Due to the coronavirus pandemic, school closures have made many parents homeschooling educators overnight. We know that keeping your kids entertained through a full day of learning is hard – especially for younger children – so Local 150 put together a list of educational companies that are offering free services and lowering paywalls to help parents during the stay-at-home orders. The best part is, you don’t need an educator’s account to access these resources!
Scholastic Learn at Home
Every day, Scholastic’s website is offering a new mini-lesson that includes a story, a video, and an activity. The lessons are grouped into four age groups: pre-k and kindergarten, grades 1 and 2, grades 3 to 5, and grades 6+.
PBS Kids Daily Newsletter
PBS Kids has a daily newsletter offering ideas for activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home.
During school closures, the well-known education website is offering free daily educational schedules for parents and educational content from Khan Academy Kids for students in preschool to grade 12.
Got a nature-loving kid? National Geographic has launched its own at-home educational hub, which includes animal videos, DIY projects, live talks from National Geographic Explorers, and fun quizzes.
If your child was learning another language at school and you’re struggling to help, this always-free website and phone app teaches foreign languages using bite-size lessons. For motivation, students can earn points for correct answers to “level up” as they learn.
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Looking for a YouTube channel that you actually want your children to watch? Cosmic Kids Yoga videos are good for a nice stretch and mindfulness break in the middle of all the academic learning – and a few minutes peace and quiet for mom and dad!
History at Home
The History Channel has launched a free video series that include quick history lessons and ideas for follow-up activities that parents and kids can do at home. The first one is about the history of handwashing! New videos are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
You can sort through these always-free math games by grade level, or by the skill you’re looking to work on. There are also free worksheets you can print out.
Mystery Science combed through its lessons to find the easiest lessons to reproduce at home. Activities range from five-minute mini-lessons (including one called “How Does Hand Sanitizer Kill Germs?”) to full, 45- to 90-minute science classes with hands-on experiments.
Audible has released a collection of stories for students to listen to for free on their phones, tablets, laptops, and other devices for as long as school closures continue.