Learning resources for kids and parents in self-isolation

24 April 2020

Phi Phi Nguyen

Phi Phi is the Communications Officer at YWCA Canberra

For many children, starting a new school term can bring lots of excitement and maybe a few nerves. This coupled with the recent events unfolding around COVID-19 and the closure of schools has left many parents questioning whether to send their children back to school or not. As we prepare for further announcements by the government, it’s important to keep children motivated and learning even through these times of uncertainty.

To help, we have compiled a list of free educational resources that parents and children can access during their time in self-isolation.Learning resources for kids and parents in self-isolation graphics

ABC ME – School on TV!  

To help make the transition back to school a little easier, ABC ME has been running educational programming from 10 am to 3 pm every weekday. Mornings will start with primary school content and move onto secondary school content in the afternoon. 

ABC Kids Early Education 

Informed by the National approved learning frameworks, ABC Kids Early Education provides parents with resources for children aged between two to eight. The website offers a range of early childhood education content from podcasts and programs all inspired by the early childhood curriculum in Australia.  

Sesame Street  

Join Elmo, Big Bird and Snuffleupagus as they teach children how to count, recite the alphabet and learn important life and social skills. Through the Sesame Street website, children can gain access to a world of resources, games and interactive activities all aimed towards educating a child’s young, and growing mind. 

Audible stories 

To help families out during this crisis, Audible stories is offering parents and children the opportunity to stream stories for free on their desktops, laptops, phones or tablets. Choose from a library of thousands of book written by renowned authors including JK Rowling, Beatrix Potter and C.S Lewis (just to name a few).

Khan Academy 

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to provide free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Their website provides free educational resources for children in kindergarten to year eight and explores a range of subjects ranging from English, science and mathematics.

Duck Duck Moose 

Launching as a collaborative project with Khan Academy, Duck Duck Moose is an online application dedicated to providing free educational games and resources to children aged between 2-13. The app is available on smartphones and tablets.  

Your outdoor classroom: live!

Your Outdoor Classroom is a team of highly skilled educators and naturalists who carry out a series of live, engaging and informative videos targeted towards children who wish to learn about nature.  

Join them LIVE on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12 pm EST on Facebook to watch them carry out outside demonstrations and tutorials.

National Geographic Kids! 

For kid-friendly geographic resources, check out National Geographic Kids. This website features a range of games, activities and reading material that is perfect for children who are wanting to learn about the environment, animals and all things existing in nature. 

So, before one of your children have a chance to hit you with the “I’m bored” remark, set them up with one of these fun activities to get them motivated to start learning. Better yet, why not get involved tooYou’re never too old to stop learning!

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