Here in Michigan, there are a whole lot of us mamas finding ourselves suddenly thrown into the role of stay-at-home teacher. Some of us were given school lesson plans, some of us are running with whatever we can. Have no fear, Lansing Mom is here to help! We’ve got you covered with tons of free online learning and cultural resources.
We are compiling our list of online learning and cultural resources while updating it regularly with any new options we come across. Please share anything you find in the comments and we will add it to our running list, especially Lansing area businesses!
Art is such an important part of learning. With these online learning and culture resources for art, you can nail the teaching part at home!
Karl Gude | “How to Draw Cartoon People” class via Facebook.
Brightly Art Studio | Live and streaming videos via Facebook.
Narwhal and Jelly | Drawing with creator Ben Clanton via Facebook or Instagram, archived videos on website link.
McHarper Manor | Art tutorials via Facebook and Instagram, archived videos on YouTube link.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka | YouTube art lessons.
Make | Daily art classes via Facebook Live, 2 p.m. EST
Mo Willems | Lunch Doodles with Mo via Facebook live, archived videos on YouTube link. Hosted by The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
Cooking is so much more than getting to eat something yummy! You can work on mathematics, science, reading, and following instructions with these online learning and culture resources for cooking.
America’s Test Kitchen | Kitchen Classroom updated online content.
Bread Ahead | Live baking tutorials via Instagram at 10 a.m. EST daily (for older kids/adults).
Michael Symon (Food Network Kitchen) | Free daily live cooking videos via Facebook Live, March 16-25
Maybe the home school scene is just not your strongest suit. With these online learning and culture resources for homeschool, you can work like an expert.
Michigan eLibrary | Content available for all ages.
Michigan Virtual | Free access to virtual course content during closures, grades 6-12
Miss Megan’s Camp Kindergarten | Former Kindergarten teacher shares daily lessons via Facebook Live.
Other Goose | Free lesson plans for three weeks, ages 2-7
ABC Mouse | Discounted plans during school shutdowns.
Scholastic | Free online courses.
Worksheet World | Hundreds of free printable worksheets.
Field trips are cancelled and that’s a huge bummer. We know hands-on learning is vital to development. While we’re stuck at home, consider using these online learning and culture resources for virtual trips!
Music is good for the soul. Be sure to tune in to these online learning and culture resources for music to get your jam on at home!
Munchkin Music Makers | Free daily music class via Facebook Live, through March 27, at 10:30 a.m. EST
It’s time to get the wiggles out. Physical activity is such an important part of keeping an active mind. With these online learning and culture resources for physical activity, you can keep the kids moving!
MSU Extension | Family Yoga with Kylie via Facebook Live.
YMCA | More than 60 free online exercise classes and youth programs.
Beachbody Kids | Temporary free access to kids workouts.
Born Yoga | Free live online classes via Zoom, through March 27, click link for times.
Bluebird Sky Yoga | Free yoga classes via Facebook Live.
Cleveland Inner City Ballet | Free virtual online ballet instruction program.
GoNoodle | Free app to get kids moving.
Fluency & Fitness | Lessons that incorporate movement, free for 21 days.
Grab those safety goggles and check out these online learning and culture resources for science you can do at home!
Michigan Science Center | Live virtual science demonstrations via Facebook live, daily at 2:30 p.m.
Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium | Videos with science activities you can do at home.
Supercharged Science | Free Homeschool Science Class: Marine Biology, Oceanography, and Underwater Robots, select date and time at registration link.
Mystery Science | Free science lessons for ages K-5.
Kelly Ventura | Free bug coloring pages.
Sure you could read a book yourself, or a celebrity could read it and you could drink a hot cup of coffee. Just a suggestion! If you’re into that idea, check out these online learning and culture resources for story time.
Dan Gutman | The author reads chapters from his new book, “Miss Blake Is a Flake!” live and streaming via Facebook.
Baby Sideburns | Author’s daughter reading stories via Facebook.
Global Space Education Foundation | Storytime from Space, astronauts read stories from space!
Storyline | Videos of Celebrities Reading Stories Aloud
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy | Shark Story Hour live and streaming via Facebook.
Writing is an amazing way to keep the imagination active. If you don’t have your own prompts at home, these online learning and culture resources for writing can help you get started!
Lauren Gunderson, Playwright | Live playwriting class via Facebook Live, Wednesday, March 25 at 3 p.m. EST.
Pobble 365 | Free writing activities.
What’s better than a trip to the zoo? In this time of social distancing, a virtual trip sounds pretty good! Check out these zoos offering online learning and culture resources.
Kansas City Zoo | Live penguin webcams.
American Dairy Association | Virtual farm tours.
Shedd Aquarium | Sharing fun videos from behind the scenes via Facebook.
Georgia Aquarium | Live webcams.
Cincinnati Zoo | Home Safari via Facebook live and streaming.
San Diego Zoo | Live webcams.
Farm Food 360 | Virtual farm tours.
Monterey Bay Aquarium | Live webcams.
Africam | Live webcams.
Raptor Resource | Live webcams.
Still want more resources? Check here for more online learning and culture resources to keep you busy and sane over these next few weeks!