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Stuck Inside? Kids can learn new skills with fun activities online!

Stuck inside? Kids can learn new skills with fun activities online

Unless you live on a mountain and ski every day, it’s likely you aren’t a big fan of winter. The days are short, sunlight is in short supply and going outside is (mostly) no fun. You’re stuck inside most days, and so are your kids. Boredom can make everyone miserable.

But luckily, there are tons of ways to entertain your kids online, and you can educate them while you’re at it. Didn’t think there were real sites to educate your kids without causing them to mutiny? Here are several you and your children are likely to love.

Got a kid who’s really into music? How about some online music lessons? Older kids can learn an instrument just by watching online videos, and younger kids can find lessons that include basic music theory, including rhythm and notes. Music education is good for the brain, studies show. It can help improve children’s understanding of math and logic, as well as improve their language development. You’ll be raising little Mozarts in no time.

Get your kids moving with YouTube dance videos. You can boogie down with them, and you’ll all get the exercise you need. Dancing also helps kids improve their coordination and balance, as well as improve the mood of the whole family. Plus, it will get them nice and tuckered out, just in time for a nap. You may find that dance videos work best with a new home theater system. If you need to shop for one, make sure you do your research before making the purchase.

You can teach your kids about the world around them by helping them learn about earth science. This will take your active participation as you show the little ones how to do experiments that show our world at work. You can even watch their eyes get as big as saucers as you show them a Magic Milk Experiment. Dazzling them will help them learn and actually remember the lesson.

If you have a budding artist in the family, or even if you don’t, art education is good for kids’ development because it enhances all types of learning. YouTube has art tutorials for all ages, including how to draw their favorite cartoon characters. They show step-by-step instruction on how to draw the characters, and you can stop and start any time.

Your kids can learn how to code with several free online coding tutorials. Many of them are actually pretty fun and, again, use their favorite cartoon characters. They learn the basic concepts of coding on up to full programming language. This will also teach them logic and attention to detail.

Older kids (and adults) can take college classes online for free with Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. MOOCS are free and open, but you can’t get credit for them. It’s a good way to get older kids ready for college and encourage them to learn other subjects. MOOCs offer classes in just about anything you can imagine that a university would offer.

Your kids can learn a new language through apps for the computer, phone or tablet -- and some are even free. Your kids can learn along with you and then you can plan a fun overseas trip together.

You and your kids can learn lots of things online together and have fun while doing it. Your kids will get better at their subjects, and you’ll create lasting memories with them. Plus, what kid doesn’t love staring at screens? At least this screen time will be beneficial.

Jenny Wise created Special Home Educator as a forum for sharing her adventures in homeschooling and connecting with other homeschooling families.

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