“My child is at Home. What do I do?” Toolkit

As NYC has closed schools until April 20th (or later), I encourage you to see this as an opportunity to help form your child’s education. It does not have to feel daunting and you do not have to do it alone. I encourage you to connect with another family or neighbor and work together (while still practicing health precautions and social distancing). This can be a time that brings the city together and shows how Christ’s love goes beyond our church community. Here are some resources to help you get started:

If you have more resources to share, please email me at Steph@hopechurchnyc.org to add them. Feel free to pass this resource along with our FAMILY CHURCH TOOLKIT to others. Be Blessed!

  1. General: Free
  1. Free e-Book: “King Covid and the King Who Cares”:  discipleship oriented ebook about the novel coronavirus. Printable and B&W (for kids who want to personalize it.)
  2. Classical Conversations: Resources for Homeschooling children
  1. Virtual Kid Friendly events:
  1. Mommy Poppins: Check out the calendar for virtual activities happening. Great resource for parents.
  2. Hope Midtown Church “Children’s Corner” events (i.e. Scavenger Hunt, Dance Party, etc.). Contact Steph Kim for more details.
  1. Free online tutoring:
  1. NYPL & Brainfuse: Free one on one tutoring, HW help, writing labs, and more available. Library card required)
  1. Educational Videos, Interactives, and Readings:
  1. Homeschooling Resources: Unschool with your child
  2. Free School Youtube Channel: Learn about famous art, music/literature, and science.
  3. Jesus Storybook Reading: Tune in on SallyLloydJones’ IG where she reads books live
  4. PBS Learning Media: Bring the world to your home
  5. BrainPop: Used popularly in schools. Resources based on school topics.
  6. StoryLine: Celebrated actors reading children’s books to promote literacy
  7. SchoolTube: Educational Videos- including instructional and read alouds
  8. Khan Academy: Free world-class online education. (Great resource!)
  9. TedEd: short, award-winning animated videos to spark the curiosity of learners
  10. TimeforKids:(K-6th) Engage your child in online journalism to get excited about reading
  11. Science News: Articles about anything science
  1. Educational Game Based:
  1. NASA Kids: Stimulates children's interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by incorporating national education standards and NASA content.
  2. Prodigy: Interactive online Math Game Platform
  3. ABCYA: Games for K-6th grade
  4. FunBrain: games, books, comics, and videos developing math, reading, problem-solving and literacy skills
  1. Enrichment Based:
  1. Art at Home: list of art activities
  2. 150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely
  3. Scholastic Learn @ Home: Daily projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing
  4. Wonderopolis: What are you wondering? Come and find out
  5. Drawing with Google: Interactive drawing game
  1. General: $$
  1. Outschool: Live Online Classes: Age 3-18 ($5/class with multiple classes in a course)
  2. Online Tutor: 
  1. Gabrielle (Leader @ Hope Chelsea Church)- writing/SAT/ACT/AP English tutor and available at a reduced rate. Email at gktutoringnyc@gmail.com. (Check out website HERE)
  1. KidPass: Online Kid classes (First month free)
  2. BroadwayHD: With a monthly subscription, you and your family can watch full Broadway shows/musicals.
  1. Physical Health Education: Just because your children are at home, doesn’t mean they can’t be fit and active! Check out some videos below:
  1. Kids workout beginners
  2. Stretching Song
  3. Pump it Up Playground: (Animated) 2years old to 2nd grade
  4. Family Cardio: K-5th grade
  5. 9 minute Exercise: (Animated) 2years old to 5th grade
  6. Indoor PE No Equipment: K-5th grade

Working from Home with your child can feel overwhelming when you have work deadlines to complete and your child is also competing for your attention. Here are some tips to get through it with your family:

  1. Set a schedule. Keeping children in a routine during uncertain times like this can provide stability and reduce anxiety (Resource: Arlington, VA)

  1. Tap your neighbors. We’re all in this together. Does your child know what they want to be when they grow up? Chances are someone in your community can come up with some activities, educational resources and more to help your child learn about that career path. Set up time over a video call and have them chat (If you need help connecting with someone in a specific profession, contact Steph@hopechurchnyc.org to get connected.)
  2. Trade off: If there is a neighbor with similar age children, chat about trading off time with each of your children. This can open the conversation of making a new friend and helping each other out in this time of need.
  3. Help your child pick up a new hobby. This might be a good time to do something your child has always wanted to do. Again, tap any neighbors who would be willing to give your child a lesson about car mechanics, knitting, art or cooking. You may be able to do the same for their children or someone they know, too. Collaborate! We're all in this together.
  4. Challenge your child’s empathy: Discuss with your child that there are many in need during this global pandemic. How can you, your child, and maybe a neighbor partner together to help others in a safe way? You can also look at some other ideas provided HERE.