Learning doesn’t have to stop with our kids home from school, and it doesn’t have to be boring either! My son is spending scheduled time each day working on lessons provided by his teacher, to prevent losing the momentum he has been building at school on math and reading. In addition to that we have been thrilled to see how businesses have been stepping up to offer incredible programs to enjoy virtually. Here are 5 exciting digital learning experiences your kids will love! They are sure to inspire creativity, engage the brain, and perhaps best of all they are all completely FREE!
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Like most kids his age, Benjamin LOVES technology! With him going back to homeschooling for a while, we thought it was a good opportunity to get him his own laptop for schoolwork. He already uses an iPad for streaming and gaming, but really needed something that could run his educational apps and basic office software. Having his own computer gives him a sense of pride and the desire to “work” alongside me during the day. Plus, huge perk, now I don’t have to share. Ha! We purchased this refurbished Chrome Book, after receiving so many recommendations on Facebook, and I am really hopeful that it’s going to meet all our needs.
Disney’s Imagineering in a Box
As you all know we are HUGE Disney fans in this household, so this first offering was super exciting to find out about. Last year the online learning mega site, Khan Academy, teamed up with Disney Imagineers to offer this Imagineering in a Box course! Kids (and adults, *wink*) can follow the 32 video course with accompanying lessons to learn how to create their very own theme park! The modules help stimulate the imagination and teach concepts such as storytelling, math, physics, design, and even engineering.
Center at Home
Due to widespread closures of attractions, Atlanta’s very own Center for Puppetry Arts has launched “Center at Home”. Center at Home is a digital learning platform which will offer curriculum-based workshops and interactive puppet shows right on screen. While this is currently offered via Zoom they are planning to switch to Facebook Live on March 19, allowing for even more participants of this fun and imaginative LIVE series.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
The Kennedy Center has teamed up with their Artist in Residence, Mo Willems, the brilliant artist and author behind beloved childhood favorites including The Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny, and the Elephant and Piggie books to offer Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems on YouTube. Each short segment, posted at 1 p.m. EST time each weekday, teaches kids and adults how to doodle characters and gives glimpses inside his studio life. This series is absolute GOLD, and we highly recommend it!
LIVE-Cam Exhibits at Georgia Aquarium
One of our favorite places to visit in Atlanta is Georgia Aquarium. There is so much to see, do and learn there, so of course we were stoked to learn that they offer these fantastic LIVE CAM streams (pun intended) of many of their tanks and animal exhibits. From the African Penguins to the adorable and fuzzy Southern Sea otters, we hardly know which sea animals to watch next. You can tune in any time to watch these cameras— they are exciting, fun and relaxing. Which one is your favorite?
Free Virtual Field Trips
You may be stuck in the house but now you can visit “virtually” anywhere in the world with this series of video Free Virtual Field Trips via Freedom Home Schooling. These virtual trips include a wide range of locations including The Great Wall of China, Buckingham Palace, The White House, and even Mars. Log on and maybe you’ll discover your next dream vacation!