At Home w/ Kids during Covid-19?

Below is a great resource from Brian Douglas and Associates to help you keep your kids learning and entertained during covid-19

We know many of you are suddenly home with your kids and you may be struggling to find ways to keep them entertained, while also educating them. The first thing to do is to not panic. Realize that this is a great time to make memories with your kids and maybe even teach them something new and exciting. And hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two!

It’s also a good time to teach them life lessons, such as, laundry, cooking, changing a tire, checking the oil, checking tire pressure, taxes, bills, etc.

Here are some links that have free learning content. The content ranges from toddlers to AP students, to adults. Some of the content is always free, some is only free during this unique situation.

 

Virtual Tours

 

 

 

  • This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs. https://www.farmfood360.ca/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General

  • 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. https://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/

 

  • Online homeschool platform & curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra curriculum courses.  http://discoveryk12.com/dk12/

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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/

 

  • Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable. https://www.brainscape.com/

 

 

  • 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/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • A safe research site for elementary-level readers. They are offering — free 24/7 access – USERNAME: read (case sensitive) – PASSWORD: read (case sensitive)  https://www.facts4me.com/

 

 

 

  • Course sets (Levels 1–5) that combine and cover phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography https://www.goodandbeautiful.com/

 

  • Resource section includes free flashcards, coloring pages, worksheets, and other resources for children, teachers, and parents. https://supersimple.com/

 

History & Social Studies

  • 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. https://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/

 

 

 

 

  • 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. http://www.whatwasthere.com//

 

 

Math

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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. https://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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/

 

  • K-5 curriculum that builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students https://www.zearn.org/

 

 

Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. https://climatekids.nasa.gov/

 

  • 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. https://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/

 

 

  • Science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology https://sepuplhs.org/

 

  • From rainbows to tornadoes and winter storms to tsunamis, meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather. http://www.weatherwizkids.com/

 

  • This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life. https://ocean.si.edu/

 

  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school where students directly engage in science phenomena as they solve problems. https://www.tytoonline.com/

 

 

Reading/Writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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/

 

 

 

 

  • ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12. https://www.readworks.org/

 

  • 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/

 

 

  • The Shurley English program for grades K-8 provides a clear, logical, and concrete approach to language arts. https://www.shurley.com/

 

 

  • Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customized to any student’s needs including creating flashcards for other subjects. https://dogonalogbooks.com/printables/

 

  • 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/

 

 

 

  • Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions. http://wonderopolis.org/

 

Music & Art

 

 

 

  • 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 https://prodigiesmusic.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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/

 

 

 

Languages & Other Cultures

 

 

  • Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin. https://conjuguemos.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

 

 

 

  • Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world. https://www.nitrotype.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn. https://clickschooling.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

 

 

 

 

 

  • Scads of free resources, games, learning resources, and lesson plans for teaching personal finance https://www.ngpf.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 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/

 

 

 

 

  • 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/

 

 

  • 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/

 

  • Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management. https://www.teachbanzai.com/

 

 

 

 

  • Resource section includes free flashcards, coloring pages, worksheets, and other resources for children, teachers, and parents. https://supersimple.com/

 

 

 

 

In addition to these resources, there are many documentaries on the streaming services that could pose beneficial and entertaining to kids. Check places like Netflix, Hulu, & Amazon Prime.

With the health issues surrounding the coronavirus continuing to unfold, this can be an unsettling time. But we’re here to reassure you, it’s going to be okay. In the meantime, if there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to reach out. You can contact Brian M. Douglas & Associates at 770.933.9009 and Taylor Nguyen at 678.549.2191

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