50 resources to educate kids at home
Statewide school closures are being updated in real time amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, with 24 statewide closures either mandated or recommended as of mid-April through the end of the school year. In the last two months, the United States effectively went from 4% of kids being homeschooled, according to the Department of Education, to all but a small handful of states shuttering public schools across the country. Regardless of when schools reopen, students are finding ways in the meantime to stay sharp and learn new skills.
To help families handle this new normal, Stacker compiled a list of 50 educational resources for parents to reference while becoming overnight instructors.
From Scholastic guided adolescent learning to high-school-level Shakespeare instruction, each slide offers various resources and information on educational content for all ages. Scholastic’s Dav Pilkey at Home series is an excellent example of how to engage pre-K and kindergarten children between the ages of 2 and 5. Using cartoon characters Dog Man and Captain Underpants, read-aloud activities and educational videos offer weekly educational tasks, with every seven days concluding with an age-appropriate daily reading quest.
Online Shakespeare teaches teens all about the English playwright virtually rather than flipping through pages in a classroom. The Homeschool Mom and Shakespeare Study Guide break down the life and works of the poet while Crash Course on YouTube offers similar age-appropriate videos, including pre-K instruction on Sir Isaac Newton.
Studying art history is made possible by worldwide museums offering free virtual tours in order to keep students learning the subject during social isolation.
Some areas are giving citizens more access to their online libraries with a registered card like The New York Public Library, which has up to 6 million circulating collections of books, music, and movies as educational resources. At the Empire State library, live virtual support is available in all subjects including science, reading, social studies, foreign language, and academic skills building. If parents are unsure of what or how to instruct, the library’s Staff Book Finder leads you down the right virtual library aisle and free-online tutoring is available daily from 2 to 11 p.m. if students need extra help.
Keep reading to find out about 50 resources designed to help out with at-home education.
Dav Pilkey at Home
Dav Pilkey at Home offers parents a costless monthly plan for pre-K and kindergarten children, breaking down each week with a daily book, video, and activity to tackle. Adolescents in the first week of April studied animals, space, and the spring season with accompanying books and videos such as “It Could Be a Flower,” “Is Your Mama a Llama?,” and “Happy Birthday Moon,” all of which are all available free online.
New York Public Library
The New York Public Library offers adolescent-aged curriculum along with dozens of other data-based activities the whole family can complete together. One resource is Bookflix, a fiction and nonfiction catalog of video books that help children read better through highlighted read-alongs. NYPL also offers an interactive calendar with daily activities including reading a book inside a pillow fort and taking a break for a dance contest.
Crash Course at Home
Crash Course at Home is a catalog of age-appropriate videos covering subjects that range from bookkeeping to reinforcement learning. “The Roads to World War I,” for one, is a 15-minute film covering family structure and economic advances during World War I along with other period-specific subject matter.
With more than 350,000 subscribers, the free online curriculum from SciShow Kids sets students as young as pre-schoolers up for science success. Four-minute instructional videos cover everything from Sir Isaac Newton to the earthworms.
The Louvre, France
Students of all ages can visit the Louvre in France without ever leaving home via the museum’s online tours, free thanks to a Shiseido sponsorship. Additionally, daily artwork displayed on the site gives lengthy explanations on the artist and style of the craft.
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Climate science classes from NOAA
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has joined the online educational community, offering climate science classes for students of all ages at no cost at all. Students can learn how to study the levels of land ice versus sea ice by conducting at-home experiments requiring things already on-hand like food containers and a hairdryer.
Youth Remote Learning
For $9.95 a month after a free 30-day trial, ABC Mouse makes the most out of learning from home with three separate age-appropriate websites for kids from 2 to 14 years old. With 10 levels of learning, more than 850 courses, and 9,000 educational tasks, ABC Mouse is tailored for kids age 2–8; Adventure Academy is for third- to eighth-graders; and Reading IQ helps out for a wide range of reading levels from pre-school to sixth grade.
[Pictured: Animated teacher in a classroom; not an image of the ABC Mouse classroom.]
Curious World features Curious George and a few of his friends teaching early learning content designed in such a way that parents can personalize the lesson plans on everything from emotional skills to literacy for up to four children. The award-winning site is free to use for seven days followed by a $7.99 monthly fee.
Extending its usual free two-week trial to 30 days due to COVID-19, Reading Eggs already teaches literacy to more than 10 million pre-K and kindergarten students at home. Based on Blake e-Learning's curriculum created by expert teachers, writers, animators, and website developers, the website offers individualized reading plans or shared reading experiences. Reading Eggs also provides placement tests to ensure children are learning at the most challenging level.
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