Stuck at home with the kids? (part 2) Check out these virtual tours that will give homeschooling a whole new meaning

The beauty of homeschooling is that every situation is a great opportunity to learn something.

I have been homeschooling my kids for about a year now and have discovered many wonderful resources online that can transform boring classroom school methods into a really fun and interactive learning experience. The trick is to pick a subject and explore it fully. For example, if you choose to explore the Great Wall of China, the Vatican City, the Colosseum or even space, you can start by pulling out the map of the world and doing a bit of geography. You can explore the cultures, languages, and ways of life of the people living in those countries and you can wrap it up by doing virtual tours online. There are so many wonderful places to explore and with the help of the internet, you don’t have to leave home.

I have listed below, several amazing virtual resources that will help guide you along the way. Enjoy!

Virtual Aquarium visits

From piranhas to beluga whales, jelly fish and otters, you can see them all through the live feed.

https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/piranha-cam/

You can check out the online camera feeds that let you observe otters romping and diving in the Appalachian Cove Forest, peep in on the penguins rocketing through the waves in Penguins’ Rock and dive into the lively depths of the massive Secret Reef exhibit. All these streams are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at https://www.tnaqua.org/live-cams.

National Museum of Natural History | Smithsonian Institution

https://ssec.si.edu/game-center

The Smithsonian science education center is designed to engage students in phenomenon-based learning through coherent storylines, inspire teachers with point-of-use support, and connect students firsthand to the world around them. Check out this section especially made for kids https://www.si.edu/kids . You will find many interesting features such as educational games https://ssec.si.edu/game-center curriculum and ressources.

Virtual tour of Musei Vaticani.

Enjoy a Virtual Tour of the Sistine Chapel with the kids. This is a great subject starter in which you can discuss culture, countries, religions of the world, etc. Check out the Vatican museums starting with a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel.

http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/cappella-sistina/tour-virtuale.html

Canadian Firefighter Museum Virtual Tour

The Museum houses a collection of artifacts that tell the story of the vital role that firefighters have played in the lives of communities across Canada. The Museum strives to represent all Canadian firefighters — professional or volunteer, industrial, military, wild land, or airport. The apparatus collection focuses on three eras:Hand Drawn and Hand Powered(1754-1902),Horse Drawn(1850-1938), andMotorized(1907 to present day).

http://www.firemuseumcanada.com/404-2/cffm-virtual-tour/

Google arts and culture

https://artsandculture.google.com/

Use tools to explore by time and color, zoom to view artworks in amazing detail, tour famous sites and landmarks, and more

VirtualTour- NASA.

Teach kids about space, Nasa and it’s missions.

You can take a look at the Mission Operations - 360-Degree Virtual Tour https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/hubble-360-degree-virtual-tour as well as the ultra high definition videos https://www.nasa.gov/content/ultra-high-definition-video-gallery that feature videos from space, astronauts, the moon and many many other topics.

Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China

Explore this fascinating historical site without leaving your home. A great place to teach about Asia and it’s history.

https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china

Virtual tour of Ancient Rome

Visit the great Colosseum and the Pantheon without leaving home https://www.il-colosseo.it/en/visita-virtuale.php

Are the kids always bored? Try some of these easy tips that will keep them busy and stimulated while they are stuck at home

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