Last updated 8/30/2020
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Schools are delivering education in new ways, and the expectations of students are quite different than they were in Spring 2020. While educators are doing their best to support student success in a safe environment, parents are often looking for tools to support or supplement their children’s new virtual learning experiences.
Arizona Capitol Museum: Online resources include fun, Arizona-related activities: Capital Crossword Puzzle, Arizona Word Search, and Kids and the Capitol: The Arizona Legislative Centennial Civics Project. Share your completed work using the hashtags #HistoryAtHome and #MuseumsAtHome.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Find fun baseball-themed activities and lessons for your kids courtesy of your Arizona Diamondbacks.
Arizona Milk Producers: Visit arizonamilk.org for some fun games and activities, including virtual tours, downloadable activity sheets, a colorful flipbook, and a reading list.
Arizona PBS: Every week, Arizona PBS provides a new at-home learning topic with activities, games, and articles — featuring your favorite PBS KIDS characters like Daniel Tiger, Elmo, and the Kratt brothers — to keep your child learning through play. Whether exploring science on a family walk, testing out math skills by measuring ingredients for dinner, or strengthening self-awareness and self-esteem by listening to family stories, they’re committed to supporting you with parent advice and learning activities that will help your child thrive this year — in school or at home. Learn more: pbs.org/parents/learn-at-home.
Arizona Science Center: With CONNECT @ Arizona Science Center™, students can catch up, stay current or get ahead. Arizona Science Center’s science learning Road Map outlines a path forward—both week to week and year to year for kids in grades K-8. This includes yearly goals and lesson plans…all built to meet or exceed the state of Arizona’s Science Standards.
ASU for You: Whether you are a learner or an educator, this new offering from Arizona State University provides a flexible and growing set of digital educational assets for people of all ages and at all stages of their educational, career or lifelong learning journey.
ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College: Resources for parents to support learning at home during school closures with tips and a list of links to various websites and online learning opportunities.
Audible: Audible Stories is a free service that offers educational and entertaining audiobook content for kids, teens, and families. There are titles for beginning readers like Stone Soup and Winnie the Pooh, and for older readers, there’s Jane Eyre or The Call of the Wild, along with titles from authors like Dan Gutman, Ally Carter, Leigh Bardugo, and Julie Kagawa. In addition, there’s also fun educational content like children’s song collections. There are titles across six different languages, and it’s set up for kids through teens with easy-to-navigate categories, plus a section of literary classics.
Boeing: check out the 100 Days of Learning collection of lesson plans, videos, interactive media, and design challenges, all of which are intended to increase student interest and aptitude for 21st-century skills and can be used at home with your own kids.
Brain Breaks: Ideas for “brain breaks” when doing school work at home.
Brainpop: a subscription-based learning resources site is offering free access to its huge library of videos to schools and families impacted by COVID-19. It even has a video explaining coronavirus in an easy-to-digest format that kids (and adults) can understand.
Children’s Museum of Phoenix: The Children’s Museum of Phoenix has partnered with the Arizona Milk Producers Dairy Council of Arizona to bring a new program to Valley families.The THINKER PLAYER CREATOR BOX is a box full of four weeks’ worth of fun, hands-on, engaging activities to keep your kiddos busy, happy, and creative! Recommended for ages 4-9
Code.org: Coding lessons for all grade levels.
Common Threads: Offers a FREE on-demand (self-paced) Small Bites classes for elementary and middle school students all over the country! The virtual lessons are focused on basic nutrition and healthy cooking through simple snack preparation.
Cosmic Kids Yoga: Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation videos designed especially for kids aged 3+.
Doodles with Mo Willems: Every day at 10 a.m. Arizona time, tune in for a live video with Mo Willems doodling.
Draw Everyday with JJK: Join author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka daily at 11 a.m. Arizona time for a daily drawing lesson and activity.
Duolingo: If you students is looking to practice a foreign language, or has been enrolled in a dual language program, Duolingo is a free, online resource to continue working on their language skills at home.
Fordham Institute: A thoughtful compilation of the best educational YouTube channels, educational videos, podcasts for kids and free online instructional materials.
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation: The Foundation launched a free online learning tool for K-12 students. The six-week series will introduce a new STEAM-focused lesson and corresponding video weekly, as part of The Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom.
GoNoodle – Active Screen Time: GoNoodle gets kids up and moving to fun, engaging content and games.
GreatSchools.org: Free resources in English and Spanish. Parents can find grade-based learning tool kits, including worksheets, book lists, tips and more.
Harry Potter At Home: This hub offers unique activities to keep keep kids occupied – including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, craft videos, articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time Harry Potter readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.
Johnson Space Center: Join Boeing and Discovery Education on a mission to inspire the world through aerospace innovation with an exclusive virtual field trip to historic Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Junior Achievement Online Learning: Junior Achievement of Arizona has launched Instagram Live Lessons for kids. The live lessons are held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday (elementary), Wednesday (middle school) and Thursday (high school). JA also offers online learning resources for parents.
Junior Library Guild: offering unlimited free access to its online reading platform along with webcasts with various authors. Be sure to check out their new weekly webcast, Aiden Tyler, Quaran-teen with author Rex Ogle, every Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Khan Academy: Khan Academy offers exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material. They are also holding special COVID-19 live streams for parents and teachers looking for resources.
KidsActivities.com: 40+ virtual field trips your kids can take from the couch.
KiwiCo: Offers these free at-home resources for kids (and their grownups).
Learning Care Group: Tutor Time Child Care and Learning Centers Valleywide remain open for working parents. The parent company is offering engaging learning activities you can do with your children at home. You’ll find activities that encourage children to move their bodies, exercise their minds, and even help out at home.
MathGames.com: Grade-based (pre-K through 8) online math games.
Mystery Science: an engaging, video-based learning website offering free and easy science ideas for remote learning for grades K-5.
National Emergency Library: The Internet Archive has temporarily suspended all waitlists, allowing you to immediately check out any of the 1.4 million books currently in our lending library. Until June 30 or the end of the US national emergency (whichever comes later), every borrowable book will be immediately accessible by anyone and they doubled the number of books you can check out at one time.
National Geographic Kids: NatGeo provides brain booster activities on its website, in addition to a Learn at Home page has material geared for Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-12. Each day, parents and educators can check out National Geographic’s live broadcast videos. Students are connected with National Geographic explorers around the world. The videos, in English and Spanish, encourage students to get out and (safely) explore.
OdySea Aquarium: launched a Virtual Classroom featuring sharks. Coming soon: lessons on penguins, jellyfish, sea lions (vs. seals), the water cycle and coral reefs.
Omni Calculator Project: a community of scientists and researchers built 1000 math and physics calculators to make homeschooling less challenging for parents and kids. Each of them is equipped with tips and detailed explanations of concepts to various scientific phenomena. They are fun, they are helpful and they can teach you a lot more than 2+2.
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport: Not travelling these days? Phoenix Sky Harbor offers airport-inspired activities for children in English and Spanish. Share your kids’ artwork using the hashtag #ColorSkyHarbor.
Phoenix Zoo: The Zoo is providing educational, fun, unique content and behind-the-scenes access to animals, keepers and the staff who keep the Zoo running even while the physical grounds are closed to the public. On the Digital Safari page you will find links to exclusive YouTube videos, blog posts, photos, animals facts and activities to keep the kiddos busy while stuck at home. Tune in every day at 1 p.m. for new content!
PHXTV Classroom: The city of Phoenix’s digital classroom, PHXTV Classroom, has expanded its programming and will stream live on Phoenix.gov/PHXTV from 9 – 11 a.m. daily, with a replay from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PHXTV Classroom (also broadcast on Cox Cable channel 11 and CenturyLink 8005) will feature a variety of stories, with different programming each day, on history, science and art.
Save with Stories: Celebrities on Instagram are keeping kids occupied by reading stories.
Scholastic Learn At Home: Scholastic created a free, open-access digital hub with education materials for children in Pre-K to Grades 6-9. The website provides up to three hours of learning opportunities each day. Subjects include English language arts, STEM, science, social studies, and social-emotional learning. There is no login or account required.
Smithsonian: Parents and kids can play games, take a 3D look at some of the Smithsonian’s collections, and view photos and information about specific items in its collection.
The Spanish Experiment: Children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker.
Southwest Human Development: at-home lesson plans for parents and caregivers to use with their young children.
TIME Magazine: the TIME for KIDS digital library is free for the rest of the school year.
Virtual Field Trips: A collection of sites to live webcams, virtual tours/trips, and other miscellaneous fun academic sites.
Wide Open School: Common Sense Media, a nonprofit whose mission is to help kids, families and educators coexist in a world of technology, has brought together select education, tech and media partners to help support the difficult transition to e-learning. They curated the best educational materials on the internet into one website called WideOpenSchool.org. The goal is to make it easier for parents and students alike to find ways to learn online during this challenging time.
Writing Prompts: Students can respond to daily writing prompts, inspired by The New York Times, at home for free.
100+ Activities For Kids to Do At Home: Here’s a list of 100+ ideas to help you keep your kids occupied in meaningful ways. While these ideas aren’t necessarily academic, they will learn from them. Real life skills, patience, problem solving, creativity, perseverance, and so much more.
Quarantine Advice from an Arizona Teacher of the Year
Check out our recent guest blog from Arizona Teacher of the Year Beth Maloney offering advice to parents out there to help keep the kids (and you) from going quaran-crazy!
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Check out Expect More Arizona’s archived Today campaign for hundreds of simple ways to turn everyday activities into a learning opportunity.