Are you are struggling to find ways to entertain and keep your kids occupied while quarantined? Many of you are already organized with online lessons from school but some of you may need some extra resources to keep the little ones busy. Also if your kids are going to Italian schools, the resources below are a great way to improve your children’s English while having fun at the same time. Twinkl offers great activities packs and themed coloring sheets, while free videos available on Youtube and other websites allow you to learn anything from practicing yoga to doing homemade science experiments.
Scholastic Education Courses
Free day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing from PreK to Year 9, resources for families, tips and tricks. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
Bookflix by Scholastic
Great e-library with free books for early readers. Read along or watch the story, arranged in 9 categories: Animals and Nature; Earth and Sky; People and Places; ABCs and 123s; Adventure; Family and Community; Celebrations; Music and Rhyme; Imagination. Available in English and Spanish. https://bookflix.digital.scholastic.com/
Audible – Free Stories
Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening, https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Nonprofit mission to provide a world-class education for anyone, anywhere. https://www.khanacademy.org/
Songs, stories, video games, word games and much more https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/
Time Magazine for Kids
Free digital library for the rest of the school year made possible to Google, AT&T, HP and PwC Charitable Foundation. Available in 4 grade-specific (ages 5 – 11) digital editions of TIME for Kids and Your $ Financial literacy magazine. Sign up on https://time.com/tfk-free/
Oxford Owl for Home
Free resource to support learning at home, including advice for parents, educational activities and games and free eBook library for 3 to 11 year olds. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
Thousands of free teaching resources to download. School Closure activity pack, parents’ hub, inspirational lesson plans, scheme of work, assessment, interactive activities, resource packs, powerpoints, and more. Available in multiple languages for EYFS to Year 6.
Special FREE access during school closure, Go to https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer use code: CVDTWINKLHELPS
Follow FB Group for live lessons https://www.facebook.com/groups/twinklparentsgroup/
Free videos of extraordinary live and on-demand performances and educational activities to do at home, with new releases daily.
Resources on Social Media
English with Holly
Free English lessons live on facebook at 11am weekdays during school closure or see ‘videos’ to watch lessons for KS2 – KS5. Free task sheets through her FB group
TheScienceMom Blogger, writer and tutor/teacher, helping kids discover science through hands-on-activities with new videos each Wednesday.
P.E. lessons with Joe Wicks
Free 30 min. workouts aimed at kids fun and suitable for all ages, including adults, weekdays at 9am live on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/thebodycoachtv
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Jamie leads family yoga time with a mix of mindfulness and relaxation. Fun, playful short sessions with new videos every week – great use of characters and stories. https://www.youtube.com/CosmicKidsYoga
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