” The hardest part of home school is keeping my parents motivated. “
Did you find yourself instantly called upon to start homeschooling during the pandemic? Do you know of any parents who would like some more ideas and activities to keep their kids busy? Clients, friends, other family members who could use some extra ideas?
If you are keeping your kids at home, how is it going with the homeschooling at your house?
Are your kids quietly studying, following your every direction and maintaining a calm, “I’m ready to do homework” attitude?
If the answer is yes, then consider yourself in the lucky .01% and let the rest of us in on your home schooling secret!
… If the answer is no, don’t feel bad, you’re not alone (I’m right there with you)! In fact, you’re in with the majority of parents if you’ve found your sudden call of duty to homeschooling a huge challenge! ? Click here to see what it looks like at my house right now.
? Don’t despair because I’ve got you covered!
… I’ve found a ton of resources that’ll make life easier as you hunker down with your home school materials (or lack of home school materials) to help keep your kids engaged and excited about learning.
… Keep reading for how to help your child find the fun and joy in learning with some of my favorite online education resources… Plus, you can go on some virtual field trips to some amazing places without having to deal with the commute and crowds.
I’ve researched the best online educational and enrichment resource for you. Here’s my list of favorites that are OT Tested and Kid Approved! ?
RECOMMENDED ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES ?
Brainpop: You’ll love how this site includes all subject areas including social emotional learning, engineering and tech, plus all the usual subjects.
Education.com: For preschool through 5th grade with ready made virtual lesson plans, worksheets, games and typing practice too.
IXL.com: This website personalizes your child’s learning with an easy diagnostic section so you can select which lessons best match your child’s current abilities for that just right challenge.
Khan Academy: Khan Academy provides FREE online learning for kids ages 4-18
KiwiCo: Parent tool kit with at home resources and activities by age. Plus, how to explain issues surrounding COVID-19 to kids (e.g. social distancing, the science of hand washing, books about resilience etc.)
Lakeshore Learning: Check out the FREE lesson plans, printable worksheets, monthly writing prompt calendars and craft ideas for preschool through elementary.
PBS Kids: Educational and featuring kids favorite characters with games, shows and classroom-ready digital resources.
Scholastic.com: Lots of great FREE activities, printables and book suggestions.
Seussville: This site is fun for Dr. Seuss fans of all ages
Story Time: Listen to stories for free on Audible. Also great for kids with reading challenges or dyslexia.
Tinkerlab: Full of art and science ideas based on seasonal themes.
Play It Forward Therapy: Thanks for being here! Check out our best OT Tested and Kid Approved Activities, cookie crafting, plus articles on sensory processing and checklists.
RECOMMENDED VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS AND ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES? ? ?
Imagine taking a virtual field trip to the zoo, Smithsonian or visiting an art museum all from the comfort of your own home. Check out these online enrichment activities, that grown ups will enjoy too!
Go on a home safari: Visit the Cincinnati Zoo’s Home Safari web page
Natural wonders galore at the Smithsonian: Take a virtual tour the Smithsonian with Digital Education Resources
Music to soothe your soul: Enjoy a live performance from the Seattle Symphony
… Note: Some of these FREE virtual admissions are available for a limited time during this unique time of social distancing.
KEEP CALM & OT ON
… While none of us know how the next few weeks will unfold, I promise to keep showing up for you!
? My hope is that I can provide helpful resources that you can pass along to help the kids and families in your circle.
In the meantime, take really good care of yourself! Remember, you got this!