Virtual Field Trips and other free resources

Right now, many families find themselves thrust into homeschooling their children since schools are closed due to COVID-19. Some schools are set up now for your children to do their schoolwork online. Some of you may find you'd like to take a more relaxed approach right now, which is perfectly me!

You can find many places offering virtual field trips, and other virtual activities. I've attempted compiling a list of such resources for you.

1. Birding is the perfect activity while practicing social distancing. This global pandemic has us all pretty freaked out. Handled responsibly, open space and wildlife observation may be just the balm you need.

2. A Google document listing several virtual field trips.

3. National Park virtual tours.

4. Seattle Symphony free video broadcasts and livestream, at least during quarantine.

5. Scholastic offers free educational online activities for children to keep learning.

6. The Metropolitan Opera free live streams.

7. 130+ Free Outdoor Learning Activities.

8. 50 Skills you can learn on YouTube.

9. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens Home Safari Resources.

10. Your Story Hour is offering a free story every day, at least during our quarantine period. Also find their stories on YouTube.

11. Mo Willems is hosting a livestream doodle every week day during quarantine. Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems.

12. The National World War II Museum of New Orleans has a video archive.

13. The Georgia Aquarium has web cams, and offers at home learning resources.

14. Virtual rides at Disney World and Disneyland.

15. The Art Institute of Chicago has their artwork collection online.

16. NASA's entire media library is publicly accessible online.

17. Virtual dairy farm tours.

18. The Tennessee Aquarium has web cams: secret reef; penguins; and otters.

19. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is offering virtual activities for students, at least during quarantine.

20. Creation Kids activities, from Creation Life.

21. WildEarth is a live wildlife broadcaster, with a special channel for kids:

Many zoos around the world have live web cams. Just Google the name of the zoo you're looking for.

Simply Charlotte Mason offers a page of resources available. Right now, their Laying Down the Rails video workshop is free.

Don't forget, during this pandemic, take time to write it down. Journal about your everyday life; what you're seeing in the news; how your friends are reacting (what you see via social media, etc.); how you're attending church, etc.; what places are closed; etc. Don't forget to mention how hard it is to find toilet paper! And hand sanitizer!

I hope you will find these resources useful, and helpful! Stay safe! Stay home! Help flatten the curve!

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