Keeping the kids busy, learning and having fun; that’s the goal during this time of school closures and social distancing.
If I can get my kindergartner and fourth grader to have fun while learning, that's a win/win in my house. Besides, kids do better when there's structure and the opportunity to learn something new. They take comfort in routine and get a jolt to their self-esteem when they master a skill.
But how do we make it happen? As a kids physical educator, I've been consulting with parents and teachers, researching some of the best tools available to moms and dads for home-schooling. Here are some of my family's favourites.
Khana Academy | www.khanacademy.com
A fantastic resource with an app for the primary grades. Really great for math and science.
Wow in the World | Podcast
Wow in the World podcast brings science and fun together. I love their daily challenges to engage the whole family. We listen to it for the kids, but I can honestly say I have learned from this podcast too.
Typing Club | www.typingclub.com
Using games to help with typing and spelling, Typing Club will win you over with it's upbeat, charming look. Plus, it's ridiculously easy to use.
PBS Kids Video App | PBSkids.org
A terrific tool for fun science learning. All the PBS programming is so imaginative and engaging for kids. Dinosaur Train is our favourite show right now.
Mystery Doug | MysteryDoug.com
A go-to for both kids and teachers, Mystery Doug can't be beat when it comes to science. At the time of writing, they even have free science courses for JK to Grade 5 for parents preparing for school closures.
National Geographic Kids | Kids.NationalGeographic.com
National Geographic does a great job at keeping our kids connected to this beautiful Earth - especially important while we're all indoors. An easy recommendation.
Cosmic Kids Yoga | YouTube
Your kids will enjoy a great yoga practice with their favourite characters and stories.
Disney Character Drawings | YouTube
Learn how to draw their some of their favourite cartoons. Gain valuable art skills while having a bit of fun!
Classroom Magazine | Scholastic
Scholastic's Classroom Magazine has reading journeys for kids Kindergarten to Grade 9 with lots on interaction for the kids. Upbeat and engaging, these resources are available for free while schools are closed.
Junior NBA | JRNBA.ca
Lastly, the Junior NBA has put a library of skills and drills (check out the menu) for kids age 5 to 14 years old to try at home. Can’t forget gym time!
I hope this helps. If you have any suggestions for our ORC community to utilize for their families please email me and I am happy to share.
Stay healthy and be happy, one day at a time!