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The Best Resources for Kids During the School Closures

Schools, little leagues, extra curricular programs and day care programs are all closing or postponing their services for the foreseeable future. This is putting a lot of parents, especially lower income parents, in a difficult position. It will be a struggle to find childcare and food that would be otherwise provided by school lunch programs. It's also important to keep our children learning and active, even though school is out.


We have tried to put together the best resources to help parents prepare for this lock down. See the list here:


Educational Resources


Of course, there are a lot of people without access to a computer & the internet. Check out your local library (San Diego County Library here) They are still doing curbside pick up at many locations.

Virtual Field Trips

A really cool collection of sites with virtual tours of museums, zoos & other interactive learning tools.


Best Online Learning Tools by Best Kids Stuff A great blog post about the best learning tools that your child can use. It breaks down the pros & cons of each. This will keep your child busy, learning & having fun!



YouTube

YouTube can be one of the best learning tools out there, if used properly! Check out this top ten YouTube channel list from The Learning Liftoff & K12 Learn. They also have plenty of resources on their website to help with other aspects of your child's life.


Oxford Owl One of my favorite of all of these! Not only does it provide free ebooks for ages 3-11 but it provides online games & activities along with advice & support for parents. Its truly all encompassing.

Scholastic

Scholastic is offering free resources to help educate at home. They created their own learn at home website for parents attempting to home school! See the link here


Staying Fit & Active!


Go on A Hike

Find local places to hike using this site, AllTrails! It gives you all the best trails in your area. Remember to practice social distancing while visiting these places.



Yoga!


Yoga is a great in home exercise that will helps with focus, concentration, flexibility and strength. Here are some great resources to start your practice!


Cosmic Kids Yoga- Cool videos for kids to practice


Kids Yoga Stories- Blog & Visuals for everything yoga for kids!


Pley Sports


Pley Sports is dedicated to keeping kids healthy & active even when programs are not in session. We are currently working on a series of videos to help your child retain their skills and healthy lifestyle. Check out our first video on Instagram. Subscribe to our YouTube as well to get some free resources, drills & tips to help your child's growth!


You can find the following Pley Sports pages here:


Instagram & Facebook


YouTube- This is brand new so we are still working on adding videos but they are coming soon!

Nutrition Services


I have compiled a list of all the schools offering free food for children in the North County Area. If you are not in this area, check with your local food bank or check your school district website!


Local Food Banks

Also, check your local food bank! If you are someone who has access to food, you can donate to your local food bank or volunteer! Follow the link above for more details on how to do that!

Oceanside Food Sites

Fallbrook Food Sites

Link to Fallbrook Food Sites

Visit FUHSD.net for more info!

San Marcos, Escondido, Carlsbad & Vista Food Sites

Through all of this, please make sure to keep up to date with the CDC. They have their own website dedicated to the Coronavirus. The CDC has a great website with plenty of info on how to prepare. Check it out here


Also, reach out to your school whether it be PTO, Administration or Teachers. A lot of people are willing to help so don't be afraid to ask for it!


Good luck, stay safe & be healthy!


-Coach John