I know right now things feel like they are being turned upside down and you are being asked to sacrifice 1/2 of your normal. Having the school system cancel is definitely 1/2 of normal and for some it may feel like much more than half, but you aren’t alone.
Since this begin a few days ago I have been collecting all the wonderful resources that have been floating around Facebook and I would like to share those with you, some of them are wonderful and may be exactly what you are looking for and some might not work for your family and that’s ok too. There are virtual tours, workbook pages, read alouds story time, art lessons, musicals and so many other things .
If there’s something that you want to share please feel free to comment below!
Educational stuff for kids
Short Story Genre Class Here is something for 7-12 grades ( or maybe even yourself). This is a YouTube live ( but recorded so accessible) class on the short story genre.
Scholastic is offering several free resources during this time and they are amazing. If your kids are bored this weekend (or in the coming month), check them out. The articles are geared towards kids and very interesting. You can even read as a family and discuss! The username and password for the FREE digital resources are: UN: Learning20
Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation has lesson plans for all grade. They are offering over 50 lessons spanning lower elementary to High School.
3 Weeks Free is IEW a phenomenal language arts curriculum
Free printables Here are a bunch of different worksheets
Fun Card Games for Kids There are lots of games here with great instructions, you can either play along or they can play together
Indoor Games These are some great ideas for those rainy inside days with kids.
Math Games Keep those math skills sharp and have fun while they are doing it.
Fluency and Fitness This site offers a free 21 day subscription, it helps review essential skills all while burning off extra energy.
Virtual Tour List
Virtual Museum tours visit museums from around the world, London, Paris, South Korea…
A List of Virtual Tours This list included The Lourve, Yellowstone, and The Great Wall of China
Online Field Trips 20 virtual field trips you can take with your kids.
Immersive Museum Exhibits You can go check out these 19 museum exhibits from your couch.
Historical Homes to Virtual Tour including Buckingham Palace
Online stories read by celebrities Have some of your favourite children books read by some great actors and actresses
Story Time from Space How about letting the astronauts take story time.
The Growly Books Read Aloud Sign up to join along as they read one chapter a day, with free downloads available as well.
Josh Gad Reads Books Join Josh Gad as he reads books to kids at night.
Celebrities read books for charity you can watch them for free on Instagram.
Art and Music
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems This is a super fun way to spend lunch time, learn to doodle with Mo.
Enjoy a complimentary music appreciation lesson (perfect for elementary & middle grades) featuring John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine. Go to the FB page die Squilt Music and view under videos.Download the lesson packet here and enjoy an hour of learning!
Post Modern Juice Box musics series about beginning musical concepts with Casey Abrams
Free online Concerts Air Dates Garth Brooks, Luke Combs, John Legend to name a few
Facebook Daily Live Activities
Join us on Facebook Live every day this week at 900AM (CST) for Shark Story Hour. Each day we will be reading a new shark themed book followed by a shark Q/A session.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens FB Page
While the Cincinnati Zoo is closed and kids are home from school, let us help make your children’s hiatus from school fun and educational. Join us for a Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 2pm where we will highlight one of our amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home. Join us starting Monday, March 16 at 3pm for our first Home Safari- featuring Fiona!
The WingFeather Saga Facebook Page
Wingfeather Saga author Andrew Peterson is taking to Facebook live starting Friday night at 7pm central to read through the first book in the Wingfeather Saga series, “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness.” He’ll read for about a half hour each night until the book is complete.
Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Sternberg Museum of Natural HistoryStarting tomorrow, the staff at the Sternberg Museum will be hosting a Facebook Live mini-series called the Dome from Home. Get your natural history fix here as museum staff discusses topics from prehistoric monsters to modern-day marvels. See live feeding and care of the Sternberg animals or get a live tour of our collections. Tune in twice a day Monday – Friday at 10 am and 2 pm CST.