The coronavirus has sent students of all ages home. School districts don’t seem to have a date for when students will be able to come back to the classroom. On Wednesday, UNCW and other schools in the system canceled in-person lectures for the remainder of the semester. Staying occupied is the best way to pass the time, especially for younger kids. In today’s post, we list several educational resources to help keep students learning while they are out of school.

The Paywalls Come Down

In the time of crisis, several educational companies jumped to action. Companies that run educational websites or apps are making their services free of charge for those affected by school closures. Even better, tools that were only available for educators are now available for parents. Courses include interactive videos, lessons on cooking and music, experiments, and more.


Scholastic Learn at Home provides mini-lessons every day. These lessons include a story, a video, and an activity. Scholastic breaks its lessons into four groups: pre-k and kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3 to 6, and Grades 6+. The lessons are designed to be interactive or worked at your child’s own pace.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy started as a way for an uncle to help his niece with her homework by posting lessons on YouTube. Now backed by Google, Khan Academy offers a wide variety of courses. They also have test prep for the SAT, LSAT, MCAT, and more.


ScratchJr teaches kids (ages 5-7) the basics of coding. The app allows kids to code their own stories and games. Underlying skills taught include project design, problem-solving, and creativity. Once completed, they can graduate to a more advanced Scratch app.

Mystery Science

Mystery Science lessons and experiments replicable at home are now available. The lesson plans are broke down by grade level kindergarten through fifth grade. In addition, the wide range of topics with lesson lengths ranging from 5 minutes to 45 minutes long. For example, some lessons are about whether or not animals can laugh or why do woodpeckers peck wood.


Duolingo is a free app that will teach you or your kids a new language. It breaks the learning process down into bitesize lessons to make learning a breeze. As the user answers correctly, they will unlock the new lessons.

PBS Kids Daily Newsletter

PBS specially created this newsletter for the ongoing crisis. Each letter provides a variety of learning activities each day.

Lastly, other great resources include the Smithsonian and BrainPOP.

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