Learning at Home

Some great links and websites for continued learning at home
( for: quarantine, school closures, weekend, social distancing, anytime!)

Great online resources for kids:

Organize your home library with Library Thing – its free now!

Brooklyn Public Library – scroll down for virtual story times and other programs

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual museum tours: get a little culture and education while you’re confined to your home. 

Take a wonderful virtual tour with Adam Savage through this amazing air and space museum!

Smithsonian Learning Lab access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. You will also find pre-packaged collections that contain lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators

Library Collections to Explore Online thanks to the wonders of digitization, many library collections are available for everyone to explore online. Check these out during your next internet deep dive

Art at Home Ready to stay creative from the couch? Here is your guide to enjoying art at home!

Science Experiments Two weeks worth of fun and easy science experiments to do with kids

Video Interviews with Top Children’s Authors and Illustrators

Free elementary science lessons, easy enough to do from home. No signup required, no student login!

The Ohio Department of Education has a variety of resources and practice tests to assist students while they’re away from school. Subjects include English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. 

PBS Kids For toddlers up to pre-k students, parents will love the collection of printables that are geared to support kids in learning. Kids can also hop on their favorite shows such as Wild Kratts and Dinosaur Train, where games are designed to enrich their education.

Sesame Street With a mission to help kids meet critical early development needs — the program many of us grew up on is still going strong and providing online content and shows every weekday morning. Many parents will attest that Sesame Street is still one of the best resources for the pre-k and kindergarten set, as well as kids with special needs. You’ll find video, games, and art projects online. You may be home stuck with the kids, but we won’t tell anyone when you jump up when “Number of the Day” comes up.

DuckDuckMoose  If you’re looking for some apps for the tablet, we recommend Duckduckmoose for the preschool to kindergarten set. Graphics and interface are engaging and easily accessible for children. From puzzles, maps, to fun music apps where you can learn notes and rhythm, kids gravitate enthusiastically to this sister site of Khan Academy

Metkids We recommend this resource for kids ages 5 and up. An extensive catalog of content, as well as a tool to partake in a virtual tour of the museum, will give kids a dose of art and culture. Kids can learn about a particular period or collection and explore art via the “Time Machine,” starting as early as 8000-2000 BC to present time with fun facts and videos. 

ProjectGutenberg A free library of over 60,000 free eBooks that include a children’s literature category where kids can download or read online classics like Little Women and Peter Pan.

Nano Wrimo With only time on their hands, this site is for the young writer who is itching to write a novel… in 30 days. Common Core-aligned lesson plans from prewriting to publishing help kids to develop and fine-tune their writing skills. We love this resource for students who are up for using their imagination to create another world or simply tell their story. From lower elementary to high school. 

Science Friday  For elementary to high school students with lessons that engage through stories and podcasts. Segments in categories like Physics & Chemistry, Earth Science, Brain and Biology, and more will provide kids with a new way of seeing science. 

The Activity Mom  If you’re looking for actual paper lessons, this source is full of printables for kids from baby up. From a free toddler alphabet activity to a cool “Our Favorite” typing program geared towards homeschoolers.

Coolmath4kids  Coolmath4kids is for kids from kindergarten to sixth grade. Kids can work on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions through online math games, quizzes, manipulatives, and more. For kids 13 and up, visit their sister site at coolmath.com.

Scholastic  From Smile to DogmanScholastic provides many favorite books to our kids. Students can visit the Scholastic website for a wealth of educational activities from grades pre-k and up. Weaving in familiar stories and games for the kids will help when the fun of being home has worn off, and delving into some familiar characters will add a bit of normalcy to the day. 

Howstuffworks.com We all know kids can ask the craziest things. But what if… gasp… you do not have the answer? Send them to Howstuffworks.com. From How the Shamrock Shake Became McDonald’s Mintiest Legend (who knew!) to What’s the Difference Between a Mountain Lion and a Cougar? We can’t promise this site has the answer for everything, but it comes pretty darn close.  

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