School’s Out Learning Fun at Home
There are many resources available to keep kids learning at home. We have made a manageable list of ideas to help make times when school is out more productive and less stressful.
If you are at home with your kids when school is out, it can be very stressful to juggle keeping them engaged in their assignments and do all of the other things you need to do. Here are some ideas that will appeal to a variety of interests and ages.
We have seen many posts circulating around social media about learning at home during the social-distancing period. However, when we visit most of these resources, they are actually for schools to access and send to parents or they require signing up for trial periods and more. We have taken a look at many and have reached deep into our own bag of tricks to come up with a list that is manageable and doesn’t require parents and caregivers a ton of time or supplies to get going.
Working from home? Here are some tips from our friends at Grand Rapids Kids
Looking for a way to talk to your young kids about the Coronavirus? KET produced a great article that will help.
What’s closed and canceled? See our post.
Here’s Dr. Polio’s video update about NTI (March 27). The video was livestream, the video actually starts at about 15 minutes in.
Here is an activity the whole family can do. Find resources in our post below.
Crafting with COLLIDER coordinator Liz Magee and Artist-in-Residence Marlesha S. Woods
Easy fun art class with material from nature from Side by Side Studio.
Find free coloring pages from Crayola.
More fun with Mrs. Myers. This time the whole family is getting involved.
Kids Yoga with Ali Griffith
Number of the day is a fun interactive way for your kids to learn math and work on problems. You hit the New Number button at the top of the page and it gives you several math equations. It also gives you the option of difficulty, the number of questions, and a few other options. Don’t worry, it has an answer button too.
youcubed at Stanford University – Lots of great math resources all in one place.
Science and Nature
Watch live views of the Georgia Aquarium.
Teach kids about Germs with this awesome video from Mark Rober.
On the Farm Series with 4H Kentucky – tune in daily at 2pm from 3/23-3/27 to see different farm animals and learn about life on the farm.
The Louisville Zoo has a list of animal-related activities the whole family will enjoy.
Storytime with Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
Writing prompt for the week: What are you thankful for? Make a paper chain out of what your family is thankful for and hang it around your house.
If you don’t already have the Audible app GET IT! Audible made hundreds of titles completely free. Books for people of all ages. The audiobook platform has said that, for as long as schools are closed, anyone can listen to a vast selection of its titles.
Visit the Frazier Virtual Musem. Each day The Frazier Kentucky History Musem is adding videos about their exhibits.
Apps can be fun and educational. Techie Homeschool Mom put together a list of 12 History Apps That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Learning.
Fun in the Kitchen
Make your own soft pretzel dough and let the kids create fun shapes with it.
Make your own Cookie Cake.
Daily Circle Time with Total Tutoring. Every weekday now until April 3 at 9:30am. Waldorf-inspired songs, phonics and number work, silly songs with the teacher, and 1-2 stories.
Tune into the The Metropolitan Opera nightly for classic opera performances streamed from their website for free. New postings daily at 7:30pm and videos will stay up for 20 hours.
- Jarrett J. Krosoczka—author & illustrator of the Lunch Lady series – will be live on YouTube every day at 2pm for art tutorials. We can’t wait to check these out!
- My kids love these Paint by Sticker books. They have different levels of difficulty and a variety of topics, check it out.
- Draw Dr. Seuss! Here’s a link to a bunch of tutorial videos.
- Go for a hike! We have put together a post for you about local family friendly hiking spots.
- Dance and move with Go Noodle for families. Do these with the kids, you need to get moving also!
- Cosmic Kids Yoga – seriously, I am ready to do this one with the kids!
- Aerobics with Mrs. Meyer – Wilder Elementary School P.E. Teacher
- Look around your home for anything plastic that you can use as a dry erase surface, if you don’t already have a small dry erase boards. I use sheet protectors and fill with cardstock to make them hold flat. Kids LOVE doing their work on dry erase!
- Memory is one of the easiest games to make for pretty much any math topic. Whatever your children are learning, ask them to create a memory game on that topic. Make sure they have pairs of cards that match and they can make the game more difficult by making lots of pairs of cards. Kids can do problems matched with answers, two problems that match because they have the same answers, equations with solutions, properties with geometric figures etc.
- Use dice to play math. You can do free play and roll dice and talk about numbers like….sums, products etc. You can also make fractions out of dice and then roll again to make more fractions, then add them or multiply them etc. Just do math with dice!
- There are many great math dice games you can play!
- Don’t have dice but you have playing cards? Here’s a link to playing card games.
- Here’s an awesome YouTube channel full of games with dice and cards
- Get out in nature! Learn and observe what is around you, how the seasons are changing and discuss what you notice and wonder about nature. These conversations can be adjusted to fit all age groups…..no one knows everything!
- Science Mom will be live 11am-1pm Eastern time with all sorts of science lessons every day plus crafts and games. It will be on YouTube.
- The Shedd Aquarium has a fantastic YouTube channel for kids who are curious about just about any sea creature.
- Scholastic has free activities for the little ones. A story, a book, a video, and an activity.
- Do a science mini-lesson together. Can animals laugh? Why are polar bears white? These are less than 30 minutes and organized by grade level!
- Egg science. My kids LOVE doing the vinegar/egg thing. Here’s info on what to do and some other options to compare and contrast what happens when the eggs are soaked in different liquids.
- The San Diego Zoo has webcams for many of their animal exhibits. Kids can check in throughout the day and see what the animals are doing. Sometimes you take a look and there’s not an animal to be see. Other times, the animal is right up on the camera (the koala camera has a good chance for a close up). Under most of the video feeds there are links to learning opportunities.
- The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will be offering home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 3pm where we will highlight one of our amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home. Join us starting Monday, March 16 at 3pm for our first Home Safari- featuring Fiona!
- Listen to a story read by wonderful storytellers like famous comedians and actors. Learning at home from Betty White?! Sign me up!
- Louisville Free Public Library plans to have a daily online storytime. Follow their Facebook page.
- Here is a link to the LFPL digital services page that gives you access to an array of options 24 hours a day for FREE! These resources make learning at home more fun.
- Find a “pen pal” for your kids. Whether its a relative that lives in another state or a child of a friend across town, kids can write emails to one another and share what they are doing while school is not in session, ideas for fun things to do, or just tell each other things about themselves.
- Creative Writing: Imagine what your pet or favorite toy is thinking and feeling about everyone being home during the day instead of at school and work – write from their perspective.
- Write an acrostic poem
- TedEd is great for all subjects and getting kids to think beyond what they are usually thinking about. For social studies, there are videos about myths, famous people in history, women’s suffrage and more.
- Visit a museum online. Yes, you and your kids can tour museums while you are at home.
- Abraham Lincoln or The March on Washington, The Smithsonian Education videos can help kids explore curiosities about history and culture.
Fun in the Kitchen
- Make Irish Soda Bread on St. Patrick’s Day
- Let your kids take some time to browse this Food Network site and pick some recipes they want to try, based on what you have in the pantry! Learning at home can take place in the kitchen.
Tips for helping to manage anxiety and stress
- From the CDC