This week marks the first week when we as mamas and papas at home are officially in charge or our children’s schooling. School Districts city-wide have been pouring their resources together to funnel up some amazing, useful options that can help us keep our children on track e-learning from home for the next few weeks.
At-Home Resources for Families by Kimberly Wilcox :: complies as calendar with daily suggestions on what families can introduce with different subjects, like reading, animals, art, PE and STEM. This resource will be constantly changing and being added to.
Mighty Kind Kids as provided a free homeschooling bundle that can be downloaded right to your computer.
Check Out NCAR’s Online Learning Resources|
How does a cloud form? What’s a sunspot? Why is climate changing? The UCAR Center for Science Education’s Learning Zone, lets your kid explore these questions and more.
Keep Learning with Khan Academy
Khan Academy is an excellent resource to keep kids learning at home. It offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace. Topics include math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
Family Game Time
Dust off those board games and that deck of cards. Playing a game together is a good way to practice social skills, enjoy each other, and have fun.
Cosmic Kids Yoga
A fun way to keep the kids active, Cosmic Kids Yoga is a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching kids yoga.
Search for Things on Google Earth
This is a fun way for kids to discover new places, and to get a taste of Geography. Make a list of things for them to find! Not sure what to look for? Use this worksheet as a jumping off point!
Make and Craft
50 crafts anyone can do at home and 25 maker projects!
Scholastic Learn at Home
Scholastic is offering special cross-curricular journeys for kids to learn at home. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own or with their families.
NASA Kids Club
NASA offers a fun place for kids to learn about space online! The site includes games, stories and more.
Listen to a Kid-Friendly Podcast
Kid-friendly podcasts including news, what-ifs, stories and more!
Animal Planet – Pets
If your kids love pets, have them check out the Animal Planet pets page. Learn dog and cat facts, breed information, puppy and kitten videos and more!
National Geographic for Kids
History, science, animals, space and more! Kids can learn and play at National Geographic Kids.
Watch Live Animal Videos
Live cams of animals! Here are some links: Apes, pandas, tigers and penguins (and more) at the San Diego Zoo, live stream of all kinds of birds’ nests, honey bees, brown bears, oceans, animal sanctuaries, and more.
Take a Virtual Field Trip
Check out this very cool list of virtual field trips to all kinds of places including zoos, national parks and more!
Check Out NASA’s Live Cams & Cool Space Videos
To see the live feed from the International Space Station, click here. Also check out their gallery of space and astronaut videos and ultra high def videos!
ProjectExplorer’s mission is to bring the world into classrooms and living rooms with
free video content and curriculum that fosters global awareness and cross-cultural
Listen to a Story Read by a Celebrity
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy nominated, Storyline Online, features
celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Kristen Bell, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Wanda
Sykes, Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Betty White and more reading children’s
books to inspire a love of reading!
Tink Digital provides free PEGs (Public Education Games) during the COVID-19 crisis.
Super Teacher Worksheets has a variety of activities and resources available for a small subscription of $25 per year. But they do have quite a few free worksheets and your school district might actually have a membership you can use.
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool provides your entire curriculum (for free) that you need to keep your child on course with their education.
Teachers Pay Teachers has a slew of great information to use for your Pre-K and Elementary students, some are free and others are at various pricing.
Outschool is an awesome hub with online teaching courses that range from art, to ukelele, to wellness, to coding, to meditation, to writing. Surely there is something for every early learner in here!
Always IceCream is a learning corner on the web built by a group of educators from several different countries trying to bring fun to learning for girls. Want to learn Spanish? Try there course for only $1.99 a month. Try Clever Dragons for the same concept, but for boys!
ABCMouse is one everyone has seen dance across their T.V. screen lately, specifically for ages 2-9 and they are running a special right now for 49% off. You can also try their service free for 30 days to see how you and your kiddo like it.
Mystery.org provides K-5 Science classes these are the years when children form habits of thinking that will live with them for the rest of their lives. This is when they form their view of the world. This is the opportunity to nurture each child’s burning curiosity, guide them as they explore their world, and ensure they develop the most important skill of all: the ability to figure things out for themselves.
Don’t forget… for a Brain Break you can:
FaceTime/Google Hangouts/Skype with Friends
Kids can start to feel lonely away from their peers. Use technology to bring them together while at home. Kids love to see their friends and family on the screen, and it can be a great way to catch up and to give the kids a few minutes with their pals.
Take a Walk
Get outside and take a walk. Social distancing means steering clear of unnecessary human contact, but it doesn’t prohibit you from being outside in the fresh air. Just keep your distance from any crowded spaces. A good rule of thumb is maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others.
Go Noodle! These fun and silly songs help get the wiggles out in between activities, lessons and projects. Even the parents can join in on the fun!
If there are more resources that you know about that we didn’t list please leave them in the comments!
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.
– Helen Keller