The schools are closed and the kids are at home. They’re *supposed* to be learning; but homeschooling them, managing the house, your own routine, and more… makes it challenging to keep them active and engaged. We hear you. We’re in it too with our family.
To lighten the load, and help you stay sane, we’ve put together a list of 10 programs and classes, ranging from science and language, to music and math, that will keep the kiddos engaged and entertained. And hopefully, give you a few minutes to have a much-needed cup of coffee… or glass of wine. No judgment.
Our 10 Picks for Homeschooling Fun
Scholastic Learn at Home Projects
Scholastic has started a Learn at Home series, which will keep children learning even though schools are closed. Each day, Scholastic will add four different learning experience videos to their website for different grade levels. Click here for the Scholastic Learn at Home Projects.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Children’s author Mo Willems has been releasing “Lunch Doodle” videos on The Kennedy Center’s website, which encourages children of all ages to draw and write with him. Be sure to have crayons, paper, pens or pencils ready and join Mo Willems each weekday at 1 p.m. Click here for the link to Mo’s videos.
Created by experts, Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more, and it’s all free! Students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning. Click here to visit Khan Academy.
Live Children’s Book Reading by Josh Gad (Olaf)
Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf from the Frozen franchise, has been reading children’s books via his Twitter account. Since Frozen 2 was just released, this is the perfect way to wind down the day and get your kids ready for bed. Click here for Josh Gad’s Twitter profile.
Prodigies Music Online Classes
Prodigies Music offers online classes and activities for children to teach them musical skills through video lessons, worksheets, and sheet music. Children will learn how to sing in tune, understand music notes and how to play an instrument. Click here to sign up.
Daily At-Home Science Experiments
Club SciKidz have been posting daily science or cooking experiments that are safe for children to try at home. These experiments are interactive and will help viewers learn more about elements, matter, sound and more. Click here to access these at-home science experiments.
NGAkids Art Zone
The National Gallery of Art presents NGAkids Art Zone, an interactive and informative way to introduce art and art history to children. It features activities like creating animated portraits, decorating 17th-century dollhouses and making three-dimensional geometric shapes, which will entertain your children while they learn about art and art history. Click here to access NGAkids Art Zone.
Online Language Classes
Conjuguemos teaches students how to learn a new language through different types of interactive activities, quizzes and games. They offer these courses in Spanish, French, German and Italian, just to name a few. Click here to sign up and get started.
Bamboo Learning through Amazon’s Alexa
Bamboo Learning has integrated voice-based learning through Amazon’s Alexa, making it easy for kids to learn since almost everyone has this tool in their homes. They have a variety of different tools that will educate children on subjects ranging from math and reading to music and history. Click here to enable these tools to your Alexa.
Sworkit, an at-home fitness program, and app, is now offering kid-friendly workouts to help your kids stay active while at home. Ranging from warm-ups and strength to agility and flexibility, these videos are sure to keep your child engaged and occupied. Click here to get started.
Hopefully, that gives you a couple of new ideas while homeschooling the kids. We know- it’s hard. We’re right there with you. If YOU have any sites or tools that have been working for you- please leave a comment. We’ve got to stick together on this, and any and all ideas are welcome here.
Graham and Kelly