Homeschooling resources during coronavirus working-from-home
With schools closed and many pharma and healthcare companies asking employees to work from home during the coronavirus outbreak, a lot of us are under pressure to split responsibilities between family and work.
pharmaphorum has put together this list of easily-accessible online activities that can help educate and entertain children during these busy times.
Zoos with webcams:
Art museum websites:
Children’s authors / artists providing book readings and quick art classes:
Oliver Jeffers – https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books#/abookaday/
Mac Barnett – https://www.instagram.com/macbarnett
Carson Ellis – https://www.instagram.com/carsonellis
Live reading of my picture book, Kitten Lady’s Big Book of Little Kittens, and a short Q&A for kids! The book is geared toward ages 4-8, but all are welcome. And yes…there will be kittens!
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in US grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
List of online resources for things to do at home:
Free stories from Audible while schools are closed. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.
British sign language are doing a special offer of ‘pay what you can’ during the crisis with suggested amounts: