Covid-19 has taken a huge toll on our nation and new announcements are being shared each day. One of the biggest updates is that schools have been closed in most states.
Last Friday, my state’s governor made the decision followed by ordering all restaurants to not offer dine-in meals. If your kids are stuck at home for the next few weeks, they will likely get restless if they feel they have nothing to do.
While you can always break out the board games and toys or pick up some crafts, coloring books, and puzzles from the dollar store, eLearning is also a popular option. With eLearning, kids can still be stimulating their minds just as if school was still in session.
Below is a list of sites and activities I rounded up that offer discounted and free e-Learning options for kids.
As its’ name suggests, Education.com is all about helping your child learn through interactive games and worksheets. They offer free printable worksheets for students along with lesson plans ranging from preschool through 5th grade.
Education.com is always free, but they do also have a premium version where you can get even more resources. Their prices are super affordable if you do choose to upgrade to premium.
During school closures they are offering some premium benefits to free users.
2. Hooked On Phonics
Hooked on Phonics is a great online resource you can use to help your child with reading. Understanding phonics can be challenging for kids as they begin to read but this program makes it fun and exciting to become a better reader.
In light of the impact of the coronavirus, Hooded on Phonics is offering $1 for the 1st month of their membership which includes digital learning and in-home books and workbooks.
I remember reading Scholastic books when I was a kid at school. The company has actually put together free lessons and activities for kids who are staying home while schools are closed.
Just head here then click on your child’s grade. Every day of activities includes four separate learning experience involving a meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers.
4. Great Courses Plus
Great Courses Plus is a online course subscription program that offers free 30-day trials. They contain full-length courses on a variety of topics ranging from history and math to nutrition, religion, and art.
This site offers a lot of critical thinking courses as well which would be great for older kids. There is also a young learners section of the site where you can find courses on subjects like chemistry, European history, Spanish, art, and public speaking.
5. Have Fun Teaching
Have Fun Teaching is offering free coronavirus relief kits for kids grades preschool through 5th grade.
Each educational bundle includes worksheets, activities, songs, and videos for subjects like writing, phonics, science, math, reading, English and social studies.
If you’ve always wanted your child to learn a new language, now is the perfect time. Duolingo is a free site that offers instruction on dozens of languages including Spanish, French, Japanese, German, and Italian.
The site is child-friendly and teaches the new language using interactive quizzes and real-life scenarios. Before you know it, your child will be creating sentences in the new language and retaining more information.
7. Learning Games For Kids
Learning Games For Kids is a free site that offers tons of resources, short lessons, and interactive games to help kids learn new concepts.
There’s a typing game, color memory matching game, songs, a syllable lesson and more.
ABCMouse is offering a free 30-day trial of their services. (Check with your school as they may have a code that makes ABCMouse free for longer!)
ABCMouse provides learning resources for kids age 2 through 2nd grade.
There are Tons of Discounted and Free E-Learning Options for Kids
Keeping your kids busy at home while you work or tend to the house won’t seem like such a chore with these eLearning resources. My son is in 4th grade and I plan to have him do some eLearning in the morning then do some one-on-one activities with him the in afternoon.
**If you do sign up with one of the companies offering a free trial be sure to cancel before the end of the trial period if it’s not a service you want to pay for.
What are your eLearning plans? How do you hope to keep your kids busy and in high spirits during this time?