Schools like Yale, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and others have contributed to a large list of massive open online courses (MOOCs) that are free to take. Subjects include computer science, humanities, art & design, health and medicine, engineering, personal development and more. You can find the list at Free Code Camp, a nonprofit community that offers free resources and projects for people who are interested in learning how to code.
From pre-K through grade 6+, there are several articles, stories and activities that are so much fun your kids won’t even realize they’re learning. Scholastic provides four daily learning activities that include meaningful stories your kiddos are sure to enjoy.
Josh uses his voice and acting skills to bring children’s stories to life. “Olivia Goes to Venice” by Ian Falconer and “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein are just two of the stories he’s read so far to families. A father himself, Gad has said that he plans to continue with this nightly routine until whenever he decides to stop. And for those wondering, families everywhere have said it’s been nothing short of amazing.
Speaking of famous people reading stories to kids – Storyline Online is an online library of pre-recorded videos of celebrities reading popular children’s books like Stellaluna and The Rainbow Fish New books are also being added all the time with additions like Snappsy the Alligator read by David Harbour (Jim Hopper, Stranger Things) and The Elves and the Shoemaker by Chrissy Metz (Kate Pearson, This is Us).
Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari (3 p.m. EDT M-F)
Just because the zoo is closed doesn’t mean families can’t still have fun viewing and learning from the animals. The Cincinnati Zoo has put together a special series of videos and activities based around a new animal every day. When the little ones aren’t busy engaging in the daily live event at 3 p.m., they can certainly have fun with activities like “Hanging with the Sloths”, “Awesome Ocelot”, “Prickly Porcupine Rico” and “Hip Hippo Hooray” to keep them entertained.
Several education companies have decided to offer their learning software and services for free while schools are closed. With over 50 different education resources from the likes of Khan Academy to Smart Music, parents of K-grade 8+ should have no trouble finding exercises and videos for subjects like math, science, history, art, computer science, music, economics and more.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo recently launched a daily virtual classroom to be featured daily on Facebook Live at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT. Biologists and naturalists will show animals and discuss signs of different seasons, habitats and wildlife. Since the zoo and parks are closed until March 31st this is a great way for kids (and you) to pass the time and learn something new about the environment!
While the park is still technically open, most of the facilities are closed like the Albright VC and the Boiling River soaking areas. In the meantime, the park has made several sites available for virtual tours like the Mammoth Hot Springs, The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone River and the Mud Volcano. Although visits may be virtual, along with each virtual tour is information for planning your next visit.
Families still have access to culture and education when they take a virtual tour of any one of twelve museums worldwide. The British Museum in London, The Guggenheim Museum in New York, Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the National Museum of Modern Art in Seoul are just a few of the museums available to view. Nothing like globetrotting around the world from the comfort of your own home!
Thousands of Projects and Courses from DIY.org
Believe it or not, DIY.org is an incredible resource for thousands of courses, projects and how-to videos to keep your kiddos busy well past the pandemic outbreak. Sample topics include drawing, photography, science, music, building with Lego and more. Children can even make their own videos and share them with others. (Don’t worry: the site is closely monitored and parental notifications are available any time a video is posted!)
Live Workouts from Planet Fitness Daily (7 p.m. EDT)
Otherwise a weekly home livestream, Planet Fitness has launched a daily workout schedule on Facebook Live. Under the banner of “United We Move”, families are invited to get active with live daily workouts from staff and personal trainers. If the time doesn’t work for you, there are some pre-recorded past workouts that you can take advantage of for when the time is right.
Kids Yoga from Cosmic Kids (On Demand)
No time is too early to practice mindfulness and relaxation. Cosmic Kids is a YouTube channel that has been posting kid-themed yoga exercises since 2013. According to their surveys, teachers and parents have reported improvements in areas like self-regulation, focus and empathy from their children by practicing their exercises. Cosmic Kids also meets aerobic and muscle strengthening needs to make sure kids get adequate levels of physical activity.
Free Yoga for Parents (On Demand)
Do Yoga with Me is a free library of countless yoga videos from beginner to advanced levels. For those more serious yoga students who are interested in pursuing a professional Yoga Teaching Certification, they even offer course packages in one of three formats of your choosing. The training isn’t free, but innumerable hours of guided relaxation and focus surely are.
Wi-Fi Service for K-12 or College Student Households (who don’t already have Spectrum)
Spectrum is helping to ease the strain during the coronavirus pandemic by providing free broadband and Wi-Fe access for 60 days to student households. Installation fees will be waived for new student households and users can choose service levels up to 100 Mbps. Charter is also opening its hotspots for public use during this difficult time.