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9 of the Best Online Courses Your Kids Can Do at Home

9 of the Best Online Courses Your Kids Can Do at Home

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With so many schools closed or shifting online, parents are taking greater responsibility for their kids’ education. For many parents, this new change started during an even greater challenge — working from home during the Coronavirus pandemic. If you are a parent looking for ways to help your kids succeed in their courses, here are six online programs to help your children stay focused and engaged in their studies.

The New York Times

High school students can get three months of free access to The New York Times, a leader in global journalism. Teens can explore important current and historical topics. With The Learning Network, students can upload their own videos and podcasts to share their research, discoveries and interests with other teenagers.

Coursera

High school and advanced placement students can further their college preparatory studies with online courses on Coursera. Nearly 200 colleges, universities and companies offer programs in areas like world history, musical theory, pre-calculus and academic research writing. Students can audit many of these courses for free. 

Khan Academy

With courses for students of any age and at any level, Khan Academy can help your kids stay on top of their specific learning outcomes. You can search subjects by grade, from 1st grade math to 8th grade reading. Khan offers personalized learning for students and vast resources for teachers, making the world of online education more accessible and exciting. 

Kodable

This online learning platform offers kids an opportunity to learn or further their computer programming and coding skills. Kodable courses prompt creative and critical-thinking, while also teaching math, computer science and programming skills. Students from kindergarten to fifth grade can learn, code, create programs and share games.

Reading Eggs

More than 90 percent of parents who use Reading Eggs report seeing an improvement in their kid’s reading and comprehension skills. While their professional and diverse online programs are available year round, they are also providing free homeschool resources for students impacted by COVID-19.

Storytime from Space

This online resource seamlessly blends the worlds of science and reading by hosting storytime opportunities with astronauts. Targeting kids from 6 to 13 years old, Storytime from Space offers curriculum-based learning that helps parents make sure their kids are exploring the right learning outcomes.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Homeschooling is more than just hitting the books; if you want to give your kids a well-rounded education you’ll want to inject some physical education, too. Cosmic Kids Yoga teaches yoga and mindfulness to kids ages 3 and up. This YouTube channel provides free access to yoga classes designed especially for kids, so they’re sure to be engaging and fun.

National Geographic Kids

This free online platform takes the world-class content from National Geographic and packages it in a way that is inviting and engaging for kids. National Geographic Kids offers science experiments, quizzes, history lessons and biology information—all in vibrant, fun videos and styles that keeps kids at attention. 

Virtual Museum Tours

Renowned museums across the globe are offering free virtual tours while they are closed due to the Coronavirus. Let your kids take a virtual museum tour of the Guggenheim in New York City, Musee d’Orsay in Paris, The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the National Museum of Archeology in Mexico and dozens more.

One of the greatest gifts you can give your kids is a passion for seeking knowledge. Despite all the stress, many parents are balancing work and homeschool while deeply connecting with their kids. You can accomplish that by taking advantage of all the educational tools the World Wide Web has to offer!

Top Online Coding Courses for Pre-K, K-12, and College Students

Top Online Coding Courses for Pre-K, K-12, and College Students

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Software development and computer programming skills continue to be in-demand. Even if today’s learners don’t choose careers in the tech field, computational thinking skills — or the art of learning to think logically and solve problems like a computer — will be beneficial to most future careers. Not only can coding be fun and accessible for all ages, but it also prepares kids to be successful when they enter the workforce.

Children, teens, and college students will have so much fun tinkering with these online courses, they’ll forget they’re learning to code. Note that some, but not all, of the following resources are free. Please note that prices can change at any time. Carefully read any terms and conditions before signing up for a course or submitting your payment information.

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Resource Roundup: Free Educational Resources for Pre-K, K-12, College, and Continuing Education Students

Resource Roundup: Free Educational Resources for Pre-K, K-12, College, and Continuing Education Students

For parents, teachers, and students stuck at home, knowing where to turn to find free educational resources can be difficult. We’ve curated a list of top-rated picks across a variety of subjects to make remote learning easier (and more enjoyable!) than ever.

All of our listed resources are currently free. Note that some of these sites and apps are offering free trials only. Be sure to read the terms and conditions before signing up for any service, especially if you’re required to enter your credit card number or any other billing information. We will continue to update this guide as more free educational resources become available and to reflect pricing changes for the services that are currently listed.

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K-12 Science Experiments That Parents and Kids Can Do At Home

K-12 Science Experiments That Parents and Kids Can Do At Home

As parents become increasingly involved in directing their kids’ education at home, it’s completely understandable if you feel a little lost at first. Luckily, there’s a wealth of online resources to help you make the most of this time with your children. Proven, teacher-approved science experiments can be fun and educational for the entire family.

Here’s a list of proven, kid-tested activities you complete at home:

Toddlers & Preschoolers

Sensory play is the key to helping your little one learn. At this early age, science experiments can be perfect for the growing preschooler mind. Here are some age-appropriate scientific resources that are safe, exciting, and tactile:

Kindergarten

Now that your child is a little bit older, you can take learning to a new level. When teaching science to your kindergartner, you’ll both learn new things! Try out some of these ingenious online resources:

  • Science Experiments for Kids: Make insect hotels, a lava lamp, or magnetic slime to show your kids how exciting science can be!
  • Simple Science At Home: From rainbow fizz to frozen slime, your child will love these experiments. Best of all, you’ll find most of the ingredients in your kitchen pantry.
  • Materials All Around Us: Using fall foliage as a base, the “Materials All Around Us” activity also works well in the spring and summer seasons. Help your child learn about Mother Nature all year long.

Science for Grades 1 to 3

If you have a first, second, or third grader, you already know that science is an incredibly important subject for this age group. As your child’s young mind is growing and developing, set the foundation for all the scientific discovery that will happen for the rest of their lives. Get them interested in science and keep them engaged with:

  • Science for Young Children: Work together to make insanely cool science experiments like stalactites and quicksand.
  • Classic Science Experiments: This online guide rates each experiment on messiness factor, letting parents know what to expect from every activity.
  • Fun Science Experiments: Stimulate your child’s imagination and encourage exploration with experiments like invisible ink and sticky slime.

Science for 4th & 5th Graders

Older children follow yearly science curriculum. Why not align your Do-It-Yourself (DIY) science experiments with those class objectives? Here are some online guides to help this age group:

  • Using the Scientific Method: It can be difficult to grasp abstract concepts, like the scientific method. This guide provides activities that break down the methodology in ways your child can understand.
  • Chemistry Basics: Start with a question or even a hypothesis. Then, work alongside your child to discover the roles chemistry plays in our daily lives.
  • Memorization: If your children need to memorize scientific concepts for school, this activity is a game changer. Help them excel by teaching them ways to have fun while memorizing facts.

Preteens and Middle Schoolers

Middle school is a time where preteens experience a lot of changes in their minds and bodies. The following guides provide science experiments that are age-appropriate and relevant to life experiences during middle school:

  • Human Body Science: Your child will learn about hormones and endocrines with this guide, which also offers videos and live science classes.
  • Fun Experiments for Preteens: These hands-on activities grasp your child’s attention, even for the busiest or most wandering mind. 

Teens and High Schoolers

Many high school students are busy studying for SATs and ACTs or applying to their dream colleges. To give your teenager a reprieve from the books while reinforcing essential knowledge, complete the following activities together as a family:

  • How to Win Science Fairs: This guide adds a fun twist to DIY science experiments. Meanwhile, you’ll enhance your teen’s understanding of concepts like speed, velocity, and physics.
  • At-Home Science Experiments: Explore advanced concepts like non-Newtonian fluid and Gallium with these sophisticated, safe activities.

As more schools move to an online format, parents are helping educate their children from home. These activities might be a hit with the learners in your household!

10 Easy, Affordable DIY STEM Experiments to Keep Kids and Teens Engaged

10 Easy, Affordable DIY STEM Experiments to Keep Kids and Teens Engaged

Whether you’re homeschooling or trying to supplement your child’s education while schools are closed, you’re probably feeling the heavy weight of dual priorities. How can you prioritize parenting and educating your child while still making time for other priorities, including your job? To reduce stress and maintain balance, you can arm yourself with lesson plans that combine entertainment with education.

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Simple, Budget-Savvy Kitchen Experiments Parents Can Do With Their Kids

Simple, Budget-Savvy Kitchen Experiments Parents Can Do With Their Kids

Research shows that learning roots more deeply when connected to something your child is interested in. And what can be more interesting to kids than warm, gooey, sweet cookies? Or fresh baked bread? To help your kids explore STE(A)M (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities, look no further than your family’s kitchen. The following educational activities and food-based science experiments will make any child feel eager to learn at home:

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7 At-Home Science Activities That Can Help Ease ADHD Symptoms

7 At-Home Science Activities That Can Help Ease ADHD Symptoms

Parents of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, know that their little ones are incredibly bright — sometimes to their own disadvantage. ADHD is often characterized by too much energy and a lack of focus, and when kids with the condition don’t have an engaging activity to keep them occupied, they quickly find ways to burn off energy that can be disruptive to others. Continue reading “7 At-Home Science Activities That Can Help Ease ADHD Symptoms”

9 Great Outdoor Learning Activities for Springtime

9 Great Outdoor Learning Activities for Springtime

Winter is finally over, and it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors — including your own backyard! Encouraging your kids to learn something new while getting a healthy dose of fresh air and sunshine is something we should all be striving to do as parents. That’s why we put together this list of activities that will fascinate learners of all ages. As a bonus, they are perfect to do in your backyard, local park, or any outdoor area. Continue reading “9 Great Outdoor Learning Activities for Springtime”