Keeping Kids Occupied and Educated at Home

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Los Angeles County Office of Education to Release Reopening Guidelines
May 21, 2020

Keeping Kids Occupied and Educated at Home

Keeping Kids Occupied and Educated at Home | LA Special Education

By this point, both you and your children might be rattling around your home, wondering what to do with yourselves. Your children are probably struggling to find things to do, and anything educational may feel particularly difficult to accomplish right now. Even if your children’s teachers are reaching out to them, it is mainly up to you to ensure that your children remain on task with learning through the upcoming weeks. Here are a few activities and options to keep your children meaningfully occupied.

Visit a Virtual Museum

Many museums around the world are offering free virtual tours of many of their most popular exhibits. Check out the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the British Museum in London, and even the Musee d’Orsay in Paris from the comfort of your living room.

Visit a Virtual Zoo

You can also visit virtual zoo exhibits and learn more about animals through regular online talks from zookeepers around the country. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Monterey Bay Aquarium, San Diego Zoo, and many more are all offering plenty of online activities these days.

Read Online Books Together

Reading together improves socialization, reading, comprehension, and listening skills. Try reading a chapter a day from a new book, or check out some favorite older options from your library’s online catalog.

Use Educational Apps

Many apps are designed to help your child have fun while also learning such things as math, spelling, and reading. While screen time should usually be limited to two hours or less per day, you may want to relax that rule a bit during this time.

Play Board Games

Much like apps, certain board and card games offer a unique blend of fun and learning. Monopoly, Clumsy Thief, Yahtzee, Rush Hour, and Boggle are great examples.

As you can see, home education at this point does not have to feel difficult or contrived. Your child can learn plenty about math and science by doing fun, everyday things at home, such as cooking or helping with yard work. By making education more about fun than accomplishments during this already difficult time of the coronavirus, your children will feel less stressed. You can also check with your local school district to find out if they have any additional resources for your children to use.

Los Angeles County Office of Education to Release Reopening Guidelines