Your Quarantine New York Kids Weekend
See a Home Movie: The Incredibles 1 and 2
This superhero family spans generations, warming the hearts of kids and adults. If your kids are up for it, watch both The Incredibles 1 and 2! Watch Violet, Dash, and even little Jack-Jack fight off the villains before Mr. and Mrs. Incredible swoop in to help and save the day. Action-packed, hilarious, and touching, The Incredibles movies have a little something for everyone.
Download an Educational App
If your child loves spending their free time playing mindless apps on their tablet, switch to apps that enrich their academic skills. You can achieve both goals with engaging, interactive, and educational apps.
Monkey Word School Adventure
Ages 3 to 7
This colorful, engaging app helps kids develop their phonics, spelling, and sight word recognition skills through a series of games. With one game, kids use gold letters to form words; in another, they practice writing on a stone wall; and in a third game, they collect special gems to improve sight word recognition skills. Orton Gillingham concepts such as decoding words with blends, consonant digraphs, and vowel patterns are integrated into the app.
Starfall Learn to Read
This app is a great once for reinforcing phonemic awareness and early reading skills. It includes interactive movies that integrate word patterns and 15 mini books that give kids practice reading. Children love the colorful games, songs, and pictures that are contained throughout the app.
This is a great app for building foundational math skills for young learners. Kids play a series of games based on their age and skill levels and can collect awesome prizes at the end of each game. A special font for kids with dyslexia is included, and quizzes are integrated to help ensure concept mastery.
Take a look at our full list of reading and math apps here!
Stay Occupied With Educational Resources
If you have plans to stay home this weekend with the kids but don’t want them to be glued in front of the TV with mindless shows, we have rounded up free educational resources to keep them occupied and learning at home.
With a mission to help kids meet critical early development needs — the program many of us grew up on is still going strong and providing online content and shows every weekday morning. Many parents will attest that Sesame Street is still one of the best resources for the pre-k and kindergarten set, as well as kids with special needs. You’ll find video, games, and art projects online. You may be home stuck with the kids, but we won’t tell anyone when you jump up when “Number of the Day” comes up.
For toddlers up to pre-k students, parents will love the collection of printables that are geared to support kids in learning. Kids can also hop on their favorite shows such as Wild Kratts and Dinosaur Train, where games are designed to enrich their education.
From Smile to Dogman, Scholastic provides many favorite books to our kids. Students can visit the Scholastic website for a wealth of educational activities from grades pre-k and up. Weaving in familiar stories and games for the kids will help when the fun of being home has worn off, and delving into some familiar characters will add a bit of normalcy to the day.
For a full list of educational resources to use at home, check out Free Educational Resources for Kids During Coronavirus Quarantine
DIY Hand Sanitizer
With coronavirus on the rise and hand sanitizer sold out at stores, have the kids help you make a DIY hand sanitizer! It’s easy and a great way to teach kids about keeping their hands clean. Check out our recipe and instructions at Prepare for the Coronavirus in New York With DIY Hand Sanitizer
Learn at Home
We know kids like to forget about school on the weekends, but these learning activities are loads of fun that will keep your kids engaged. If you are looking for fun and educational resources that your kids can do daily, check out some of our favorites here!
New American History
Offering history materials tailored for grades 4 upward, New American History is a sophisticated offering aimed at history teachers. It’s not all that easy to navigate as a parent unless you’re quite dedicated, but the material is extremely well-thought-out for committed parents.
If you’re looking to really zoom in on reading comprehension, Readworks is going to be a great fit for you, providing content from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. Readworks is a non-profit, donation-based service, and the suggested donation is $25, though you can access the content for free.
Resources are organized by subject and grade. Helpful education activities to keep kids learning and printable worksheets when you need them to sit and get some work done.
To see our full list of resources, check out Free Resources and Subscriptions for Remote Learning and Home Schooling due to Coronavirus