Home learning is the new norm these days! Whether you are quarantined, hanging at home to social distance yourself, or homeschooling your kids…we have gathered an incredible resource for you from families for families. For those looking for additional home education and homeschool resources to keep your kids busy and enjoying the world of learning, we have gathered over 50 resources to supplement your home learning routine. From tips on space from real astronauts at NASA to touring the top tourist sites via virtual webcams to watching TED-Ed videos and beyond, this list is fun and edu-fabulous. Enjoy!
Music: Little Steps put together a groovy Spotify playlist just for social distancing and quarantining families!
Connect With Friends: Check out these 5 unique virtual parties you can have with friends (big and small).
Tour the best zoos in the world, say hello to a Panda live on webcam, chillax while viewing Belluga whales at an aquarium, and visit the top landmarks in the world all on your computer. Want to skip the zoo and head to Africa - they have webcams there too. With the closures of top tourist destinations around the world comes many innovations for virtual tours and live viewings - enjoy! We also are enjoying Skyline and Earth Cam which shows you top locations all over the world - all live!
Visit A City - Live Webcams In Top Cities:
Earth Cam, www.earthcam.com
Visit A Virtual Zoo And More Animals:
San Diego Zoo, kids.sandiegozoo.org/videos
Atlanta Zoo Panda Cam, click here
Smithsonian’s National Zoo, nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams
Ouwehand Park Polar Bear Cubs Rhenen, Netherland, click here
Houston Zoo, www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams
Tembe Elephant Park, explore.org/livecams/african-wildlife/tembe-elephant-park
Bald Eagle Live Cam, naeaglecam.org
Live Puppy Playroom, explore.org/livecams
Visit An Aquarium Live:
Georgia Aquarium, www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/beluga-whale-webcam
Loggerhead Marine Life, marinelife.org/homelearn
Monterey Bay Aquarium, www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams
National Aquarium, aqua.org/media/virtualtours/baltimore
International Landmarks Online - Virtual Tours:
Buckingham Palace, www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-buckingham-palace
Easter Island, www.appchile360.cl/index_en.html
Galapagos Island, watch here
Great Barrier Reef, attenboroughsreef.com
Great Wall Of China, www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china
Son Doong Cave, click here
View The Best Parks In USA, click here
Tour The White House, artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-white-house
Carlsbad Caverns, click here
Get ready for hours of fun with this unique roll-out by Google! All you have to do is google your favorite animal into your Google Search on your mobile device. Click on the View In 3D button under the animal search information (usually the top listing). Follow the instructions and watch your animal come alive in AI on your phone in your living room. Holy moly, it's a lot of fun and be prepared to take a lot of photos of the bears, crocs, and lions hanging out in your house.
Google Animals 3D, https://arvr.google.com/ar/
There are lots of innovations in the area of virtual field trips! Google Arts and Culture have partnered with over 2,500 of the world's leading museums and offering online virtual tours and online displays of their exhibitions and key masterpieces. Visit the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Uffizi Gallery of Florence, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York and plenty more all from the comfort of your home.
Google Arts And Culture, Click here
More Virtual Museum Tours For Kids And Families:
The Louvre, www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
Michigan Science Center, click here
Van Gogh Museum, click here
The Vatican, click here
The Best Of Art Murals In NYC, click here
Wow, there is so much to celebrate here! Broadway offers HD streaming of their top hit productions on any device for a small monthly fee (there is a 7-day free trial). Check out the best of classical music with The Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center. Craving the symphony, we can have this online as well with Melbourne Symphony's live streaming on YouTube. For Opera, head over to New York City's - The Met - with free live streaming every evening.
Stream Broadway HD Hits, www.broadwayhd.com
Ann Arbor Film Festival, www.aafilmfest.org/58aaff-live-stream
Lincoln Center, www.chambermusicsociety.org/watch-and-listen
Melbourne Symphony, watch here
The MET Opera, www.metopera.org
While many schools are sending plenty of options for movement breaks, there are some very interesting online resources as well - all free! We are loving the 5-minute workout with celebrity fitness guru, Joe Wicks, on The Body Coach TV. A dad as well, he hosts 30-minute live sessions as well - join up! Another YouTube channel gaining in popularity now is Cosmic Kids which offers online free yoga classes for kids around movies such as "Frozen" and "Star Wars" so you can guarantee they will be a hit for the little ones. We have also included an awesome link to outdoor activities for kids - keep them moving.
The Body Coach, watch here
Cosmic Kids, watch here
Go Noogle, www.gonoodle.com
Just Dance, click here
Pop Sugar Fitness Kids, click here
SworKids Fitness, click here
7 Minute Fitness For Kids, click here
Outdoor Activities For Kids, outdoorfamiliesonline.com
Good news book fans! Amazon's Audible is offering free live streaming of their books for toddlers, kids, tweens, and teens while schools are closed. Pick any book, any language, and listen away. We also love that they added free streaming of all classics as well (a fun family activity to enjoy together!).
Amazon Audible, stories.audible.com/discovery
More Reading Resources For Home Learning:
The World Of David Walliams, www.worldofdavidwalliams.com
Reading Eggs, readingeggs.com - Kids 3-7
12-Story Library, www.12storylibrary.com/
Cicied, www.cicied.com - Reading comprehension
Free Teen Books Online, rivetedlit.com/free-reads
More Storytelling Resources:
Save The Stories On Instagram, instagram.com/savewithstories - Famous celebrities free storytelling
Awesome Stories, awesomestories.com
Benchmark Education, watch here
What child does not dream of becoming an astronaut? For bright young kids who want to reach for the stars, NASA has an exclusive program dedicated to talented students. Their learning contents for children include interesting activities, a list of articles in various subjects, and videos. They also have a lot of educative games that students in K-12 grade can enjoy. Introduce your kid to the world beyond earth, in-space exploration, science, engineering, and aeronautics. Want more? Check out Johnson Space Center virtual tours and more here!
NASA for Students, www.nasa.gov/stem
Johnson Space Center In Houston, www.boeingfutureu.com/virtual-field-trips
For early learning Mandarin speakers, we are loving the free printables and activities at Fortune Cookie Mom where you will find arts and crafts projects, worksheets, and more. Better Chinese is also offering some excellent free Mandarin resources for kids.
Chinese Language Classes Online:
Fortune Cookie Mom, fortunecookiemom.com/signup-chinese-resources-library
Better Chinese, www.betterchinese.com/pages/coronavirus
Chalk Academy, chalkacademy.com
Other Language Online Classes:
Basho And Friends, bashoandfriends.teachable.com/p/teacher-toolkit-spanish/ - Spanish
English 52, www.english52.com - free online English lessons
Kids are learning math in a lot of new ways these days! Lucky for us, there are a lot of free math supplemental online resources for parents homeschooling their kids. Third Space Learning offers free maths resources for younger children (5 to 11-year-olds) and helps parents explain key concepts more easily. Families can also download the free Bedtime Math app on iOS and Android, which delivers a fun new math problem every day for families to do together and is proven to boost kids’ math skills.
Third Space Learning, thirdspacelearning.com/blog/home-learning
MathWerkz, www.werkzpublishing.com/sciencewerkz/mathwerkz-10-for-free - Free for 1 year
Bedtime Math, www.bedtimemath.org
Cool Math Games, www.coolmathgames.com
Home quarantine is a great opportunity to educate your kids about money! The AFSA Education Foundation is a nonprofit focused on educating consumers of all ages on personal finance concepts and responsible money management. They offer a free online MoneySKILL class - book it up and start saving. AMAZE is another great resource for teaching kids about sexual education with videos and lots of resources.
Personal Finance And Money Management For Kids:
AFSA Education Foundation, afsaef.org
Teach Banzai, www.teachbanzai.com
Sexual Education, Boundaries, Relationships:
Online Safety Courses For Kids:
Check out Doodles Academy which offers free online art activities for home learning fun! NGAkids activities are designed for children to use—unassisted—in a recreational, nonacademic context. They are not art lessons, although our programs are extremely popular in schools and are often used as an adjunct to the traditional curriculum. We love MetKids which offers interactive sites from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Doodles Academy, www.doodles-academy.org
National Gallery's Art Zone, www.nga.gov/education/kids.html
Free Art Classes By Top Universities, www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-10-university-art-classes-free-online
Based in SF, California, this school of learning is home to exploratory teaching. Students are encouraged to dive into the laboratory of learning through various mediums of exploration. It offers lessons in art, science and human perception. The Exploratorium aims to create a world of safe learning that stimulates the inquisitiveness of children. The interactive tools and experienced teachers will help your children become accustomed to exploring things. There are hundreds of activities that kids can explore. The website offers thousands of pages of learning content, educative films, and even arts and science show that adults can enjoy. We love watching Artrageous with Nate which takes kids on video tours discovering creativity and art in an interactive way.
Artrageous with Nate, www.youtube.com/artrageouswithnate
Borami Free Daily Play Emails For Early Years, www.boromi.co.uk
One of the most reputed names in education, Khan Academy strives to bring education to young children for free. There is an excellent library that covers reading materials from K-12 to early college math, history, science, SAT prep materials, and grammar. It’s all absolutely free, so if you are thinking of buying one of the education programs, we suggest you head on to the Khan Academy and check out their content. Even teachers can access study material for free. TED has an initiative for educating the young knows as TED-Ed. It’s all about the celebration of teachers and students across the globe. The main aim of this is to get students to start learning and face no barriers. They provide a huge library of animated videos created by talented filmmakers for educational purposes. Their platform brings out brilliant teachers to create truly interactive learning programs. These programs will engage the curiosity in your kids and teach them the skills of presentation, leadership, and creativity. For younger kids, be sure to check out Beanstalk which offers fun on-demand and live learning classes for toddlers and early primary aged kids. To learn more about the world, check out Belouga which is free and is focused on unique learning videos and ideas explained. Be sure to check out Ed Habit which is known as the Pinterest for learning by many - loads of inspiration here!
Khan Academy, www.khanacademy.org
Country Reports, www.CountryReports.org
Ed Habit, www.edhabit.com
Hot off the press, graphic designers big and small can now have access to Adobe Creative Cloud for free while schools are closed. The subscription is usually charged at a monthly free and is open to students and teachers and it must be done through the school (just ask them to fill out this form). Canva is a fabulous early learning graphic design tool and is always FREE! While school is out, why not pick up a new skill.
Adobe, click here
Navigating The News For Kids And COVID-19:
A Better World, www.BetterWorldEd.org/Coronavirus
History Online Learning:
Bunk History, www.bunkhistory.org
Mindfulness / Gratitude / Kindness:
Camp Kindness Counts, www.campkindnesscounts.org/kind-world
Character Strong, characterstrong.com/freeresources
Chess Kid, www.chesskid.com
Science Classes Online For Kids:
Club SciKidz MD, www.clubscikidzmd.com/blog
The Discovery Channel, www.discoverymindblown.com
STEM/STEAM/Coding Online Classes For Kids:
Code Camp World, www.codecampworld.com
Codecraft Works, www.codecraftworks.com
Online Piano / Music Lessons:
Diamond Piano, diamondpiano.com
Cooking Classes For Kids:
Raddish Kids, www.raddishkids.com
Special Needs Resources:
Poetry And Writing For Kids - Inspiration Online:
Dream Beast Poems, www.dreambeastpoems.com
Story Bird, storybird.com - writing prompts for kids