Like many parents, I thought I would be using lots of online resources to supplement my kids’ school work whilst we were in lockdown, but to be perfectly honest, I had no idea where to start.
Then after a couple of days of trying to get on top of the tasks my two kids (Year 3 and Year 7) had been set by school, I didn’t think there was really going to be much time to do it anyway.
But now it is the Easter holidays, the schooling pressure is off, but there are still hundreds of hours in each day (or so it seems) that need filling, without going out of your own home/garden.
It’s a tough challenge for any parent.
Here are a few of the ones that stood out to us here at Social Vision HQ:
COOL VIDEO EXPLAINING CORONAVIRUS
We do like this video. If your (young) kids want to know more about coronavirus and you just don’t know quite how to say it, this might help..
EVERYONE LOVES A STORY
Children’s Audible books 1000s to listen to
David Walliams telling stories at 11am
Free Audio books by David Walliams
The Gruffalo & friends updated Fun social distancing twists on Julia Donaldson classics
Where the Wild Things Are read by Christopher Walken
@savewithstories Watch celebs read stories on Instagram
SmithsonianMag Listen to JRR Tolkein read some of his works
Pixar has developed a free short course on the Art of Storytelling
Move the Masses Free 10 minute lunch time (1pm) workouts for all the family using a different household object every day.
Joe Wicks PE at 9am with the nation’s favourite
Dance with Oti Mabuse Strictly Come Dancing champion offering daily dance classes to kids.
SCIENCE & NATURE
Steve Backshall Wednesday’s at 9.30am is our time to learn about nature
Brian Cox Making physics fun
Eco Sapien Lots of ways to discover nature
NASA Live Watch the earth from space
MAD FOR ANIMALS
Learn British bird songs Know your robin from your wren
Gorilla Webcam – from the forest corridor
Alligators – Swamp cam
Longleat Animal Park Virtual safari
The Edinburgh Zoo Animal cams
Aquarium web cams Get up close and personal
Chester Zoo virtual tour
And under the sea…
Blocky games – Games to help beginners learn computer programming skills
Scratch – Beginners computer programming games/projects
Grayson Perry Art Classses
NHS Posters – Colour in for your own for your window
Free drawing classes from professional illustrators
Doodling Lunch time doodles
Easter crafts for the little ones
MUSIC and THEATRE
The Show Must go on Musicals every Friday including Lloyd Webber
The National Theatre every Thursday at 7pm the best British theatre
Music with Mylene Class Daily fun with Mylene at 1pm
Sock puppet How to make one
Board Game Arena Get playing
Puzzles Solve your own challenge
Nomster Chef Get the kids cooking
Lunch with Jamie Oliver Learn some cooking skills
HISTORY & MUSEUM VIRTUAL TOURS
Museums from around the world – Virtual, online tours
Access to 500 Museums & Art Galleries – Free, online
Future Learn – Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.
History Channel Free month’s subscription
The Maths Factor Let Carol Vorderman teach your kids
LEARN A LANGUAGE
Languages for kids Free from Rosetta Stone
BBC languages – Learn languages online free
World games – Geography games
SOME OTHER STUFF!
20 educational Apps for kids of all ages
Twinkl has lots of primary school resources