At-Home Learning: Education Resources & Virtual Fun

At-Home Learning: Education Resources & Virtual Fun

Continue to keep your kids learning at home — through the end of the school year and even into summer break — with the following resources, from STEM lessons to art fundamentals and everything in between.

In addition, enjoy virtual tours, performances and videos from area museums and attractions for fun, yet educational, entertainment.

We’ve rounded up an extensive list of options in both categories:

 

Education & Arts Resources for Learning

AdmitTrack
AdmitTrack is scheduling free Zoom/Skype sessions for students who need help with school work or want to be challenged and stay ahead of the game. Services offered include: tutoring from grades 1-12; tutoring in honors/AP courses; preparation for SAT/ACT; and college counseling.

Akron Children’s Museum
Look for daily at-home activities posted to the museum’s Facebook page and website, divided by children’s age. Activities and lessons include S.T.E.A.M. Team, Little Monsters’ Prescriptions for Play and more.

Akron Zoo
Akron Zoo fans can stay connected via Lunch and Learns on Facebook at noon daily.  The live videos feature animals and staff at the Akron Zoo, and people can ask questions during the live broadcast. Additional programming and short videos will be posted on the zoo’s Instagram page.

Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School
As part of its Unboxed visual arts program, virtual classes are led by BW CAS faculty and are specifically designed for an online, 5-week format. Students will receive weekly interactive video lessons and opportunities for personalized feedback from the instructor. All class materials will be shipped directly to your door before the program begins.

Beck Center for the Arts
On its Facebook page, Beck Center for the Arts offers the #BeckAtHome series of videos. The videos feature instructors who provide activities and resources to continue your arts education. Examples include ballet, yoga, early childhood music and theater, youth theater, visual arts and more.

Census Bureau
The Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program released new parent toolkits for parents with kids of all ages to help give them great resources they can use at home. You can view the four toolkits here. SIS is a Census Bureau educational program that incorporates real census data into activities for students in grades pre-K-12. Resources range from games to videos, to full activities that keep students engaged and learning.

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
CAL’s #ArtWorksChallenge and CAL Sprouts are available for free to families in order to support learning from home. CAL Sprouts is perfect for Pre-K learners and ArtWorks Challenge is a new at-home arts program for K-12 youth. Click here to watch a video that details the programs. The 15-day arts challenge gives kids the opportunity to get creative and have some fun while they’re at home; scholars can choose activities from the following suggested age levels: Beginner (ages 5-8), Intermediate (ages 9-13), or Advanced (ages 14-18).

Cleveland Metroparks
Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo offer a Virtual Classroom on Facebook Live on Mondays and Wednesdays. Join biologists as they secure a future for wildlife at the zoo, and join naturalists as they look for signs of spring, discover wildlife and more.

Cleveland Play House
Cleveland Play House is providing free, online CARE Classes and enrichment programming through May 1. Log on with Zoom using a computer, tablet or smartphone. Click here to learn how to join classes. No internet? Spectrum is offering households with CPH
students two months of internet for free; click here for details.

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers an educational resources page on its website, created specifically for families during the pandemic. .It also offers a spring activities page.

Encyclopaedia Brittanica
Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Britannica for Parents website provides information, resources and advice from trusted experts in child development and education. The site aims to provide advice and guidance for parents of children of all ages. It cover topics ranging from screen time and STEM learning to podcast and picture-book recommendations, tips for managing playdates and ideas for helping with homework.

Fairmount Center for the Arts
Fairmount Center for the Arts, a nonprofit arts organization located in Geauga County, offers programs in dance, music, theatre, visual arts and fitness. During this time, it is offering programs online including individual music lessons and dance classes. Its YouTube channel has dance classes for young children; art classes for toddlers through adults and all ages in between; fitness explorations and more. For more information, go to fairmountcenter.org or email [email protected].

Funbrain
Funbrain features educational games, videos and books for kids in preschool through eighth grade. The content is leveled, which means your fourth grader will not see problems designed for a kindergarten student. Funbrain offers digital copies of books for students to read; the books are published online in their entirety.

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
Girl Scouts at Home offers lessons, activities, and badge-earning instructions divided by age. Also find free printables, storytimes, sing-alongs and more.

Great Lakes Science Center’s Curiosity Corner Live
This new web-based series of STEM curriculum and programming is accessible via the Science Center’s YouTube channel, with new content posted every weekday, including experiments you can do at home, exclusive content filmed at the Science Center, quizzes, games and more. Follow the Science Center on social media for announcements when new videos are posted and check out the debut video here.

Hand2Mind
Classroom materials and at-home learning products company Hand2Mind launched a [email protected] platform that offers free daily lessons and activities for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Created and delivered by teachers, the series offers an easy-to-follow schedule and daily grade-specific video lessons for math and literacy, as well as worksheets for the math and literacy lessons, as well as a daily STEM activity.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
For videos of the animals, sing-alongs for preschoolers, tips for parents, science experiments and more, check the LENSC Facebook page.

Menlo Park Academy
Menlo Junior, a weekly e-newsletter for prospective families, provides ideas, tips and more for schooling from home. The inaugural edition, plus each subsequent piece, offer tips and advice about parenting during COVID-19, and Menlo Park Academy’s faculty shares educational ideas, entertaining pieces and more.

Millipore Sigma
While its Curiosity Cube tour is on pause, Millipore Sigma’s Curiosity Labs at Home series offers a number of easy and educational science experiments that can be completed with materials typically found around the house.

Other Goose
To support all quarantined families, Other Goose’s charter school-approved curriculum is 100% free for the next three weeks. Simply click here, create a profile for your kids’ ages (2-7 years), and get started with simple, easy to implement ideas or lessons for the kids to try every day.

Outschool
Outschool is a resource for those wanting to keep their kids engaged and learning from home with over 10,000 live, online classes conducted via video chat. Outschool classes can be used to fill in gaps where school districts are unable to provide full-time remote schooling. Outschool teachers are background checked and classes are vetted to ensure they are safe, age-appropriate, objective and secular. Outschool is offering free classes for families (limit $200 per family) affected by school shutdowns at public schools. Read the full announcement by clicking here.

PBS Kids
PBS Kids has created a free, daily email newsletter with educational activities for parents of young children. These activities can help engage children in both learning and playtime; click here to subscribe.

PJ Library
The Jewish nonprofit that sends free books to more than 200,000 across North America each month has created numerous creative and unique ways families can fill the hours at home — from activities to pandemic parenting and work-from-home wisdom. Visit pjlibrary.org/familyactivities for information.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fane
Register at no cost for Rock Hall EDU, a free digital learning platform that is full of resources and activities that use the power of rock & roll to engage students of all ages. Access lesson plans, artifact images and materials, videos, playlists and writing prompts all designed by the Rock Hall’s education staff.

Scholastic
Scholastic has launched a “Learn at Home” website that has daily courses for students from pre-k to grades six and higher. The website, which is divided into four sections based on grade level, currently has five days’ worth of content, with an additional 15 days of content to follow soon.

Western Reserve Historical Society
Online exhibits, activities, stories, content, lessons, speakers and more are posting daily on WRHS’s website and social media platforms, including Facebook pages for the Cleveland History Center and Hale Farm & Village.

Wize
Wize, the online learning platform for first-year college students, had made its entire library of Exam Prep content and its Homework Help services available for free.

WVIZ/PBS ideastream
ideastream, Northeast Ohio’s largest public media organization, has adapted its daytime television broadcast schedule and developed multimedia learning resources to help Northeast Ohio families in the midst of local school closures. In addition, ideastream’s ideaKids services also will include a daily e-newsletter with tools, exercises and other resources to complement the broadcast programming for children ages 3-8.

 

Virtual Tours, Field Trips & More

The following museums, zoos and science centers may be closed due to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order, but their staffs are hard at work behind the scenes to make sure families in the region are still learning and having fun. Check out these virtual educational experiences to share with your children.

Akron Art Museum
Art activities and DIY projects are offered on the museum’s Facebook page, and you can explore the collection and find virtual tours on its website. 

Akron Children’s Museum
Look for daily at-home activities posted to the museum’s Facebook page and website, divided by children’s age. Activities and lessons include S.T.E.A.M. Team, Little Monsters’ Prescriptions for Play, virtual bedtime stories and more.

Akron Zoo
Akron Zoo fans can stay connected via Lunch and Learns on Facebook at noon daily.  The live videos feature animals and staff at the Akron Zoo, and people can ask questions during the live broadcast. Additional programming and short videos will be posted on the zoo’s Instagram page

Canton Museum of Art
Every Wednesday at noon, staff posts “Museum To Go” videos on the museum’s Facebook page. The videos cover a range of art-related topics.

Children’s Museum of Cleveland
Online and on Facebook, find special at-home activities, movement lessons, storytimes and more, all created by CMC staff.

Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs Youth Sports At Home With… series includes dance routines from Cavs Entertainment Academy; basketball drills from Cavs Academy Coaching Staff and Cavaliers Team Coaching Staff; and wellness tips and healthy meals from Cavaliers Team dietician/nutritionist and team chef.

Cleveland Metroparks
Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo offer a Virtual Classroom on Facebook Live on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

On Wednesdays at 11 a.m., go to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Facebook page and join biologists as they secure a future for wildlife at the zoo. Check in with your favorite zoo animals and learn about what it takes to care for some of the most endangered species in the world.

At 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, join naturalists on the Cleveland Metroparks Facebook page as they explore the Emerald Necklace and look for early signs of spring, learn about the forest floor, birds and more.

On Mondays at 3:30 p.m., head back to the Cleveland Metroparks Facebook page to hone your outdoor adventure skills with the metroparks’ experienced outdoor recreation team. Topics will include things like backpacking, watersports, cycling and park exploration.

After each live Virtual Classroom session, full videos can be viewed at clevelandmetroparks.com/virtualclassroom. To complement each live experience, additional video content will be available on the Cleveland Metroparks YouTube page.

Cleveland Museum of Art
CMA’s new video series, “Home Is Where the Art Is,” shares insights of the museum’s curators on current exhibitions and programs that had been scheduled during this time that the museum is temporarily closed. View the videos, as well as other deep dives into works of art, on CMA’s Facebook page.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
The Wildlife Team continues to work on-site (while keeping a safe social distance) during the museum’s closure, resulting in entertaining and informative posts on the CMNH’s Facebook page. Launching March 30, a new digital series, [email protected], will provide stories about nature, science and health, and more — geared toward learners of all ages, with in-depth looks at wildlife, spotlights on CMNH scientists and specimens, and virtual science classes. The series will be released episodically at cmnh.org/home and on the museum’s social-media channels three times each week at noon.

COSI (Center of Science & Industry)
The museum offers COSI Connects — COSI’s Digital Doorway for fun, at-home science discovery and learning. Follow its Facebook page or visit cosi.org/cosiconnects for a daily science activity that you can try at home with your family.

DANCECleveland
DANCECleveland has partnered with dance companies from across the nation to release a weekly dance performance video that can be shared and enjoyed for all of its e-newsletter subscribers. DANCECleveland will share one video each Thursday. To receive the password protected link, email [email protected] to be added to the e-newsletter mailing list.

Great Lakes Science Center
Curiosity Corner Live is a daily show in which the Science Center’s STEM educators provide informative, interactive videos. Want to learn more about human spaceflight, or perhaps see how chemical reactions occur? Or, do you want a sneak peek at Body Worlds Rx, the newest exhibition coming to the Science Center? GLSC has you covered with all of these and more, every day at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

Greater Cleveland Aquarium
On its Facebook page, GCA shares behind-the-scenes information, as well as videos about different species and at-home activities for kids. See shark and stingray feeds, as well as a live shark cam, on the aquarium’s YouTube page.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
For videos of the animals, sing-alongs for preschoolers, tips for parents, science experiments and more, check the LENSC Facebook page.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark
Although the Farmpark is closed, its staff continues to share activities, information and updates on the baby animals of the season. Check the Farmpark Facebook page.

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
On its Facebook page, the museum offers relevant news, interesting stories and a historical perspective in this time of pandemic.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Register at no cost for Rock Hall EDU, a free digital learning platform that is full of resources and activities that use the power of rock & roll to engage students of all ages. Access lesson plans, artifact images and materials, videos, playlists and writing prompts all designed by the Rock Hall’s education staff.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Take in a virtual tour of the Manor House and grounds on Stan Hywet’s Facebook page

Summit County Historical Society
Edie Steiner, a Society volunteer and shepherdess who is also a music therapist at Akron Public Schools, stars in “Artifacts with Edie” Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. on the historical society’s Facebook page. The program is fun, entertaining and features interesting facts and unique artifacts from the society’s collection.

Western Reserve Historical Society
Online exhibits, activities, stories, content, lessons, speakers and more are posting daily on WRHS’s website and social media platforms, including Facebook pages for the Cleveland History Center and Hale Farm & Village.

Soon, WRHS will be sharing “then and now” stories of innovation in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. If you know of a story of innovation, or an act of extreme kindness, please share it with WRHS, as its staff is working to archive the stories of people making history every day during COVID-19.

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