Now You’re a Homeschooler!

Here are ideas for how to keep your kids’ brains alive while you’re at home.

Reading and Writing

From author Grace Lin: where kids can ask questions of real authors and submit their own work

From the New York Times: daily writing prompts

Author Illustrators Oliver Jeffers and Mac Barnett will be reading their books aloud online each day at 2pmEST

READ will be posting author readalouds daily on its Facebook page

From Brightly: a TON of reading and writing and fun activities grouped by age level

From the Library of Congress: Parents! Smart fun for Kids

From the New York Times: children’s book authors and illustrators who are offering online reading and drawing videos for kids

From Audible: free audiobooks for kids

From Reading Rockets: tons of great resources for reading, math, science, and more

Arts and Culture

From Travel and Leisure: Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch

From Open Culture: Downloadable museum coloring books

From Emily, Zeke’s awesome art teacher, this website filled with fabulous art activities from museums and other sources

From Playbill: Broadway musicals you can watch from home


From Open Culture: free language lessons


From the Cincinnati Zoo: Home Safari on Facebook live daily at 3pmEST or on YouTube anytime

From the Franklin Institute: Interactive games about the brain


If you’re struggling with helping your kids with math, check out these tips from Rebecca Zook


From Hello Wonderful: 50+ Easy Indoor Activities for Kids

Take virtual field trips to various parks, zoos, museums, and more

From PBS Kids: a daily e-newsletter that you can subscribe to for ideas about how to entertain and educate your kids during self-quarantine.

Take free online courses from Ivy League universities

Check out this giant spreadsheet of activities kids can do (somewhat independently) while parents are working

From a long list of educational websites currently offering free subscriptions

From Scholastic: Learn from home lessons and projects by grade level

From Share My Lesson, courtesy of Diane U: a vast library of resources about Coronavirus, teaching from home, social and emotional well-being, and more

From School Library Journal: a collection of free online teaching resources

From Tea with Mrs B: Manners in a Minute videos

From the Washington Architectural Foundation, courtesy of Josh: architecture activities for kids

Websites and Apps

Sometimes screen time can be educational!

Khan Academy offers free online classes for all ages.

PBS Kids includes tons of great games

CrashCourse offers accessible videos on a variety of important historical and current topics

Move Your Body: Yoga, Martial Arts, Exercise

Keep active while quarantined

Sun and Moon Yoga will be offering free online yoga classes through its new YouTube channel

Grace is offering online classes on its website

From Erin: the Down Dog yoga app is available for free for the rest of March

From Arlington Magazine: 8 Great Hikes Close to Home

From EvolveAll: yoga, fitness, martial arts workouts on their YouTube channel

From Ease Yoga and Cafe: yoga videos for kids and adults

Emotional and Mental Health

How to keep you and your family sane in a super stressful time

From NPR: A Comic for Kids about Coronavirus

From the National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19

From PBS for Parents: How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus

From Calm: meditations to help you during anxious and confusing times

From Insight Meditation Community of Washington: free online meditation and mindfulness classes

Spiritual Life

Attend to your soul and spirit wherever you are

Mindfulness and yoga with Erin

From On Being: A Listening Care Package for Uncertain Times

From Magnificat, courtesy of Martha: resources for Catholics to pray and observe Catholic traditions at home

From the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington: services are live-streamed and recorded every Sunday so you can watch any service in the archives

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