At-Home Enrichment Activities and More (for When Schools Are Closed)
Free classes, printables, media subscriptions, and more to help you keep your kids learning at home during coronavirus or other school closures.
March 18, 2020
With school districts across the country closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus, many parents are now trying to fill the role of teacher, too. It’s a trying time, but this list of free classes, printables, media subscriptions, and more can help you get started. (h/t to our sister site, PTOtoday.com, for compiling the links and tips.)
We’re all in this together
This is a challenging time for parents, teachers, and children. Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development offers these tips to help families adjust.
- Consider a “digital quarantine” and limit use of cell phones and tablets until schoolwork is completed.
- Create a dedicated space for learning, ideally different from where your kids usually play games or watch television.
- Make sure kids are learning rather than zoning out when they’re in front of a monitor or screen.
- Include time for physical activity every day. If it helps, set alarms and send the kids outside.
- Encourage reading of physical books and other print materials, especially for younger children.
- Check in with other parents in your community to get advice, share concerns, and learn useful tips.
- Remind your children that this isn’t a vacation; set up assignments, grades, requirements, and tests if it helps.
- Don’t forget to have fun! Plan off-screen activities and bonding experiences for the whole family.
Take advantage of a free media subscription
Many educational companies are offering extended trial periods or free subscriptions to their resources.
Keep academic skills strong
Practice math, reading, writing, and science concepts.
Cooking provides opportunities for great lessons in math and chemistry!
Printable puzzles and worksheets
Word searches, crosswords, acrostics, and interactive learning games are some good ways to interest kids away from the screen.
Stay active outdoors and inside
SchoolFamily.com: Winter Exercise Ideas for the Family
(If you don’t have snow in your part of the country, adapt these exercises to your own yard.)