You've probably landed here because you are looking for resources to support your young learner during this challenging time. Today we are sharing with you our favorite educational websites. We are all familiar with the learning bridge that happens during the summer months when young children are out of school and less stimulation occurs. How can we avoid that during the coming weeks and months as we navigate school closures and e-learning?
I wanted to share, from my perspective as an early childhood educator, some of my favorite educational websites to help you as you begin to supplement and strategize in an effort to support your child’s education. I know a lot of us are trying to avoid too much screen time, but these apps and online programs are perfect for young learners to enjoy while mom or dad work from home, make dinner, or eat chocolate in the pantry. No judgement here! And, I've included a little video sneak peek from each site so you can somewhat know what to expect. These sites are definitely teacher approved and sites I used in the classroom with my students for many years.
Educational Websites for Kids
GoNoodle— Offering interactive wellness activities for young families, I can’t think of a more appropriate time to try out of some of their games for young children. In fact, the whole family can get involved and enjoy these! My kids particularly love the Poppin’ Bubbles activity, be sure to let your kids try that one! Get your kids moving with these fun and engaging songs. Exercise is important and this free website will get everyone moving and shaking!
Cosmic Kids Yoga Videos—I know we are all looking for additional ways to help our kids use their never ending energy in a healthy way (because my nerves can only take so much, right?) so it was a no brainer to share one of my favorite Youtube channels for kids. In fact, I’ve linked directly to their free lesson plans! I love how, through yoga, she’s able to bring favorite stories to life from Pokemon to Frozen. There’s something for each child.
Storyline—This one is another one that is so fun for the entire family. Celebrities read children’s book for free. This is a go to site when you are ready for a little quiet time or before a nap. Snuggle up and listen to a good book that is developmentally appropriate for your young learner. Oprah, Mark Dupless, and Chrissy Metz recently took care of after school story in my home! They’ve even won some incredible awards for the work their foundation is doing in the children’s literacy community! Listen to the book Arnie the Doughnut right now.
Chess Kid —is the perfect online game if you have little gamers on your hands. I love that Chess can translate right over to their every day even if they study it and learn it online.
Starfall—This is such an amazing website that covers early literacy, math, holidays and seasons. There are so many songs and activities that are colorful and engaging. Listen to a nursery rhyme, play a movement song or practice counting. This site has it all for early childhood.
My friend over at This Messy Season, recently shared this resource on her Facebook page. Here is a list from Travel & Leisure Magazine with museums you can visit virtually! How cool is that? Even though this is a stressful time, we can easily provide cultural experiences for our kids without leaving home.
Make sure you check out these other sites that are either free or they have great offers to support parents and teachers right now.
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Join the conversation. If you have some favorite free online resources, let me know because I would love to share them!
Happy teaching, learning and simply surviving during a time of so many unknowns. Let's work together to provide our kids fun and engaging learning experiences as we navigate this challenging season. You've got this and we know these free educational websites can make everyone's life a little easier!
Are you a teacher or parent looking for resources to support your young learners at home? Check out our Emergency Send Home Lesson Plans by clicking here. Each set has links for every subject along with daily suggestions for learning in Math, Literacy, Science and Social Studies. Plus a ton of purposeful and engaging printables.