There is a time for adjusting “the rules” when it comes to screen time . . . and friends, this is one of those times! Being housebound for weeks on end can do quite a number on your mental sanity and patience. The days are long and you simply can’t be expected to referee or entertain your kids for all hours of the day while staying inside! Relax your expectations, and be willing to use screens strategically – for education, for entertainment, and for that much needed break so that you can go and have a shower or drink your coffee while it’s hot. There are endless options for educational websites your child can be using to continue learning at home, but here are some of our favourites!
Free Subscriptions – Here is a list of educational companies offering free subscriptions.
Scholastic Books – daily projects, books, and educational videos to keep kids learning.
Free Educational Resources – An experienced homeschooler has put together a great list of free educational resources.
Virtual Field Trips – Stream virtual field trips all over the world, ore even to Mars.
Toronto Public Library – Download ebooks and audiobooks, plus resources for shows and read-along books.
Sesame Street – Catchy little games and music for little ones!
Disney+ – plenty of educational shows to watch, not just movies! Or find some interactive games on the Disney Junior.
Treehouse Website – Do the kids prefer Blaze to Sofia? Then head to the Treehouse website for some more games.
Broadway – Make time for the arts, with this link of Broadway plays and musicals.
Math & Reading
Cool Math Games – for the older kids; lessons and games for pre-algebra, algebra, and pre-calculus.
Starfall – Simple math and language arts activities for the younger grades.
ABCya – has a wide range of games, including math and reading.
Prodigy Math – For grades 1-8, this is one of my kids favourites that they go back to again and again.
Hooda Math – Need more math games? This one is for kindergarten right through to high school.
Magic Treehouse – If your kids love the Magic Treehouse, you’ll want to check this one out!
Consumer Math Games – A great roundup of math learning games relating to money and business. (Thank you to one of our readers for the heads up on this one!)
Science & the World
Mystery Science – elementary science lessons that you can do from home.
Virtual Museum Tours – Want to travel the world? You can go on virtual tours of 12 museums!
How Stuff Works – If you have a child into facts, taking things apart, and asking a million questions, they will love this.
National Geographic Kids – info
Canadian Geographic Kids – All the good stuff, but about Canada!
NASA Kids’ Club – For out of this world fascination, head to the NASA Kids’ Club website.
Screen time can get a bad rap sometimes, but these educational websites help incorporate new ways of learning while having fun! Does your family have any favourite educational websites to add to the list? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear from you!
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