We know that balancing working from home and working to ensure your children are still learning, active and engaged is not going to be easy. But as parents, we can rise to the challenge.
We’ve rounded up a few ideas to help you navigate this unprecedented time with some free resources.
Scholastic Learn at Home – offering day-by-day activities for children built around a story or video; segmented for children as young as pre-K through grades 6 and above.
Common Sense Media – a trusted site for quality screen-time; This website offers recommendations for both free and paid programming, apps, games and websites along with privacy tips to keep in mind.
Online Collections – Just because you can’t make a visit to your local museum, doesn’t mean you can’t explore their collections. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Maryland Historical Society, Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art all offer online access to their collections. This is perfect for those looking for their daily dose of art and culture.
National Geographic Kids – Explore the worlds of animals, space, science and geography via quizzes, games, educational videos and science experiments.
Spring break will look at lot different this year with more virtual trips than in-person ones. Google Arts and Culture offers virtual tours of museums around the world including The British Museum, Van Gogh Museum, MoMA and hundreds more.
If the great outdoors is more your thing you can also fly over an active volcano, kayak through an iceberg or fly with the bats at National Parks across the country.
Finding moments of Zen will be important for all of us and for the littlest of kids at home watching as The National Aquarium’s fish and jellies move around your screen; The Maryland Zoo’s penguins may bring just a few minutes of awe-inspiring quiet.
The Kennedy Center Education Artist in Residence, Mo Williams, is taking his skills home and sharing with parents and kids with a weekday Lunch Doodle series at 1 p.m. Fans of the Pigeon book series may also enjoy an augmented reality tour of the Kennedy Center where children help determine what’s real and what’s made up.
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