Tips on learning from home
- Prepare a space designated for learning that's away from televisions and video games
- Set goals on what you want your home students to accomplish
- Create a schedule and stick to it (Khan Academy has a few schedule templates by age and grades or we have created a daily agenda you can download HERE!
- Talk to your kids' teachers about accessing learning materials remotely
- Seek clear guidance on what's expected of your children while they're out of the classroom
- Schedule family time to play games, bake, do a puzzle, or to do a quick workout!)
APPS TO HELP WITH PRODUCTIVITY
Self Control App- SelfControl is a free and open-source application for macOS that lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet. Just set a period of time to block for, add sites to your blacklist, and click "Start." Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access those sites—even if you restart your computer or delete the application.
Cold Turkey- Cold Turkey is a productivity program that you can use to temporarily block yourself off of popular social media sites, addicting websites and games so that you can get work done.
Stay Focused- StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites.
Nike App- The Nike App has awesome workouts for the whole family!
Virtual Museum Tours from Around the World
British Museum, London
This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour.
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Google’s Street View feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.
Pergamon Museum, Berlin
As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.
Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de'Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de'Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.
MASP, São Paulo
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair. Take a virtual tour to experience the wondrous display for yourself.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Built in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.
Here are some resources that will help you and your kids make the most of their time away from class
Kids to Artists - Remote Programming: a network connecting families to teaching artists online. Art forms range from puppetry to storytelling to creative movement to professional dance. You can watch introduction videos on the site, then contact the artists directly and set up private lessons, shows, and classes. https://www.facebook.com/kidstoartists/
#LincolnCenterAtHome - Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom brings you your daily dose of creative art-making via Facebook live. https://www.facebook.com/LincolnCenterNYC
Lunchtime Doodle with Mo Willems- the author/illustrator of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and other favorites hosts a daily doodle lesson. https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/
The Houston Zoo is here to help! Despite closing its doors until April 3, the Houston Zoo is live streaming their favorite animals on Facebook in order to bring the zoo to you! The zoo will be hosting an 11:00 a.m. livestream Monday-Friday, sharing daily updates and showing viewers what the animals are up to.
They encourage viewers to follow @HoustonZoo on all platforms for more updates.
The Houston Texans devoted a page on their website called Huddle at Home to activities for kids, including Texans story time, math drills, and more! Parents can print or download an entire activity book for children.
Virtual Disney World- Give your kids a fun break and take a *virtual* ride!
Space Foundation is offering free downloadable STEM lesson plans for students in grades K-8 to help keep kids engaged during the gap in traditional class time.
Frontiers for Young Minds-This website has a free collection of science-related material for kids.
Huntington Learning Center-Download the recorded 30 minute webinar to help parents maximize children's learning at home.
DK find out!-DK find out! has free lesson plan ideas for teachers and resources for parents, as well as videos and interactive modules on a variety of subjects.
Epic!-Epic! has thousands of books and videos online for kids. There's a 30 day free trial to set up an account.
Khan Academy-Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that has excercises, quizzes, and videos to help students.
Bill Nye The Science Guy-You might recognize the name of this children's science show host.
Nye is a well-known science communicator with a long list of life science, physical science, and planetary science lessons.
Brainpop-This website offers free access for students whose school is closed due to COVID-19.
The site even has a free learning module for young people on coronavirus.
National Geographic Kids-This site from the National Geographic Society has everything from outer space to women heroes and homework help.
Raz-Kids-This site from Learning A-Z is designed for students from kindergarten through fifth grade and has a free trial.
Pre-School and Early Elementary School
Oxford Owl - Free e-books and math games and activities for ages 3-11
BrainPop Junior - Learning tools for STEM, social studies, reading/writing, health and arts for grades K-3
The Space Foundation Discovery Center - STEM lesson plans for ages PreK-20
Mystery Science - Science lessons for grades K-5
Children's Museum Houston - Weather and Science videos and activities for grades PreK-5
Elementary, Middle School and Above
ABCYa - Reading and math games and activities for grades PreK-6
Zearn.org - Math lessons for grades K-5
Disneynature - Movies and complimentary educational materials for grades 2-6
Scratch - Interactive story, game and animation design from the MIT Media Lab, designed for ages 8 to 16 but available for anyone
STMath - Math lessons for grades PreK-8
Prodigy Math - Math programs for grades 1-8
Curriculum Associates - Math and reading activity packs for grades K-8
DK Find Out! - Lessons in subjects such as history, science and coding
Listenwise - Non-fiction audio stories covering ELA, social studies and science for grades 2-12
CommonLit - Reading and writing lessons for grades 3-12
Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Academy - Interactive middle and high school computer science curriculum
Codecademy - Data science and coding lessons for high school and college students
Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Academy - Interactive middle and high school computer science curriculum
Amazon Future Engineer - Free computer science courses for grades 6-12
Neuhaus Dyslexia Videos- Alphabet letters, building blocks, and so much more. Neuhaus Education Center has developed educational videos to support teachers and parents, especially as efforts are made to continue to reach students through remote learning opportunities.
National Geographic Kids Science Lab - Science experiments, videos and articles
National Ocean Service (NOAA) Kids - Science activities and resources for kids and educators
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! - Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems explore ways of writing and making with kids of all ages
Scholastic Learn-At-Home Resources - Learning experiences for K-9
Greg Tang Math - Math games and resources for all ages
SciShow Kids - Videos explaining scientific concepts for young, curious minds
Frontiers for Young Minds - Science articles written by scientists and reviewed by kids
The Kid Should See This - STEAM, history, and culture-focused videos for kids of all ages
Imagineering in a Box - Lessons on theme park design and engineering via Walt Disney Imagineering, Pixar and Khan Academy
BBC Bitesize - Lessons covering math, English, science and more for ages 3-16+
BrainPop - Learning tools covering a variety of subjects
BreakoutEDU - Immersive learning games for grades K-12
Wonderopolis - Educational articles for grades K-12
XtraMath - Math programs for students, parents and teachers
How Stuff Works - Educational videos exploring the world around us
Code.org - Computer science lessons for grades K-12
Typing.com - Keyboarding, digital literacy, and coding lessons for all ages
IXL - Lessons in math, language arts, science, social studies and Spanish for grades PreK-12
Greatminds.org - Math, ELA and science for grades K-12
KCET At-Home Learning - Educational resources from PBS SoCal | KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with California PBS stations for grades PreK-12
California Academy of Sciences - Apps, immersive interactives, and engaging videos covering a variety of science topics
Bill Nye the Science Guy - Educational videos covering life, physical and planetary sciences
NASA STEM @ Home for Students - STEM articles and activities for grades K-12+
Gizmos - Simulations exploring concepts in math and science for grades 3-12
PhET Interactive Simulations - Interactive simulations for science and math
Khan Academy - Lessons on grammar, science, history and math for grades K-12
Professor Egghead Science Academy - Interactive lessons on science and engineering
Quill.org - Writing and grammar activities for grades K-12
Quizlet - Flash cards, quizzes and games for languages, arts and humanities, social science, computer skills, science and math
Duolingo - Language education for 35 languages
OnlineFreeSpanish - Spanish learning games, coloring pages and interactive activities for all levels