Parents of school-age kids: I don’t know about your experience, but for us, summer camps have been cancelled, and there is talk of kids going back to public school next fall in some kind of hybrid at-home some days, on-campus on others.
Some parents I’ve chatted with are considering pulling their kids out to homschool all the way in the the fall, and are researching curriculum options. Others are just worried about learning loss, and keeping kids busy this summer.
I pulled my son out of traditional school in 2018 to homeschool. In researching the best curriculum for him, I have collected a TON of resources. Some of these resources are online and work very well for just enrichment in a non-homeschooled education. You do not need to be a homeschooler to use these:
* outschool.com — lots of teleclasses in various interests. Often scheduled and live with other kids
* superchargedschool.com — This site is run by the scientist/educator that we get our science curriculum from. Those are prerecorded videos, lots of hands-on. This make be links to outside sources, or lessons she does herself, I don’t know. But check it out if you’re inclined.
* Khan Academy (https://www.khanacademy.org) — A very content-rich site, on anything you can search up, and you know it will meet a certain caliber of quality. Is very traditional, lecture-style learning.
* YouTube. We have a TON of channels we like, depending on interests. What are your interests? We might be able to point you to stuff. Generally good: Crash Course History (goes a bit fast), Kurzgesagt, the Infographics Show, Mark Rober, OverSimplified, King of Random. More “out there”: Ants Canada (ants), Nile Red (don’t try this at home chemistry), Cody’s Lab (don’t try this at home chemistry) …
* Poetry: Ken Nesbitt’s site is fun, accessible, and proves that everyone’s a poet—even if they didn’t know it! www.poetry4kids.com
* Art: Free, fantastic art projects searchable by grade, subject, or media: https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/
* Science, marine biology: track ocean migrations in real-time! https://www.ocearch.org/tracker/?list
* Science, some lesson plans for various grades, with printouts: https://www.thetech.org/educators/labs
* National Geographic’s website for educators. Scroll down to the “learn at home” section for ideas of subjects, lessons, and activities by grade level: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/classroom-resources/
* visit museums all over the world, virtually: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/feature/on-coronavirus-lockdown-the-top-online-museum-and-art-tours (if this link tries to make you download an app just search for “art newspaper” online and click link, select “go to website” if you don’t want to download app)
* one of my favorite museum webcams, for mesmerizing and relaxing eye candy that still qualifies as educational–Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Jelly Cam! Check out their cams in other habitats too: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams/jelly-cam
* EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING ON PUBLIC TELEVISION
Several California PBS stations will begin broadcasting California state standards-aligned educational television programming, created by PBS SoCal/KCET and the Los Angeles Unified School District. This TV schedule was developed to help schools and districts bridge the digital divide and provide equitable access to learning for all students at home, regardless of access to internet or computers.
Educational programming aligned with state standards runs each weekday. Check your local listing for details. You can also check out https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/ for lesson plans and resources.