Who knows? Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise for schools to shut down due to pandemic (indefinite time for some) and we actually get a chance to bond and build memorable ‘memories’ with our children. Some people actually look forward to time with their kids in any capacity, so try and maintain a relaxed positive approach and perspective that is rather a joy than your one way ticket to losing your chops. We all do get nervous during a pandemic outbreak.
For those of us who have already been prepping for this apocalyptic nightmare (time with kids at home, hence the end of your sanity), the internet has come to save us- yours truly, the parent of wild, rambunctious littles. While we may be stuck at home with kids and school children that have the energy of 10 of us put together, fear not- here are a few pandemic educational resources that we found on the internet to help occupy your kiddos while you work from home. It’s a non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to coronavirus the global pandemic, compiled by home educators. Feel free to share. Until my next post, here’s your list and, you’re welcome:
Small, easy activities at home or in the garden for children: https://fiveminutemum.com/
Visit museums online:
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.