As part of Home Start’s ‘Thrive At Home’ initiative to support physical and mental enrichment during the pandemic, we’ve gathered some of our favorite online learning resources for all ages in one place.
Our favorite characters from Sesame Street are staying home too and making interactive games and videos to stay in touch with the kids who love them. This is a great place to teach the littlest ones about everything from family to spelling to talking about health emergencies. Who doesn’t need a little Elmo in their life?
The Khan Academy was started as a nonprofit in 2008 to bring quality education to kids of all ages and incomes. Now more than ever they provide an excellent resource for learning at home. Their website allows parents to monitor the learning of younger kids while teens and adults can access content directly. There are also free Khan Academy and Khan Academy Kids apps available for use with mobile devices.
From the makers of kids’ favorite coloring tools, Crayola offers fun craft ideas to keep your toddlers busy and stretching their imaginations. They also offer colorful videos and activities for at-home-learning including topics like language, art, and math. And, yes, you can also order supplies with a click.
GoNoodle combines moving and learning to bring Good Energy into the home. They have loads of playful dance-along videos and songs, in English and Spanish, as well as downloadable offline activities. GoNoodle also offers yoga and mindfulness exercises which are so important for managing stress levels. Check in every week for new things to do and learn.
For middle-and-high-schoolers, HippoCampus.org offers videos created by educators and professionals in several categories including math, science, chemistry, and history. And high-level subjects such as Algebra, Calculus and Sociology. There’s something for everyone to learn here, including great refresher courses for parents.
At-home learning can be challenging for children and parents alike. For additional resources we also recommend Wide Open School. They offer great ideas for setting schedules, creating activities, and looking after your family’s well-being. And when planning out your child’s learning, consider adding some of their recommended Live Events like Daily Storytime and Virtual Drawing Lessons.
Please take care and stay tuned as we will continue to post relevant information to help families Thrive At Home.