Okay friends, seems like we better get used to this new way of living for the foreseeable future. Like you, I’m still absorbing the shock of this and trying to wrap my head around it all. It seems every hour there is more scary news and more to be concerned about. It’s uncharted territory with everything closing down and all of us quarantining inside our homes and social distancing when we need to go out.
And the really wild thing is that IT’S HAPPENING TO THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. No one is immune. It’s not like a flood in Houston or a hurricane overseas. It’s affecting every single one of us, worldwide, and we’re all in it together, so we can all relate to how each other is feeling.
I must say I’m so thankful right now that we can meet here, from the safety of our own personal space, online. I’ve never been more grateful for social media because it means I get to stay connected to you, when I’m started to feel extra isolated.
There’s lots of uncertainty, but I know we will get through this. We’ve been through lots of hard times in our lives, but we are resourceful and we are survivors!
One day in the (hopefully) near future, this will be behind us and normal life will resume with work and weddings and parties and vacations and restaurants and school!
Dear Lord, school! What in the world are we going to do with our kids all day, especially when it’s not summer and dangit, WE DID NOT PLAN FOR THIS! This was not in the schedule, Coronavirus!
WHAT TO DO WITH KIDS ALL DAY | ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES
Well, now we have to deal with it, find help, make arrangements, be home when we were supposed to be working or work from home, or however the heck we’re doing to get through the next several weeks or months. We are supposed to learn today what is happening with our school, but nearby schools are currently closed until April 10th and it could be longer. What’s happening with your school?
At this early point, we might still be figuring out how we’re going to arrange our day, but sometime soon, you might start thinking about activities the kids can do at home.
I’m hearing that we might be responsible for homeschooling our kids while school is out. We may get online tutorials to help, but everything is still so up in the air.
If your school isn’t sending curriculum home, or you just want some additional resources, I have that for you today. A mom in my community that homeschools her kids sent over a list of online learning sites and I thought it was genius!
I was happy to link up all the sites and provide brief descriptions for you. I really hope this is helpful, maybe you can bookmark it for future use or pass it along to a friend!
ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES
ABCya! • Learning games for all ages
All in One Home School • Free online Christian homeschool curriculum, from preschool activities to 12th grade
Beast Academy • Math for ages 8-13
BrainPop • All subjects & free access during school closures
Creative Bug • Thousand’s of award winning arts and crafts classes
Cool Math for Kids • Math and games for parents, teachers and kids
Curiosity Stream • Paid access to all documentaries
Discovery Education • Free access to Discovery Education Experience through the remainder of the school year
Fun Brain • PK – 8th Grade
Highlights Kids • Activities, jokes and games
iReady • Assess kids’ levels, then provides teaching resources
Khan Academy • Ages 4-18
Kids National Geographic • Explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond
Literactive • Literacy for PK – First Grade
Math Game Time • PreK – 7th Grade maht
Outschool • Live online classes for ages 3-18
PBS Kids • Daily activities to help kids play and learn
Scholastic • Free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities
Science Kids • Science and technology for kids
Suessville • Play, watch, explore Dr. Suess’ world
Splash Learn • Kinder – 5th Grade Math
Starfall Education • PreK – 3rd Grade
Switch Zoo • Animal games
Tynker • Coding for kids ages 5+
Travel & Leisure • Pretend to travel the world, go on a virtual tour of these 12 famous museums.
Turtle Diary • PK4 – 5th Grade learning games
Udemy • Over 100,000 online video courses
Unite for Literacy • Narrated books in several languages
SCIENCE & GEOGRAPHY YOUTUBE CHANNELS
Crash Course Kids • This series is beginning with 5th grade science: Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Geography, Engineering, and Astronomy
Free School • safe and friendly place to expose children to famous art, classical music, children’s literature, and natural science in an age-appropriate and kid-accessible way
Geek Gurl Diaries • Like Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Python, Programming, Computer Science, Logic, Electronics, and being geeky and awesome? I do, so I started to make videos for people like me! Welcome to the Geek Gurl Diaries, where us gurl’s discuss, create, demo and interview all things geek.
Geography Focus • All about geography, maps, flags, culture, languages, and travel.
Kids Learning Tube • Educates kids through music and animation in a fun and unique approach to learning
Mike Likes Science • Science inspired music videos
National Geographic Kids • Exploring your world with weird, wild, and wacky videos. Videos featuring awesome animals, cool science, funny pets, and moreScience Channel • Learn about outer space, leading scientific exploration, new technology, earth science basics, & more
Science Max • Cool science experiments
Sci Show • Learning about the world around us and beyond
SciShow Kids • Explores all those curious topics that make us ask “why?”
Soul Pancake • Explores what it means to be human. Created for the joy spreaders, deep thinkers, and change makers of the internet
The Brain Scoop • Created in 2013 to share the work and research of natural history museums with the world
Of course, there are also lots of creative things kids can do at home like play cards, board games, read, build things, solve puzzles, tinker with toys, draw, paint, put on a show. Or how about helping clean up, declutter, learn to do laundry?! 😉
I hope you find these websites useful, and if you think it would be helpful to another parent or child, please feel free to pass it along! If you have a great resource to share, please let all of us know in the comments below!
Have a fantastic day friends!