Schools, preschool and even libraries have closed their doors during COVID-19 quarantine restrictions. While students everywhere are home, many parents are wondering what to do to make sure the learning doesn’t stop. Don’t fret. There are multitude of resources to make sure the learning continues. Here are some of them:

The Batavia museum has created digital programs that may be found on its website (click on the “Quarantine Program” tab) and social media pages. Every Tuesday the museum will host an “Exhibit Me HLOM” program, an interactive blog in which museum and community members can share items from their personal collections. On Thursdays, the museum will host a variety of digital blogs, each with a different focus. Upcoming programs include an “At Home Culinary Program” on April 9, the “Quarantine Meme Program” on April 16, and a “Short Film Program” on April 23.

The museum’s Saturday Morning Children’s Program was cancelled earlier this month, but the material list and instructions are available on the museum’s website. This month’s activity is a covered wagon. Online:

The Rochester Museum and Science Center is offering science activities online through its “Open for Curiosity” webpage and YouTube channel. “Open for Curiosity” is the museum’s activity hub. It includes at-home science experiments, links to Live Science videos and schedules of live remote events. On the museum’s YouTube channel are daily Live Science: Online videos. New science demonstrations are presented at 3 p.m. daily and have included bubble monsters and thermite reactions. Online:

The museum is sharing story readings, animal encounters, book recommendations and videos about toys and games through its social media channels, including Facebook. Additional content will appear on the museum’s Twitter, Twitch, Instagram, and other social channels. The museum is also presenting ideas for imaginary play, sensory fun and art projects through its “Play at Home” webpage,

The museum is also asking the public to help it document a “rare moment in the history of play.” The museum welcomes your stories, photos, and videos about play for preservation in The Strong’s collection at Online:,

The museum has launched a family fun and learning page on its website and is also adding content via social media, including its YouTube channel, to spark curiosity while supporting general interest and instruction for families and students. The website includes coloring activities, links to videos from the historic village and adjacent nature center, and storytime sessions; and a virtual village square. Online:,

Online education store with physical resources for infants through sixth grade. Categories include arts and crafts, math, music, social studies, science and more. You can order online and have items delivered to your home. Online:

This website is a great resource for parents with a multitude of articles related to education. It’s geared for teachers, but parents can benefit from “30 Great Educational Netflix Shows” or “60+ Awesome Websites for Teaching and Learning Math.” Free, although some of the links to educational materials may not be. Online:

Supported by the company that produces Highlights magazine, this website offers resources for younger kids to read, play learning games and conduct science experiments. Free. Online: www.highlights

For students in pre-kindergarten through third grade, this website offers online activities to teach reading and math skills with games and activities. Basic access is free, but to access to the entire site, you will need to purchase a year-long subscription. Online:

This site has beautifully designed books, games and videos for ages pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Free. Online:

Kids can explore a multitude of science-related topics from space to animals, as well as history and social studies. There’s also lots of fun thrown in, such as photos of animals on their head or sculptures made out of chocolate. For kids that can navigate a website on their own, there’s plenty for them to explore. Online:

This New York City-based parenting blog offers a lot of location-based activities, but you can also find a multitude of articles on online resources for students such as “25 STEM Activities Easy Enough for Preschoolers,” “Coronavirus Guide for Parents: 100s of Activities and Resources” or “20+ (Mostly free) Online Learning Resources, Apps, and Games for Kids.” Free, although some of the links to educational materials may not be. Online:

Parents can sign up for a daily newsletter with activities and tips to help students keep learning while school is closed. For children, the site has games and videos with their favorite characters that inspire learning. Online:

This award-winning, early-learning site for ages 2 to 8 is free to try for 30 days. Curriculum includes reading, math, art, music and science. Online:

Open Culture’s mission is to share free resources to culture and educational media online. Children of all ages, as well as adults, can find opportunities for learning with resources including free online courses, free eBooks and audiobooks, free textbooks, free language classes and more. The website also has a page just for students in kindergarten through 12th grade with tons of free learning resources. Online: or

Scholastic has released 20 days of online lessons for children from pre-kindergaren through sixth grade. Kids can learn about geography, plants, space and more. Lessons include books, videos and activities for learning, all divided by age and grade level. Free. Online:

Khan Academy is always free and provides high-quality content for kids (and adults) of all ages. Make sure to check out Khan Kids for the littlest of learners. Free. Online:

If all your kid wants to do is play video games, introduce them to Scratch. Here you can program your own interactive stories and games with the free program supported by MIT. This free learning tool develops important skills such as problem-solving, creative thinking and collaboration. Free. Online:

Sign up for a free account and start playing these standards-based math activities. Free. Online:

Older kids may enjoy the historical documentaries and related lesson plans offered by PBS with Ken Burns. Material is targed to grades four through high school ages. Free. Online:

Thousands of videos offer lectures by experts on subjects including technology, health, the future, business, personal growth and more. You might want to watch this with your student. Online:

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