Educational In-Home Resources for Families

Our lives have fundamentally changed. The novel coronavirus has changed the way we all live, work, learn, and play. Many parents are now juggling their children’s in-home learning while working and implementing new routines to instill a sense of normalcy. In addition to our recent post on “How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus”, we have curated a list of resources for breaks in the newly adapted schedules to keep kids engaged. From digital field trips to yoga classes and doodling lessons, these 10 educational in-home resources, vetted by Dearest, will help your family learn something new while under quarantine. Especially curated for early learners age 4-11. 

  1. San Diego Zoo Live Feed – Ever wonder how a Polar Bear likes living in sunny San DIego? Check out the live feeds, grouped by animal, provided by the San Diego zoo to learn more! Hint: the Polar Bear loves sunbathing!
  2. National Geographic Kids “Try This” – The National Geographic Kids site has a lot of educational outlets including games, animal videos, experiments and online quizzes. Check out the “Try This” page for fun science experiments conducted with everyday materials you likely have around the house. 
  3. Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – Join The Kennedy Center’s Artist in Residence, Mo Willems, for fun, follow along doodle sessions, live sessions Monday-Friday at 1pm. 
  4. Scholastic Learn at Home – Video storytelling followed by theme based activities for ages PreK-9.
  5. Cosmic KIds Yoga – When nama-stay at home, Cosmic Kids Yoga helps your kids stay active.
  6. Go Noodle – Fun dance and fitness classes kids love. 
  7. Audible – A library of children’s stories, available for free to ignite imagination sans screentime. 
  8. Mystery Science – Mystery Science answers the tough questions, like who invented pizza and how hand sanitizer kills germs in 5-minute videos. The site also offers short exploration videos followed by guided activities. 
  9. Louvre Museum Virtual Tours – Check out some of the world’s best art, without the lines. 
  10. New York Times podcast – Kids all around the country have been asking questions about the Coronavirus. The New York Times answers them in an engaging, developmentally appropriate podcast.

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