For those who find themselves caring for children while also staying at home and possibly squeezing in work at the same time, we've accumulated a list of interesting advice, tips and resources to help you during this unprecedented time. Our sources include a group of library staff who have children from the very young right up to HSC who can relate to the challenge of home-schooling while also working from home.
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Tips and strategies
6 stategies to juggle work and young kids at home, The Conversation
This article by Ruchi Sinha from is recommended reading if you find yourself working from home while homeschooling children. Sinha values flexibility, planning, defined work spaces and self-care.
Don't turn your home into school, The Guardian (UK)
Donna Ferguson hears from Lego professor of play at the University of Cambridge, Paul Ramchandani, on how coronavirus school closures are a chance to follow your child’s lead rather than formal study.
Kids at home because of coronavirus? Here are 4 ways to keep them happy (without resorting to Netflix), The Conversation
For a sense of normalcy, Mackenzie and Bergen encourage parents to set routines and to facilitate physical exercise - crucial to mental health. Supporting your child's passions and nurturing emotional connections will also stand them in good stead.
'Let your kids get bored': emergency advice from teachers on schooling at home, The Guardian (UK)
Getting kids to knuckle down and learn can be hard at the best of times. Journalist Donna Ferguson suggests giving them some autonomy and letting them get a little bored sometimes, among other tips.
Fun educational resources
ABC Education Thousands of free curriculum-linked resources for Primary and Secondary school teachers and students.
ABC Kids Listen A range of children's audio from Australia's national broadcaster.
AGNSW Together in Art - Kids From the Art Gallery of New South Wales, children are invited to contribute to this online project connecting people through art.
AM Inside Out A wealth of fascinating content here from The Australian Museum, including homeschool resources, collection objects in 3D, podcasts, videos and more.
Australian National Maritime Museum Lots for kids to enjoy online, from home: exhibitions, collections, virtual tours, learning resources and plenty more.
The best online resources for Australian kids learning from home, newywithkids
This article brings together a bounty of quality websites with content to match and will support you in homeschooling your crew.
David Walliams' Marvellous Musical Podcast This podcast is packed with fun music facts for all ages, from UK radio station Classic FM.
Filmed on Stage free musicals and plays Check out this list of plays and musicals that are free to stream for everyone! This page is updated daily and features classics such as Jesus Christ Superstar, The King and I, The Importance of Being Earnest as well as bonkers fun stuff like SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical. For age-appropriate productions, parental supervision recommended.
National Geographic Some cool classroom resources from the National Geographic Society (USA).
National Geographic Kids Curriculum-led teaching ideas for primary school-aged kids. Explore the rest of the site for educational content presented in a fun way.
National Museum of Australia The doors may be closed, but our nation’s unique and remarkable stories are now being brought to life online. See what's new from online events to amazing collections, activities and more.
Oxford Owl Learning resources for kids from UK educational publisher.
Randwick City Council recommends Your council is committed to helping as much as possible during this trying time. Take a look at some of the fun resources we've got to provide to the community.
Randwick City Library - Online for kids (children up to year 6) Younger members can access some great online tools to help learn new skills or research a school assignment. The interactive online tutoring and fun games will develop literacy, numeracy and coding skills too! If you are not a Randwick City Library member, sign up online for access (parental consent required for those under 16).
Randwick City Library - Teens - Students (from Years 6 - 12) Visit this page for a selection of links to members-only resources to help ace exams, particularly the HSC. If you are not a Randwick City Library member, sign up online for access (parental consent required for those under 16).
SBS Learn A library of educational resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum.
Scholastic Learn from Home Free online learning experiences for K-9 (USA).
State Library of NSW Browse fun activities, K-12 learning programs and online resources, with more to be added regularly.
Sydney Living Museums Peruse stories, activities, collection items along with useful resources for learning at home.
Audible Stories This is not an official library resource but it made the list because these audiobooks are all free! Take a look at this range of fun stories for kids in different languages including Spanish, Chinese and French.
Australia Reads Previously known as Australian Reading Hour: when you’re invited to stop what you’re doing for an hour, pick up a book and read. Find out about award-winning children's books to read, thoughtfully arranged by school year.
Baby Karaoke Rhymes and songs for wee ones.
East Arnhem Land Live Stories through song: experience the culture, history and beauty of East Arnhem Land from the comfort of your own home. This online concert series by Yolngu artists will be streamed throughout lockdown.
Girl Tales Podcast Feminist fairy tales.
Story Box Library Imagine the best picture book stories being read aloud to you by our favourite storytellers – well that's Story Box Library! Its free to access with your library membership card.
Story Pirates Stories written by kids for kids.
Story time from space Listen to an Astronaut read a story from space.
Storyline Online Favourite kids books read by famous people.
Stories Podcast Classic children's stories.
WBUR's Circle Round Folktales from around the world.
World of David Walliams Hear David Walliams reading stories.
While our movements are somewhat restricted, it is a comfort to know that we can use technology to visit places we aren't able to inhabit physically right now. By their very nature, children are explorers. Help them to continue to examine and experience new places all around the world, from National Parks to cultural institutions and more, even Mars!
Explore and then talk – you might use these sites to describe, question, guess, compare, explain, marvel, choose. Don’t worry too much about facts. Let language flow and imaginations run wild. Here are a few conversation starters:
- Chat about all the exhibitions.
- What do they think the items are?
- Who might have used them and what could they have been used for?
- What colours can they see?
- Count and sort items in groups.
- Which are their favourites?
- Have they seen anything like it before? When? Where?
- What are the animals doing?
- Why do they think they might be doing that?
- What do they like to eat?
10 of the best virtual tours of the world's natural wonders, The Guardian (UK)
If you’re bored of lockdown strolls in the local park, try these online hikes to Everest and Patagonia and a jaw-dropping ascent of El Capitan.
10 of the world’s best virtual museum and art gallery tours, The Guardian (UK)
These ten tours can make for an entertaining and edifying excursion for both parent and child. Featuring the Vatican Museums and the London's Natural History Museum.
17 Museum virtual tours to take from your sofa, Families Magazine
A world-wide museum round up for your viewing pleasure.
21 Castles and royal residences you can explore from your couch, Insider (USA)
These virtual castle tours combine everything from architecture to nature to history and extravagance, from the Palace of Versailles to Windsor Castle.
Stuck at home? These 12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take on your couch, Travel+Leisure (USA)
An impressive collection of cultural institutions to visit online, from London to Seoul.
Virtual tours of top Australian cultural experiences, Tourism Australia
An neat little round up of virtual trips and experiences around the country.
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Online HSC Support
SLNSW SMART RESEARCH FOR HSC STUDENTS - ONLINE SESSIONS
The current learning environment is particularly challenging for HSC students. Specialist State Library of NSW librarians have put together a series of free online workshops that will help students find the right tools, manage citations, recognise the best quality information sources and most importantly save valuable time. Sessions will be offered via Zoom throughout May and June 2020, topics covered are listed below.
Please note that to get the most out of these online workshops, it is recommended to have a library card. Sign up now for a library card from SLNSW or Randwick City Library if you don't already have one.
- Getting better results from your searches: 28 May 4.30–5 pm
- Better searching with online resources: 4 June 4.30–5 pm
- Citing your work and avoiding plagiarism: 11 June 4.30–5 pm
- Essential Library resources for your research and study: 18 June 4.30–5 pm
Click here to find out more and register for sessions.
UOW HSC SUBJECT SUPPORT SERIES
Prepare for your exams and maximise your results with help from HSC subject experts.
Students studying for their HSC in 2020 are faced with unprecedented challenges. The University of Wollongong (UOW) is committed to providing additional resources and assistance to help students successfully complete their final year of schooling and transition to tertiary study.
With over 30 FREE subject-specific online sessions running throughout May and June 2020, the HSC Subject Support Series is designed to help students improve their knowledge and understanding of key subject content and discover what HSC exam markers and assessors are looking for. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive tips and strategies directly from education professionals with years of experience.