EdGE Activities for At Home Kids & Families
EdGE staff compiled a list of resources we thought could help community members through this trying time and beyond. Learning and fun happen when you least suspect it!
New York Public Library is offering free e-books through their app SimplyE.
Scholastic offers online learning options by grade level for families, administrators, and teachers.
Scholastic is also offering free resources to help with your learning during school closures.
Transforming Rural Education in Education (TREE) will be reading bedtime stories at 7 pm each night! Supporting parents in a routine that provides children with a sense of comfort and togetherness. TREE Bedtime Stories will happen as a Facebook live event Sunday through Thursday at 7 pm.
Operation Story Time will have some of your favorite authors reading their books each day.
12 Famous Museums offer virtual tours you can take from your couch.
Join Audra Christie, Cherryfield School’s art teacher, co-founder of the Cherryfield Arts Initiative, and art instructor at the University of Maine at Machias, every Thursday at 1:30 pm for a Facebook Live event to learn a new skill. The videos will be posted on her page to access at your leisure. This week started with folding paper cranes.
Photography Scavenger Hunt! A mini photography lesson focusing on composition, the rule of thirds, and other elements of art and design principles. Share your favorite photos with a few words of why on Facebook at EdGE Scavenger Hunt.
Learn along with your children during this downtime. The world of MOOCs (short for “massive open online courses”) is a booming one, featuring more than 10,000 online courses listed by 800 different universities. Check out some of these great opportunities!
STEM and Social Studies
Over 30 Virtual field trips with links from the San Diego Zoo to Exploring the Great Wall of China.
Explore National Parks Online.
NASA – Play games, get homework help with STEM activities, become a citizen scientist, explore a collection of e-books, or fill out an application to be an astronaut!
Meteorology – Meteorologist Hayley LaPoint is offering live weather courses to students in grades K-12. Get started by sending her an email at [email protected]
The New England Aquarium offers virtual tours of daily feedings and “life at the aquarium,” along with fun facts about their sea-life inhabitants.
The Georgia Aquarium offers viewing of several tanks through their webcams tab. Look at the Piranha Tank, The Jelly Fish Tank, and more!
Marine Science – Reef Relief is offering virtual classroom lessons as a Facebook Live event every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 am. No worries if you can’t watch it live. They will record each episode and have them available on their Facebook page and YouTube.
Math Help! – 60 best websites to help you with teaching and learning math.
Students from UC Berkeley, MIT, and Harvard offer FREE Tutoring for students in grades K-12.
63 Science Experiments to do with Household Stuff.
Cooking and Life Skills
Learn the alphabet in a new way – American Sign Language!
Spectrum Internet Services offers free internet for 60 days to households with a K-12 student in the home that has not subscribed to their internet services within the last 30 days to help aid online learning during this Covid-19 crisis—Call 855-243-8892 for more information.
How to set up a ZOOM for parents and students.
Need help maneuvering your child’s new online classroom? Use this slideshow as a parent’s guide to Google Classroom. It takes you through how to get to Google Classroom, logging in, access classes, and different tools available in a step by step guide.
100 fun things to do at home during school closures. This website is full of links to other sites that give you ideas for fun activities, from laundry basket skeet ball to making a Lego night light.
Joe Wicks, famous for his Body Coach videos, is bringing a live P.E. class to kids every morning at 9 am. You can visit him on his YouTube Channel for a half-hour of workout fun.