As schools across the country close and with plans for summer classes and camps are up in the air, parents are understandably concerned about how COVID-19 will affect their child’s educational path. In fact, most parents have had to take on the challenge of adding “teacher” to their resumes. As expected, it hasn’t been easy. Figuring out the latest technology can be difficult, attention spans are short, and many parents are balancing their own work with their new teacher title.
Whether it takes place in a classroom or at home, education is a key foundation of a young person’s life. To help keep your children on track for a lifetime of learning, and keep you sane, I’ve collected some of my favorite free and educational resources that can help keep your child’s mind active, assist with virtual school assignments, and set you both up for success when life returns to “normal.”
For working parents with young kids home from school, this platform is a lifesaver and a great way to keep them occupied, learning, and growing. They offer new reading and writing challenges on a weekly basis—there is always new information for students to explore. All of their resources are helpfully broken out by grade level, tailored for every age from kindergarten through freshman year of high school.
Every child has a skill they could work on—there’s always room for improvement in science or math—but how each person learns is different. IXL fills that need with personalized learning, offering resources to help K-12 students practice exactly what they need to improve on.
If you have a high school or college student, you probably know about Canvas. Thousands of schools across the country already use the platform to manage homework, classwork, and even testing. This hub also lets parents take an active role in their child’s educational journey, offering insight into their grades, class schedules, and any virtual events their school might be putting on while students are learning from home. Instructure, Canvas’ developer, also put together a web series offering parents tips and tricks for managing their child’s education from home.
We know that COVID-19 has created a lot of stress and anxiety for parents, but kids are struggling with the change in routine as well. To help kids adjust to their new day-to-day, Second Step built a resource hub for kids struggling emotionally with the pandemic. Its Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, designed for kindergarteners through fifth graders, helps kids learn about, understand, cope, and healthily manage their emotions. The resource hub also offers webinars on best parenting practices for emotionally struggling children as we make it through this tough time together.
The Smithsonian put together a series of subject-specific resources. Everything is covered, including science and history, so your kid will go back to school versed on all types of topics.
Remote education is our new reality, and it’s possible we’ll be in the same spot come back- to- school season, but that doesn’t mean growth and learning have to be put on pause. We know there’s no replacement for the individual attention of a teacher or the experience of attending school, but hopefully these resource hubs can help keep your child on track to succeed.