Restricted Movement: Online Resources You Can Use To Homeschool Your Kids

To help curtail the spread of COVID-19, the government has decided to implement Movement Control Order (MCO). The order involves the closure of all educational institutions including preschools, childcare, primary-elementary schools, secondary-high schools, and universities. All government and private premises would also be closed, except for those providing essential services during the same period.

Parents who can now work from home find themselves juggling child care with a new role; that of a teacher. This brings us to the next question, what can I do at home to entertain the kids? And remember, kids, get bored easily. Before we get to that, do read our article on How To Talk To Your Kids About COVID-19

Are you thinking about homeschooling your kids because of the outbreak? Check out all these free online resources for activities kids will love.

Websites

Operation Story Time

Famous authors and illustrators have taken to the internet to perform “Operation Storytime,” reading children’s books online for kids. You can find more by searching the #OperationStorytime hashtag on social media. This website is compiling all the videos in one place.

Brain Pop

BrainPOP is a subscription site, but many families—both homeschooling and those with kids in traditional school—find the quality of the site to be worth the yearly fee. Currently, BrainPOP offers free access for schools and families impacted by school closures.

howtosmile

Are you looking for new ways to teach kids about math and science? Give howtosmile a visit. SMILE was launched in 2010, by a group of science museums dedicated to bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) out of the academic cloister and into the wider world. 

TED-Ed

TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy provides a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. The academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalised learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. 

Exploratorium

Located in San Francisco, California, the Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. 

NASA for Students

The NASA website’s For Students section includes a great free catalog of articles, activities, videos, and games for students in grades K–12 on topics related to STEM, aeronautics, and space exploration.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is an online resource, housing more than 45,000 eBooks, including a sizable library of children’s classical literature by some of the world’s most beloved authors. 

Steve Spangler 

With engaging videos of experiments and science fair projects, as well as detailed printable instructions, and in some cases free lesson plans, this site is a a great source of inspiration and instructions for cool science experiments to do at home or in the classroom.

Homeschool.com

Homeschool.com has been in business for over 19 years helping homeschooling families like you get the information they need about the different curriculum, products and services offered to the homeschooling community. 

YouTube Channels

CrashCourseKids

CrashCourseKids produces free, high-quality educational videos used by teachers, students, and learners of all kinds.

SciShow

SciShow Kids explores all those curious topics that make us ask “why?” Every Tuesday and Thursday, Jessi and her robot rat Squeaks answer your questions and explain fun, complex science concepts for young, curious minds.

Peekaboo Kidz

Peekaboo is a cheerful destination with colourful animation for all the Happy Children of the world! Specially designed for kids as they explore the World of Kids Educational Videos, Classic English songs, Phonics Songs, Lullabies and more! Come join us and meet Dr. Binocs only on Peekaboo Kidz.

Animal Wonders

Animal Wonders is a fully licensed and insured educational outreach organization. The channel provides educational presentations with live exotic animals for schools, summer camps, community events, birthday parties, and other special occasions.

PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS provides the highest-quality programming and learning environment for children, PBS’ children’s media invites kids on a journey to explore the world around them with non-violent, age-appropriate content that offers positive role models for children to learn from and grow with.

The Brain Scoop

The Brain Scoop is a semi-weekly educational YouTube channel devoted to exploring all aspects relating to the curious world of natural history museums, and the culture of animal preservation.

Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo connects communities with animals to inspire action to save wildlife and is committed to being a leader in the global effort to save animals in the wild. If your child has an affinity for animals, check out the Houston Zoo YouTube channel.

Sesame Street

Sesame Street is a production of Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit educational organization. Sesame Street reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential.

It’s Okay To Be Smart

In this case, the name really does say it all! This channel is “all about science, the amazing universe we live in, and the pleasure of finding things out.” Joe Hanson, PhD, explains how things work and why things are the way they are.

WordWorldPBS

Welcome to WordWorld, the first preschool series where words are truly the stars of the show! Come along for an adventurous romp into a vibrant world of words with the WordFriends—animals whose bodies are made up of the letters that spell the word they are.

While smart devices can help improve your child’s education, too much time can be damaging. Always set screen time limits for your child. Screen Free Activities You Can Do At Home With The Kids.

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