Virtual learning activities kids can do from homeMonday, March 16th 2020
While school is out for the next few weeks, we’ve rounded up some ways to help kids keep learning and exploring the world around them – all from safety and comfort of home. See below for a list of free virtual learning tools including access to ebooks, virtual field trips, museum tours, and more.
1. Walt Disney Imagineering partners with Khan Academy to bring you ‘Imagineering in a Box’
The theme parks may be closed, but the Walt Disney Imagineers have found a way to bring the magic home with a free online program for kids. ‘Imagineering in a Box’ brings together the creative talents of Disney Imagineers from around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience.
The online curriculum aims to ignite curiosity, inspire creativity, and encourage innovation while creating fun and engaging opportunities to explore new concepts. From story development and conceptual design, to math, physics, and engineering, the program’s hands-on components allow students to relate new concepts to real-world examples and bring their favorite Disney stories to life.
2. Get help with story time from famous friends
Parents can share the story time responsibilities with celebrities thanks to Storyline — an online database with a selection of videos of famous actors reading children’s books. Each month they highlight certain titles, but there’s always a huge selection of books to choose from, including one of our favorites, “The Hula Hoopin’ Queen” read by Oprah Winfrey.
3. Orlando Science Center at Home
The Orlando Science Center has taken its in-person experience online with a list of activities and resources that create amazing experiences full of discovery and learning. The Science Center team collaborated with peer museums and partner organizations to inspire families to learn something new.
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4. Scholastic is offering day-by-day projects each week while schools are closed to keep kids of all ages keep reading, thinking, and growing.
– This week, kids in pre-k to kindergarten can learn about bunnies, plants, the spring season and the earth, space and the moon.
– Grades 1 and 2 can learn about spiders, weather, sounds and music, different types of communities, and bones.
– Third through fifth graders can learn about extreme weather, robots, past presidents, building things with math, geography, ways to keep our planet clean and more.
– Grades six and up can learn about how clothes are designed, the history of television, personality types, the chemistry behind candy and more.
5.Orange County Library offers free access to ebooks, audiobooks, digital movies and television programs using your library card.
– Read, watch listen online with Hoopla at www.hoopladigital.com
– Read, watch listen online with Overdrive at www.ocls.overdrive.com
– Watch movies online with Kanopy at www.oclibrary.kanopy.com
6.Take a virtual field trip to the San Diego Zoo, the Great Wall of China and more
7. Take a virtual tour from a collection of museums around the world like the MoMA in New York or the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
8. Many educational resources are offering free subscriptions while schools are closed including Discover Education (www.discoveryeducation.com).
9. Orange County Public Schools offers free online classes and programs online through LaunchPad.
9. Science Kids offers a collection of fun science experiments for kids of all ages like making a parachute and learning how rainbows work.
10. Kids can learn to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing through “LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems” once a day at 1 p.m. for the next few weeks. Willems is an Artist-in-Residence at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
11. Tune into the Community Scholars Initiative on Facebook every day at 2 p.m. for tricks and tools to keep kids engaged and learning.