Although many places are closed because of the required social distancing mandates a lot of greenways are open. If you’re physically able to get outdoors with your kids and have fun, do so. Laughter is a great way to help reduce anxiety. Laugh, play, and tell jokes. While you may not want to homeschool, giving your child a schedule, structure, and some regular instruction will help ease their anxiety during this time of uncertainty
Check out this Livestream
Christine from MomsNCharge.com and I went live to discuss “How to Keep Kids Engaged While School is Out”
Home Educational Resources are broken down by subject
Reading an exhaustive list of resources can be over welcoming so here is a list that will helpfully help streamline materials and information.
Reading, Language Arts, and Grammar
Books – Overdrive gives you access to thousands of books with your library card. Get your kids reading and have discussions with them about what they read. Audible is also offering free books for kids.
Scholastic – Right now, Scholastic is offering a FREE Online Education Program For Kids grades Pre-K Thru 9
Spelling – Spelling City (You can add your own spelling words or use their suggested list and kids are given their choice of games to they can play to help them practice.
membean is a vocabulary resource for middle, high school, and college students.
Language Arts – Elementari (Temporarily offering free premium accounts though May 2020 for k-5 students.)
Grammar – Brave Writer
Prodigy – Math for kids according to their grade level.
Colosky’s Math Academy – Online visual educational classes.
Motherland Math – African based math and history online class
Photo Math is an app that solves problems and you can see the steps.
Delta Math for middle through AP high school course.
Science Buddies – Elementary school experiments for students.
Science Mom – Video-based science projects.
Story time from space – curriculum for kids K-12 grade
Nat Geo for Kids – easy to navigate science games and lessons for all ages.
Legends of Learning – offers science through games. It takes some time to set it up, but it’s great once the set up is complete.
Super Charged Science – a free video-based Science Curriculum
Social Studies / History
Melanin Origins – Black History Curriculum for elementary students
Back Pax Kids – (Recommended for children ages 8-12. Audio dramas, board game, and digital books)
Maroon Learning – Africlasses
Facing History – Free subject-based history digital classroom for middle and high school students.
Historians 4SC – Free writing history course for middle and high school students. This course incorporates English, US History, and World History
iCivics – History games
Health and Nutrition
Amaze – this site presents health topics in a kid-friendly manner such as puberty, sexual orientation, gender identity, personal safety, and STDs. As a parent, you may want to be alongside your child if he or she has questions about these topics.
CaroneLearning – Health and Physical Education courses
Cosmic Yoga for kids – Recommended for prek – 2nd grade.
Kidstir – Healthy recipes that kids can make.
Fluency Matters Home – this site is offering 21 days of free resources, but they also have completely free language materials available.
Mango Language – free premium access with your local library card
CS Unplugged: http://csunplugged.org/
Code Academy: https://www.codecademy.com/
CSC Curriculum in a Box: http://csinabox.cs.umd.edu/
Google for CS: https://edu.google.com/cs/
MIT App Inventor https://appinventor.mit.edu/
CS4All (master resource list): https://www.csforall.org/members/
CS Unplugged: https://csunplugged.org/en/
Art and Live Readings
HelloKids – Art tutorials for kids.
Art with Mati and Dada – art inspired stories for elementary-school kids.
A full list of authors who are doing live readings for children.
- Oliver Jeffers author and illustrator is going live on Instagram at 11 am EST. His Livestream will also be available for 24 hours after that in Instagram stories. instagram.com/oliverjeffers
- Author/illustrator Mo Willems will guide students through drawing activities weekdays at 10 am ET online at https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
- Author/illustrator Grace Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon) is one of her best know works will be reading several of her books, including the first chapter of Mulan: Before the Sword — and of her teaching a lesson on how to draw a Chinese dragon. http://gracelin.com/content.php?page=videos
- Author Dan Gutman will be reading his newest book, Miss Blake Is A Flake!, on Facebook live March 17 at 11 am ET. instagram.com/dangutmanbooks
- Author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka is offering an art class on YouTube at 11 am ET daily: http://youtube.com/StudioJJK.
Other Speciality Home Education Resources and sites for printables
Dyslexia-Academy – UK based but they have a free membership level.
Piano – Busy Kids Do Piano use code “PIANOATHOME” for a free 30-day membership
Ballet – Digital ballet classes
Home Education Worksheets and printables
IXL – grouped by grade level so it’s easy to navigate.
Make your own puzzles for practice – http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com
Smithsonian Learning Lab – the Smithsonian museums offer digital learning experiences for kids.
Finally, if you’re looking for a one-stop option because there are just too many items to sift through below are some options.
CK12 – Organized with digital textbooks for student’s core subjects.
Discovery K12 – simple (only a couple of problems and assignments each day.
Moby Max – The site is well done and visually appealing for kids.
Brain pop – This option is for reinforcement and offers videos, quizzes, and games that kids can play organized by subject and topic.
Khan Academy – Offers the following courses math, science, computing, test prep, arts and humanities, and economics/finance.
If you’re interested in learning more about homeschooling, check out my home education podcast: The Cleverly Changing Podcast