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With COVID-19 (or CORONAVIRUS) spreading fast and our schools here in Washington state closed until AT LEAST April 24th, I know some of my friends are looking for ways to keep their kids entertained and maybe shoehorn in a little education.
Six weeks is a looooong time, y’all. Godspeed.
The Ultimate List of Things To Do While Quarantined With Kids
First of all, you gotta Treat Yo Self. A subscription to Facetory might be just the thing, with a whole box of sheet masks to pamper your skin. (Use MIACUPCAKE20 at checkout for a discount!)
Raddish has an amazing cooking camp skill booklet available on their website. You can set up your kids with how to make pizza crust from scratch, and so much more. Let your kids feed you for a change.
ReadWorks has some awesome free reading comprehension content for grades K-12. If your kiddo is struggling with reading comprehension, it’s an absolutely priceless resource.
Khan Academy has always been an amazing (FREE) resource for learning at home, but they have a great page set up to help guide you through some schooling for your kids while they’re home during this unexpected (and HELLA LONG) break.
Here’s an amazing list of companies offering free educational resources to help parents through this unprecedented school closure. The Illinois Early Learning Project also has a list of resources to help you teach your kids from home, with sheets on how to talk to your kids about what’s happening in an age-appropriate way to how to establish and keep a routine for them.
My friend Darcy has an amazing list of 101 board games for Family Game Night, but I bet they would translate well to the middle of the day too. (Just no Monopoly. That game ruins lives.)
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is offering a pretty sweet set of webcams while they’re closed – the jellyfish is my favorite.
Here’s a massive list of animal cams that show an African watering hole, a popular fishing spot for bears in Alaska, and bear-watching in Transylvania.
Sign up for Poshmark (use code BLUENOTEVINTAGE for $10 to spend on the app!) and sell some of your gently-worn kids clothes (or yours!). Clean up your house and make a little money while they’re home.
Mystery Science has a great (FREE) series of K-5 science lessons all laid out here, broken down by grade levels!
Here’s an amazing FREE link to 450 Ivy League courses available online. English for career development, Poetry in America, Customer Analytics, and a stunning number of computer science classes.
Teachers Pay Teachers has a bottomless number of curriculum items created by teachers.
Scholastic (yes, the booklet you chose your books from as a kid) has a FREE set of resources for learning opportunities from home. For grades K-6+, there’s going to be 20 days of lessons, which equates to 4 weeks of weekday at-home learning.
Do you or your kids enjoy Broadway? There’s a streaming service for that. BroadwayHD has a metric ton of classics and currents, like Kinky Boots or Angela Lansbury in Sweeney Todd.
Maybe opera is more your style? The Met Opera is offering nightly livestreams at 4:30pm PST of their shows, and there’s a TON of content on their On-Demand page as well. Get a little culture while you’re in your pajamas!
NASA just made their media library open and free – there’s an incredible amount of space photos and videos and enough to keep your space fan busy for at least a couple of hours.
Learn to make sourdough bread! Baking is a great idea for homeschooling, as it teaches math and science and working as a team.
Get your kids moving with Cosmic Kids Yoga! Physical education is important and getting the little angels to work their ya-yas out is really important too. Otherwise, they’re running crazy all over your house and nobody needs that. Absolutely free of charge.
Cincinatti Zoo is offering live daily “home safari” streams on their Facebook page, check this page out for more details.
As long as you can trust your kids to not injure each other, here’s another option for physical education: staff spinning. LIKE LIGHTSABERS. The instructor, Michelle Smith, is a certifiable badass. Check it out, there’s a free course you can download if you sign up for her newsletter!
Miss the library? Overdrive has an app for your Kindle, iPad or other mobile device called Libby. Hook up your library card and load up your reader with all the books your little bookworms can handle.
This awesome company is hosting some virtual art classes the week of March 16, 2020 and has a full supply list and everything.
Here’s a bunch of museums that have virtual tours available – from Museé d’Orsay to the Getty museum in LA. Travel the world and see some of the most beautiful works of art without leaving your house.
Have a contest to see who can find the funniest video on YouTube. Here’s one to get you started:
I know there are more resources out there – I’ll keep updating this with all the resources as I find them, so bookmark this page!