Below is a collection of resources that we've curated from a variety of places to provide fun and engaging activities for children at home.
- Mystery Science, for a starter list of kindergarten through fifth grade science lessons
- Prodigy, for first through eighth grade math lessons built into an interactive battle-style game
- Reading Eggs, for a homeschool reading curriculum with online reading lessons
- ABCmouse.com, for a full, online curriculum for kids between two and eight years old
- Khan Academy Kids, for free lessons divided by grade levels and subjects
- Online G3, for classes geared toward accelerated learners
- Wide Open School, a broad collection of resources from over 25 organizations ranging from Google to Khan Academy to National Geographic
- Savethechildren.org, for tools and tips specific to COVID-19, plus weekly learning activities organized by age
- Scholastic Learn at Home, for a twenty-day plan with daily projects during school closures
- PBS SoCal At-Home Learning, for at-home learning tips and pre-K to twelfth grade programming and activities
- Code Break, a weekly activity or challenge for students of all ability levels to learn more about computer programming
Virtual Field Trips:
- WebExhibits, for an online interactive museum that covers science, the humanities, and culture
- The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museums, virtual retreats to art, culture, and history around the globe.
- The Boston Children’s Museum, the Louvre, the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and many other museums, for virtual tours and online kid-friendly activities
- The Georgia and Monterey Bay Aquariums, the San Diego Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, and the Houston Zoo, for live animal cams
- Yellowstone National Park and the Great Wall of China, for virtual field trips
- The Museum of the World, an interactive experience through time, a collaboration of the British Museum and Google Cultural Institute
- Google Arts & Culture, an incredible collection of content from over 1200 leading museums and archives
- 13 Virtual Train Rides, take a trip aboard a virtual train to see new landscapes from around the world.
- Road Trip from Home, check out these virtual field trips that take you to museums and landmarks around the world
Arts & Music
- Benny's Silly Monsters, a coloring book for children by Arturo Torres with new monsters published on his Twitter feed each Friday
- Ready, Steady, Ukelele, a $1 absolute beginner course to learn how to play the ukelele
- Dave Pilkey at Home, the creator of Captain Underpants and Dog Man hosts weekly drawing classes on Fridays
- Mapbox Coloring Book, a coloring book of maps around the world
- Common Sense Media, a rich collection of scheduled virtual drawing lessons, music classes, and storytimes
- Draw Disney, videos with Disney park artists to learn how to draw your favorite Disney characters
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, the Kennedy Center's Education Artist-in-Residence hosts a 15-part series
- 10 Items for 100 Projects, a list of fun DIY craft activities provided by Michael's for families to do at home
Resources from Local Sports Teams
- Arcademics, for free, multiplayer educational games for kindergarten through eighth grade students
- National Geographic Kids, for online games, science experiments, and quizzes
- All Kids Network, for free worksheets and printable crafts, activities, and mazes
- Osmo, hands-on learning games in which players use objects in the real world to interact with the digital world shown on their iPad or Fire tablets
- The Universe (Netflix), discover the secrets of the universe in this series that pairs animation with insights on distant planets, black holes and other celestial marvels.
- Our Planet (Netflix), experience our planet's natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope.
- Read Along with Michelle Obama, every Monday at noon the former First Lady will read one of her favorite children's books for PBS KIDS
- Audible, for hundreds of audiobooks that have now been made free for newborns through eighteen-year-olds (you don’t need to be a member or log in for access)
- Mindfulness for Children, our friends from Headspace have provided some helpful mindful exercises for children to help them thrive in this time of uncertainty.
- Kanban for Kids (or "How I used agile to become a homeschool parent in 24 hours")
- 8 Ways to Set Boundaries Between Work and Kids
If you have additional resources to share, please send email them to Parker Ramsdell.