Keep your kids learning while at home from school with the following resources, from STEM lessons to art fundamentals and everything in between.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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, 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.
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.