Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Parents & Families

Resources for homeschooling families

Homeschooling families in the Prairie Lakes AEA region may check out materials from the PLAEA Lending Library.  Interested individuals should fill out and return this form to Christine Sturgeon, Lending Library Supervisor by either email ( or mail (500 NE 6th St., Pocahontas, IA  50574).  

media Lending library

With weekly free van delivery to every school, our Media Library offers a wide variety of material, all available at no charge for educators to use. These classroom materials benefit all PreK-12 teachers in every curriculum area! Our lending library provides content in an assortment of mediums, ranging from K-12 books, audio books, professional books and materials, journals, videos and DVDs. Learn more by clicking here.

Early Childhood Family Resources 

The PLAEA Early Childhood team has heard your requests for QUALITY resources for families.  Our hope is that families will have valid, quality, hands on resources, to help support their child in continued learning while at home, as well as PLAY! This document offers math, literacy, behavior (social & emotional), motor skills, and links to other websites.

AEA Digital Resources

Looking for helpful resources for your family?  Iowa’s AEAs provide Iowa students and educators with no-cost access to 16 high-quality, vetted digital resources. The resources are available anytime, anywhere! There are read-aloud ebooks, ebooks, digital audiobooks, videos, encyclopedias, articles, newspapers and more for our youngest and oldest learners.

Access the resources by clicking on this link.

Math Activities for Families

The PLAEA Math Team shares these ideas for math activities at home. 

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