With schools across the country closed, parents are searching for ways to educate their children at home. Fortunately, the following learning resources are free for families.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Students in grades pre-kindergarten to nine can explore "learning journeys" with Scholastic Learn at Home. Lessons for the youngest learners focus on topics like rabbits, the moon, and spring. Activities for older students encourage them to learn, think, and write. For example, Scholastic provides an article for background information such as "The Future of Zoos". Then there's a writing prompt such as "Is it OK to keep animals in zoos?". Also, in the resources for families section, Scholastic has links to free worksheets, science videos, and a digital community for kids.
Learning at Home with Dictionary.com
Recently, Dictionary.com began posting a week's worth of English Learning Arts (ELA) activities every Monday for students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. At every grade level, there's a mix of independent and family activities. Early childhood activities emphasize learning the letters of the alphabet. For older students, there are tasks related to spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing.
Non-profit Khan Academy offers lessons for all grades. Lessons are available in a wide variety of subjects, including math, ELA, science, history, engineering, physics, economics, and test prep. Many courses require students to master a concept before they can move on to another one. To help families organize their days, Khan Academy has posted suggested daily schedules based on grade level. There's also a quick start guide to teach parents how to use the platform.
For parents, Mystery Science offers digital mini-lessons geared toward students in grades kindergarten through five. Recent lessons have taught how hand sanitizers kill germs and the science behind rainbows.
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