Have you ever tried to work from home with the kids? If so, you’ll know that it’s a real struggle because they are asking endless questions, saying they’re bored. And we know they have plenty of things to do.
Now that schools are out, what are we going to do?
How can you make it work?
Some moms threw their hands up and caved. While others like us, find success, by creating a structured system that will keep them entertained.
But there are a few things you keep in mind before you jump and start a schedule to ensure you stay consistent.
This post will give you all the websites to check out, places for kids to learn, and the same schedule that could be used for any age. Because as a mom of 3 kids aged 2, 6, and 12, I need a one-stop resource page.
What To Add To The Schedule?
I like to add a little from each group below, so they are well rounded activites.
Remember, every day may not be exactly the same, and that’s ok. We are creating a schedule that will remain flexible.
In our home, with have various age groups to occupy.
A teenager who has class assignments due and Google Classroom work.
A kindergarten who thrive on schedules and utilize her school packet.
And a toddler who doesn’t make anything easy, especially nap time, but a schedule makes the day simpler.
You may have one kid, way more children than we do or those closer in range.
Just create a schedule that is best for you and your family.
I know you are asking “What free resources can keep my child busy so I can actually get work done?”
If you’re looking for something besides the TV or video games to keep your kids busy then here you will find the best ideas to keep your kids busy so you can get things done.
Keep Kids Entertained With Educational Studies ( Learning at Home)
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Keeping kids busy, homeschooling, and working from home is a struggle. So I created an extensive list of educational websites and resources to keep your child education advancing forward.
- Khan Academy (all grade levels)
- Go Peer Offering Free Lessons: code FREE120 ( tutoring)- Find College Students to Tutor K-12 Students. College students well equipped to help tutor in the best way possible.
- Starfall.com ( Preschool through 3rd grade)
- Abcmouse.com ( Preschool and grade school)
- Scholastic Home Learn at home ( PreK – 9th grade)
- Play to Learn Preschool is doing a live circle time on weekdays at 11:00 am EST
- Storyline Online famous people read children’s books
- Code.org – students learn to code in online platforms, beginning with block coding
and advancing into text-based coding.
- Local Digital Library and Online Databases – Check your county Library Page because they have a ton of free resources. Our library has rosetta stone,
- Tumblemath (grade school)
updated with new additions
Virtual School Day: Free, live K-12 classes available all day long to help kids continue learning. Such as “Intro to Spanish for Kids”, “Coolest Women in History”, “Java Programming Basics”, and “The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales”.
Virtual Summer Camps: Pretty cool Free half-day summer camps are a week-long. Kids learn could attend classes such as foreign languages, chess, theater, coding, Minecraft, how to be a detective, photography, and more.
Adaptive Diagnostic Assessments: Measure a student’s proficiency and identify strengths and weaknesses in hundreds of subjects. Get an effective learning plan along with free tools to improve. Yes, I need this.
Varsity Learning Tools: Free practice problems
*Make a copy and customize it to fit your families needs.
Exercise Games and Indoor Activities to Get Kids Moving
You need to work some kind of fitness into the schedule, so they can tire themselves out and stay fit.
GoNoodle– movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
Just Dance – we have the Nintendo Switch Dance Game
Breath Meditation for Kids
Peace Out Guided Relaxation
- Indoor Trampoline for kids- my girls jump on this for hours. I placed it near the TV so they can even jump while watching their favorite shows.
Virtual Field Trips:
- National Geographic
- Houston zoo
- Explore Live
- Monterrey Bay Aquarium
- National Aquarium Baltimore
- San Diego Zoo
- Smithsonian national zoo
Indoor Activities for Kids at Home:
- Scavenger Hunt
- Hide and seek ( with each other) if you have one kid… sorry we all been there before)
- Games ideas for kids – Let’s Go Fish, Operation, Uno, Monopoly, Puzzels
- Art and Crafts
- Toy rotation
If you haven’t heard of it before, toy rotation means periodically switching out the toys your child has available to play with so that only a few toys are out at any one time. Then you store the toys that aren’t currently in rotation out of the way, like in a closet, attic, or basement.
Things To Do Outside When Bored:
I know, your kids are probably not used to playing outside. Mines aren’t either but hear me out.
We use to have so much fun outside as kids right?
Well, its time to introduce some of the throwback activities from when we were children. Do you remember the fun you use to have outside? Did you play double dutch rope? I was pretty good at it.
- Camp in the backyard
- Ride a bike
- Color with sidewalk chalk
- Put on an Olympic race
- Hop Scotch
- Skate Boarding
- Play basketball, soccer or other sport
- Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
- Bored? Start a Bear Hunt: If you have a neighborhood FB or group, then mention you would like to start one. In our neighborhood, everyone who wanted to participate but a bear in the window. When you go for a walk around the community with the kids, spot out the bears in the window. It’s from the book “We’re going on a bear hunt.”
Home School Schedules for Kids
A part of why you can’t get things done is because you feel guilty having the kids watch TV all day. So why not create a predictable schedule that they can use.
Having a scheduled out day keeps you from wasting time thinking about what should come next.
Easy schedules from Khan Academy.
Things for You To Do at Home:
Things for Kids To Do At Home: Final Thought
Now you want to find things for your kids to do at home, you’re ready to get work done without worrying about your child’s daily tasks and being bored. This list has ideas ranging from education to free play.
Your kids will stay occupied with this list.
Just add these suggests to your schedule and boom you have things to keep your kids busy at home
- Educational Material
- An exercise so they can stay moving
- Virtual Field Trips for mind expansion
- Indoor Activities for rainy days
- Outdoor Activities from your childhood
Add this to your kid’s schedule, and I am sure they will feel like every day is fun at home.
What activities am I missing that you do to keep your kids occupied?