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Free Resources to Keep Kids Sane At Home

by Sandy Wong March 27, 2020 2 min read

Free Resources to Keep Kids Sane At Home

I don't know about your household but its been two weeks of hair pulling, toy grabbing, shouting and tantrums over here.  These resources sent over from friends and family have been a lifesaver and have successfully kept my kids busy for at least 2 hours each day.  That doesn't sound like much but I'm telling you, it feels like gold at the moment.

Predictably so, my daughter's favourite is story time with princesses hosted by Forever Fairest.  She's also been attending math classes with Luna Lab, listening to Alice in Wonderland through Amazon and learning about bunnies and lions through Scholastic classroom.

I've compiled my resource list below that hopefully you may find beneficial for your little ones (and you!) too.  I hope to keep adding to the list as I collect more.

Stay safe and sane!

Sandy

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Free live celebrity classes led byMayim Bialik, Julianne Hough, Coyote Peterson and others, as well as field trips and virtual school days.  A great way to add variety to their day and make learning fresh and exciting!

https://www.varsitytutors.com/classes/star

https://www.varsitytutors.com/virtual-school-day

https://www.varsitytutors.com/classes/featured-collections/virtual-field-trips

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Live math lessons everyday from Monday - Friday at 3:00PM EST. The lessons are about 15 minutes long and are suitable for kids from Kindergarten to Grade 3.  At the end of each class, Ms. Jennifer also gives follow up activities for the kids to do at home.

Luna Lab Virtual Classroom

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Princesses and Princes from all around the world are invited to join Belle, Anna, Aurora and other Disney Princesses in story time and tea time live on Facebook.  Sessions are announced a day in advance so you have time to prep cookies and tea :)

https://m.facebook.com/foreverfairest

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Amazon has waived the subscription fee on books and audio stories for children of all ages for as long as schools are closed.  Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories including titles across six different languages that will help them continue dreaming, learning and just being kids.

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

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Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities.

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

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Pretend to travel the world.  Go on a virtual tour of these 12 famous museums.

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

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List of thinking games by grade:

https://allinonehomeschool.com/thinking/

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More awesome free learning websites shared by parents who homeschool their children on a regular basis:

https://www.starfall.com/h/

https://www.abcya.com/

https://www.funbrain.com/

https://www.splashlearn.com/

https://www.storylineonline.net/

https://pbskids.org/

https://www.highlightskids.com/

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

https://www.coolmath4kids.com/

http://www.mathgametime.com/

https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/

http://www.literactive.com/Home/index.asp

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/

https://www.switchzoo.com/

https://www.seussville.com/

https://www.turtlediary.com/

https://www.e-learningforkids.org/

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If you're in Ontario, below are the break packets for grades K to 8:

Kindergarten:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/10JQHwHMe5aX1f0LDGFfgTf_XJKFs7Hpg/view?usp=sharing

First Grade: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LZKV7pKFWvPqFjj1Hm3jhLgi-xc1--TP/view?usp=sharing

Second Grade: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HMgiHy4VfuFPNTngymIaFIzKloaIDz-V/view?usp=sharing

Third Grade: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/12mLbU0mU3lmwIVR-pUfYro2k2uJzppPA/view?usp=sharing

Fourth Grade:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jlOGiblNMP1wtI55ngxOtiQOGA6wEr0r/view?usp=sharing

Fifth Grade:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JHFF9uAKi3cqgaLfLsLfHtzurGh4TQM_/view?usp=sharing

Sixth Grade:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DOmedj78O1mSXbBJHJPwyvJJfVpfQfR8/view?usp=sharing

Seventh Grade:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KJpgRs0t1haOSFny4qDohg56wxH8xDwW/view?usp=sharing

Eighth Grade:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eKMKFMJazvk--ZjKqjT6JwLvLBO6oVTh/view?usp=sharing

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More online resources for kids of all ages.  Some are subscription based but offer free content for starters:

BrainPop
Tynker
Udemy
Khan Academy
Creative Bug

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Educational YouTube Channels for kids (and parents!):

Crash Course Kids
Science Channel
SciShow Kids
National Geographic Kids
Free School
Geography Focus
TheBrainScoop
SciShow
Kids Learning Tube
Geeek Gurl Diaries
Mike Likes Science
Science Max
SoulPancake

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