Family-Friendly Resources

Updated: April 10, 2020

SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF MD YAPpy HOUR:
 

For little ones age 7 and younger, YAPpy Hour is the way to go – this is an 8-week virtual offering aimed to engage our youngest athletes and their family members across the state. If you are an educator and have implemented the Young Athletes Program in your classroom, we encourage you to continue programming and join in! We have modified all equipment to reflect household alternatives, our social media accounts share what household equipment will be needed for each wee​k:
 

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES:

 

The following link describes all of the free resources available to educators and students. 
Things of note: Free Comcast internet for low income families, free premium Kahoot, free Smart Technologies Learning Suite online.  

 

https://thejournal.com/Articles/2020/03/13/Free-Resources-Ed-Tech-Companies-Step-Up-During-Coronavirus-Outbreak.aspx?Page=01

 


GENERAL:
 

Link to a wealth of distance learning resources including math, science, and other subjects.
https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/cf/distancelearnresources.asp

 

 

Virtual Events for Kids: Free Lessons, Tours, Concerts, and Story Times

https://www.upparent.com/lists/livestream-fun-and-learning-for-kids-during-coronavirus

 

Gonoodle.com 

Accessible via computers and smart tv.  Free parent logins. Various activities for Brain Breaks.

 

Brainpop.com and brainpopjr.com

Offering free access to both schools and parents who are impacted by school closures.
Short videos on hundreds of topics across content areas along with aligned printable and digital activities 

 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION: 
 

Do2learn.com
Designed for individuals with disabilities.  Offers a paid portion and a free portion. Activities include feelings/emotions game, safety songs, same or different.  Activity suggestions for not on the computer.

 

 

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE ARTS:
 

GetEpic.com 

Access to 35,000 books, learning videos, quizzes & more

 

 

MATH:
 

Mathgames.com 

Common Core Standard based has both internet based and worksheets. Offers a paid portion but  many areas are accessible for free.  

ABCYa.com 

A favorite website of many SES students. Has an interactive calendar where students have to answer questions pertaining to elapsed days and weeks within a month. This website has a lot of other interactive games and activities to choose from, including Adventure Man ( a comic book character) and math bingo ( a favorite of my students).
 

Starfall.com

Grade level math games and a good calendar students can interact with to give them a sense of time

 

ART:

 

Sarah S. Brannen #StoryMarch

Make a piece of art every day. Any medium: pencil, crayon, marker, ink, paint, photography, sculpture... anything! Use the words on the list below (you can change the order) or create your own list, but it's fun when everyone interprets the same word on the same day.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES AND SCIENCE:

 

Rangerrick.org 

Electronic access to the National Wildlife Federation magazine and digital content. 
Offering 3 month free access.

 

 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY: 

 

https://www.lwtears.com/programs/distance-learning

Free access to Keyboarding Without Tears, free use of their worksheet maker, and free 

handwriting activities and tutorials for grades K-5. Offering free shipping for all workbooks and 

products. For students working on cursive writing, they just came out with a new workbook 

called "Cursive Kickoff."

ZOO LIVE CAMS:

San Diego Zoo offers Live Cams and Videos of Your favorite animals:

https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/videos

 

Smithsonian National Zoo Live webcams (Lion, Panda, & elephant):

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams

 

Houston Zoo Webcam ( Giraffe, Gorilla, elephant, leaf cutter ants, Rhino, Chimps)

https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/

 

Maryland Zoo ( Penguins, Giraffe, Flamingo, Goat)

https://www.marylandzoo.org/animals/live-cams-feeds/

 

Memphis Zoo Live animal cam (Panda, Hippo, elephant)

https://www.memphiszoo.org/animal-cams

 

Live cams  Monterey Aquarium

https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams

 

VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS:

National Museum of Natural History (Dinosaurs, Plants, Early life, Ancient seas, Mammals, Ice Age, Genome)

https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour/past-exhibits

 

(African Bush Elephant & rotunda; African voices, Bone Hall, Butterfly Pavilion, Fossils, Human Origins, Ancient Egypt)

https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour/current-exhibits

 

(Antlers, Wet Specimens, Whale Bones)

https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour/museum-support-center-and-research-stations

 

Boston Children’s Museum

https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour

 

National Museum of Wildlife Art

https://www.wildlifeart.org/visit/virtual-tour/

 

Louvre Museum

https://www.youvisit.com/tour/louvremuseum

 

Multiple Natural History Museums and Zoo

https://artsandculture.google.com/search/streetview?project=natural-history

 

Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York

National Museum United States Air Force

http://www.nmusafvirtualtour.com/

 

Virtual Journey Around the World

360-degree virtual videos tours around the world (example: Azores, Sintra, Portugal, etc - younger kids, older kids, and adults)

 

MOVEMENT BREAKS FOR KIDS:

Special Olympics of Maryland
People can post their personal activity or join the weekly MOVEment meetings every Friday at 12pm. This Friday’s offering is yoga – to join, click https://bit.ly/3dxlAH4 at 12pm on Friday.

 

https://family.gonoodle.com/

 

https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/child-learning-disabilities/movement-coordination-issues/8-gross-motor-skills-activities-for-kids

https://www.verywellfamily.com/easy-exercises-for-kids-1257391

https://www.childsplayinaction.com/18-brain-breaks-make-kids-minds-happy/

(Scroll down to videos)

 

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/homework-study-skills/brain-breaks-what-you-need-to-know

 

ATTENTION AND FOCUSING:


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