Boston Children’s Museum is offering free online resources for parents and caregivers to use at home during this time of social distancing. These resources address needs of families with younger children as well as those interested in homeschooling and includes both play and learning content.
The resources include the award-winning "Beyond the Chalkboard" website; the STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide, which offers ideas and activities for early childhood educators who teach science, technology, engineering and math; guides for afterschool educators working with English Language Learners and children with autism; and BCM Home Edition – a book of 26 activities that families can try together at home. Each of these resources is available for free to any parent, teacher or other caregiver that wishes to use them.
Beyond the Chalkboard is the work of a host of staff from Boston Children’s Museum, with additional contributions from educators from several organizations, as well as invaluable input from teachers in afterschool programs across Massachusetts. The website includes diverse subject area content ranging from math and science activities to literacy and art.
In addition to learning resources, the Museum’s 100 Ways to Play will inspire creativity and fun at home. The list includes ideas from cooking to making, games, and instructions for learning things such as origami. The Museum’s social media pages will also be posting ideas, activities, and videos that can help families during this time when schools and childcare facilities are closed.
Here's where you can find all the free learning resources:
Learning Resources: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/learning-resources
Beyond the Chalkboard: http://www.beyondthechalkboard.org/
100 Ways to Play: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/learning-resources/100-ways-play
BCM Home Edition: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/BCM-Home-Edition-2012.pdf
National Grid Tinker Kit Guide: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Tinker_Kit_Educators_Guide_singles_web.pdf
Tinker Activity Sheets: https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Tinker_Kit_Activity_sheets.pdf