Lots of parents (and teachers) are suddenly home with their kiddos...
It's also a great opportunity to really help them dig in and spend some quality time doing or learning about something new, rather than simply watching TV or playing video games.
Don't forget, there are TONS of documentaries on the streaming services that they might like. They may like to learn a new skill or develop a new hobby.
Below are links to several FREE, FUN learning options for all ages, from toddlers to AP students to adults. Some are always free and some are only free during this current situation. I hope this helps!
This tutorial, by Kim Simshauser, is especially good for SCCPSS teachers:
Resources for Teachers, Schools and Parents
The digital nature of BrainPOP makes it a perfect solution for distance learning while your students are home. Here are some ideas for engaging and keeping them on track.
Authors at Home - Bound to Stay Bound
Distance Learning and the Elementary Media Specialist
The Smithsonian offers millions of digital educational resources from across the Smithsonian museums, research centers, libraries, and archives geared specifically toward students and teachers. Educators, parents and schools looking for free, quality lessons, activities and recommended resources can visit https://learninglab.si.edu/distancelearning.
If you have ideas for Smithsonian educational resources, you can get in touch with their team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress has a wide variety of resources for teachers geared toward helping teachers to use the Library's online primary sources in their lesson plans including:
The Science, Space and Technology Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has put together this list of a wide variety of resources for teachers related to STEM learning. Here you can find STEM learning resources from NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation and more!
The National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art has a number of resource on their homepage.
Other resources include the NGAkids Art Zone app for iPad, Look Together Activities, and Eye for Art, which offers a different way to engage with the Gallery's collection.
For teachers-both professional teachers and those taking on this role with children at home-they offer hundreds of lesson plans organized by grade level and theme, an online course about teaching critical thinking through art, and an Uncovering America module series.
Verizon, the Weather Channel and AT&T have all announced initiatives and resources geared towards helping students and teachers successfully engage in distance learning.
The Weather Channel is dedicating time during each hour of live programming at :50 past the hour to share educational content. Scientific explanations on everything from how raindrops and rainbows form, to why thunder happens, how to stay safe in all kinds of weather, and more.