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Free Resources for Parents with Children at Home

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — April 9, 2020 — 3 min read
Parents across North Carolina are stressed. Along with a global pandemic, potential job loss, and statewide business shutdown, they are now responsible for homeschooling their stir-crazy children all day.
To help our parents and children make it through these next few weeks of the “stay-at-home” order, we’ve compiled a list of educational resources for families to access remotely.

North Carolina Public Schools At-Home Education Support

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s (NCDPI) Digital Teaching and Learning Division created a public website with plenty of resources around remote learning. If you find yourself supporting students’ learning while they are away from school, it's a great site to visit!
 
Your child’s school district or school website will also surely have resources and instructions about how you and your child should keep up with schoolwork in the coming weeks. Many counties will have suggestions on how to start homeschooling your children (if digital learning is not available).
 
If you don’t have internet in your home, you can call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll in Charter’s free Spectrum Wi-Fi 60-day access.

If you already have access to the internet, but your school district’s site doesn’t have digital learning resources, consider the options below.

Reading Activities for All Ages

Encourage your children to read and get creative while at home. Scholastic Learn at Home offers age-appropriate reading materials and educational activities. You can access several weeks’ worth of lesson plans to keep your little ones busy.

Once you choose your child’s grade level, they will be given an article to read. Afterwards, they’ll choose from a list of “daily reading quests” to help them process the information.

Educational Tool Kits and Videos for Parents of Younger Children

Parents can take advantage of Sesame Street’s website full of educational videos and tool kits. You can find resources covering subjects ranging from math and science to healthy eating habits and emergency preparation.

PBS Kids is also a fantastic website for parents who need help keeping their young children entertained with wholesome, age-appropriate materials. Kids can watch episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and play educational games, and parents can sign up for a newsletter that offers ideas for kid-friendly learning activities.

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Free Academic Online Courses 

Depending on your child’s age group, consider signing them up for free online courses:
  • Academic Earth and Coursera are for older kids and teenagers who are interested in taking a real college course for free.
  • Khan Academy is an online learning platform for K-12 students. Kids and teens can use Khan Academy to learn a new subject or to get extra help with their school’s digital coursework.
  • Duolingo offers free language lessons for kids, teens, and adults who have some free time on their hands.

Wildlife Cams to Keep Kids Busy

Missing the outside world? Check out these wildlife and nature live streams on Explore.org. You can watch anything from coral reefs in California to horse sanctuaries in Kentucky. Depending on the weather, they also have a live stream of aurora borealis!
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