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FREE Home Learning Resources for Children




We are going through a very "strange" time here in the United States.  Schools are closing due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and parents and teachers are finding ways to support education remotely at home. 

Even as a teacher and parent, I find myself  scrambling to remember which resources are free and available for my use.  During a time like this, I thought it would be great to have a list of available resources.

As I organize my plans for the next few weeks, I thought it would make sense to start out with a list of available resources. It's amazing how many useful resources we have right at our fingertips that are free! 

I know many of you can help me add to this list.  Please comment on what your favorite free resources are and I will add to this list.  I hope this list is found useful during these unprecedented times. 

Special Read Alouds


Astronaut Read Alouds

Author Read Alouds



Literacy Resources


Scholastic Literacy Resources

Epic (Free 30 Day Trial)

Teachers Pay Teachers

Typing Pub for Kids

Squiggle Park Kids

Storyline Online

History for Kids

Science



National Geographic-Kids

Live Web Cams


Smithsonian National Zoo


Movement and Music


Virtual Field Trips


Museum Virtual Tours
How about taking a tour of some of the most famous museums around the world? 


Apps-Games-More

PBS Kids

Starfall

Play Prodigy (Math Games)


Community Resources

Henry Ford Museum Curriculum Resources

Detroit Institute of Arts Educational Resources

Detroit Zoo Educational Resources


Virtual Classroom Resources

Edmodo

Zoom


Free Printables from Websites/Bloggers

This Reading Mama

Little Dots Education

Podcasts for Kids


Nick Jr. Live "Move to the Music" at Fox Theatre Detroit & Special Offer

Nick Jr. Live "Move to the Music"Fox TheatreMarch 6-March 8



Can you imagine the look on every kids face when they see all their favorite characters from Nick Jr. together at once as they sing, clap, dance, and move to the music with all their favorite Nick Jr. friends!  



Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present Nick Jr. Live! “Move to the Music”, an all-new, one-of-a-kind adventure. For the first time on stage together, this musical spectacular features characters from multiple Nick Jr. hit animated series, including Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol (produced by Spin Master Entertainment) , Dora The Explorer, Shimmer and Shine, Blue’s Clues and You, Blaze and the Monster Machines and Top Wing. Families will have the opportunity to make lifelong memories together at any of the six performances at the Fox Theatre in The District Detroit from Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8.

Nick Jr. Live! “Move to the Music” follows Dora and her PAW co-hosts, Marshall and Rubble, as they invite their Nick Jr. friends to come together for a music-filled production. Bubble Guppies’ Molly and Gil, Rod and Penny from Top Wing, Shimmer and Shine, and even Blue from the new Blue’s Clues &You! are throwing a Nick Jr. celebration. Audiences will be transported to familiar Nick Jr. locations, including Bubbletucky and Zahramay Falls. The unforgettable celebration will feature live appearances, special on-screen guests and audience participation to engage the whole family.

With innovative costuming and a Broadway style set, Nick Jr. Live! is a perfect way to introduce theater to young children. The show is split into two acts with an intermission and will include original music as well as familiar tunes from Nick Jr. shows. A limited number of V.I.P. packages are available for each performance and feature premium show seating, VIP merchandise item, an exclusive photo opportunity with Blaze from Blaze and the Monster Machines, as well as a post-show Meet & Greet party with Dora the Explorer and Rubble from PAW Patrol.



Performance Times

  • Friday, March 6 @ 6 PM
  • Saturday, March 7 @ 10 AM
  • Saturday, March 7 @ 2 PM
  • Saturday, March 7 @ 6 PM
  • Sunday, March 8 @ 10 AM
  • Sunday, March 8 @ 2 PM

SPECIAL OFFER:
Save 25% on select tickets with code 25NICK
*Valid now – the show
*Restrictions apply

Tickets are on sale now: https://313pres.co/2kqfTnS

Our Love for Goldfish Swim School



It was a little over six years ago and I was pregnant for my first child.  I remember spending an entire sleepless night worrying about our pool in the backyard and the precautions we'd need to take to keep our kids safe.  It was so worrisome that I contacted our realtor and started looking at homes without a pool. 

After weighing out our options, we decided to stay in our house with the pool and we'd ensure that we had levels of security in place to keep our kids safe.  We purchased a safety fence, a safety pool cover, and added alarm security to all doors including the safety gate.  While this felt great, I remember my husband's exact words..."none of this matters as much as teaching them how to swim." As you can imagine, swim lessons have been a must for us since our kids were babies.







We started swim lessons at the age of four months.  I remember taking my son to the local high school where community classes were offered.  While the instructor was amazing, all I can remember is being cold!  At the time, I remembered hearing about Goldfish Swim School and their 90 degree pool.  We quickly learned that learning to swim in no fun if you are blue in the lips from being cold.  Soon we found our way to Goldfish in Rochester and we've been in love since our first visit!



Fast forward six years and we have two little swimmers that love to swim.  It is so fun to see them enjoy our pool and it is comforting knowing they have the swim skills necessary to survive.  Of course we can't take our eyes off from them, as they do tire quickly, but it feels great to know they can swim.




Goldfish Swim School is completely geared to make our kids feel welcomed.  Its cute decor and warm pool make it fun and inviting!  Everything from the showers to dressing rooms are equipped with everything you need.  They even host birthday parties!




Our biggest love for Goldfish Swim School is the curriculum.  It works! My little swimmers are able to swim because of Goldfish  and we love them because of this!  The class sizes are small and the instructors are patient and encouraging. Progress reports are given on a regular basis and as your swimmer progresses, they are moved on to the next swim level. 

If you have a little one that is still learning to swim, now is the time to enroll. I am a big supporter of swim lessons.  It's the best gift we can give ourselves and our children.   Goldfish Swim School has many locations throughout the United States and within the Detroit area. 

Have you been to Goldfish Swim School?  If so, what do you love about Goldfish Swim School?  What age did your kids learn to swim? Comment below and share!

Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice in Detroit

Road Trip Adventures at Little Caesars Arena

Thursday, February 13- Sunday, February 16



Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures will whisk families away on an immersive getaway chock-full of magical participatory moments. Featuring new and classic tales, this a multi-generational experience visits Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit for eight performances from Thursday, February 13 to Sunday, February 16.


Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests of all ages embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins and Jack and his band of dancing lamplighters. Travel to the sun-soaked Motunui and help Moana restore the heart of Te Fiti. Set off on a safari and snap unforgettable photos of wild cheetahs and monkeys when guests traverse through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. 

Discover a whole new world and be swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade filled with spectacular stunts, magical moments with Genie, and a brand-new song from Jasmine that will render the audience “Speechless.” Mosey on over to a larger-than-life comedic carnival and team up with Woody and Bo Peep as they search for their new friend Forky. Fans will hit a high note with Mickey and pals while singing along to beloved Disney tunes as they welcome Merida, Belle, Ariel, Mulan and Tiana to the ice. Families should be prepared for a getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and surprise, up-close character interaction as Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures makes a pitstop right in Detroit.

Tickets are on sale now: https://313pres.co/2qRMFRr

Belle Isle Aquarium and Conservancy


Belle Isle Aquarium and Conservancy


A few years ago, I had a membership to the Detroit Zoo and we always spent a lot of time in the aquarium house because it was easy for the kids to see the tanks and fish are pretty cool!  Plus, it was a warm shelter on those cold winter visits.   For whatever reason at the time, I never thought to visit the Belle Isle Aquarium.  Recently, we visited the Aquarium and it was the perfect dose of fun we were searching for!



Our Visit



We enjoyed looking at the different fish and learned a lot about the effects of plastic on our waterways. Did you know that gum is made of plastic?  We also learned about microplastics and how they have a big impact on our lakes and oceans. The aquarium had a lot of fish that you can find in the Great Lakes including sturgeons and bass.  They also had saltwater tanks with interesting marine life such as sea horses and an electric eel which was my son's favorite. 

The Belle Isle Aquarium is located on Belle Isle which is a Michigan State Park so it requires a state park pass to enter.  For those without the pass, you can purchase a day pass and enjoy a relaxing day at the parks and water’s edge.  The aquarium and conservancy are free to enter.  The aquarium is small and takes about 30 minutes to complete and once you are done we suggest walking over to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservancy and visit the different gardens.  Visiting the conservancy is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day. 



History

The aquarium and conservancy have a unique story to tell.   The aquarium is the oldest in the United States and was designed by Albert Kahn who is known as the “architect of Detroit” because of the his many architectural designs such as the Fisher Building, Cadillac Place, and Ford Motor Company's Highland Park factory where the Model T was constructed. 

Both the aquarium and conservancy closed in 2005 due to the City of Detroit’s hardships.  It was then reopened in 2012 and was taken over by the state making Belle Isle a state park.  Now the buildings are slowly being restored as they conserve all its beauty. 

Have you been to the aquarium or conservancy?  If so, please comment and share about your experience.  Any tips on visiting?
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