- Dana’s Kids: Dana has been teaching in early childhood classrooms for 15 years, consulting in early childhood programs and supporting families.
- Learn At Home: Early Childhood Instructional Resources: As children play, they’re learning about the world around them and practicing important skills. To support their play, early childhood programs typically arrange their spaces into learning areas or centers. Click for a list of no-tech activities and play suggestions organized around these same learning areas.
- The Busy Toddler: Susie is an early childhood education advocate, former teacher, and mom of 3, bringing hands-on learning back to childhood. Follow her on Instagram @busytoddler for lots of ideas.
- Days With Grey: Lots of pre-K ideas on this blog!
- Child’s Play in Action: Jocelyn Greene (Executive Director of Child’s Play NY), created this online resource to model theater games that you can play in your living room.
- Cosmic Kids Yoga More than a million kids do yoga, mindfulness and relaxation with Jaime on the Cosmic Kids YouTube Channel. Parents and teachers report significant improvements in self-regulation, focus and empathy.
- Destination Imagination: this non-profit organization puts on an annual global competition for creative problem solving for elementary through high school students. This is a link to their blog, where they share some inspiration for parents based on the competition challenges.
- Origami: Kids of all ages love origami. This article, from The Spruce Crafts, provides tips for parents, and 7 origami projects kids.
- Mo Willems Doodles: Mo invites you into his studio, doodles, and teaches you how to draw.
- Dreambox – terrific math learning site… adaptive to students’ understanding and available free for parents 90 days
- Investigations Games: math games that Corlears kids have seen in their classrooms
- Learning & Teaching with Learning Trajectories: This is a great resource for little ones to grade 3
- Scholastic Remote Learning Resources: This is getting high reviews from lots of colleagues… pick an age level PreK-6th grade
- Read Alouds by Authors: List of authors doing read aloud, webcasts, videos of their books
- ABCya!: math and literacy activities
- Brainpop: engaging educational videos and activities (upper elementary)
- Brainpop Jr: engaging educational videos and activities (lower elementary)
- JCC Manhattan Virtual Programming Hosting music, art and movement classes for early childhood and elementary along with daily meditation am/pm drop in zoom classes for grown-ups! Many programs are free, but not all.
- PBS Newsletter: daily newsletter with resources for parents. Each newsletter is themed (math, science, writing, etc.), points parents to a short video, questions to prompt discussion, connected hands-on activities and a cooking activity.
Virtual Field Trips:
- Google Arts and Culture: Virtual Visits to Places all over the world, and right in your NYC neighborhood.
- Zoo and aquariums with streaming animal exhibits/events:
- NY Public Library: click on BookFlix, type in your NYPL library card number, enjoy reading books)
- NYC DOE Resources: The NYC Department of Education has created a resource page for parents, with links to early childhood activities as well as additional resources for older grades.
Other Educational Websites:
Youtube Channels for core learning:
Youtube channels for stories, songs, and crafts
Science/History channels and websites:
Sites with learning games:
Printable worksheets if you don’t want them online:
Free subscriptions due to school shifts to online learning:
- ABCMouse/Adventure Academy
- BookCreator App
- Breakout Edu
- CircleTime Fun
- Discovery Ed
- Khan Academy
- Kids Discover Online
- Libby App
- Minecraft: Education Edition
- Mystery Science
- PBS Learning Media
- PebbleGo By Capstone
- Twinkl (offer code: USATWINKLHELPS)
- Typing Club