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Free online learning tools to use for kids during COVID-19 closures

Preschooler Screen Time
Posted at 6:17 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 16:52:16-04

With so many school closings related to COVID-19, how do you plan to keep your kids busy? If you're running out of ideas on how to keep your little ones learning, News5 has you covered.

There are plenty of educational websites stepping up to offer their programs to you for free.

Jennifer Luttman, a licensed professional counselor who works with children, says even though many kids are cherishing their spring break, as they should, it's important to keep some sort of structure in their lives and schedules.

This is especially important because many closures will be going beyond their normal break.

Here are some free online learning resources you can access for your kids at home:

  • ABCmouse.com is offering their lessons in different subjects like math, science and art for free thanks to UNICEF. All you have to do to access a free subscription through ABCMouse is to have a teacher or administrator fill out this form: https://www.ageoflearning.com/schools.html
  • Scholastic Learn at Home is also offering their lessons for free. You can choose activities within from grade levels between PreK and 6+. These include e-books kids can read along with, and educational videos under their "Watch and learn Library."

Since experts caution against school work overload, it could also be a great distraction to take a virtual field trip across the world - all while still learning!

Google is offering free virtual tours of more than 1,200 museums across the globe through their Arts and Culture platform.

In addition, Comcast is also stepping up by offering two free months of Internet service to low-income households.
The deadline to apply to that program is April 30, and you can find more information on that here.

*Editors note: A previous version of this article stated you could use the code "AOFLUNICEF" to obtain a free subscription. However, a teacher or administrator must request a subscription for your child's specific school district and then you will receive a code for that district.