With the surge of parents looking online for free resources and daily routine examples, there are plenty of options to choose from right now.
Companies like NASA, Scholastic, ABC Mouse and Adobe are all offering free learning resources for students impacted by the coronavirus. This list will be updated as new resources open up, so check back often. Also feel free to share resources you’ve found by commenting below (no solicitations please.)
Don’t feel bad about loosening your restrictions around screen time right now, mama. Whether you’re working from home and need to work, or you just need a little down time during your sequester, these educational resources can help keep your kids learning and entertained.
Brainly: Get homework help from real students and teachers on this site, which enables students to ask questions and get detailed answers on most topics.
Clever Learner: Find dozens of printable worksheets that help teach basic math, writing, science and language skills.
Easy Peasy All-In-One: A complete, free online Christian homeschool curriculum for your family.
Khan Academy: This is a full free online curriculum for kids of all ages. Expert-created content and resources for every course and level.
Outschool: Your child can join virtual classes on subjects from language to math to music theory (with Legos!) on this video learning platform.
Scholastic Learn at Home: The editors of the beloved Scholastic classroom magazines have created an online hub full of learning materials for grades Pre-K through 6.
Splashearn: Splashlearn is a fun resource for kids to learn or get ahead in math. Grades k-5 have access to worksheets, games and quizzes.
Teachers pay teachers: While not specifically designed for homeschool, these resources are inexpensive, developed by teachers, and span a wide array of subjects and learning levels.
Fun Ways to Keep Kids Busy
Get plugged into Audiobooks: Audible is sharing hundreds of stories for free while school is out.
Cook with real chefs and cookbook authors: America’s Test Kitchen has opened up its library of educational cooking videos for aspiring young chefs.
Doodle with Mo Willems: Every weekday at 1 pm ET, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems is conducting an online sketch session for kids.
Play with animals at the zoo. The Cincinnati Zoo may be closed to the public at the moment, but it’s open online for animal-lovers, thanks to a new Facebook video series that shows how zoologists care for animals at the zoo, weekdays at 3 pm.
Read a book with Olaf: Frozen actor Josh Gad is tucking kids in at night with bedtime stories. Every night the actor is reading to little ones on Twitter.
Ride Space Mountain: Online ride-through videos for all the rides at Disney World and Disneyland aren’t quite as cool as the real thing, but we’ll take what we can get.
Subscription boxes: From geography to art to coding, subscription boxes can help you fill extra hours at home with educational and engaging activities for your kids, without the need to scour Pinterest.
Tour national parks from your couch: Google Earth has virtual tours of America’s treasured national parks.
Take a peek at the Metropolitan Opera: After closing it’s doors, the company now offers nightly performances on it’s homepage.
Discovery Mindblown: Helps your kids to learn about their world through a fun interactive map made by Discovery.
If you know of a resource that is not on the list – please share it below!! Let’s keep this list growing.
Also please don’t feel overwhelmed for this list. Use it as a resource, not a guide. You know what is best for your family and your kids and are the only one who can decide how you spend your time while your child is off school. Either way, you’ve got this!