North Tonawanda City Schools and many others all over the country are closing due to coronavirus, and with these closings, parents are having to learn how to homeschool along with their kids. It’s a challenging time, and the challenge increases exponentially depending on the number of kids you’re trying to teach. And in true parent form, you’re probably having to juggle not only this newfound role, but also your usual cooking, cleaning, and family management. If you’re really lucky and still have a job, you also get to add working from home on top of all the rest!
There’s no denying that times are tough, and our hearts go out to you! Fortunately, thanks to the world wide web, you can still give your kids some cool experiences even while you’re stuck inside. Keep reading for some online/homeschooling tips for virtual field trips that will educate and entertain your kids. And hey, maybe you’ll learn something too!
Virtual Field Trip Ideas for Homeschooling During Coronavirus
First up, be sure to explore the Educational Resources for Home Learning provided by North Tonawanda City Schools. You can search by grade level, and even apply for free internet service if you need it. But the internet is a big place, so there’s a lot more to see and do! Like…
You can see some of the most famous natural history, historical, and art objects at the world’s leading museums without even leaving the kitchen table. Check out this list of 12 World-Class Museums You Can Visit Online from Mental Floss and explore any subject your child is interested in, from dinosaurs to Egyptian antiquities. Haven’t you always wanted to visit the Louvre or take your kids to the Smithsonian?
Theaters all over the world are streaming live and pre-recorded performances in any genre you can imagine, much of it free! Check out the puppet shows from the Center for Puppetry Arts, Shakespeare plays from the Globe Theatre, or even live “digital concert” performances from popular musicians. Use your library card to sign up for Kanopy, where you can watch award-winning films for free, including musicals. You can also sign up for a free trial of BroadwayHD to watch classic Broadway musicals, as well as ballets and plays.
Discover Zoos, Aquariums, and National Parks.
Since you can’t explore the great outdoors, bring the great outdoors in to you. Your kids can tour National Parks, watch the live cam feeds from the San Diego Zoo, and get up-close-and-personal with aquatic creatures via the Georgia Aquarium Ocean Voyager live feeds.
We hope these resources will help keep your family engaged until things get back to normal. Once it’s safe to get out in the world again, you can book a STEM field trip here at Rainbow Roller Rink for active and interactive learning that can’t be beat!