MANAGING YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATION AND FREE TIME

Kids Konnect provided a list of fun sensory activities to do at home for kids with autism.

Managing your child’s education and free time: Art

  • Elise Gravel – Free, printable coloring pages by children’s author and illustrator. 

  • Google Arts & Culture – Guide to museums and galleries offering virtual exhibits and tours. 

  • Khan Academy – Walt Disney Imagineering partners with Khan Academy for Imagineering in a Box. The program is designed to pull back the curtain to show you how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks. Go behind the scenes with Disney Imagineers and complete project-based exercise to design a theme park of your very own.  

  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – Children’s author, Mo Williams welcomes you into his study at home and guides you through drawing activities using one of his favorite characters for inspiration. 

  • Louve – Visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries. 

  • Yaymaker Paint Nite – Virtual events from Paint Nite, including events for kids, teens, and adults. Events are presented through a streaming platform. Fees may apply.  


 

Managing your child’s education and free time: Dance and Movement

  • American Ballet Theater – ABT will host daily virtual classes on their Instagram (@abtschool) taught by former ABT dancers and artist. These classes will engage ABT’s youngest students and their families by exploring musicality, fostering creativity, imagination, and teaching ballet fundamentals. 

  • Go Noodle – Virtual classes to help children stay active, focused, and calm while ifusing good energy into their lives. 

  • UCLA Recreation – Virtual yoga classes for kids on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons. 


 

Managing your child’s education and free time: Education

  • 123 Homeschooling – Homeschooling worksheets. Free.

  • All Kids Network! – Resources for children’s crafts, worksheets, coloring pages, mazes, dot-to-dot, and more. Free. 

  • Amazing Educational Resources – Resource guide of educational companies offering free subscriptions due to the school closures. 

  • ECHO Autism – Video providing teachers and other educators tools, strategies and resources to coach families in how to set up new learning routines while supporting positive behavior during home-based instructions provided by UC Davis MIND Institute and Partnering with Families.

  • Edgenuity – For K-12 students to access core curriculum. Each student has an individual code that will allow them to access lessons in English language arts and mathematics. Science and history/social science lessons are available for middle and high school students. 

  • Highlights Kids – Online magazine with activities, games, recipes. 

  • Kids Activities Blog – List of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closing. 

  • PBS SoCal, KCET, and PBS – Free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans for at-home learning. Available for students in Pre-K through 12th grade. 

  • LA Parent Magazine – Activities and information on remote learning for children and families. 

  • Originator – List of educational mobile and tablet applications for children and families. Fees apply. 

  • Scholastic Learn at Home – Allows open access to daily learning journeys divided into four grade spans: Pre-K – K, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6-9+, covering ELA, STEAM, science, social studies, and social-emotional learning. Free.

  • Universal Class – Classes to guide parents and teachers to build their own unit study courses for homeschool purposes. Free access with a Los Angeles Public Library card (which can now be obtained online). 

  • Virtual School Activities – A collection of sites to live webcams, virtual tours/tips, and other miscellaneous fun educational sites for homeschooling.


 

Managing your child’s education and free time: Music

  • UCLA Recreation Summer Camps – Virtual music classes for babies and toddlers through Zoom. Zoom sign in instructions are listed in the flyer for Virtual Music Classes.

 

Managing your child’s education and free time: Outdoors and Animals

  • Center for Discovery – Safe indoor and outdoor activities for families in the time of the coronavirus. 

  • Explore Mars from NASA – Explore the real surface of Mars, recorded by Nasa’s Curiosity rover. 

  • Google Arts & Culture and National Parks – Google has teamed up with five national parks in the US so people can enjoy the beauty of the natural world virtually: Kenai Fjords National Park (Alaska), Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii), Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico), Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah), Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida). 

  • Los Angeles Zoo – Videos of animals. 
    lazoo.org/

  • San Diego Zoo – Videos, activities, and games from the San Diego Zoo. 

  • Smithsonian’s National Zoo – Animal webcams at the zoo. 

  • Virtual Field Trips – Videos to explore the world, organized by curriculum, by grade, by location, for grades K to 12th. 
    virtualfieldtrips.org/

  • Yellowstone National Park – Virtual tours of some of Yellowstone National Park’s main attractions around the park. 


 

Managing your child’s education and free time: Reading

  • Audible – Free audiobooks for kids and teens.

  • LA County Library – Sign up for a Digital Library Card to get free access to all of the Library’s digital offerings, including ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, TV, homework help, online classes, and more. 

  • Storytime at Los Angeles Public Library – Recorded storytime with the Los Angeles Public Library staff. There are also guided story time so that families can create their own version at home. 

  • Tumblebook – An online collection of animated, talking picture books, which teach young children the joys of reading. Books available in seven different languages. Free trail available. 

Managing your child’s education and free time: Sports Games and Documentaries to Watch

  • Baseball – Baseball – A Film by Ken Burns.

  • Hockey – ‘Pause Binge’ replays of archived games. 

  • Basketball – Free preview of NBA League Pass.

  • Football – Complementary access to Game Pass. 


 

Managing your child’s education and free time: Technology

  • Scratch (MIT Media Lab) – Learn to code for ages 8-16, but used by people of all ages. Program your own interactive stories, games, and animation and share with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. 

Managing your child’s education and free time: Theater

  • The Met Opera Stream – Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming. 

  • Playbill – Guide of Broadway plays and musicals available to watch online. 

Updated April 20, 2020