So, we are all doing our best in every area of our lives considering the circumstances. I get a lot of messages from parents asking what to do with the kids at home. While I honesty think we should go back to basics. Connect, play games, try to go into nature (if possible) and keeping social distancing recommended I highly encourage you to have your kids explore boredom. It is healthy! I would also like to mention a word about online learning - we are all together on this and as we are all exploring a new way of learning for our kids – be patient with yourself, your kids and the teachers. Nobody is expecting you or your kids to be perfect at online learning.
Schools whether it be public or private are doing amazing adapting to the new scenario and using different platforms to keep our kids engage, connected and learning. We can do our part as well solely by spending time with them and showing them how we work, cook, clean, paint, work out, simply being good role models to them and sharing.
The best learning most often happens naturally. Another word of caution, do not compare what your school is doing to your friend’s school – we are all doing our best – and while we can suggest a few ideas here and there – trust that the experts know what they are doing.
Finally, for all those parents looking for online resources and classes – some of them free during the COVID-19 quarantine- here is a list (some schools are also using some of these for their online learning options). FYI: There are so many that we are simply mentioning a few worldwide known as well as some local initiatives that we think you will love!
khanacademy.org - for students ages 4-18 to keep them learning is one of my favorites, they are a non-profit that is free to everyone. They have added a wonderful Schedule for parents and amazing resources both for us and teachers | Parent & Teacher Resources
brainpop.com - you have all probably used and heard of brainpop, I personally love it. They have a jr.brainpop.com for younger kids and a bunch of other options – even a Spanish site esp.brainpop.com. Check it out, amazing group of educational websites with over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12 (ages 6 to 17), together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.
adventureacademy.com - Online learning for kids 8-13
education.com - Digital resources, tools and learning materials developed by educational experts, they can be used to support national education standards. Nice worksheets, basic membership is a bit boring as it is not video-driven.
Edmodo.com - mostly used as a platform that allows your kid to be in contact with the teachers. Microsoft teams is same use basically - the hub for team collaboration in Office 365 that integrates teachers, students and parents providing content, and tools to keep engaged.
explorelearning.com- mainly for science and math interactive simulations for grades 3-12. There are over 400 Gizmos aligned to the latest standards, my girls do not love it yet but on their way….
Greatschools – another amazing non-profit which we usually partner with for the Miami Schools Fair & Conference is providing resources (worksheets), book lists, parenting cue cards according to grade level as well as other free and valuable services such as free newsletter and school closure map among other.
myon.com - personalizes reading for students by recommending books based on their interests, reading level, and ratings of books they've read.
reflexmath.com- popular among public schools, reflex provides Individualized online game-based math fact fluency practice. The site reads that kids love the fun math games and teachers love the data. Personally, my kids get bored with the slow-paced of the system but I do believe it is great math practice.
discoveryeducation.com is the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources for K–12 classrooms worldwide. They have amazing award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, and a large professional development community.
i-readycentral.com- is an online program for reading and/or mathematics that will help your child's teacher(s) determine your child's needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year.
Various local online Kids Classes – there are amazing and tons of local providers, bloggers and moms doing and uploading on insta – State of kids - https://stateofkid.com/pages/state-of-kid-at-home?mc_cid=45910459f1&mc_eid=df628f9003
Online Ballet- https://ayalaroyalballet.com