Free Online Events and Activities for GRPS Students at Home
Due to the many closures and cancellations that happened in the wake of COVID-19, you may be looking for engaging ways to keep your children reading, exploring, and learning at home. The GRPS Family and Community Engagement office took a deep dive into the numerous free and engaging educational tools available online. We created this guide especially for GRPS parents and caregivers to recommend resources you can check out with your kids from the safety of your home.
For a comprehensive list of optional online enrichment resources, please visit http://resources.grps.org. Resources are organized by grade level and content area.
If you need assistance accessing materials or technology, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (616) 301-1111.
In addition, Comcast and AT&T are offering reduced price internet for qualifying households during this period of closure. To learn more about these options, please contact them directly at:
- Comcast – visit their website or call 1-855-846-8376
- AT&T – visit their website or call 800.331.0500
Here is a list of virtual tours around Grand Rapids and Michigan that we enjoyed exploring:
- Check out this cool Socially Distant Science and Adventure video series from Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy
- West Michigan Live Cameras – click to view live footage of Mackinac Island, Charlevoix, Traverse City, Battle Creek, Drummond Island, and more!
- This article is great: “7 Ways to Enjoy Traverse City from Home”
- Be sure to check out the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s Art in Your Inbox project
- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is filming their Butterfly exhibit and hosting daily live Virtual Visits on Facebook.
- Also, take a peek at Pure Michigan’s 360° videos
- Take a virtual visit to The Henry Ford Museum
Seeking some virtual experiences around the world?
- American National Parks
- The Great Wall of China
- The Louvre museum in Paris, France
- Tour of Mars from pictures from NASA’s Curiosity rover
- The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
- The Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, Spain
- The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
- The Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA.
- Interactive virtual tours through Georgia’s forests
- Numerous national parks around the country (compiled by Diply)
For families looking to support their child’s reading and writing, try exploring these resources:
- Definitely consider participating in GRPL’s 2020 Summer Reading Challenge
- The Libby app will allow you and your family to access digital books and audio books from GRPL and KDL while the libraries are closed.
- 103 Things to Do Before, During, or After Reading
- Scholastic Learn-at-Home has resources for children PreK-grade 6
- This AWESOME Google Doc compiled a list of authors and illustrators going live
- The Story Starter will get your creative juices flowing
- Storyline Online is a literacy initiative where actors and celebrities read popular children’s books
- We Are Teachers provides a long list of authors and celebrities reading picture books
Make math and science fun!
- Toy Theater
- PBS K-8 Mathematics
- Math Game Time
- Cool Math Games
- Arkansas virtual nature center
- Animal Cams (compiled by Animal Journal) – click for a cool collection of videos of bears, jellyfish, sea otters, eagles, and more!
- Keeping a Field Journal is another way you can support your child’s science (and math!) skills
Here are STEAM resources you can access from home:
- Kids Code!
- You HAVE to see what’s happening in Carson Ellis’ Quarantine Art Club
- 30 Day Lego Challenge
- KidsDiscover website
And finally, some screen-free activities for your children:
- Rebel Girls providing 90+ writing/drawing/DIY prompts (sign up via email)
- Making play-dough at home
- Walt Disney Family Museum, drawing and animation resources for families
- New York MoMA art-making activities for families inspired by modern art