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Resources for Students and Parents Learning and Teaching from Home, Part 3 of 6: Language & Exercise

by Adrianne George: AWC Gothenburg, AWC Malmö, AWC StockholmAdriannegeorgehomeschooling
photo source: Christopher Plantener

Welcome to the third installment of resources for you to use at home with your kids! NEW this week is the Preschool through 12th Grade Curriculum Overview created by Time4Learning. Also, all resources are now listed below for quicker and easier access! This week’s offerings feature resources for language acquisition, exercise and BONUS field trips to US National Parks!

Language Acquisition Resources

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Designed for English speakers, Duolingo is a gamified way to learn 35 languages for free. Fun for kids and adults alike; upgrade to the paid version to eliminate ads.

Live Lingua
Access thousands of free e-books, audio recordings and foreign language video materials; available in over 130 different languages.

Open Culture
Learn 48 languages online free, including Spanish and Chinese.

Surface Languages
Surface Languages maintains  a database of free online learning resources and beginner audio courses in Italian, Portuguese, French and Polish.

MIT Open Courseware
Search the Global Studies and Languages section of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Courseware website for free language and culture courses.

Alison

Alison’s free online language courses are designed for students and range from beginning German and Italian to advanced French and English.

The French Experiment
Online beginner French lessons with audio.

Deutsch-lernen.com
Basic German course for beginners.

Spanish Games

Free games to learn Castillian and Central American Spanish.

Chinese-tools.com
Learn Mandarin Chinese in 40 online lessons with audio, including reading, speaking, writing, modern vocabulary, grammar, calligraphy, examples and exercises. All texts and dialogs in mp3 format for download.

Easy Japanese

Online flash games and quizzes to learn Japanese.

Arabic Reading Course
Learn the alphabet for free.

Really Learn Portuguese

Free tool to help you learn Brazilian Portuguese.

 

Exercise Resources

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FitDC

The city of Washington, DC provides live workouts for kids, and this recording is led by a member of the city’s professional soccer team, DC United.

11 Fun Exercise Routines For Kids At Home ‒ Get Fit, Get Active!

Exercises and physical activity for kids at home.

Family Fun Cardio Workout

FitSugar cardio moves that feel like games and challenges where the winner gets prizes.

9 Min Exercise For Kids ‒ Home Workout
Simple, quick moves for kids to help them build their muscles, strengthen their bones, improve flexibility and burn calories.

Kids Workout / Super Mario Workout (ages 3‒10)

This 15-min kids’ workout is a fun and creative kids’ exercise video or a family workout you can do together. Great for building strength, endurance and balance.

Level Up! (Video Game Workout for Kids)

Four fun levels in this workout! Follow along and make it through the obstacles to advance to the next level of fitness! ENJOY!!!

Sesame Street: Grover’s Workout Video

Exercise with Elmo and some of his friends.

Kids workout 1 Beginners

15-minute workout. Teach a child how to get in shape with exercises. Maurice takes you through a beginning workout for kids of all ages, even teens and adults.

Workout for Children

Children’s exercise workout at home with coloring book characters.

Zumba Kids (easy dance) ‒ I like to move it

Kids aged from 5 to 9 rock together with this super easy dance.

Challenge Dance Workout for Kids

Maricopa County Public Health partnered with the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Univision Arizona to produce a fun, easy-to-follow dance workout video for schools.

Fortnite Fitness Hip-Hop Dance Workout for Kids

This is a very simple fitness activity to warm up the students in elementary physical education class.

THE BLACK PANTHER Workout For Kids

This workout is the next installment in THE AVENGERS TRAINING ACADEMY. You get the chance to train just like one of THE AVENGERS. Just click play and follow along with THE BLACK PANTHER and get yourself ready to help save the universe.

BONUS: Virtual Field Trips to US National Parks

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Resources for Students and Parents Learning and Teaching from Home, Part 2 of 6: Science & Crafts

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by Adrianne George, AWC Gothenburg, AWC Malmö

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My goddaughters getting homeschooled in Berlin.

Remember the days when you might have thought homeschooling was a concept only hippies or recluses could embrace? When you thought, “no way would I keep my kids home all day”? Does it seem like a long time ago that you thought, “I’m no educator, I’m just a parent”? For many of us, those days are over. They are a thing of the past. Our new reality means our children are home with us during the day, all day. Their schools are closed. Their teachers are now faces on a computer screen, and you are the teacher’s assistant.

Welcome to the new reality the coronavirus pandemic has created. The good news is that the world has answered those who questioned their ability to homeschool. The universe has provided tools for the newly initiated teachers’ assistants otherwise known as mom, dad, auntie, uncle, grandma and grandpa. It has even provided an opportunity for godmothers like me to strengthen the bond that busy schedules and distance threaten to weaken.

I have started a weekly English conversation session for my 12-year-old goddaughter and her 14-year-old sister in Berlin. Their younger sisters hang out occasionally, and I am having the time of my life listening to their little voices in their German/Danish accents wrap their young minds around expressing themselves to me in English while deciphering my American accent. For me, this is a dream come true.

What joy will you discover during this time? In this series of articles, we’ll highlight a list of resources and tools for homeschooling covering Art, Books, Cooking, Crafts, Exercise, Math, Mindfulness, Music, Science, Sports, Virtual field trips and Yoga that you may want to embrace even on the other side of the pandemic. This week we’re focusing on Science & Crafts.

Want to skip the specifics and just have a list of general resources at hand? Click HERE for a list of 47 helpful websites from Our Lady of Perpetual Help, TCDSB (K–8th grade) and/or check out The Khan Academy for teaching/learning resources (preschool–12th grade), as well as how to create a daily schedule.  Also NEW this week is the Emergency Curriculum Packet created by the Charlotte Mason Institute.

SCIENCE

Looking for a fun science experiment or want to Skype with a real scientist? Get ready to get messy and click HERE to tap into those amazing resources and so much more to help your child explore the world through the eyes of science!

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CRAFTS

Do you have glue, scissors, crayons and you’re looking to nurture your kids’ creativity? Click HERE for a list of crafts to fit any age, including coloring pages for tweens and teens, as well as how to upcycle your juice and tissue boxes to make boats and trucks!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Disneyland

BONUS: Disney (and more) Virtual Field Trips!! 

Can’t get to Disney? Let Disney come to you and enjoy these rides. Thank you HouseBeautiful.com! (Tip: Click through to tour CInderella’s Castle.)
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