Learning from Home ResourcesActivities, Projects, and Ideas
A Note to Families
This list of resources will be growing over the stay-at-home period. While we will try to keep it as up-to-date and relevant as possible, we cannot guarantee the content at any of these links. Please use your best judgment to decide what is useful for your family.
When in doubt, do less. By removing the need to fill hours, you create space for your child to become bored. Boredom leads to creativity, strengthens the imagination, and fosters independent thinking. The first resource we share with you is this link to an article entitled “Give Your Child the Gift of Boredom“.
Screen time is a hot topic, especially during this pandemic. By sharing these links with you all, we are not trying to encourage more screen time. At the same time, we recognize that some screen time is inevitable. We offer links to on-screen activities with the caveat: GO OUTSIDE! Whenever possible, choose the non-screen option. Go for a walk, encourage activities like drawing, painting, cooking—even housework like folding clothes or organizing drawers.
If there are resources or ideas you would like to see added to this list, please email mary.wolf(at)desertmontessori.com. Thank you for being a part of the DMS community.
Montessori Activities for PreK & K
Montessori Elementary Activities
100 Ideas for Montessori Early Childhood Students at Home
A wonderful list of screen-free activities for Pre-K and K children, courtesy of St. Joseph Montessori School faculty and the American Montessori Society (AMS).
Activities for EC Children at Home – PDF
100 Ideas for Montessori Elementary Students at Home
A wonderful list of screen-free activities for elementary students, courtesy of teacher Michelle Jacob and the American Montessori Society (AMS).
DMS Learning from Home Handbook
Our guidelines for navigating the DMS distance learning experience. Put together by our own amazing faculty, based on a document created by Atlanta’s Arbor Montessori School and the Montessori School of Tokyo.
49 Montessori-inspired ideas for indoor activities with your kids
Here is a list of 49 Montessori-inspired indoor activities to keep your little ones engaged and learning.
Most appropriate for pre-K and K children.
National Geographic for Kids and Families
There is truly something for everyone on Nat Geo’s incredible website for kids, from frogs jumping in slow motion to polar bears, from famous women in history to a personality test to find out which planet you are. Some of the activities here can be taken offline.
Head over to their website for families to find parenting resources and project ideas. Did someone say elephant toothpaste?
Free audiobooks for children for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kids can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Online Art Classes for Kids
Art, Art and more Art!
Get out some paper, pencils, markers, paint, whatever you have, and let’s make something!
• PEEP and the Big Wide World for Parents – even the littlest learners can STEAM/STEM!
• Left Brain Craft Brain – inspiring young engineers, one craft at a time
• KiwiCo – known for their STEAM/STEM kits, KiwiCo has made a number of resources available for free during the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects are listed by age group.
• Free resources for families from the Inventors Hall of Fame – includes a virtual tour of their museum!
• Mystery Science has made its most popular lessons free for families during the coronavirus outbreak. No supplies necessary for some of these!
• Have your child keep a journal. If they are too young to write, be their scribe! Journaling is a great way to process complex emotions, and a journal kept at this time will be a keepsake for the rest of their lives.
Free Storytimes for Kids
Reading aloud to your child is an essential part of parenting, but sometimes it’s nice to have someone else do the reading. This website has collected a list of “Everywhere You Can Get Free Virtual Story Time for Your Kids”. From Oliver Jeffers to Eva Longoria, Kevin Costner to Betty White, these are amazing read-aloud experiences!
• The Hootenanny – Wild, wacky and live music classes every weekday at 11am MST.
• Bilingual music for kids with Alina Celeste – Alina Celeste is social-distancing just like you, but she’s sharing music and stories in Spanish and English every weekday while she’s doing it.
• Free Lil’ Maestros music classes from Monday – Friday 10am MST. These lessons will teach guitar, piano, percussion, music theory, improvisation, and more.
• From toddlers to teens, this site has age-appropriate cooking lessons and ideas for kids. Each lesson has coordinating recipes and age-appropriate tasks to help kids learn and experience the lesson topic.
• Digital Cooking Classes For Kids Every weekday at 11am MST on Instagram from Delish
• Join the (free!) ChopChop Cooking Club and pledge to cook dinner together. You’ll get a delicious new recipe to master, learning different essential cooking skills along the way. The Club’s recipes are also available in Spanish!
Kids for Peace Activities
Positive, uplifting, peace-building activities for families. Lots of suggestions for daily acts of kindness, mindfulness, environmental stewardship, and just plain FUN! Make the world a better place, every day.
Mindfulness activities for kids from PositivePsychology.com. We could all use some help in managing our emotions. Try practicing one or more of these exercises with your child every day!
There are many incredible podcasts out there for children. These are a few of our favorites!
• The Big Life Kids Podcast helps kids develop a growth mindset!
• Wow in the World – From NPR – Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them.
• Brains On: Forever Ago – a history show for the whole family! Every episode explores the origin of just one thing — like sandwiches, video games, clocks and more — while teaching listeners to think critically about history.
• Free sample stories from SparkleStories.com. All of their stories promote values like kindness, empathy and respect while promoting imagination and curiosity.
• Peace Out – Short stories that help children calm down and relax by guiding them through visualization and breathing exercises.