Educational Resources for stay at home Kids and Parents

Educational Resources for stay at home Kids and Parents

Education Resources for Stay at Home times

We are living in an unprecedented time and though working from home is fairly natural for our remote team, it is still a challenge keeping our families busy and engaged without school, activities and their friends visiting. We’ve heard many parents are struggling with keeping their kids busy but more importantly there is a lot of worry around keeping up on schooling activities from home. Some schools are doing online curriculum now in order to keep the learning curve steep but many are ill prepared to adapt to this change. So here’s a list of resources, apps and websites that can be used for various age groups, at home, online. Got more? Please share in the comments and we’ll add them to our list.

From our Parent users 🙏❤️ (this list is growing)

From Lindy Taylor: https://www.classicsforkids.com They have AWESOME short (about 5 minute) podcasts that teach you about various composers and music styles, activity pages you can print out, and games you can play that teach you all about musicianship basics.  AND it’s fun AND FREE!  Totally good!  If you haven’t looked into it yet, YOU SHOULD. (I’m a professional musician/piano teacher, and I use classics for kids all the time!)

From Elle Murr: https://mysteryscience.com is another favourite website for fun and interactive science videos, with follow up activities, they are offering a free trial until July. Twinkl.com has customisable worksheets on all subjects (also currently free). And for other Aussie families I highly recommend Cool Australia which provides comprehensive lesson plans with an environmental focus.

By Grades – Curriculum helpers

About COVID19 Education

  • Was COVID19 engineered? How long does COVID last on surfaces? What do your kids need to know about Corona Viruses? Health topics like this as well Technology, Environment & Science topics found at: https://www.sciencedaily.com

Tweens and Teenagers

  • One of the best general knowledge sites for tweens and teenagers. Several topics that will captivate them – they may not know that they are actually learning! Complete with Quizzes, videos and photos. https://www.tweentribune.com
  • From trusted National Geographic, have your kids check out the games, videos and articles on many topics https://kids.nationalgeographic.com
  • One of our favourites is NoRedInk; a superb reading & writing teaching tool with assessments. They have opened up several Premium features to help with remote instruction during school closures. Made by Teachers with great values! https://www.noredink.com
  • Keep the kids polishing their French with interactive Duolingo. Kids can take the placement test and start at their level – so cool! Download their App or learn online.
  • Temporarily free, from @CBC, Curio is an educational streaming platform targeting educational institutions from primary through to post-secondary levels across Canada .https://curio.ca/en
  • Senior students can learn to code at Free Code Camp; so many courses, some at University levels. Check out: https://www.freecodecamp.org
  • For seniors and university students: Search for quality open textbooks offered in a variety of digital formats; the first step in adopting open educational resources. Search by subject and download them to your computer. https://open.bccampus.ca
  • Temporarily made free by @galecengage, Kids Info Bits has educational content on a variety of subjects for primary and intermediate school age kids. https://go.gale.com/ps/start.do?p=ITKE&u=nort32991
  • ABCs to ACTs is a resource created by a Mom with 3 rambunctious little learners. It has lots of free excellent printables. Check out https://fromabcstoacts.com
  • Award winning series and collections from PBS; check out PBS Learning Media for wide range of interactive content on every imaginable subject for every age. https://www.pbslearningmedia.org
  • Learning at least the basics of logic and coding is now essential. It’s just like another language in many ways so start your kids off early. Check out Tynker.

Other areas of interest

Reading

  • Epic Books offers novels, picture books and even read aloud options for pre/early readers!
  • Raz-kids offers levelled stories fiction and non-fiction. It will provide read aloud, quizzes and record their own voices.
  • Tumblebooks Free ebooks including audio books and graphic novels.

 

JP

Product evangelist for Boomerang, battling the constant love/hate with tech. I do my best to keep the balance in teaching our kids good tech behaviours. Boomerang is all about applying this and more.

This entry has 2 replies

  1. Elle Murr says:

    Thanks for the great suggestions! I’m a Mum in Australia and I’ve been home educating my three boys since birth (now aged 12, 10 and nearly 2) . We love Khan academy, the first resource on your list. Mysteryscience.com is another favourite website for fun and interactive science videos, with follow up activities, they are offering a free trial until July. Twinkl.com has customisable worksheets on all subjects (also currently free). And for other Aussie families I highly recommend coolaustralia.com which provides comprehensive lesson plans with an environmental focus. Have fun everyone. Learning alongside your kids is the best 🙂

    • Amazing Elle – thanks so much for your suggestions. Hope all is well in your part of the world! ❤️

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