Hello loyal JBRish readers, friends and fellow humans who have found their way to this web page. As we are working through trying and unusual times, someone sent me a list of resources covering a wide variety of interests and age groups. We hope you find several things on this list that interest you and help lighten the burden of sheltering in place.
NOTE – I do not know the origins of this list. If anyone can provide the appropriate originator, please leave a comment and I will provide proper annotation.
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Disclaimer: I cannot vouch for the quality or value of any of the links below. I am just passing information along in an effort to help others use their “shelter-in-place” time in a more interesting and perhaps rewarding manner. As always, let the buyer beware and your mileage may vary.
Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course & Certification via Hollywood Art Institute
Discounted 99% ($19) on the date of this post – 3/24/2020
✅The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!
✅This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.
✅This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.
✅The British Museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.
✅3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.
✅Classes for older teens or adults – One free month of membership!
✅Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customized to any student’s needs including creating flashcards for other subjects.
✅K-8 online math program that looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique learning path for them.
✅Engaging reading game for grades 2-8 that combines strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game.
✅A safe research site for elementary-level readers. They are offering — free 24/7 access
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✅Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Our site is best used for ages 4-8.
✅Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas
✅Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world.
✅Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.
✅Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice.
✅Teaches students how to write a paragraph through interactive online tutorial
✅Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music! 21 for free
✅QuaverMusic is offering free access to general music activities to all impacted schools, including free student access at-home
✅Science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology
✅The Shurley English program for grades K-8 provides a clear, logical, and concrete approach to language arts.
✅Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout.
✅A collection of hundreds of free K-12 STEM resources, from standalone models and simulations to short activities and week long sequences of curriculum materials.
✅Course sets (Levels 1–5) that combine and thoroughly cover phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography—all in one easy-to-use, beautiful course.
✅Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access
✅Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school where students directly engage in science phenomena as they solve problems.
✅Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions.
✅A quick start resource to help families pull together a plan for surviving the next 1-2 months at home with their kids, but it can also be a time of slowing down and enjoying kids as they learn.
Preschool through 8th grade
✅Every course you could possibly want to homeschool for high school
✅National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.
✅Farmer’s almanac for kids… Date, weather, moon phase, etc.
✅Website allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others
✅Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time.
✅NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history.
✅Immerse yourself in cryptography
✅An interactive way to learn history
✅Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way.
✅Scratch draws students of all types into coding and lays a foundation for future learning.
✅A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.
✅Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are.
✅Allows students to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history.
✅A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways.
✅Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art.
✅Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos.
✅Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids.
✅A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool and kindergarten students
✅Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills.
✅No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen
✅Cool Kid Facts gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body.
✅This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin.
✅This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.
✅Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education project from Washington State University. Kids can send Dr. Universe any question they may have about history, geography, plants, animals, technology, engineering, math, culture, and more.
✅From rainbows to tornadoes and winter storms to tsunamis, meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather.
✅Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable.
✅The Theta Music Trainer offers a series of online courses and games for ear training and music theory.
✅Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management.
✅Innerbody explores the 11 bodily systems in depth. With interactive models and detailed explanations, this website will help them learn more about the internal mechanics of the amazing human
✅Tons and tons and tons of games some learning some just fun
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