How fast our world has changed in just a few short weeks the COVID-19 pandemic that was on the news affecting other countries has arrived and Australia is one of the last countries with a chance to ‘flatten the curve’. We’re blessed to have the ability to work from home and job security when many cannot and have lost their jobs. I’ve been working from home/sick the past week or so and have kept my typical-germ-collector daughter home from school showing mild flu-like symptoms (aka she would sneeze and so we kept her home to err on the side of over-caution).
Controversially, we’ve decided to keep our special needs daughter in school for as long as possible and keep the carers, therapists going even though she is a technically high risk. Now I know the majority of special needs parents have made the early decision to self-isolate, however for us we’ve weighed it up and it would be almost impossible for me to work from home if I had to look after her. Looking at the risks, she hasn’t had respiratory issues in the past because of her excellent gag reflex. Her exposure to germs is minimal and can be controlled as she’s in a special school with about 5 students in her class and with high teacher to student ratio. I trust they are adhering to good hygiene standards, so is very unlikely to get sick. Now in the coming days, however, I won’t be surprised if further restrictions will be imposed. [Update 26/3/20: next week is now a pupil free week in QLD. The resource list below has been updated with additional ideas from our Speech Therapist and her Special Needs Teachers for adapting these resources to be used with a switch].
Last week my younger had a few days off school and so we have had some time to adjust to her being at home and attempting to continue some sort of resemblance of learning. Which consisted of me setting a schedule and my daughter doing half the agreed worksheets and then spending the rest of the day on the tv or playing on her own whilst I was busy working at home or resting (from being sick). The meltdowns are now becoming less and less as we’ve both worked out our daily rhythms and started to accept this new normal.
This week I received some links to our state education learning@home site which has enough work for 2 weeks across Maths, English and Science. I printed the handwriting booklet and she finished it in less than an hour in order to get her reward of TV. That night I thought perhaps I better get a head start on this, but was dismayed to find mostly printable workbooks and other resources that looked more like teacher lesson plans which required me to actually teach her and not only that, looking at the rest of the material it was barely enough to keep her occupied for 2 weeks!
If I wanted to make this work from home thing work then I would need to have more activities prepared, so ideally I can set her up and she can self learn.
I put the call out to my mummies Facebook group for more resources and what a huge response I’ve had. There are so many amazing resources out there and most are free, and those that are are currently running specials because of the unprecedented covid-19 restrictions.
Firstly here are my learnings so far – please comment below if you have others, would love to hear it.
Tips for working from home with kids
1. Set up a Computer /device
I repurposed an old computer (yes I know not everyone has one) and means that only the apps and programs that I want them to access is there:
- Set up a kids email address eg gmail. This can be used to set up new login accounts or subscribe to online learning. I like using gmail with chrome because it has bookmarks that sync across devices.
- Windows computers – set up a new Windows account with your child’s email. You can now also use this a non-hotmail account with your Windows account. Once you have an account login to the admin account and add another user so that they can sign into the computer.
- Headphones/ ear buds – will assist with reducing noise if they are playing a game or watching a video.
3. Ensure your printer has a lot of paper and ink
A lot of the initial resources I came across are printable worksheets.
4. Set up a study ‘school’ desk/area that is designated for school
Just like you need your designated work area to get into the right mindset for work, so does your child. Keep in mind that younger kids like to work next to you; older kids might like to study in their own area.
b. Tip: Give them a choice about the materials and how they set it up.
5. Set up a schedule and program ahead of time so that they can learn largely on their own. Some tips
a. Have a schedule – even if you don’t stick to it. It will take some time to settle into a routine and to get used to being in the same house. Kids love routine with all the uncertainty and change, get them involved in creating it and try to keep it similar to the school schedule they are used to – if you have certain subjects on certain days then allocate the same timeslots for those subjects.
b. Compare it to your work schedule and needed schedule in time for breaks with them
Tip: schedule a time to ‘mark’ their worksheets. This stops them coming to you every 5min I’m done! Now mark it now! Put it in a marking pile and mark them at the allocated time. They love positive feedback – use stickers/stamps or write ‘well done’ if they get it to write just like they would at school.
c. Take your breaks with them and change it up eg. have a picnic on the grass
d. Be flexible, at the start they might do one or two things on it then the rest of the day end up watching tv, that’s ok, keep what’s working and try to challenge them to do more tomorrow.
e. Be creative – below is a list of online resources and ideas, but science doesn’t have to be a boring lesson, it could be making jelly together and talking about science concepts. Or going into the garden to explore the bugs and then looking up documentaries/google videos to help you understand what they are.
f. Measure the amount of time they do spend on each activity and then update the plan for the next day.
g. For younger kids, set up activity stations in advance or kits that you bring out one at a time and have double what you think you will need. Then cycle through them. Use those educational tv programs – ‘Art’ for us is an episode of Mister Maker or googling how to draw online, then they try to copy it. Check-in on them and then get them working on the next one.
h. Plan something fun to help them to look forward to it … or can be used as a reward ie you finish x worksheets/ books, then you get to watch y.
i. Schedule some active time and eat healthy food. See the Sports section for ideas of activities. I’ve scheduled in my breaks to align to ‘Sport’ – currently, we’re doing skipping together since it’s new she’ll only attempt it when I’m around.
j. Use the opportunity to make memories, teach them a skill and also get involved with chores around the house. Aside: Good luck with the chores – I would also love some tips. Currently trying the 5c a chore (teaches money, saving, setting goals, the value of money, makes it tangible and visual).
k. Create an environment for focus. Still getting distracted, and finding it hard to focus? Some areas to look at experimenting with to help you and your family to focus.
- Space – Experiment with different rooms, inside or outside.
- Sound – There’s a few playlists on Spotify that help with focus. http://brain.fm – online or look for the app – has different sound tracks and use a science-based approach to create focus.
- Smell – Diffuse essential oil to help with calm, balance, focus or memory. Rosemary is known for helping improve memory. I won’t gone into it here, but here’s a few links to other articles on this [Disclaimer: yes I’m a doTerra wellness advocate so I earn a commission from sales of oils purchased through me]:
6. Pack their lunch as normal in the morning
This means that if you’re in meetings they can just eat out of their lunch box, and then run around in the backyard. It also reduces time in having to pack your own.
7. Get dressed in the morning for work and school as you normally would
This will help get you in the ‘working’ mindset.
Resource – some notes before using them
So here’s the massive list of websites that I’ve received and come across from other mums that are teachers and another long list from an American mum that homeschools her children.
Once you have your schedule, look at the subject and then choose one or two resources to use. The parent-teacher resources are broad sites that offer sheets, activities and scheduling tools to assist with this as well.
I’m also starting to curate this to be more aligned to the Australian curriculum so sites helping with studying for SAT exams have been excluded.
My plan is to print some booklets and worksheets the night before and tomorrow I’ll get some more craft supplies so that there is a stack of English, Maths, Craft, Colouring up my sleeve. Then have some apps/ website subscription activities to try.
Tip: space out the free subscriptions from each subject. eg reading eggs is one-month free subscription, so if you’re using that then wait till this is finished before selecting the next English website free subscription.
I’m also starting to look ahead to the days when we will need to keep my older daughter at home, and also for over the school holidays for special needs resources. So have started to curate a special needs list – this can also be used to assist with early childhood development.
Let me know if you come across other sites you have found useful and I’ll continue to refine and add to this list.
Resource List – per subject
Home school/ surviving 1-2 months
- Preschool through 8th grade https://abetterwaytohomeschool.com/learning-at-home-everyth…– A quick start resource to help families pull together a plan for surviving the next 1-2 months at home with their kids, but it can also be a time of slowing down and enjoying kids as they learn.
- Worksheets for different ages a easy quick start with new daily sheets , sample timetable. If you’re not sure where to start this might be the place https://worksheets.edhelper.com/teacher-education/Daily-Free-Learning-Workbooks-for-Teachers-to-Share-with-Parents-while-Schools-are-Closed-Kids-will-actually-do-these.htm
- https://www.teachthis.com.au– teacher resources
- https://www.teachstarter.com/…/covid-19-teach-starters…/– free membership and packs per year level
- https://www.twinkl.com.au/home-learning-hub– Free to join – book readings, live lessons learning hub; free school closure packs available to download
- Teaching inspiration Cool Australia – https://www.coolaustralia.org/whats-new-cool-australia/
- Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable. https://www.brainscape.com/
- 3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet. bit.ly/freemakerstations
https://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/learning-at-home/ – Edu QLD 2 weeks worth of work per grade
o 300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printabl…/
o ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn. https://clickschooling.com/
o Math as a fun part of your daily family routine http://bedtimemath.org/
o Online education program for toddler through high school… https://www.khanacademy.org/
o Daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own https://www.superchargedschool.com/
o Resources for AP students https://marcolearning.com/
o Curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students.
o Free Printables for PreK-2nd Grade https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/…/Lite…/Price-Range/Free
o Free printables library with activities for children 0-6 https://www.littlesparkcompany.com/printables-library
o PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/
o Every course you could possibly want to homeschool for high school https://allinonehighschool.com/
o Alcumus is specifically designed to provide high-performing students with a challenging curriculum appropriate to their abilities https://artofproblemsolving.com/alcumus
o Education for kids all topics https://www.ducksters.com
o A collection of hundreds of free K-12 STEM resources, from standalone models and simulations to short activities and week long sequences of curriculum materials. https://learn.concord.org/
o Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects https://www.izzit.org/index.php
o Online homeschool platform & curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra-curriculum courses. http://discoveryk12.com/dk12/
o Digital learning content for preschool through high school https://www.curriki.org/
o Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/…/learnathome.html
o Classes for older teens or adults https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/lp/t1/freemo…
Toddlers/ young children:
- Indoor Activities for busy toddlers https://busytoddler.com/2020/03/indoor-activities/…
- Play games and learn all about animals https://switchzoo.com/
- Play with fave show characters and learn too https://pbskids.org/
- Quick & easy at home projects curated for kids 2 and up https://www.kiwico.com/kids-at-home
- Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids.http://www.preschoolexpress.com/
- Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children https://www.funology.com/
- Toddler and preschool age ideas https://preschoolinspirations.com/
- watch Mister Maker, try to recreate at home (she’s always done this)
- googled how to draw – copied the drawings
- https://scholastic.com.au/media/5540/combinepdf.pdf– free colouring printables
- Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc, https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/
- Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities https://www.highlightskids.com/
- Online digital coloring pages https://www.thecolor.com/
- Resource section includes free flashcards, coloring pages, worksheets, and other resources for children, teachers, and parents. https://supersimple.com/
- A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/
- Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art. https://artsology.com/
- Kids Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design. http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/
- Online photograph jigsaw puzzles You can set the pieces from 6-1000+ https://www.jigsawexplorer.co
- Playing in the backyard – Skipping, catching bubbles, kicking a ball, shooting hoops, hula hooping, skateboarding
- Youtube cosmic yoga for kids – Listen and reenact a story with yoga poses – they have various movies such as Frozen, Moana and quickly move between positions to keep their attention span.
- Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans https://littletwistersyoga.com/online-store/
- Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout. https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts
- Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. https://www.gonoodle.com/
- Free stories https://stories.audible.com/start-listen?ref_=pe_7348132_391401842
- Video books – vooks – there’s a free subscription for 1 year if you subscribe as a teacher or home educator http://vooks.com/teacher-appreciation
- Sunshine online
- Reading eggs – free 1 month subscription if you join before 30th April – Phonics and learning to read https://readingeggs.com/
- Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss https://www.seussville.com/
- Fave kids books read by famous people https://www.storylineonline.net/
- Games to get “into the book” https://reading.ecb.org/
- Magic Spell is a carefully crafted spelling adventure. https://brainbox.games/
- Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice. https://noveleffect.com/
- Online curriculum that builds better writers. https://www.noredink.com/
- Spelling 1-4 grade https://www.spellingtraining.com/
- Phonics skills https://www.starfall.com/h/
- Phonics worksheets for kids https://www.funfonix.com/
- Randomly generates 356,300,262,144 story starters https://thestorystarter.com/
- Free stories online ages 3-12 https://www.freechildrenstories.com/
- Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions. https://www.commonlit.org/
- Teaches students how to write a paragraph through interactive online tutorial http://www.paragraphpunch.com/
- Work on the 8 parts of speech https://www.grammaropolis.com/
- Interactive games based on the book series https://www.magictreehouse.com/
- Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions. http://wonderopolis.org/
- Course sets (Levels 1–5) that combine and thoroughly cover phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography—all in one easy-to-use, beautiful course. https://www.goodandbeautiful.com/
- Sight-reading and sight-singing practice exercises. https://www.sightreadingfactory.com/
- The Shurley English program for grades K-8 provides a clear, logical, and concrete approach to language arts. https://www.shurley.com/
- Spelling City is free right now with code VSCFree90 https://www.spellingcity.com/
- ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12. https://www.readworks.org/
- Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. This can be customized to any student’s needs including creating flashcards for other subjects. https://dogonalogbooks.com/printables/
- Engaging reading game for grades 2-8 that combines strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game. https://www.squigglepark.com/dreamscape/
- Grammar practice for middle grades https://www.classroomcereal.com/
- Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin. https://conjuguemos.com/
- 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world. https://www.countryreports.org/
- Literacy planet https://www.literacyplanet.com/au/
Maths – Junior
- Math and Reading games https://www.funbrain.com/
- Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry http://www.mathscore.com/
- IXL (maths) https://au.ixl.com/math/
- Sunshine online https://www.sunshineonline.com.au/
- Mathletics https://www.mathletics.com/au/
- Maths online
- Reading eggs – free 1 month subscription if you join before 30th April – Phonics and learning to read https://readingeggs.com/
- Math and reading games https://www.abcya.com/
- Math and language games https://www.arcademics.com/
- Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college. https://www.mathcelebrity.com/online-math-tutor.php
- Elem Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources https://www.mathplayground.com/
- Adaptive curriculum in Math and ELA for Grades K-8 https://www.scootpad.com/
- Math Videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors https://www.hmhco.com/math-at-work
- Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders https://www.mathplayground.com/
- Website allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others https://www.mangahigh.com/en-us/
- Math games galore https://gridclub.com/
- Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun. https://www.numberphile.com/
- Algebra games for kids https://www.dragonboxapp.com/
- Fractions practice http://www.mathchimp.com/freddysfractions.php
- Math and logic problems for ages 5 and up to adult https://www.aplusclick.org/
- K-5 curriculum that builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students https://www.zearn.org/
- Math practice https://xtramath.org/#/home/index
- Elem Math through 6th grade https://boddlelearning.com/
Maths – high school
- Higher level math series… online video series with detailed solutions to more than a thousand publicly-released College Board SAT Math, Subject Test Math Level 1, and Subject Test Math Level 2 problems. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQoCpvYRYRkRRvsObOPHaA…
- K-8 online math program that looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique learning path for them. https://www.dreambox.com/at-home
- A wide range of math content from middle school through AP Calculus. https://deltamath.com/overview
- Geometry https://www.canfigureit.com/
- [Christianity] Free PDF of 101 kids bible crafts, free printable verses, other additional devotionals, podcasts for all ages https://www.crossway.org/articles/free-resources-for-your-stay-at-home-during-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR1C7KlLD1OQT-RNSzMvIYrOozfs6vwTuu3SP7nPCD9jkHxOWSC4XXKYCR4#freeebooks
- Colin Buchanan free talks and colouring https://www.compassion.com.au/colin-buchanan?fbclid=IwAR1NhOrF3gMipzds3dOw8dTUGLUquGEMhRCnBfTz94MrjOPq2jDO458W_6c
- [All] https://www.twinkl.com.aualso had a free religious education packs for a variety of the RE classes provided in state schools
- https://www.twinkl.com.au – worksheets in different languages
- Foreign languages https://www.duolingo.com/
- 22 languages to learn https://www.memrise.com/
- [Spanish ] Music Based Spanish Learning https://rockalingua.com/
- [Spanish ] Free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs (available in English and Spanish) https://www.curriculumassociates.com/supporting-students-aw…
- [Spanish] Resources for Spanish practice https://www.difusion.com/campus/
- Chinese learning activities https://chalkacademy.com/
Music / Drama
- Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators. https://www.musictheory.net/
- Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music! 21 for free https://prodigiesmusic.com/
- Poetry and music https://www.thewell.world/mindful-mu…/mindful-poetry-moments
- A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool and kindergarten students https://www.songsforteaching.com/preschoolkindergarten.htm
- Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos. https://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/
- The Theta Music Trainer offers a series of online courses and games for ear training and music theory. https://trainer.thetamusic.com/en
- Music practice transformed https://www.smartmusic.com/
- QuaverMusic is offering free access to general music activities to all impacted schools, including free student access at-home https://www.quavermusic.com/info/at-home-resources/
- Music is for everyone https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments
Home Economics/ Cooking
- Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science. https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library
Technology/learning to code
- www.typingclub.com– free touch typing software
- Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world. https://www.nitrotype.com/
- BCCC library had a link to a free site to learn to code https://library-brisbane.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/eLibCat/?rm=CHILDREN%27S+LIT0%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7C0%7C%7C%7Ctrue
- scratch jnr – good intro to coding; Scratch for older students easy way to learn coding and lays a foundation for future learning. https://scratch.mit.edu/
- Upper years into senior years can go into http://code.org
Learn to code for all ages and reading levels https://studio.code.org/courses
- 3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects https://www.instructables.com/…/EdgertonCent…/instructables/
- Learn to code https://www.codecademy.com/
- Immerse yourself in cryptography https://www.cryptoclub.org/
- Coding for ages 4-10 https://www.kodable.com/
- Coding with Star Wars https://code.org/starwars
- Keyboarding practice https://www.typingclub.com/or https://www.typing.com/
Geography/ History/ Virtual tours
- National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first-grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html
- The San Diego Zoo – kids tour, videos, activities, and games. https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/
- Tour Yellowstone National Park! https://www.nps.gov/…/lea…/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm
- Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
- This Canadian site Farm Food 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs. https://www.farmfood360.ca/
- Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip. https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
- This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life. https://www.thechinaguide.com/destinati…/great-wall-of-china
- This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/
- Geography and animals https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
- Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time. https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/
- NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html
- News and more for kids https://www.youngzine.org/
- Learn all about earthquakes https://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/
- Learn all about the periodic table https://www.chemicool.com/
- Farmer’s almanac for kids… Date, weather, moon phase, etc. https://www.almanac.com/kids
- Guide to gardening for kids https://web.extension.illinois.edu/firstgarden/
- An interactive way to learn history
- All sorts of learning here if you dig in https://www.google.com/earth/
- Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are. https://www.geoguessr.com/
- Allows students to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history.
- No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen https://www.si.edu/kids
- This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin. https://bensguide.gpo.gov/
- Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby. https://www.usmint.gov/learn/kids
- Alaskan Wildlife cams http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=viewing.webcams
- Amphibian unit studies https://premeditatedleftovers.com/…/amphibians-unit-study-…/
- Free videos from around the world from grade 3-12 https://www.projectexplorer.org/
- Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas https://www.carmensandiego.com/resources/
- Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive
- Digital archive of history https://www.bunkhistory.org/
- watch the national geographic videos – free app on the BCC library website (there’s a few other apps here to mix things up). https://library-brisbane.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/eLibCat/?rm=CHILDREN%27S+LIT0%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7C0%7C%7C%7Ctrue
- High school chemistry topics https://www.acs.org/…/hi…/chemmatters/articles-by-topic.html
- Hands on Elem science videos https://www.backpacksciences.com/science-simplified
- 80+ do at home science activities https://elementalscience.com/…/n…/80-free-science-activities
- Space science for kiddos https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html
- other random activities upon request – made crystals with borax. will do play dough tomorrow. other crafts like bath bombs.
- Tons of science experiments that you can do at home
- Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way. https://thehappyscientist.com/
- Learn all about cells https://www.cellsalive.com/
- A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways. https://human.biodigital.com/login?returnUrl=/dashboard
- Cool Kid Facts gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body.https://www.coolkidfacts.com/
- This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. https://climatekids.nasa.gov/
- This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life. https://ocean.si.edu/
- Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education project from Washington State University. Kids can send Dr. Universe any question they may have about history, geography, plants, animals, technology, engineering, math, culture, and more.
- Innerbody explores the 11 bodily systems in depth. With interactive models and detailed explanations, this website will help them learn more about the internal mechanics of the amazing human body.https://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html
- From rainbows to tornadoes and winter storms to tsunamis, meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather. http://www.weatherwizkids.com/
- Science podcasts to listen to with your kids https://medium.com/…/19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-list…
- Engineering challenges with things you have at home https://thehomeschoolscientist.com/
- Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school where students directly engage in science phenomena as they solve problems. https://www.tytoonline.com/
- Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access https://sciencespot.net/Pages/classhome.html
- Science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biologyhttps://sepuplhs.org/
- Science and math labs and simulations https://phet.colorado.edu/
- An online physics problem and video bank designed for conceptual, standard, honors or AP1 physics. https://www.positivephysics.org/home
- Interactive video earth science-based curriculum supplement. https://www.everyday-earth.com/
- K-5th Science lessons https://mysteryscience.com/
- Chemistry https://www.playmadagames.com/
- Daily free science or cooking experiment to do at home.http://www.clubscikidzmd.com/blog/
- Science, Math, Social Studies https://www.ck12.org/student/
- Biology https://www.biologysimulations.com/
- Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management. https://www.teachbanzai.com/
- Personal finance https://www.ngpf.org/
Special needs / accessible
- Voice based learning… learn through Alexa https://bamboolearning.com/resources
- Find and fix learning gaps https://www.mobymax.com/
- At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play. https://www.theottoolbox.com/
- http://HelpKidzLearn.com– range of games and activities that is compatible with a switch applicator device.
- Switch applicator can also be used with youtube videos, music, vooks with setting r to stop after 30s or setting p to stop after 10s. power point presentations can be used and use the space or enter setting to turn the page.
- Accessible activities (PG) https://www.ianbean.co.uk/ss_playzone
- Audio read aloud stories – https://www.storylineonline.net/
- Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills. https://www.overcomingobstacles.org/
- Critical Thinking resources for K-6 students https://marketplace.mythinkscape.com/store/redtkids
Study tools – for the older kids
- For students to practice and master whatever they are learning. https://quizlet.com/
- A safe research site for elementary-level readers. They are offering — free 24/7 access
USERNAME: read (case sensitive)
PASSWORD: read (case sensitive)
- Resources for AP students including live reviews, live trivia, and study guides! https://app.fiveable.me/
- Brain breaks – https://buff.ly/2wewosX?fbclid=IwAR2bZF2U5g0m4KHwQZboDTO6kH_fL23nihlDQ7BqJN4Pi-Oa1AiGJT3F8dM
- Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Our site is best used for ages 4-8. https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/
- Lego challenge – this kind of counts as art or engineering as well? If you have mechatronics this would then be technology 🙂
- PreK – 5 games for all subjects https://www.turtlediary.com/
- Tons and tons and tons of games some learning some just fun https://www.crazygames.com/
- Educational games K-12 https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome
- Tons of free classes from leading universities and companies https://www.coursera.org/
- 450 Ivy League courses that you can take https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869/?fbclid=IwAR24tsq9v8O91UoT17iSdbGe3LsOIY4qCtt5Z2wxHbqNbfzie8nGPkLfZmQ
- 2,500+ online courses from top institutions https://www.edx.org/
- 7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas https://hippocampus.org/
- Google MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses for a large range of free university courses offered online.