At-home learning resources
Extended school closures can be stressful for parents and uncertain for children, but they also present a wonderful opportunity to engage with your child in at-home learning exercises that will help them grow, progress, and discover the joys of self-driven learning. Special thanks to the UW College of Education for creating this resource page.
Three tips to keep in mind for supporting your child’s learning during extended school closure include, creating a designated learning space and schedule; opening channels to share learning with teachers and check progress; creating other support networks for these unique circumstances. Head to the Northshore School District: Northshore Learns website for a full description of each tip.
Useful websites or apps for young children and families as provided by the UW College of Education
Language and literacy
Unite for Literacy: A collection of audio/picture books that are read aloud to your child.
Reading Rockets—Reading Adventure Packs: These downloadable guides offer at-home ideas for books and activities. The guides start at Kindergarten, but most of the books would be appropriate for preschoolers and the activities can be adapted for a range of ages.
Starfall.com: Designed for kindergarten, but many of the early literacy games are appropriate for preschoolers.
Mind in the Making Skill Building Book Tips: This resource provides a book list and then ideas for how to use the books to support the seven essential life skills of Mind in the Making
Talking is Teaching: “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” is a public awareness and action campaign that helps parents recognize their power to boost their children’s early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday actions – like describing things while walking outside, or singing songs together during bath time. Uses books, parent videos, text messaging, social media, and information from expert partners.
Math and science
Math at Home Toolkit: This resource is from a trusted leader in early childhood. It gives practical ideas for everyday math in English and Spanish. Ideas designed for children ages 0-5.
PlayDough Power: Includes a recipe for playdough and fun ideas for talking and exploring with your child.
Zeno Math Games: Really fun math games that can build your child’s confidence and excitement about math!
Gracie & Friends Apps: WGBH Educational Foundation has pioneered children’s educational media for decades. First 8 Studios at WGBH is dedicated to carrying this pioneering spirit into the digital, mobile world, building and researching new learning experiences for children, their parents and teachers from birth through age 8.
Story Time from Space: This is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation. While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading books to the children of Earth. Astronauts on the ISS will also conduct and videotape educational demonstrations designed by Veteran Canadian Astronaut, Bjarni Tryggvason, to complement the science concepts found in the Story Time From Space books – look under the heading “Science Time Videos”.
Early Math Collaborative: Provides ideas for teaching math to young children and primary grade school students
Circle Time Magazine: Join our hosts as they discuss topics related to interacting with young children every day. Each episode features guests sharing tips and expertise, trying out materials, highlighting their favorite books, and showing video examples so you can see learning in action.
Music and arts
Chrome Music Lab: Explore different features of sound from a computer or tablet.
Listen and Learn Orchestra: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra provides short audio files of a variety of instruments. Adult support would be needed to navigate the site.
Movement and physical development
GoNoodle: A website with “active screen time” videos that encourage movement in a safe, child-friendly platform. Free family log-in available.
CosmicKids: YouTube channel focused on yoga, calming, and stretching for young children. Easy-to-follow directions, and many are themed around popular movies or characters.
Zero to Three—Parent Favorites: A list of most-read resources from a national organization devoted to infants, toddlers, and their families.
Cultivate Learning: Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington has curated some resources for parents with children at home.
CommonSense Media: Provides age-based reviews of movies, TV shows, and other media to help you decide whether it is appropriate for your child.
PBS Activities for children: Educational activities for the whole family
Useful Tips for VideoChatting with Young Children: An article with guidelines for how to help children connect with distant family members or friends using video calls.
VrOom!: Free, science-based tips and tools help parents and caregivers give children a great start in life today—and an even better future.
Family Tips: Positive Behavioral Support and Social and Emotional Learning for Young Children
Talking is Teaching: Great every day tips for supporting your infant, toddler and young child’s everyday learning!
First Five CA: A list of fun learning activities to do at home to support babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Teacher Time: Super fun webisodes with ideas for teaching preschool age children. Designed for teachers but useful for parents and other caregivers too.
These free resources are intended to be helpful to families. We are not responsible for the content of external sources.