We will be continuing to provide resources as they are compiled to help you and your loved ones during this pandemic.
Stuck at Home Resource List for parents of children in preschool and elementary school: (THANK YOU to Dr. Lucy McGoron @DrMcgoron for creating and vetting this list!)
- Michigan Science Center is doing science lessons each weekday at 2:30 (streaming through Facebook Live)
- The Cincinnati Zoo is doing Live Animal Encounters each weekday at 3:00 (through Facebook Live)
- Mo Wiliams (author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and many other books) has created Youtube videos to teach drawing (called “Lunch Doodles”)
- Through Facebook, the Toledo Zoo is presenting a different exhibit each day
- Scholastic is offering free online learning modules
- Skype a Scientist allows children to meet with real scientists and ask them questions
- “The Dad Lab” is a Facebook page with lots of fun science activities
- The “Story Pirates” will host a daily radio show with songs, jokes, etc.; Parents can also submit stories written by children.
- “Outschool” is featuring free drawing lessons for kids
- There are a lot of museums that are doing virtual tours. Here is a list of some.
- PBS Kids has a daily newsletter now with activities for kids
- Ranger Rick magazine is doing a free digital subscription
- Scholastic has lots of online resources
Check out Sesame Workshop’s Caring for Each Other initiative; they are providing support for families during the pandemic and many free resources: https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring
We have also learned about this exciting new initiative from Common Sense Media! It is called Wide Open School and it provides free online resources for families of children from pre-K through high school.
Go here and click on “We’re a family” to get started. Make sure to choose the correct age range for each child because there are activities designed for children and teens.
Click here for an overview of how to use Wide Open School.
What’s great about Wide Open School is that it provides materials that can be completed offline and on mobile devices.
Additionally, this site provides activities and handouts in the areas of:
- Emotional well-being
- Arts and music
- Academics, including Science, Writing, Reading, and Mathematics
- Life skills, such as hand washing and shoe tying (for younger children) and digital citizenship and completing chores around the home (for older children
- Ideas for a daily schedule
- Virtual field trips and live virtual events
- Physical activity and exercise