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2020 Aug

Virtual Family Fun August 2020

Escape the heat with these enriching activities. 

We have seen the community come together during this time, supporting each other in new, exciting ways. Businesses are slowly starting to open their doors again and welcome guests after a long period of staying at home. If you’re still not quite ready to leave the safety of your home yet, that’s okay! There are still plenty of opportunities for learning and fun from home.  

Homeschool Resources 

While natural learning away from our screens is the best way for kids to learn, sometimes we need a little help and direction. Luckily, there are plenty of online resources to help boost your child’s learning. Try ABCMouse.com, an online curriculum for ages 2-8 in a variety of subjects. While there is a monthly fee, your kids will have a blast learning through games and activities. A fun, free option for online learning is starfall.com, appropriate for pre-k through grade 3. Kids can enjoy nursery rhymes, sing-alongs, learning to read, and simple math. Who knew learning could be so much fun!?  

Learning with Favorites 

Many of your child’s favorite shows and characters offer educational activities and games through apps and online. For example, download the Nick Jr. app or visit nickjr.com to play trivia games, virtual coloring pages, exciting new songs, and more. Visit sesamestreet.org for fun, interactive games with your favorite characters from Sesame Street like Elmo and Cookie Monster. PBS Kids also has educational videos and games, plus a section just for parents at pbskids.org. Finally, check out Disney Junior online at disneyjunior.com for nursery rhymes, games, and more.  

Mad Science 

Looking for some hands-on fun to keep the kids occupied this month? Mad Science offers some exciting science experiments using simple objects around the house. Learn to make a soap-powered boat, balloon hovercraft, and a bottle barometer! Follow along with a video and watch your kids light up at their creations. Visit madsciencepromo.com/athomeexperiments for a changing list of STEM-themed activities, coloring sheets, and interactive quizzes. 

NatGeo for Kids 

If you have a little adventurer stuck at home, check out National Geographic Kids at kids.nationalgeographic.com. Your kids can explore freaky creatures, fun science experiments, and more. The site provides homework help resources and quizzes, plus educational videos. Kids can even learn facts about the coronavirus to help them understand what is happening in the world around them right now. It’s an adventure right from home—so hop online and start exploring!  

Interactive Art 

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) now has an interactive section on their website (moma.org) just for kids. Enjoy audio narrations teaching you about different artworks with MOMA Playlists designed for kids. Or, catch online family art workshops on select days in August. Browse free online course offerings as well including Fashion as Design, Modern Art, and more. There’s plenty to learn with MOMA online! 

Online STEM 

Kodable is an online platform that teaches kids how to write computer code. Through interactive instructions, kids can learn how to build their first program, learn JavaScript and Swift, and even design their own games and characters! This program is great for beginners and even helps with language immersion and critical thinking skills. Visit kodable.com to learn more about teaching your child to code and choose your subscription plan.  

Stephanie Allen is the publisher’s assistant for Tidewater Women & Tidewater Family. She is also a success coach helping creatives learn to communicate effectively while making quality connections. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter for free tips and resources!

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