Hey ma, how are you doing? It’s been a crazy few days to say the least. At a time like this, our mission is unchanged. We’re here for you—to answer questions, share ideas, and do whatever we can to make your life a little easier during this time of so many unknowns.
We combed the internet and tapped our teacher friends to compile some great educational resources for your little ones. We’ll continue to add more, and if you have resources in mind, DM us at @littlespoon so we can share them with our community.
In this time of stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, try to remind yourself each day that you’re doing the best you can in a whole world of new normals. Don’t beat yourself up if “school” only lasts for 45 minutes or screen time exceeds your usual limit. It’s going to happen! Again, and again. And that’s ok. We’re all in this together, and we will get through it.
Beanstalk has live and on-demand interactive classes with topics like Art, Adventures in Story Land, How Things Work, Knowing Our Body, and Move and Create. Classes range in age from 1½-6 and will be free for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scholastic’s Learn At Home platform offers 20 days of daily online courses with articles, stories, and learning challenges for kids from preK to middle school. It’s completely free and no sign up is required. You can access Scholastic Learn At Home on all devices and can get up to three hours of instruction per day. Subjects include English Language Arts, STEM, Science, Social Studies, and Social-Emotional Learning.
CK-12 Foundation offers free resources for parents, teachers and students with classes from kindergarten to high school, and some college-level math classes. Subjects include Math (even precalc!), Science, English, and Social Studies. CK-12 Foundation is also offering free webinars on how to teach and learn from home amidst current school closures. Students can even join virtual classes and receive assignments from teachers.
The Khan Academy is a non-profit organization whose mission is always to provide free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. In the midst of so many school closures, they’ve created daily schedules to help parents structure at-home instruction for preK through high school. Subjects include Math, Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Econ & Finance, and Test Prep. They also offer resources for learners, teachers, parents, and school districts.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art let’s kids ages 7-12 experience The Met from their homes. Kids can explore the museum via an interactive map, travel through over 5,000 years of art, learn fun facts about the museum’s art, and participate in creative projects.
Writer, animator, and children’s book creator Mo Williems is hosting daily Lunch Doodles on the Kennedy Center website. He is inviting learners of all ages into his studio every day to draw and explore new ways of writing and creating.
If your little loves the library, this one’s for you! Epic! Is a digital library for kids 12 and under with over 35,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and more. You can sign up now and get 30 days for free. Additionally, Epic! has resources for parents, teachers, and students.
There’s so many great resources for school-aged kids but if your child is a bit younger, check our ABCMouse. They offer step-by-step learning programs with over 850 lessons in 10 different levels. Their Reading, Math, Science, and Art programs are suitable for children 2-8 and you can get your first 30 days for free.
If your little isn’t quite school age, you might be having difficulty finding ways to keep them learning. How about story time with Jimmy Fallon or Kamala Harris? Jennifer Gardner and Amy Adams have joined with Save The Children and No Kid Hungry to bring you Save With Stories. They’ll be taking to Instagram with other celebrities for fun and educational stories while raising money for schools and community programs.
Lastly, we recommend you check out your local Department of Education for additional resources. We’re New Yorkers here at Little Spoon and the NYC DOE has put together lots of resources for children of all ages to learn at home during this time.
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