Education During a Time of Uncertainty

Families across the nation – and all around the globe – for the first time in most of our lives are facing a time like no other. It is a time of uncertainty, fear and illness. Students find themselves home indefinitely when they should be in the final weeks of the school year, preparing for assessments, tests and college visitations. Instead, schools are closing, one after another, leaving parents wondering how their young students will complete the year with a proper education.

While many schools are offering remote classroom work on provided devices, even more districts were unprepared to face something of this magnitude. So, what are families to do during this shutdown that could potentially end the school year? Simple: Get creative, use online resources and connect in other ways.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to keep learning and stay engaged (many that typically require a subscription with a cost attached are offering free programs for the time being):

 

Educational sites:

Preschool – 6th grade students: www.ReadingIQ.com

Kindergarten – 6th grade students: gregtangmath.com

Kindergarten – 12th grade students: aleks.com/independent

3rd – 8th grade students: www.AdventureAcademy.com

 

Netflix streaming:

David Attenborough’s National Curiosities

Nature’s Weirdest Events

How to Win the US Presidency

Untold Histories of the United States

Bill Nye the Science Guy

 

Podcasts

TED Talks

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

Brain Stuff

Science Friday

 

Virtual Trips

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/van-gogh-museum?hl=en

 

San Diego Zoo

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/videos

 

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams

 

The Great Wall of China

https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china

 

Other activities:

Go for a walk

Read a book

Exercise

Choose one of the paintings from the above Van Gogh exhibit and try to recreate it

Make cards for elderly patients

Learn to cook