Online Educational Programs For Kids At Home Due To School Lockdowns
The hot topic on every parent's lips is if and when schools will close in the midst of COVID-19. Not only will we be tasked with keeping kids entertained and out of trouble, but we'll also have to rise to the challenge of keeping their education on track.
If homeschooling isn't quite what you foresaw in your immediate future, there are loads of online educational tools that can help. Here are some of the best interactive learning resources around that kids can do at home, to keep their creative juices flowing and their little brains learning in the long days ahead.
ABC Reading Eggs
ABC Reading Eggs takes kids on a fun adventure through online reading games and activities that incorporate songs, stories and rewards. Developed by experienced educators and animators, the program focuses on a core reading curriculum that supports what children learn at school, helping your child can develop their skills in reading, phonics and comprehension in an engaging, fun way. ABC Reading Eggspress offers a similar platform for older kids ages 7 to 13. Register now to start your FREE 30 days of access to the ABC Reading Eggs as well as the ABC Mathseeds online learning programs.
IXL is the world's most popular subscription-based learning site, and kids love using it! Offering unlimited access to Maths and English practice, the award-winning personalised learning program includes a huge variety of dynamic and interactive questions that keep learning interesting and fresh. Questions adapt to just the right level of difficulty to help your children learn at their own pace. With a comprehensive curriculum, individualised guidance and real-time analytics, plus vibrant visuals and fun prizes, IXL keeps kids engaged and excited about learning.
The perfect solution for at-home education, Matific is an award-winning math program offering hundreds of adaptive and intuitive maths activities for primary school kids, aligned with the curriculum. Based on a spiral, progressive learning system, where concepts are reinforced and new skills will be introduced, the interactive and educational game-based activities provide a personal journey toward mathematics mastery. Progress at their own pace and through a unique sequence of interactive activities, students use immediate interactive feedback to adjust their thinking to tackle each problem. Watch as they explore new concepts, solve challenges and have fun!
Keep calm and code on! Code Camp have opened their online coding platform, Code Camp World to the public to help keep kids engaged whilst stuck at home. You can now sign up for the service at codecampworld.com and gain access to two online lesson plans which will teach their kids how to build games using drag & drop coding. In addition to the two lesson plans, users can access a number of online video tutorials to continue their child’s coding education online - all for FREE.
Like an at-home art class, Artventure assists your kids to develop and master their skills in drawing and painting. Artventure is trusted by homeschooling families worldwide as a valuable resource to fulfil the need for artistic expression and has long been a part of a holistic homeschool curriculum. Creativity is integral to wider learning and Artventure provides everything you’ll need to grow your children's skills and confidence in art. Simply choose an artwork, watch how it’s created and then follow along with step-by-step or use the lesson as inspiration to create your own artwork!
Twinkl offers teacher-created educational resources that can be used at each step of a child's learning journey, with a complete range of teaching, planning and assessment resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum. There are a wealth of activities to explore as well as ready-made learning packs and useful resources for parents designed specially to support home learning.
ABC Education is home to a huge range of high-quality educational content to use at home, with thousands of free, curriculum-linked resources for Primary and Secondary students. All our resources are free and mapped to the Australian Curriculum, covering English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, The Arts and Technologies, including STEM. Explore videos, games, articles and beautiful multimedia digibooks to help give students a complete understanding across a wide breadth of topics.
National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids packed full with fun online games and activities that help kids explore by our wonderful world, discovering some of the coolest information from around our planet. Covering animals, science, geography and history, the site is bursting with interesting facts and exciting articles for young explorers to uncover. Explore their Primary Resources for engaging and curriculum-led teaching ideas and resource sheets supporting core subjects like English, Maths and Science as well as the wider curriculum with resources for Geography, History, Art and Culture. The Kids Club section focused on cool content written for kids and by kids!
Kids News is a free and comprehensive media platform that publishes age-appropriate articles based on content from News Corp publications. Designed for years 3 to 8, it is a ready-to-go literacy resource using current daily news stories to support students learning. Three new articles are added to kidsnews.com.au each school day covering current affairs, key curriculum topics, interesting stories about people, animals and things, and Sport. Each story contains a Glossary of terms and words, pus and comprehension quiz and activities.
ABC-Ya is a leader in educational games for kids and a long-time favourite in countless classrooms and homes around the world. Designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun, ABCya has over 400 high-quality games that have been carefully crafted to maximize learning. All sorted by grade level, you can select from a range of categories including letters, numbers, strategy and skill, and covers a range of topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition. Play all ABCya games for FREE on desktop computers.
Skwirk is stocked with over 18,000 resources including animations, videos, images, quizzes, podcasts, games and activities across 6 core subjects all in one place. The fun and interesting platform helps students explore and develop the concepts taught in school, encouraging your child to become an independent learner at home. Australian owned and operated, Skwirk is written by Australian teachers and is aligned to the Australian Curriculum with up-to-date content, for each subject and each year level.
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