Free Resources for Young Stay at Home Kids and Their Parents

Here are additional resources that parents can use to help support, expose and continue to engage and educate  their kids during this difficult time.

“No KIBO? No Problem!” This free booklet from KinderLab Robotics contains a collection STEAM activities for 3- to 7-year-olds. http://resources.kinderlabrobotics.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/03/No-KIBO-No-Problem-v3.pdf Download the PDF booklet.

 Khan Academy Free interactive practice exercises, quizzes and instructional videos are available that covers many core academic subjects, including math, science, arts, and humanities. Khan Academy has been translated into more than 40 languages. https://www.khanacademy.org/ Get started.

hand2mind A new website offers a series of free daily lessons and activities for K-5. Each week, the website will provide a schedule by grade level, in addition to 10-minute video lessons and worksheets for math, literacy, social-emotional learning, and more. https://www.hand2mindathome.com/ View the website.

KneeBouncers.com Through the end of March and until further notice, schools have free access to the ad-free version of https://kneebouncers.com/ KneeBouncers.com, an online learning and entertainment platform that offers games, videos, and other challenges for toddlers and preschoolers.

Summer Math Challenge and Lexile WordLists
MetaMetrics is providing Summer Math Challenge for grades 1 through 8 and Lexile WordLists for grades 1 through 12 at no cost. https://hub.lexile.com/summer-math-challenge Summer Math Challenge is a self-paced program that helps students practice math skills. https://hub.lexile.com/wordlists WordLists addresses vocabulary gaps and prepares students for academic words in science, math, social studies and ELA.

Tennessee Aquarium webcam streams Anyone can virtually drop into the Tennessee Aquarium at any time via a collection of live webcam streams. All these streams are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Viewers can gamify their experience by counting the number of times sharks swim past the Secret Reef cam or identifying species using a dichotomous key for the Reef or crafting one of their own for Penguins’ Rock. Downloadable activity sheets and links to Aquarium video series are available on the https://www.tnaqua.org/aquarium-at-home/ “Aquarium at Home” landing page. MacGillivray Freeman productions are also available via streaming services and many of these selections have accompanying educator guides available to download. https://www.tnaqua.org/teachers/teacher-resources

Carolina Biological Free science resources for K-5 are available from Carolina Biological. Printable PDFs are available for literacy articles and take-home science activities. Users can also access online learning platform and Carolina Science Online. https://www.carolina.com/learningfromhome Start here

MOS at Home The Museum of Science, Boston has launched this digital museum experience that features new live presentations, engineering projects, podcasts, kid-friendly activities and more every day. Parents and educators can participate in live webinars with museum educators to learn how to support STEM education. Closed captioning will be available for live and recorded content. Most content will be available in multiple languages, including Spanish. https://www.mos.org/MOSatHome Start exploring.

STEM guide This preK-12 STEM program guide includes standards-aligned activities designed for at-home use and stories from National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees. https://www.invent.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/2020_STEMActivityGuide_Final.pdf  Access the guide.

Scratch and ScratchJr lessons BootUp PD is offering free access to lesson plans and coding resources in the Scratch and ScratchJr applications for K-12. https://bootuppd.org/remote-learning-resources/ View the online resources.