While Arizonans are being urged to stay at home (and, honestly, who wants to be outside when it is 107 degrees out?), finding sources of education and entertainment for children stuck inside is important. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of educational resources families may enjoy during the summer.
Reading, writing and virtual storytimes
- Let someone else read to your kids: Children’s book authors are offering virtual storytimes. So is the Brooklyn Public Library. If your child has a favorite author, check their Instagram or Facebook page—they may also be offering virtual reading sessions. Even actors are getting in on the action.
- Create your own children’s book: This free 90-day trial will allow your kids to write and illustrate their own children’s books.
- Children’s library: The website Epic! offers over 35,000 titles geared toward children under 12.
- Local library: Even though libraries are closing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many offer e-books, audiobooks, streaming movies and more through apps like Overdrive. Visit your local library’s website to learn more.
Science and math
- NASA for kids: This NASA resource is for pre-K through fourth grade—learn through educational games!
- Practice your math skills: Here’s a way to make math a part of your child’s bedtime routine.
- Math as a game: Math Game Time aims to make learning math a fun challenge.
- Mystery Science: Mystery Science offers science lessons to kids in grades 1-4.
- National Geographic Kids: Explore science, culture and the globe with free educational videos and resources from National Geographic Kids.
- Arts and crafts: Crayola offers a myriad of crafting tutorials.
- Craft tutorials: These visually-based arts and crafts tutorials will teach children how to create art, without using words.
- Art history lessons: Combining storytime and art history, this artist will read a book aloud and then give a child-appropriate art history lecture about famous artists.
- Guitar lessons: You can get three months of guitar instruction with Fender, for students who have access to a guitar at home.
- Skill building: For grades 1-6, try the Academic Skill Builders for lessons in every subject, including typing, spelling, math and more.
- Edu-together: Edu-together offers lessons in every subject for grades K-12.
- Language learning: Remember to take advantage of free apps like Duolingo and Google Translate to brush up on your foreign language skills.
These are just a few of our favorite resources—a quick Google search will turn up even more helpful educational websites to help your kids learn at home.
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Pointe Schools offer high quality academic education to K-12 students, with a focus on character and community service. Our teachers are passionate about learning, and we aim to provide an environment that helps children prepare for college and adulthood, regardless of their family’s financial situation. Call us today to learn more about our schools and enrolling your child. We look forward to reuniting as a community in August.