preschoolers through 8th graders.

 

Nick Jr.

http://www.nickjr.com/

If you can look past the ads, you'll find printables, games and other activities your kids will enjoy at NickJr.com. The games allow your children to explore their creativity, play dress-up, learn new music, put together puzzles and work on numbers and shape recognition.

 

Scholastic

https://www.scholastic.com/kids/home/

Scholastic is one of the more unique educational websites for kids. This site, from the publishers of the educational books you find in schools, contains activities broken up by grades. Pre-K learners all the way up to seniors in high school can find learning activities geared toward them.

 

 

 

Exploratorium

https://www.exploratorium.edu/

It's hard to narrow the list of science websites because there are so many great resources. But San Francisco's Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts showcases a website that teaches kids about science and art in new ways. The departments let kids tinker with gadgets, go below the sea, rocket into the galaxy and also learn about the science of gardening, animals, and cells, to name a few.

 

BBC History for Kids

https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/

Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time. Kids can set off on a learning adventure when they walk through ancient history, world history and histories of specific countries on the BBC History for Kids website.

 

Highlights for Kids

https://www.highlightskids.com/

The magazine for kids that's been around for more than 60 years now offers online ways to play, read and craft with your children. Matching games, art activities, animated stories and science experiments are just a few ways kids can learn while having fun on the Highlights for Kids website.

 

Learning Games for Kids

https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/

The name of the site says it all. Learning Games for Kids is all about games that teach kids almost every subject you can think of. Word, spelling, social studies, brain, science, art, vocabulary, literature and keyboarding games will get your kids started on a learning adventure.

 

Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids

https://www.almanac.com/kids

It's learning with a twist. The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids features riddles, puzzles, a question of the day, a timeline of interesting history facts, sky events and weather conditions to track at home with your children.

 

 

 

 

Amina Payne, Principal

Akiva Carson, Assistant Principal

                                      

 

Phone: (708)481-6103
Fax: (708)503-4104

   

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Chicago Heights, IL 60411
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