7:30 AM – It’s day one of being quarantined with kids. I’m thankful the coffee supply has remained stable. My 4 and 6 yr old have slept in allowing me a moment’s respite to contemplate the hard times ahead.

What happens if the bunny grahams run out? How many times can I endure Paw Patrol? It’s questions like these that are plaguing my mind.

Wait, did I stock up on PB&J? Oh God, what if I got the wrong Jelly?

If you’re reading this then you are likely in the same situation. Quarantined. With kids. For 14 days! 14 days? I can’t make 14 days! If our species has any hope of survival, we have no choice but to make the 14 day quarantine.

Luckily humanity has some heroes still left in this world. Enter homeschooling resources. I’ve been fortunate enough to have several friends who are teachers and a few that homeschool. Several of them have been posting resources for emergency homeschooling during this COVID-19 outbreak.

I’ll share my bookmarks here and continue to blog my way through this crisis in hopes we may all come out the other side better for it.

And now for the links:

Epic! Books (https://www.getepic.com/) The leading digital library for kids offering unlimited access to 35000 of the best children’s books of all time.

Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org/) – Khan Academy offers free courses of all grade levels to help students master subjects and accelerate their learning. Through these courses, Kahn Academy allows students to personalize their learning and learn at their own pace. 

PBS LearningMedia (https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/) – PBS LearningMedia provides students with free lesson plans, videos, and games aligned with standards they are learning in the classroom.

TEDEd (https://ed.ted.com/) – TEDEd brings lessons to life for students through animation. TEDEd’s goal is to ignite curiosity among learners. To do this, TEDEd collects the best teacher lessons around the world. Then, it turns them into shareable animated videos for students.

PowerMyLearning Connect (https://powermylearning.org/learn/connect/) – PowerMyLearning Connect offers curated learning from a variety of online platforms. K-12 students can access free content in all core subjects and many electives, with the ability to choose standard aligned lessons. 

BrainPOP (https://www.brainpop.com/) – BrainPOP provides animated interactive lessons, quizzes, and games for core subjects and a variety of electives. 

Lumosity (https://www.lumosity.com/en/) – Lumosity offers free brain games to keep student minds actively engaged. For example, the games use problem solving, critical thinking, and memory to keep students on their toes and strengthen their skills. 

Duolingo (https://www.duolingo.com/) – Duolingo helps students keep up with foreign language skills. Duolingo offers 30+ languages so students can start learning a variety of languages that interest them. Or, students can use Duolingo to practice the foreign languages they are already learning in the classroom. 

EVERFI (https://everfi.com/partners/k-12-educators/) – EVERFI offers free supplemental lessons for the whole student in areas of Finance, SEL, Health, College/Career Readiness, and related topics.

K12 (https://www.k12.com/general-faqs/coronavirus-school-closing-solutions.html#parents) Providing families an online option for a high-quality, personalized education experience. With innovative technology, inspiring teachers, and a dynamic, interactive curriculum, students can thrive, find their passion, and learn at the pace that’s right for them.

37 Free Online Resources for Schools Shifting Online During Coronavirus (https://schoolchoiceweek.com/37-free-online-resources-for-schools-shifting-online-during-coronavirus/) Providing several resources that are subject specific including English as a Second Language, Math, Social Studies and STEM.

Mystery Science (https://mysteryscience.com/lessons/seasonal/current-events) Preparing for school closures? Here’s a list of the easiest lessons to do at home; no student log-in or account required. Use student links (in extensions or above videos) to share any lesson.

Scholastic Learn at Home (https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html) Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

COVID-19 Educational Resources (https://covid19edresources.glideapp.io/) Resource of the Educator Temporary School Closure for Online Learning facebook group. Not an app, but an app like interface to their spreadsheet of resources growing exponentially.

Education Companies offering free subscriptions

Urbana School District Elementary Home Learning Resources

Homeschooler tips during Coronovirus School Cancellation

Temporary Home School Solutions

How to Teach Kids at Home

Sample E-Learning / Homeschool schedule

Please add your resources in the comments section!

Quarantined with Kids: Day 1

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