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Free Educational Resources for Kids

Hello from Riverfront Children’s Librarian Miss Michelle! I hope you have adjusted to the sudden switch to homeschooling. My own daughter is in Kindergarten, and it has been a challenge to keep her motivated to do her school work every day. One of her daily assignments is to draw a picture and write a sentence or two about it. I think it was about the fifth day that she angrily wrote, “I don’t want to write anymore.” She is bored with reading her list of sight words, and tired of practicing her math. So I have found that I need to get a little bit more creative about how we go about her lessons. I want to share with you three free educational resources that you can use to supplement the work being done from the schools.

Scholastic Learn at Home – “Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.” This is a great resource from a well-respected educational company. The projects are grouped in grade levels, so whether your child is in grades Pre-K and K, 1 and 2, 3-5, or 6-9, there are age-appropriate activities for five days a week. For example, the first day of week 1 for Pre-K and Kindergarten is all about bunnies. There are two ebooks to read (one fiction and one non-fiction), an educational video, and then an activity to get kids moving. For older kids in grades 6-9, the second day has articles about robot dogs, how TV has changed America, the Loch Ness Monster, and personality types.

Khan Academy – Students ages 2-18 can use this site to learn math, grammar, science, and history. (There are courses for adults too.) There are daily schedules that can be used and adapted while schools are closed, including the suggestion to change out of pajamas in the morning… but you don’t necessarily have to follow that one. (Note: This site does not require you to create an account. However, it is a good idea if you want to track your child’s progress. Click on “Sign Up” on the upper right part of the homepage to register.)

San Diego Zoo – How about a virtual field trip? Explore the zoo with articles, videos, stories, games and activities. Listen to a snow leopard growl, watch your favorite animals on live cameras, and then gather some leaves outside to create a lizard lair craft project.