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Coronavirus Close Your Kid’s School? Use These 11 Online Educational Tools to Continue Learning at Home

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Since we now have an extra week off of school, I am sure parents will be interested in how they can keep their kids learning while there is no school. Here are 11 online resources to continue learning at home during the Coronavirus break.

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  1. Khan Academy offers online courses for kids. The majority of courses focus on STEM subjects. Khan Academy also offers a Pixar in a Box course and an Imagineering in a Box course so that kids can learn about animation and storytelling.
  2. The Cincinnati Zoo will be hosting a Facebook Live every day at 3pm to learn about a new zoo animal and do an at home activity.
  3. Listen to an educational, but also fun, kids podcast. We recommend checking out Story Pirates, Wow in the World, Brains On!, Tumble and Forever Ago.
  4. You are able to take a virtual tour of museums around the world from home. Kids will especially enjoy seeing the mummies at the British Museum and seeing artifacts from the Mayan civilization at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
  5. National Geographic Kids is a great site for kids to learn about about nature and science. On the website, they can watch videos, play games, get science experiments and learn fun facts.
  6. McHarper Manor will be holding free arts & crafts tutorials every Monday to Friday at 1pm. The first week of lessons included how to make watercolor animals, peg dolls and a painted canvas.
  7. OCPS offers a lot of free programs for kids online. My son loves Chess Kid and Brain Pop Jr. Kids can also learn to code with Hour of Code and Code Studio. Discovery Education also has lots of fun learning activities. All of these programs are available on launchpad.
  8. Scholastic Learn at Home has 20 days of lessons for parents to do with kids. Lessons are mainly for elementary school kids, and include a combination of reading, science, art and writing.
  9. Prodigy makes learning math fun. Prodigy is a math game, where kids have to answer math facts to move forward in the game.
  10. The Orange County Public Library offers free access with a library card to online classes such as Little Pim (language learning for young kids), Miss Humblebee’s Academy, Science Online and more. For older kids, they are offering online classes in Adobe Photoshop, Web Design and more.
  11. We can’t forget about physical education. GoNoodle offers a lot of fun videos that get young kids up and moving. Some videos even over fun ways to learn educational topics.

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