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.
Try 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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- Scholastic Learn at Home has created a FREE fantastic hub for students K-12 with daily learning experiences. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!
- Khan Academy has active instructions for continuing education for those affected by the Coronavirus. Their mission is to “provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.”
- Turn to your local PBS Station for educational programming for a variety of ages!
- This resource on KidsActivities.com lists out DOZENS of education companies offering free resources during school closings!
- Take a Virtual Tour of a Museum! 12 famous museums are offering virtual museums so students can explore the world from the safety of their homes.
- Get artistic with free online art lessons for kids and adults from Wild Free and Crafty!
- Do Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems via video!
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.
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- 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!
- PBS Learning : Since we are increasing our screen time by leaps and bounds anyway, check out the programming on your local PBS Station and learn something!
- Click Here to access an awesome collection of teacher-recommended virtual resources that include language studies, math, language arts and more! Most are free.
- Got a kid who loves math? We’ve heard amazing things about the ALEKS program! ALEKS is a research-based online program that offers a version for independent use and homeschool situations.
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)