Your kids are going to be spending a lot more time online, and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Here are some suggestions on places to pass the time, entertain, and educate. This is just a few of the wonderful resources at your fingertips:
Khan Academy, grades K–12, free: Step-by-step videos and practice exercises make this a great academic website for kids. Every type of math is covered here in addition to computing, science, and history. This resource gives kids access to independent, self-paced learning.
BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper, grades 2–12, free: From geography to mythology, this site offers a wide variety of topics and links so kids don't have to wade through a confusing Google search results page.
Wide Open School, free: Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. This site was built in a matter of days on a shared vision. They plan to keep building until things get back to normal. A group of more than 25 organizations came together and raised their hands to help, and many more are joining on a daily basis. They highlight the need to connect all kids and are working to close the digital divide. As they do so, Wide Open School will offer many resources that can be completed offline and on smartphones, as well as bilingual and English-language learner resources.
EPIC!, free for 30 days: Epic! is the leading digital library for kids 12 & under.They can instantly access 40,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more. To empower students to keep reading and learning at home during school closures due to coronavirus (COVID-19), they are offering FREE Remote Student Access to Epic through the end of the school year (June 30th), by teacher invitation. Students will have anywhere, anytime access to the full Epic library on all devices, including books or collections assigned by their teachers.
NASA at Home: A fantastic website offering a large collection of science lessons, activities, and virtual tours for kids curated by NASA. From formal lesson plans to amazing imagery and stories about how science and exploration are lifting our world. There will also be ongoing opportunities to chat and interact with scientists directly.
Nature Lab at Home: This site offers downloadable curriculum about nature and science. The Nature Conservancy and its 550 scientists have created Nature Lab: to help students learn the science behind how nature works for us and how we can help keep it running strong.
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum: This site offers hands-on "STREAM" activities focused on science, technology, reading, engineering, art, and math.
Exploratorium in San Francisco: They provide free ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception through educational resources supporting online teaching and learning for all ages. Dive into the Exploratorium’s vast collection of at-home activities to feed your child’s curiosity.
Georgia Aquarium, free: Get some “face time” with penguins, jellyfish, sea otters, beluga whales and more on Georgia Aquarium’s multiple webcams. They offer daily live streaming events, regular updates on their animals, downloadable lesson plans and resources and a the chance to learn about all the animals in the facility.
They’ve just added “Virtual Yoga by the Water”. In partnership with Dancing Dogs Yoga Studio, they invite you to break a sweat at the most unique and inspiring fitness studio in Atlanta – all from the comfort of your own home! Filmed in front of our Ocean Voyager exhibit offers stunning views of whale sharks, manta rays and more. Designed to challenge students of all experience levels, now is the perfect time to dive into something new.
Story Time from Space, 6- to 10-year-olds: Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation. They send children’s books to the International Space Station. While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth, while the text and images from the book are displayed on the screen. The videos are then available on Story Time from Space website.