At Home Learning Resources for Families

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We are only a fraction of the way into what we would call Crisis Schooling Mode for those of us who have found ourselves trying to continue our kids’ education after their schools have been closed for at least the next month. Unlike families who have chosen to homeschool, many of us have overnight been thrust into a scenario we were not prepared for – facilitating our kids’ learning virtually and trying to support teachers as they try to figure out how to TEACH from this new platform.

It’s a LOT for all of us to adjust to in such a short amount of time. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources across the Internet that have stepped up to try to make things as simple as possible for families to support home learning.

At Home Learning Resources for Young Kids

Because Internet is required for virtual learning, Spectrum is offering free access to Wifi for 60 days to students who don’t currently have access.

ABC Mouse Free TrialTry ABCMouse FREE for 30 days! : Great for kids age 2 – 8, ABC Mouse has math and literacy games kids will love that keep the learning going.
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Host an at-home Cooking Camp with Raddish Kids! With lots of easy to follow digital recipes, this website has tons of culinary creations your kids will enjoy.

You can also sign up for their Monthly Cooking Club for Kids! >>This affiliate link gets you $20 off plus a free E-kit!<<

  • Go on a Virtual Field Trip! There are so many awesome places to “travel” like the surface of Mars, Yellowstone National Park, the San Diego Zoo, and more!
  • WhyVille: “Whyville is a virtual world where children ages 8 to 15 play, explore, create and learn together.” The focus is on math play and interactive engagement.
  • FunBrain: “Created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, Funbrain.com has been the leader in free educational games for kids since 1997. Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.”
  • National Geographic Kids: An interactive website of the National Geographic Kids Magazine content in an informative and fun platform. Learn about animals and climates across the globe with recommended learning activities and games!

At Home Learning for Tweens and Teens

There’s a particular challenge inherent with having older kiddos home from school and suddenly concepts that go far beyond 2+2 are on the syllabus. What are parents of tweens and teens to do when the educational support is now on our shoulders but we feel woefully unqualified?

  • With older kids, perhaps the biggest challenge of being out of school this long will be the social connections they are missing out on. If they are still too young to have their own social media, try Messenger Kids! It’s a great app for kids to talk to their friends. Messenger Kids works on any operating system, so they can use iPods, iPads, Android tablets, you name it. Plus, it’s connected to YOUR Facebook account so you can have increased control over who your kids are interacting with.
  • Create a Kahoot League! This online platform has quizzes, learning games, and trivia on a wide variety of topics and when you introduce the competition element, it’s a win/win for older kids. The Basic plan allows you to host kahoots via video for up to 10 players for FREE! Paid plans open up more topics and greater flexibility for players. Get your kid’s friends or neighbors in on the action and get playing!

Big Fat Notebooks : Available on Amazon, these books are a fun way for middle school age kids to build their learning in a subject matter of their choosing. Here’s the subject available, most on Amazon Prime! (affiliate links)

At home learning resources

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Sarah
Owner and co-founder of Milwaukee Mom, Sarah is a full-time working mom of three rough-and-tumble boys who like their jeans ripped and their hands dirty. She has lived in Wisconsin her whole life, attending UW-Madison and finally landing in the Milwaukee area in 2012. Sarah is a former English teacher and is currently enjoying a season of strong coffee and being a small business owner! She loves a good book, a flavorful craft beer and watching her Badgers and Packers get a W. Sarah is mama to three sons.

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