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Ways to Keep Learning With Your Kids at Home

  • 17 March 2020
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Ways to Keep Learning With Your Kids at Home
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Are the schools closed in your area? As a parent, you might feel isolated and wonder how to keep your kids occupied, entertained, and learning at home. Remember that you are not alone! There is a wealth of resources available online, including sample daily schedules, curated lists of online apps, and much more. Talk with parents around the world and exchange favorite resources and recommendations below.

Here are 3 tips to support your child at home:

  1. Create a daily schedule you and your child can follow to keep your day organized

  2. Identify age-appropriate online and offline resources that your child will use to keep learning

  3. Dedicate a time every day for a family meeting to discuss concerns, wins, plans — and just to bond and have fun!


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San Diego Zoo has a great interactive website for kids!

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A great site https://thekidshouldseethis.com/ with curated links to youtube videos that are educational and entertaining and suitable for kids. You can also sign up for weekly emails which lists the newest and most interesting videos. 

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SQUABBLES.com offers an excellent curriculum in Social and Emotional Learning.

Build resilience in kids so they are not so easily upset by non-criminal words or actions.

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If anyone has preschoolers and needs worksheets this is a great resource: https://www.planesandballoons.com/preschool-worksheets-pdf/

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My two young boys are currently loving Cosmic Kids Yoga. It’s great because it’s storytelling and imagination, with movement and stretching and all the good that comes with Yoga, and it keeps them learning for about 20 minutes at a time! Available on YouTube for free and more on their app which has a monthly fee - may be worth it!

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This website seems to offer a lot of resource.  I’m using the ‘telling the time worksheets’ after my son told me he didn’t know when 09:00 was to start his handwriting practice!  https://www.math-aids.com/Time/.  Good luck everyone, Tim & family

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Here’s something to get folks started:

I thought I’d share a list of activities people can do at home with their infants and toddlers. These activities were a part of a project I did for my college class in Early Childhood Education. The other advice I have is to READ to your children and try to limit their screen time if possible!

Games for Infants:

* rolling balls of different colors and sizes with your infant (even better if they make sound or have different textures!)

* make silly faces and sounds with your infant

* hold up a mirror a few feet away, and ask where the infant is by name. 

* hide a toy of interest for the infant under a blanket, ask where it went, then uncover the toy. 

* model and ask for the infant to find and label body parts

Games for Toddlers:

* look through objects; fill clear bottles with water and food coloring or glitter. Look through sunglasses. Etc. 

* listen to music and dance with scarves, ribbons, or other props

* provide materials like paper, paints and crayons...let them go at it!  Ask them to describe their work when they are finished. No direction needed!

* find photos of diverse families, including some with sign language or other different abilities. Show these photos to the toddler and discuss them together. 

And for both: recite finger plays and nursery rhymes!  

Again, READ and try to limit screen time!

Hope some of these activities will be helpful!

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I can highly recommend ScratchJr app!! It’s an awesome coding activity for begnners (5-8 years old kids). It’s free! You can download to your iPad.

Really fun & creative and teaches basis of computer programming in a fun way.

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Top websites / apps in my arsenal :

 

https://www.originatorkids.com/?p=982  - Endless Learning academy, covers maths, english, science, spanish for younger ones

https://uk.ixl.com/ela/   covers the entire curriclum for every year upto GCSE’s with interactive programmes on the website.. they also make 

https://www.todomath.com/- US site. huge range of exercises, progresses through from kindergarden into early years of school

https://www.doodlemaths.com/ - Solid App that works well introducing new concepts and also revisiting past subjects to enforce cognitive learning. Suitable from 3-12

A number of schools in UK offer their past papers for 10+, 11+ entry exams and good to work through these with your kids

www.natgeokids.com -  Lots of activities here, covering science and nature, maths and english

https://scratch.mit.edu/ Scratch programming from MIT.. huge number of apps can help here for the olders ones such as https://www.codecademy.com/learn, etc..

https://arcade.makecode.com/ Coding to make games! (from Microsoft)

I’m trolling these companies on twitter to politely suggest slashing their fees or open up for free during this extraordinary period. Everyone has to pull together. It is an effective method to encourage good customer service and social responsibility !     I implore you to do the same

 

Good luck people

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Hi! any apps or websites suggested for teenagers. I´ve got a 15-year-old daughter.

Thanks in advance.

Good luck everyone!!

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Hi Everyone! Here is a list of online parenting resources for wfh with kids at home too that Courserians have collected. We are all in this together, and if you have little ones (or bigger ones) at home, or know someone who does, these might be helpful. Stay safe!

 

Logistics - Good Job, You’re Doing Your Best!

 

Open Source Doc Collecting WFH with Kids Tips 

 

Daily Schedule for Being Home with the Kids



 

Entertainment

 

KiwiCo

 

LEGO & Duplo

 

Epic! Kids Books & Videos

 

Busy Toddler - At Home Kids Activities Blog

 

Story Time with Katie - A Librarian’s Themed StoryTimes and Activities

 

B4 Adventure - Outdoor Adventure Backyard Slacklining Gear

 

Schoolclosures.org  - Free Curated Tools & Resources 

 

12 famous museums that are offering virtual tours 

 

Frugal Fun - Learn at Home with Materials you Have

 

San Diego Zoo for Kids - Videos and Learning and Animal Cams 

 

Painted Rhino Music & Instagram Live Classes

 

Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube Channel 


 

Learning

 

Khan Academy Kids

 

Brain Pop

 

Free Education Company Subscriptions for Kids 

 

Raising Dragons - Interactive Steam Activities for ages 2-8+

 

Book that explains COVID-19 to kids

 

 

Shared from Schools, Teachers, or Daycares

 

UnSchool HomeSchooling Resource List 

 

Education Website Resource List & Plans for Covid-19 (From a Teacher) 

 

https://www.himama.com/resources/coronavirus-tips-daycare-closure

 

www.circletimefun.com

 

Fluencymatters.com

 

Storylineonline.net

 

Havefunteaching.com

 

En.childrenslibrary.org

 

www.abcya.com

 

Abcmouse.com

 

Education.com

 

Kidsworldfun.com

 

Funbrain.com

 

Ixl.com

 

https://www.misshumblebee.com/online-preschool/


 

ChildBirth & Newborn Classes

 

Cheri’s Mom & Baby Group on Zoom (normally @Parent’s Place in Palo Alto), Join FB group here

 

Blossom Birth and Family in Palo Alto Online 

 

Laugh and Learn about Childbirth Book 

 

Taking Cara Babies Online 

 

Coursera | University of Colorado | Newborn Health Specialization

 

Coursera | Yale | Everyday Parenting - The ABC’s of Child Rearing

 

Coursera | Stanford | Child Nutrition and Cooking

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thank u for all .There are so many useful informations . 

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Thank you!!

 

Take care!!

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Dear Vera, thanks for your tips !

From Brussels where I live, my partner Alastair and myself register free podcasts on positive news in English and French for 8 to 12 kids. We think that it’s even more important now to keep a good spirit and see that the world is full of inspiring people, ideas and solutions.

This is our last edition, availabe on YouTube:

 

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