As many parents are working from home and trying to keep their toddlers busy at the same time, we are turning to online resources for help. We are working, taking care of household chores as well as become a teacher to our children. Chloe isn’t in school as yet but I am using this time to get her ready. She was supposed to start in March but we all know how that turned out. I have set aside time for her to use educational online resources on the iPad and we refer to this as her “school” time. She enjoys working on the learning apps and now asks for “school” everyday! Through other parents at my company and friends with kids, I’ve compiled a list of sites that have been the most useful for us. I hope these help you as well.
Khan Acadamy – This is a free online course platform that allows students to learn at their own pace. Khan Academy Kids is the version that offers free, fun, educational programs for younger kids, from two to seven. This is Chloe’s favorite app. She asks to use it on a daily basis
ABC Mouse – This is a subscription based digital learning education program for children ages 2-8. Its designed by teachers and is great for reading since there is a focus on phonics and parts of speech. Chloe also enjoys using this one and I’ve noticed
Brain Pop– This is a group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12. Together with quizzes and related materials, they cover the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music. This is helpful when you have a specific subject you need help with. They offer free classes while school is closed.
Varsity Tutors – This is the largest live learning platform in the United States and they have recently added numerous free resources to help students and parents cope with school closures due to COVID-19. They have both a virtual school day option as well as virtual summer camps. There are over 100 free live K-12 classes available all day long intended to help parents fill their children’s day with enriched learning. Some popular classes are “Intro to Spanish for Kids” and “Coolest Women in History” as well as “Elementary Reading and Phonics”. Their free half-day summer camps will be a week-long, enrichment-based classes in subjects like foreign languages, chess, theater, coding, Minecraft, how to be a detective, photography and more. These live, interactive classes will be taught by expert instructors vetted through Varsity Tutors’ platform.
Outschool – This one is referred to as the “Netflix of learning”. It offers an immersive learning experience that connects you with a teacher to learn a specific subject. These classes are taught over live video chat. You can find any course that will peak you Childs curiosity.
PBS Reading – This one is for the younger kids. This has all of their favorite characters involved in various stories and games. This is fun and has printable you can use as well.
Scholastic – They have created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities. I like how they break down each day and offer these schedules based on your Child’s grade.
Travel and Leisure – Why not visit a museum virtually. You can go on a virtual tour of 12 famous museums.
Drop a comment below on your favorite ones or any that I may have missed!
Thank you for reading,