We may have tons of time at home now, but I’m not spending those hours sorting through Pinterest to find activities to keep my kids entertained. Still, I need to get some work done, and with the kids at home 100% of the time, I want to have something in my arsenal to keep them entertained. Bonus if it’s educational too.
When schools across the country announced they’ll be closing to help stop the spread of coronavirus, Scholastic announced free access to their learn-at-home lessons and resources.
These “special cross-curricular journeys” as they’re calling them are divided by grade level. You can access resources for PreK and Kindergarten, Grades 1 & 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6+.
Sign in with their free log in, and the site provides four daily activities that include videos, quizzes, books, and activities. There will be 20 daily lessons total. The site utilizes Book Flix for their “read-along” stories and Watch & Learn Library for more educational videos.
The first morning my kids, age 5 and 3, had a blast learning about different kinds of rabbits and how far animals can jump. Their faces lit up when they learned that kangaroos can jump an astonishing 15 feet!
My kids got through this morning’s Scholastic Classroom Magazine activities in about 40 minutes. But hey, that was 40 minutes that they were entertained and learned something new. They even ended spending a good chunk of their day doing other rabbit activities. They even organized their own hopping race through our backyard.
Build your own Homeschooling Journey
If you’re feeling particularly inspired and want more activities to fill your day, you can also create lessons of your own. Both Book Flix and the Watch & Learn Library offer an assortment of categories to pick from. Kids interested in “scientific investigation?” Or “animals and plants?” Or even “social-emotional learning?” You’ll find it all through Scholastic in one handy spot.
Still looking for more? Other educational companies are offering free subscriptions while school is out too. You can see the full list here. I’m also a huge fan of daily quiet time for the kids, and there’s plenty of minimal mess activity ideas here.
If all else fails, the Disney+ app has already launched Frozen 2, a whole three months earlier than planned. You’re welcome.
Liz SanFilippo Hall is a freelance writer/editor and work-at-home mama who writes about everything from food and travel to parenting, self care, and books. Some of her work can be found on CBSLocal.com and SelfSufficientKids.com. She also talks about all the ups and downs of parenting and life on her blog Oops & Daisies. .