Families all over the country are now looking for ways to keep their children and teens busy while they’re home due to the Coronavirus Closings.
Time At Home
We are living in crazy times. Never before have we had to close down public activities and schools as a nation. We are encouraged to stay at home and be together.
Most families are on the go all the time. It may feel difficult to stay at home with your family but I believe this time can be a time of connection and rest.
Adjustments at Home
If you do not homeschool your family may have to learn how to be together. There may be arguing, fighting, and frustration but don’t lose hope. That is all a normal part of learning to get along and live in close quarters.
This is a great opportunity to teach your children how to interact in a loving and patient way with each other.
Scheduling Your Day
You should give your children opportunities to do things together but also allow everyone plenty of time to read and have downtime. Spend time together reading your Bible and praying each day. Allow your children to be bored, to be creative, and to be outside as much as possible.
Free and Low-Cost Resources
Thankfully, many organizations are offering free access to their products and services.
I decided to grab as many resources both free and paid and put them here for all of us to have easy access to. Please be aware that a few of the links below are affiliate links and by using them, I will earn a small amount but there will no extra cost to you. This helps me keep my blog running. Thanks for supporting me.
Amazing Educational Resources is a HUGE list of companies offer free subscriptions during the Coronavirus Closings.
Techie Homeschool Mom offers many wonderful Online Unit Studies. These are very well done. She offers some free and others at a reasonable cost. We have used them in our homeschool and they are worth every penny.
Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with a focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
Freedom Homeschooling offers free homeschool resources.
What to Do When There’s Nothing To Do: Are you looking for activities your children can do? Do your children complain that they’re bored and there’s nothing to do? I created a list of things my kids could do to occupy their time and now I’m offering that to you! Grab my What to Do When There’s Nothing To-Do List.
Music At Home is offering unlimited access to their class series, Family Music for Mixed Ages until April 3, 2020, all for free.
The Metropolitan Opera will host “Nightly Met Opera Streams” on its official website in an attempt to continue providing opera to its audience members.
These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video). According to Fast Company, Google, Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world.
Clap for Classics! Live Online: Virtual Music Class for kids (ages 5 and under) and their grown-ups. A Live Music Class hosted on Zoom. We will sing, dance, and listen to classical music as we interact together in this engaging music class.
Scholastic is offering free online courses so your kids can keep learning while schools are closed
The website, which is divided into four sections based on grade level, currently has five days’ worth of content. An additional 15 days of content is on the way, Scholastic said in a news release.
The courses provide approximately three hours of learning per day, including writing and research projects, virtual field trips, and geography challenges.
The website is accessible on any device that has internet access and no sign up is required. It will remain free and open indefinitely, Scholastic said.
“Trauma” – a free interactive science game. 7th – 12th graders discover what happens in the emergency room, stabilize a patient and determine why he passed out while driving. Learn more here: Trauma – EdHeads
Kristin Moon Science – Exploring Genetics by Creating a Family Pedigree Learn how to create a pedigree tracking the genetic traits your family possesses.
Rock Your Homeschool: Free Solar System Activity Enjoy hands-on, interactive science fun with your kids using this free printable Solar System cootie catcher + planet cards. Awesome activity for brain breaks & more!
54 Brain Breaks to Boost Your Homeschool Day. Need some cool ways to easily add fun to your day? These free printable creative brain breaks are awesome for helping your kids burn off energy, boredom busters, & more!
Easy and Fun Physical Activities for Kids Not every item on this list is geared towards indoor fun, but more than half of these 100+ ideas can be tweaked to get kids moving without leaving your home. Check out the giant list of fun physical activities for kids now!
Free Worksheets from Education.com are free Worksheets and Printables for Kids. Whether your child needs a little math boost or is interested in learning more about the solar system, these free worksheets and printable activities cover all the educational bases. Each worksheet was created by a professional educator.
Educational YouTube Channels for Homeschooling. Kids can learn at home while watching YouTube. This is a giant list of different educational channels for all subjects that will entertain kids while being educational.
Schoolhouse Teachers offer online lessons in just about every subject K-12 including resources for parents. Here are two offers that you can take advantage of right now.
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The Homegrown Generation Online Family Expo is a fabulous conference for parents and while it’s directed to the homeschool parent or those who are interested there is a lot of wonderful parental instruction and encouragement. You may just get some wonderful ideas for how to enjoy your kids while they’re home.