These resources have been curated by the lower school faculty and are wonderful for any additional enrichment you hope to provide your child.

Reading and Writing

Raz-Kids - Guided reading with interactive ebooks, downloadable books, and reading quizzes (now with a free trial available for non-subscribers through the end of the school year)

Storyline Online - Engaging stories read by celebrities

Philadelphia Free Library for Kids

Reading Raven - Interactive, multi-sensory reading instruction that happens at a child’s pace

Operation Storytime - Some of our favorite authors reading their favorite books

Pinna Audio - Great screen-free audio stories for kids (now with a 60-day free trial available for non-subscribers)

Pete the Cat - James Dean, author of Pete the Cat books, reads, sings, and draws live at midday.

Our Community – A Book A Day

National Emergency Library- archive of digital books available to check out for free.

Science

Mystery Science - Free, easy science for remote learning

Story Time From Space - Astronauts in orbit reading space-related picture books

Zoo With Us - Live zoo webcams from zoos across the country.

PBS Learning Media: Science - Explore natural phenomena and scientific practices with videos, lesson plans, and interactive tools.

Science Bob - Science experiments with instructions you can try at home

Steve Spangler Science - Explore the “experiment library”.

Fun Science Demos

Watch hawk nests

Beekeeping video from Tr. Lucien

Math

Dreambox - Math games for grades PK-8 (now with a free trial available for non-subscribers through the end of the school year)

PBS Learning Media: Math - Assignments and projects for grades K-8

Boddle - A fun, personalized math platform for grades 1-6. Teachers and parents can track student progress remotely and quickly identify learning gaps.

Brain Pop: Math - Each topic features videos, quizzes, related reading, and coding activities. 

I Know It - Over 500 common-core aligned activities and math games for grades K-5

Prodigy - Game-based math for grades 1-8. The how-to articles make distance learning effective and fun.

Art and Music

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!

Visual Arts on PBS Learning Media for Students - Activities to explore visual arts at home for grades PK-12

Toy Theater - A doodling and basic 3-D software. Take screenshots to save your child's artwork.

Learn to Finger Knit

40 Art Projects for Kindergarteners

12 Famous Museum Virtual Tours

Yoyo Ma's Virtual Cello Concerts

Kidproof Vimeo Channel- Artistic animations with no adult themes or violence

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens Visit From Home: virtual tour, activity sheets, mural map and shop.

Kunst Haus Wien Museum Hundertwasser in Vienna, Austria. Museum designed and created by our 2020 Artist Study subject Friedensreich Hundertwasser, housing his artworks.

Kunst Haus Wien YouTube video. A short video about the Hundertwasser Museum.

Physical Movement

GoNoodle - Fun, short dance and movement activities that many FSS faculty use in school on rainy days

Moovlee - An animated monkey leads 4-10 minute workout videos for kids ages 3-5 with a focus on meditation, yoga, and cardio.

SPARKhome - Physical Education 3-week lesson plans for grades K-12

Just Dance

Cosmic Kids Yoga - 10-20 minute guided yoga practice for younger kids

STEAM

Little Bins for Little Hands - LEGO challenge for kids

Design Engineering Challenges - Downloadable challenge cards with videos by The James Dyson Foundation

PBS Kids Design Squad - Draw and post designs for prompts like, “shoes that make you jump higher and run faster”. Also, watch videos of energetic engineers explain and improve our world.

Exploratorium’s “Science Snacks” - Household projects with video demonstrations

Smithsonian Learning Lab - The museum's multi-media, digitized collection with lessons and activities. Find the Lab's distance learning resources here.

Smithsonian Physics Activities - Easy experiments to learn about the laws of our natural world

Language Learning

PandaTree - Mandarin word games, sing-a-longs, and stories that feature native speakers

Coffee Break Languages - Beginner podcasts available in seven languages. Click these for Spanish and Mandarin.

Digital Dialects - Quirky graphics and games for learning vocabulary. Click these for Spanish and Mandarin.

Other Activities

Learn to Play Chess

PBS Learning Media for Students

The Kids Should See This - Fun, educational videos. Freeride Skiing at Home could inspire stop-motion projects!

Smithsonian Print-Out Activities - Activity pages that range from the history of the bicycle to solar system trivia

25 Virtual Field Trips for Kids

Managing Distance Learning
(due to COVID-19)

Resources to support children: 

“Belly Breath” - A video to help children stay calm

Time to Come in Bear - A video story to help children understand social distancing (ages 3+)

What is Social Distancing? - A kid-friendly video and article (ages 5+)

Social Distancing Explained with Mousetraps and Ping Pong Balls - (ages 7+)

Dr. Susan Linn & Audrey Duck Talking About Coronavirus

 

Articles for Parents:

Parents Need Stress Relief, Too

4 Ways to Help Your Anxious Kid

Mindfulness for Children

That Discomfort You're Feeling Is Grief

NYT Added Value by Ted Loos- A full page of virtual museums, zoos, etc.

House Bound by Josh Piven- FSS alum and current parent blogs about being housebound. It is very funny, occasionally profane, and definitely adult in content.

Rule No. 1 for Parents Doing ‘Crisis Schooling’: Take a Deep Breath