Many student’s lives have suddenly been upended as they find themselves having to go to school from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s equally frustrating for the teachers who need to quickly adapt their lesson plans and coursework to something that can be taught remotely, and for parents who must also take on the new role of a homeschool teacher.
Thankfully, many educational organizations and companies are stepping up to the plate, removing paywalls and making their tools available for free. From preschool through high school and above, here are a few resources to help keep students on track and learning:
Fresno County Library Online Resources
While library branches are currently closed, the public library offers many online resources beneficial for students! Check out ebooks and audiobooks for free, stream videos for free through streaming service Kanopy, receive free access to Lynda.com’s expansive online learning classes, learn a new language with Mango, and much more! All you need is your library card.
Valley PBS At-Home Learning
In response to school closures, Valley PBS has launched an at-home learning resources for students of all age levels. From dedicated daily programming schedules aimed to highlight all main school subjects from science to history divided up by age group to online activities, this resource helps parents provide age-appropriate material for their children.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Educational publishing giant Scholastic has compiled a series of daily activities to keep students from Pre-K through 9th grade reading, learning and growing. They have also put together resources for both parents and teachers, to help keep the learning going from home.
Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission to provide “a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere.” With daily schedules for ages ranging from 2-18, and numerous remote learning resources for students, parents, and teachers, Khan Academy’s library of standards-aligned lessons covers all school subjects from math to grammar, AP® and SAT® prep, and more.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic closing school doors, audiobook company Audible is releasing a large library of books and stories for kids and teens for free. Browse from a variety of genres divided up by age groups, including titles across six languages.
Rosetta Stone for Students
Rosetta Stone offers immersive language learning, making it accessible for students of all ages. To help keep student’s minds sharp and to give parents a much-needed break, they are offering free access to Rosetta Stone for Students for the next three months. There are 24 languages to choose from, including Spanish, German, Tagalog, Japanese, and more.
Good Energy at Home with GoNoodle
GoNoodle is a video resource used by teachers nationwide to get younger students moving while promoting mindfulness. Videos range from fun dance-along lessons to calming videos to help the whole family release tension and stress. They also offer printable worksheets to go along with each video lesson, as well as hands-on learning activities that can easily be done with items around the house.
Love TED Talks? TED-Ed is a curated collection of hundreds of TED-Ed Animations and TED Talks designed to spark your child’s curiosity. In addition, they offer thousands of video-based lessons organized by age-level and subject. Create customized lesson plans for your child, adding in your own comments and pop quiz questions, or allow them to explore on their own.
America’s Test Kitchen Kids – Kitchen Classroom
What better place to study Home Economics than at home? America’s Test Kitchen Kids has unveiled Kitchen Classroom – a weekly series of recipes, hands-on activities and experiments, and fun food quizzes. You’ll get to spend quality family time in the kitchen, and get a tasty meal at the end of it!
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