23 Mar Educational Resources For Teaching Kids At Home
As you’re probably aware, COVID-19 or the Coronavirus is causing many disruptions in all areas of our daily lives, least of all, on our children’s education. From a public health standpoint, closing schools is necessary. From a parenting standpoint? It’s more likely to be incredibly stressful and very challenging.
Those of us who have school-aged children are most probably struggling to work from home and homeschool our kids. We at Poeman’s Dream Foundation are facing the same issues.
This is why we have organized a list of educational resources and activities to help parents and kids to get through this challenging time. We are fortunate to have a qualified and experienced teacher on our staff to help us navigate through these unchartered waters of home ed.
For K-5 kids, the transition to being at home is probably easiest. They may miss their friends and feel a little anxious about the change to their routine, but they will enjoy the novelty of being at home with you.
Middle schoolers may resist being at home and away from friends. Brainstorming with them on the best way to stay connected with their friends is important. (the answer will probably be TikTok).
High schoolers are most likely to need to keep up with their schoolwork to complete the semester on time. Their schools should provide information on expected academic progress and what kind of support your kid will need to do it. So many high schoolers have such busy days that having a break in the pace may actually be welcome, and their independence means you should have more time on your own.
Resources for Elementary School Kids
Fun Brain has an excellent selection of graded readers you can access for free.
The Screen Actors Guild has a lot of really excellent read aloud with great actors that families might enjoy.
PBS Kids is a great resource for kids to play games and learn at the same time with some of their favorite cartoon characters.
Amazon is offering FREE e-books for all prime members:
- Free Prime Reading by Levels (K and Younger)
- Free Prime Reading by Levels (1st & 2nd)
- Free Prime Reading by levels (3rd-4th)
- Free Prime Reading by levels (5th-6th)
Generation Genius is a science teaching resource that brings school science standards to life through fun and educational videos paired with lesson plans, activities, quizzes, reading material, discussion questions and more. They offer a 30 day free trial with no credit card needed to sign up.
To help relieve stress and to get the wiggles out, the Cosmic Yoga channel on YouTube can be helpful.
In addition, a UK based fitness instruction is doing PE lessons for school kids on line.
This website has links to the Ultimate List of Online Music Education Games available for FREE to have fun while learning more about music.
Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks.
New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka, is doing free classes for kids called Draw Every Day with JKK.
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. You can create a free account and get creating.
Resources for Middle School Kids
CommonLit is a nonprofit education technology organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, especially students in Title I schools, graduate with the reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills they need to be successful in college and beyond. Sign up for a free account to access reading resources for your middle schooler.
Math is Fun has free access to math problems and puzzles.
Nerdist Science Editor Kyle Hill uses real-world math and science concepts to solve, measure, and make sense of pop culture quandaries in comics, video games, movies, and TV.
Be Adaptable And Flexible
You might try and create a minute by minute timetable for your kids. You might have great expectations of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing…
Our kids might be as scared as we are now. They can hear our conversations and can pick up on our anxiety and stress. The whole country being in quarantine is something that they’ve never experienced before. While being off school for weeks with no return date sounds amazing, they probably think it’s going to be a fun vacation where they can go out and play with their friends. However, being coped up at home with a parent who’s worried about paying bills and can’t go to work, isn’t something they are anticipating.
Because of being trapped in the house, you will most like experience more bad behavior from your kids. It could be anger, or worry, or complaints about not being able to do things they normally do – it will happen. There is most likely going to be more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is completely expected and a normal response due to these stressful and uncertain times.
The most important thing you can do for your kids right now is to make sure they feel loved and comforted. They need to know that what ever happens, you as the adult will make them feel ok. This could mean that you ditch the school work altogether and play the games with your kids that you used to play when you were a kid. Play outside and go on walks (distanced from other people, of course). Bake cookies and draw chalk on the sidewalk. Play board games and watch ALL THE MOVIES. Find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. You might even want to click on some of the links they we’ve provided. You could even just stay in your pjs all day and snuggle under warm blankets and do absolutely nothing.
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this together and everything is going to be ok. When the kids do eventually go back to school, the teachers will soon put them back on the right track academically. Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do math. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.
When the quarantine comes to an end, your kids’ mental health will be more important than any academic skill. How they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during this time off is long gone. Please try to remember that.