We are SO lucky to have access to a world of resources. Literally. Here are some resources that may be beneficial. We’ll be updating this post regularly as we find more online resources, YouTube channels, apps and links to help you find educational ideas to fill your day. Please let us know in the comments below if you know of any we’ve missed or anyone offering free trials and we’ll add them in.

When it comes to homeschooling, or working and entertaining/educating your children at home then it’s worth working out some things before you begin.

1. If you’re working from home, where will you work? When will you work?
2. Where will your children do their learning/play? Think about their ages and needs.
3. What do you want to achieve? Do you want to cover everything they would miss at school? Are you planning to create other family experiences during this time?
4. What do you want your schedule to look like? For example, think about what time you want to start, and when will you have things like brain break, recess, lunch and relaxation.
5. Once you have your basic schedule set up, put your learning activities between these times. Remember your children might do an hour of literacy at school, but this may very well be covered in 15 minutes at home.

ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES

Our Learning SA

Resources, activities and information provided by SA Department of Education to help children and young people continue to learn while at home during COVID-19 isolation period. This new website will be updated often and can be used alongside learning material given by individual class teachers or schools.

The website is divided into year groups with resources aligned to the curriculum and Early Years Framework.

Reading Eggs

A great way to help your early learners with reading. Grab your 30 day free trial now.

Family Days Tried and Tested

Some fun ideas for Garden Fun

Wade Whitehead

41 Ideas for Fun, Meaningful & Generally Pixel Free At Home Learning from www.wadewhitehead.com

BTN

BTN- Behind the News is a great way to keep children up to date with relevant, age appropriate content. There are also loads of resources to go with it.

 

Scholastic

Up to 3 hours per day! Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

Fluency and Fitness

Get the kids learning and moving with a 21 day free trail from Fluency and Fitness

The Squz

A podcast for kids! In 7 minute episodes, it helps curious kids make sense of their world, delivering news in an age-appropriate way, and with positivity and humour. Perfect for listening over breakfast, the school drop off, or at any point during unexpected stay-at-home times!

12 Virtual Museums

Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history, and science. This collection is especially good for students who are looking for ways to stay on top of their studies while schools are closed.

Coding Apps

Coding apps (good for kids under 8). Thanks to Teacher’s Pet Classroom UK and Curious and Geeks (another good resource)

SPORTS AND ONLINE FITNESS

PE with Joe

LIVE PE lessons at 9am Monday to Friday YouTube for children of all ages. For 30 minutes a day Joe will take over and inspire and energise the kids to get active, bounce around and have fun. You can even join in with the kids.

Click here for the playlist on YouTube

NETFIT Netball

NETFIT Netball is doing a live stream workout EVERYDAY this week to support all netballers who’s trainings & games have been canceled.
Kim, Sarah and some special guests will be taking everyone through non equipment NETFIT workouts on our Public NETFIT Netball page.

We would love to see everyone join us on Facebook. Grab your friends, teammates, partner or family members and tell them to get their runners on.
Get ready to get sweaty with all the NETFITTERS around the world. If you’re interested in joining us, let us know by clicking ‘attending’ and be sure to share with your friends.

If you can’t join us during our live video, you can find the full workouts on The NETFIT App http://geni.us/netfit

ART

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.

Draw Everyday with JJK

YouTube channel for New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Everything from the Punk Farm picture books to the Lunch Lady graphic novels.

MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION, RELAXATION, STORYTIME

Storytelling by Oliver Jeffers!

This is amazing.

For all you folks stuck at home in the coming weeks. Starting on Monday, at 6pm GMT / 2pm EST / 11am PST I will be reading one of my books every weekday, and talking about some of the things that went into making it. We are all at home, but none of us are alone.Let’s be bored together. Also, my pal, and one of the best storybook writers in a generation @macbarnett will be doing the same with his books daily, an hour later. And the genius minds behind @kaleidoscopeire are doing a daily creative project called ‘Home Club’, also starting Monday. ADDITION: I will make it available to watch later for those in other time zones…”

12 Virtual Museums

Practising mindfulness at home with some great ideas from Alphabreaths

Vooks

Animated storybooks with parent resources ($4.99 per month). Free trial for a year if you’re a teacher.

Calm

A great one for relaxation, meditation and sleep with some great content for kids and teens. My daughter listens to a sleep story almost every night. She loves the space ones the best! Free trial available so you can try before you buy www.calm.com

Big Life Journal

Resilience and Positive Mindset. Help your kids develop the mindset and skills they need to realize their FULL potential! These worksheets, activities, posters, and coloring pages help kids understand that they have the capacity to learn anything! Kids learn to believe in themselves, focus on things they can control, and persevere when it gets tough. The kit also contains valuable growth mindset handouts and guides for parents and teachers. It includes over 60 digital pages that you can print out at your convenience for use at home, in a classroom or as part of homeschooling.