Virtual Learning & Online Activities Guide

Virtual Learning & Online Activities Guide

In collaboration with BKK Kids and the 2020 International Schools Guide.

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Last updated: July 27

“Home is the first school and parents are the first teachers.”

That’s easier said than done for even the most patient among us. We spend countless hours as parents choosing not only where to send our children to school, but then how to best support them in that system. So then what happens when we are faced, as parents, with having the kids at home all day doing online learning, or we have to support them with home learning?

Home Schooling Options

We are after-all the primary and most important teachers in a kids life as we influence their thoughts, feelings, and experience of the world. If parents support and encourage their learning at home and at nursery, it will have a positive effect on their development.

The past few weeks have shown us that, even in times of global health concerns or political uncertainty, our schools and communities can remain strong and resourceful. With many schools at this time facing closure and moving to online learning due to the COVID19 virus, we believe it is possible for students to keep up with coursework, encourage teamwork and is a good lesson is a resilience as we move into a new generation of learning where virtual classrooms could someday be the new normal.

The closures, however, will impact younger students more than others who either cannot stay at home alone or cannot do online learning by themselves. There are many ways in which parents can extend and support their child’s learning with easy low-cost activities such as regular reading or singing of nursery rhymes which can support their basic language skills. Offering experiences such as exploring their local community can encourage curiosity and build their understanding of the world and support a whole range of areas such as maths and physical development. A good idea is for parents to keep both a reading and development diary in periods of extended home learning so that they can chart progress, make comments on how they use resources and what their kids have learnt during this time. This is also a great way of giving useful feedback to the teachers.

The importance of creating a routine is vital. Check out what Khan Academy has recommended for all age groups. Whilst younger kids will be up and ready for their day, teens will drag their feet and try to sleep until lunchtime! It’s a good idea to start as you mean to go on and create both guidelines and possibly stricter rules depending on the age of the student. No parent wants to be the ‘bad guy’ that’s why we send them to school so we can be the fun guys, but when situations arise that call for home learning, we become both parent and teacher and this dynamic needs clear separation.

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Create good habits at this point and set a clear time for breakfast, lunch and mid-morning and afternoon breaks. A good idea is to stick to your kids’ current school schedule as they are already used to these set time frames. Make sure they are up and ready for classes and dressed, as online learning in pajamas isn’t a good way to start!

For teens this can be a good opportunity for them to take on extra responsibilities in the home, making their own bed, preparing their snacks and lunch in advance so that they are ready for each day. Set aside time each day for physical activity, weather exploring in the garden, riding a bike or using the gym if one is available, ensure they get moving at least twice a day and teach them the importance of exercise and how this impacts their bodies.

Remember this can also be a great opportunity to build connections with your kids. Playing games can be a great way of learning. Let the kids plan a meal to include all the food groups, the costs and show them how to read and follow a recipe. Find out what your kids are really interested in and then use that as a basis for study. Have them ‘interview’ their grandparents and then ask them to recount the stories to you, this could help older relatives who are feeling isolated. Let them draw, let them create, let them cut and stick and use their imaginations, this might possibly be a time where you will find out more about your kids than ever before. There are a lot of resources available and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, so start with an easy plan and go from there.

For older kids online learning is of paramount importance for schools during crisis situations and many online companies are stepping up to this challenge and are offering their resources online for free. Dreambox is offering a free three months trial and Brainpop has added twice the amount of information to each lesson plan as they previously offered especially to assist students during this period.

Ensure that your kids know the digital learning tool they are using and how to make the best of this by setting alerts and notifications and creating note boards to store and maintain notes during virtual discussions. Teachers will all still be taking class attendance, tracking grades and expect tasks to be completed in the same time frame as if students were in-school. A large part of online learning is accountability as online classes require significantly more attention and motivation, try to encourage kids to study at desks or tables rather than just laying comfortably in bed. Try to ensure TVs and other possible distractions are switched off so they don’t have trouble focusing. Remember to stress the importance to older kids to get together and study or socialize to avoid feelings of confinement.

One of the nice features of online learning is that students can be prevented from seeing other students’ responses to questions until they themselves have responded. In some ways, this encourages the less confident students to have the ability to have their voice heard and not have the fear of making a mistake.

If we can all focus on the positive benefits of home and online learning and target what we can gain rather than what we loose, our kids can adapt and learn resilience during these times of uncertainty. Remember plenty of important work and learning can be accomplished virtually – and is every single day.

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Online Activities Guide

We’ve curated a list of resources below to help parents navigate these new-normal situations and would love to hear from you if you find anything extra we can share within our community.

Availability of the resources below may change at any time. Kindly report to us any issues you may encounter.

Free Academic & Curricular Content — General

  • Read Along by Google. An early access, Android-exclusive app to help children practice their reading skills using voice recognition.
  • Amplify Free Resources. Self-guided video lessons, games and read alouds are available for kids on K-8.
  • Age of Learning. Resources for children ages 2 to 8 designed to provide strong foundations.
  • BBC Bitesize. Daily lessons on Maths, English, Science, History, Geography, designed for homeschooling.
  • Aperture Education At-Home. With a focus on Social and Emotional Learning, the site provides guides, strategies and a webinar schedule.
  • Apple App Store Learn and Study From Home This application is available for iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) Users can buy or download free educational applications that are available in the store such as Duolingo, Google Classroom, Coursera, Classkick and countless educational applications that facilitate and motivate learning without needing to leave home
  • Khan Academy for home learning Focused on autonomous learning is a free and useful resource for schools, teachers and students. For students who do not have a laptop, you can access it through the website, or download the application available in  App Store and Play Store.
  • Sesame Street in Communities Through its website with bilingual multimedia methods, available for children from birth to six years (a stage that is important for brain development). The multimedia tools involve common situations, which are lived on a daily basis including topics such as mathematics, literacy, and topics such as food can also be seen, aiming at the favorable impact on the lives of the learners.
  • DreamBox Learning Transform the way the world learns through a new technology called “Intelligent Adaptive Learning ™” that is combined with a study guide and teaching methodologies for learners. This website motivates your students to learn by playing, watching videos, and they will give them the skills to think and solve common problems. If you want to buy this product, you must register, the services offered are successful.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home Scholastic Learn at Home offers 20 totally different free learning days. Designed for students who cannot attend a school, in addition to the current situation with the COVID-19, sessions have the option of being given by assigned teachers, parents, or leaving the apprentice autonomously, available on any device, students must have internet for email communication, or web searches.
  • Cambridge University Press Textbooks The university offers a website in which it shares its textbooks, available to all audiences, (click on the title will automatically take you) Several students can obtain the same resource at the same time, without inconvenience. The books have updated editions, that is, students can acquire current information. Users can enter the website and save their search, and then access another day with ease. The textbooks are bibliographically referenced, Open URL and linked with CrossRef.
  • Worldbook Online (requires registration) Available anytime, anywhere, at school and at home. World book online contains countless informative articles, interactive maps, illustrations and videos that can help an investigation, project or activities. It helps its users of all ages to find the right type of information and with a suitable reading level.
  • Twinkl To help those who teach, Twinkl adds support content for teachers or parents every day to its platforms, the content is made by teachers and can be used by anyone who wants to educate and wants to learn. Twinkl parents is a learning product for parents who want to support their children in their learning process, you can find interactive videos, games and worksheets to do at home.
  • Storyplace Digital learning library for children. Storyplace offers a different experience when going to the library, participating in the same activities that it proposes in its physical spaces. You can visit the website, you will find countless interactive books and preschool activities, educational videos about risk situations that can happen at any time, the site also contains information on early literacy.
  • Storyline Storyline is a free literacy site where famous actors stream videos reading children’s books along with creative illustrations. Each book published on the website contains a study plan created by a teacher, in order to strengthen what has been learned in reading so that it can be applied in everyday life. This product is used by teachers and nurses at children’s hospitals, it has been proven that when reading aloud to children, they develop writing, reading, communication and concentration skills.
  • Common Lit Reading comprehension portal, Common lit is a website where you can find literary and informative texts, they are completely free. This platform is used by teachers to assign literacy activities to their students, which are done by teachers. Anyone can enter the website and register for free, the results are effective.
  • Illustrative Mathematics It is an organization that seeks to make its apprentices know, use and enjoy mathematics. It also offers its students a professional and certified learning experience. The best way to learn through curricula, activities, study plans and evaluations so that there is an improvement in education in the mathematical field.
  • Switcheroo Zoo Have fun while you learn, this website offers its visitors for free a virtual trip to the zoo, plus you can be the creator of the animals and play with them. With more than 142 species you can learn through music made with animal sounds and watch videos. Switcheroo Zoo is available as an application in versions like iOs and Android.
  • Fun Brain A free educational games site where children learn while having fun. With more than 59 games on its platform, books, comics and educational videos, with them the learners can develop skills for math, reading, and how to solve problems.Used in schools and at home, so that children reinforce their knowledge and also learn to put it into practice.
  • Nat Geo for Kids. Fun interactivity, amazing pictures of nature, videos and a wonderful animal catalogue are waiting for you.
  • PBS Kids It has more than 200 games on its platform, which can be downloaded and played without having an internet connection anywhere, if it is preferred that the apprentice requests a teacher, the platform will assign it. Anyone who wants to use this website and application can do so, all they need to do is have a mobile phone. Also the platform has PBS Kids where parents look for videos, games, tools to support healthy habits based on the age of their children.
  • Into the Book Website that offers its visitors a free package of different tools with which you can improve your reading comprehension and critical thinking skills in English and Spanish. There you can find the student section, where there is a series of interactive activities for reading comprehension, then in the teachers section, videos, guides and study plans. You can find short videos that teach how to be a critical reader.
  • Star Fall A place where a child learns about reading and also about math while having fun. You can visit the site on your mobile by downloading the application, or entering the website, there you will find English study plans, and arts for kindergarten children, and for prekindergarten children, a plan developed based on their age.
  • Seussville An exclusive section for parents who are looking for activities such as crafts, recipes, guides, quality images for coloring in which your child learns while having fun. Your children can have fun and entertain themselves watching the animations of the characters created by Dr. Seus, you can also have a leisure time with games that are on the platform.
  • ABC Ya With more than 400 educational games for children who are studying from pre kindergarten to 6th, parents can accompany the child’s learning process through activities designed for them and also for teachers which have conditions such as having fun, because it is obvious that our children love to have fun and they better do it while they learn. The website has two versions, free and premium.
  • Highlights Kids That the creations of experiences involve the motivation for a joyful learning. A different and complete experience for your children, on the website you can find, games, puzzles, activities, topics that can interest any child, they can learn about dinosaurs, science and the work that firefighters do, also on YouTube you can find educational and fun podcasts for your children to develop their imagination while they learn.
  • Go Noodle Now your children and students can learn through short interactive activities. For free, teachers can plan their classes and activities using this website, through attractive tools for children between prekindergarten and 5th. The activities last a maximum of 20 minutes, the activities motivate your children to learn and stay active.
  • Cosmic Yoga Different ways in which your children can meditate and relax. With Cosmic Yoga more than a million children do mindfulness and yoga by watching the Cosmic kids YouTube channel. There you can find therapies in which your child can de-stress in order to be active and focused for their pending activities.
  • Story Box Library Reading aloud, an experience that improves children’s lives. Educational website where you find a series of books by local authors and illustrators narrated by different people for your children to listen to reading to your child aloud improves their language and literacy skills that is why you can lean on Story Box Library so that your child is attracted to reading and develops his imagination.
  • Zearn Learn without the need to leave your home, with approximately 400 hours of digital classes for children who attend pre-kindergarten through 5th, with on-screen teachers willing to teach for free, you just need to have a personal account. Parents can also access the content available on the platform and print material for activities.
  • Ivy League MOOCs (Class Central) Find on the platform a list of online courses rated by users. Most of the courses listed are free courses offered by universities. You can find courses on any subject, in the catalog you can find the course that meets your expectations, you can also review the history of courses you have taken and also read the reviews that users have written, follow university subjects and organize your learning process.
  • Interactive Lesson Plans and Activities (The Tech Interactive) Find guides and activities that parents or teachers can adapt so that their children learn from home. At Teach Interactive you can find a variety of activities for children of any grade and subjects. Parents can find a guide and suggestions for adapting learning at home, teachers can also find a teacher’s guide so that their education methodology can be applied to new technologies.
  • BrainPop access for families Your child learning while watching an animated movie, exploring creative tools, interactive quizzes, and didactic assessments is what has made BrainPop position itself as a website where thousands of children have invested their time to learn. As a student, you can request a support teacher or do it independently, what you need is a computer with an internet connection for communication and the development of activities.
  • Boom Cards Activities where children self-evaluate and give the results that teachers want learn from interactive lessons created by teachers for your child to learn effectively, teachers use this method of lessons as games keep children active, interested and motivated to learn more. Parents can also use this platform for learning at home, a new lesson is posted on the website every week.
  • Common Sense Media Free Apps for Kids On this site you can find a list of free applications for your children, applications from which you can be sure that your children will learn. Some have purchases within the App, for that reason in the list are the ones that have been rated with the highest number, they are also fun for your children to play, entertain themselves and learn.
  • Thai Learning Support your learning through Thai Learning. There you can find different topics such as mathematics, science, art, languages among other subjects, when you select what you want to learn, the page redirects you to a section where you can find games, videos, pages with fully educational and interactive content, available to all ages. You can support your knowledge through Thai Learning.
  • Smile and Learn More than 5,000 activities for ages 3 to 12 years aligned with the study plans. With learning methodologies approved and used by more than two thousand schools, Smile and learn has its educational content available in 5 languages, Spanish, English, French, Italian and Portuguese. Parents can be part of the educational process of their children through a guide provided by the platform.

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Art Classes & Resources

  • #metkids An initiative of the New York Met to approach students with the Museum’s collections through creations made by students themselves.
  • Academy of Art University online events and Virtual Open House. The famous academy in San Francisco has a continuous schedule of performances, talks and academic events. Specially recommended for the older ones wondering what art school is like.
  • Learn to draw Disney characters A video playlist featuring real Disney animators showing off their craft and teaching how to draw your favorite Disney characters. ( — in Thai)
  • Fender Play Get a 50% discount on your annual virtual learning plan. Using your computer, tablet or cell phone, the best way to learn is by playing the songs you like, with short sessions and good quality videos, the tutors are world-class professionals.
  • Free drawing and art classes Find creative rest in times of confinement. Famous illustrators have decided to give virtual drawing classes for adults and children with the aim that people occupy their minds during the pandemic, also what better than to exploit your imagination and your skills from the comfort of your home.
  • Free Coloring Pages (Crayola) Create and learn from home, on this page you can find different high quality drawings available for printing. Parents can find categories of pictures suitable for their children to color and have fun.
  • #ColorOurCollections Download thousands of coloring book pages from museum and library collections. While you color these collections, you learn about culture, history and the topics that most attract your attention.  (My Modern Met)
  • Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo coloring pages (Pan Macmillan) Download activities and coloring sheets, keep your children entertained with the content of these charming and fantastic stories.

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Social Sciences, Humanities, Social-Emotional Learning

  • Emotional ABCs. A research-based curriculum described by Common Sense Education as “captivating” in the way it addresses social and emotional competencies, is now free for parents and teachers.
  • The Character Tree. Children seem to love technology, but are they aware of the impact of technology in society? The Grey Squirrel videos, now free, tell stories of how empathy or curiosity were so important in the creation of humanity’s greatest accomplishments.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library Learn about American history with videos, interactive lessons, web activities, you can search by time, years, topic and subjects.
  • Arizona State Ask an Anthropologist online educational resources that provide thought-provoking videos, experiments and activities.

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Science, STEM & Outer Space

  • Coding at Home Elementary Resources. If your kids love video games and interactive websites, they might enjoy knowing how they happen. Introduce them to the widely popular Scratch platform, that introduces basic concepts through stories and animations they can share with the world. (Dreams For Schools)
  • AI4ALL Open Learning. An Artificial Intelligence Education Program aimed at young minds.
  • Amazon Future Engineer. A growing list of computer science content focused on practical projects and AP CS exam prep.
  • PHET Interactive Simulations. A fantastic project by the University of Colorado Boulder with dozens of free and easy to use simulations. Start exploring with this curated remote learning guide.
  • Arizona State Ask an Biologist online educational resources that provide thought-provoking videos, experiments and activities.
  • Google Experiments for Learning. Experiments focus on creation, experimentation and digital technologies. Our favorite: 100 Notable American Women
  • NASA Educational Resources Inspire and educate. Find a variety of topics related to space, studies made on the Moon, Earth and Mars. You can also find news about innovative creations to send into space, high-quality images and all the missions that have been completed.
  • Mystery Science Complete lessons with activity to reinforce the learning of your child or student, created by experts with the aim of making them easy to understand and apply in class and at home. Available for grades kindergarten through 5th.
  • Virtual Tour of Mars and Virtual planet tours Know the surface of Mars and the information that has been discovered thanks to Curiosty Rover. You can also tour the moon, and the planets that are part of our solar system, take a tour of the space station, all from your home.
  • Virtual Solar System Tour Take a tour of the solar system, finding on each planet specific information about its structure, including the moon and the sun. Discover which stars are close to us and analyze the constellations.
  • Scratch. A project of MIT to teach children to code their own games, stories and animations.
  • LEGO Kids Experience. Videos, games and building projects with varying challenges, in a uniquely playful website with lots of hidden gems.

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Nature, Environment & Society

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Physical Activity & Dancing

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Arts & Crafts and Home-Based Activities

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Free eBooks

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Audio Books & Story Time

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Educational Video & Streaming

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Virtual Museum Tours

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Virtual Tours of National Parks, Attractions & Animals

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Other Virtual Experiences

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Musical Experiences & Performances

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Board Games

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Support & Communities

Facebook Groups

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Understanding Coronavirus

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