Here is an article I wrote for FAWCO containing resources for homeschooling for language and exercise.
Welcome to the third installment of resources for you to use at home with your kids! NEW this week is the Preschool through 12th Grade Curriculum Overview created by Time4Learning. Also, all resources are now listed below for quicker and easier access! This week’s offerings feature resources for language acquisition, exercise and BONUS field trips to US National Parks!
Language Acquisition Resources
DuolingoDesigned for English speakers, Duolingo is a gamified way to learn 35 languages for free. Fun for kids and adults alike; upgrade to the paid version to eliminate ads.
Live LinguaAccess thousands of free e-books, audio recordings and foreign language video materials; available in over 130 different languages.
Open CultureLearn 48 languages online free, including Spanish and Chinese.
Surface LanguagesSurface Languages maintains a database of free online learning resources and beginner audio courses in Italian, Portuguese, French and Polish.
MIT Open CoursewareSearch the Global Studies and Languages section of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Courseware website for free language and culture courses.
Alison’s free online language courses are designed for students and range from beginning German and Italian to advanced French and English.
The French ExperimentOnline beginner French lessons with audio.
Deutsch-lernen.comBasic German course for beginners.
Free games to learn Castillian and Central American Spanish.
Learn Mandarin Chinese in 40 online lessons with audio, including reading, speaking, writing, modern vocabulary, grammar, calligraphy, examples and exercises. All texts and dialogs in mp3 format for download.
Online flash games and quizzes to learn Japanese.
Arabic Reading Course
Learn the alphabet for free.
Free tool to help you learn Brazilian Portuguese.
The city of Washington, DC provides live workouts for kids, and this recording is led by a member of the city’s professional soccer team, DC United.
Exercises and physical activity for kids at home.
FitSugar cardio moves that feel like games and challenges where the winner gets prizes.
9 Min Exercise For Kids ‒ Home WorkoutSimple, quick moves for kids to help them build their muscles, strengthen their bones, improve flexibility and burn calories.
This 15-min kids’ workout is a fun and creative kids’ exercise video or a family workout you can do together. Great for building strength, endurance and balance.
Four fun levels in this workout! Follow along and make it through the obstacles to advance to the next level of fitness! ENJOY!!!
Exercise with Elmo and some of his friends.
15-minute workout. Teach a child how to get in shape with exercises. Maurice takes you through a beginning workout for kids of all ages, even teens and adults.
Children’s exercise workout at home with coloring book characters.
Kids aged from 5 to 9 rock together with this super easy dance.
Maricopa County Public Health partnered with the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Univision Arizona to produce a fun, easy-to-follow dance workout video for schools.
This is a very simple fitness activity to warm up the students in elementary physical education class.
This workout is the next installment in THE AVENGERS TRAINING ACADEMY. You get the chance to train just like one of THE AVENGERS. Just click play and follow along with THE BLACK PANTHER and get yourself ready to help save the universe.
BONUS: Virtual Field Trips to US National Parks
- Yellowstone National Park
- The Grand Canyon
- Hidden World of National Parks by Google Art and Culture
- National Parks Foundation: Electronic Field Trip
- NPS Webcams at the National Parks
- Virtual Hikes at Rocky Mountain National Park
- Virtual Hike from Rim to River at Grand Canyon
- Glacier National Park
- Yosemite Park
- Smoky Mountain National Park
- Dry Tortugas National Park
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
- Kenai Fjords National Park
- Carlsbad Caverns