During the last month, many companies have offered free access to their platforms and provided thousands of activities to do while staying home due to COVID-19. While these companies are all doing their best to help, the number of resources and activities listed can be overwhelming or just not a fit for you. Not everyone has a backyard to jump on a trampoline or build a greenhouse. So what we did was go through A LOT of these lists of activities and selected the ones that can be easily implemented, so you don’t have to worry and spend time doing it.
Here’s a selection of the educational activities you can “plug & play” to start learning from home:
Age of Learning’s School Continuity Initiative provides schools closed due to the coronavirus with free home access for all affected families to leading digital education programs ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ. Programs serve students in preschool / pre-k, elementary school, and middle school.
For Children in Preschool Through 2nd Grade www.ABCmouse.com/redeem ™
For Children in 3rd Through 8th Grade www.AdventureAcademy.com/redee
For Children in Preschool Through 6th Grade www.ReadingIQ.com/redeem
(Internet access is not needed after ReadingIQ is downloaded.)
3 Digits – Math Game
PK-5, 6-8, 9-12
Everyone knows 1 + 1 = 2. But did you know Dot + Line = 6? Use the ancient Maya’s remarkable number system to translate numbers, but watch out for the timer!
Build math skills and learn the Maya’s unique base 20 number system! In this fast-paced game, players take their math skills to the next level. Using the ancient civilization’s revolutionary numerals—shell, dot, and line— translate randomly generated numbers in this competitive mental-math challenge. As players learn fascinating facts about the ancient Maya, they also practice this unique number system. Players must use their understanding of properties of operations with multi-digit arithmetic, the significance of place-value, and number system bases in this fast-paced challenge.
At-Home Learning Resources
PK-5, 6-8, 9-12
At-Home Learning Resources provides a free STEM Activity Guide to help turn these uncertain times into innovative learning opportunities. This company invites parents and educators to check out their at-home learning resources and blog filled with many easy, fun, and engaging STEM activities. These STEM activities will provide children the opportunity to explore, experience and collaborate to continue building lifelong thinking and problem solving skills.
Boddle Learning is an online web-based adaptive math game that makes math practice & assessments fun for students and easy for teachers in elementary classrooms (K-6). The program tailors instruction and practice to each individual student while teachers are able to pull real-time reports and deliver assignments.
PK-5, 6-8, 9-12
BrainPOP is here to help your curious learners stay informed and on-track. This company is offering free access to their products for all schools that are closed due to COVID-19. In addition, BrainPop is producing content to help teachers teach remotely and to help parents manage their child’s education from home.
7 Generation Games
That’s right 7 Generation Games and Apps Now Available for Free.
As of March 16 until July 22, 7 Generation Games is making all of our games and apps available for free for everyone.
Whether you’re worried about your kids falling behind as schools are closed or looking for a way to keep them busy during the next few weeks, we’re here to help. Games for Grades 3-8 are listed on the page linked above in grade-level order. AR apps for Preschool-Grade 5 are listed after the Grades 3-8 games.
If you are an educator and want to set up a classroom/school account so that teachers can access student data reports, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recognize that “transitioning education online” isn’t possible or easily accessible for many families and communities. That said, almost all of our apps have an offline version and can run on a smartphone or device without using data or Wi-Fi once they’re downloaded.
We’re all in this together.