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A great resource for homeschool families, Kid Create Studio has weekly classes and workshops for Homeschoolers during studio sessions, as well as private classes and parties for homeschool groups.

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Adobe and Time MagazineAdobe and Time Magazine have teamed up to provide a weekly art lesson online. The “Draw with Drew (and Rosie!)” sessions take place at 10 a.m. Pacific time on multiple websites. Drew Willis is the creative director of “Time for Kids” and a book illustrator; Rosie is his 10-year-old daughter; and both are “avid artists.” Each episode includes a new drawing assignment, and participants vote on what they’d like the next assignment to be.
Mazaam Mazaam is making its classical music app for children ages four to six free until Jun. 30, 2020. The music is intended to promote the development of emotional, cognitive and psychomotor skills. The app is available in English and French. There are versions for iOS and Android.
Pantone Pantone is offering free access through July 2020 to Pantone Connect. The tool enables designers and artists to build and share color palettes, convert and cross-reference colors and match Pantone colors through Adobe Creative Cloud.
Dreams for Schools Dreams for Schools has launched a coding-at-home initiative, with free online resources for elementary students and courses for middle school and high school students with slides and video lessons. The subjects: mobile app development and website development. The materials are being updated weekly.
Girls Who CodeGirls Who Code has begun publishing free weekly activities–some online, some offline–as virtual curricula. The nonprofit, which focuses on encouraging female students to embrace technology-laden learning, has already released an activity for creating “binary bracelets,” a lesson on programming a digital story with Scratch and a tutorial on creating tutorials in HTML and CSS.
IBM IBM has launched Open P-TECH, to help young people and educators pick up the basics in topics including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and cloud computing, as well as soft skills. Up until now, the P-TECH program has been provided as a model affiliated with schools. Now students who are 16 and older can register and participate on their own.
iRobotiRobot is making virtual and offline coding projects available for elementary and middle school students for home use, some of which require no particular technology. The company is also providing teachers with free access to a subscription program that comes with the company’s Root coding robot. To unlock the premium content, download the Root Coding app and enter the code, “LEARN” on the home screen.
MetaCodersMetaCoders is offering daily coding lessons on YouTube. Curriculum covers computer science concepts, how to think like a programmer and how to code more efficiently. Lessons run between five and 15 minutes.
VEX RoboticsVEX Robotics has launched VEXcode Virtual Robot (VR), a free web-based tool for delivering computer science lessons for those who don’t have access to a physical VEX Robot at home. There are no software installations required, and the program functions on all major devices.
LEGO LEGO is sharing design simple challenges. The company has assembled LEGO designers, creatives and play experts to come up with new ways to help families “stay creative, curious and connected” while at home.
Carnegie Learning’s LONG + LIVE + MATHCarnegie Learning’s LONG + LIVE + MATH has compiled a free blend of textbook and software resources to help with math classes. These include math lessons, skills practice and learning videos for students in grades 6-12. The company is also offering free access to its math coaching software, MATHia, until the end of the school year.
Good CalculatorsGood Calculators is providing a variety of free online calculators, to do math and statistics, engineering and conversions. The website also offers specialized calculators for financial, date and time, logistics, sales, sports and health.
I Know ItI Know It is offering free access to its online math practice lessons for students in grades K-5. The site features over 500 graphical math activities. Animated characters guide students through math lessons, and hints and graphical explanations help them along when they need it. This tool tracks progress and scores for teachers and parents. Parents and teachers can request unlimited access in a form online.
JumpStart Academy and EdmodoJumpStart Academy and Edmodo are offering Edmodo’s tutoring program AskMo for free. AskMo is a mobile app for Apple and Google devices to get live, personalized tutoring in math or science for students in grades 7-12.
LoonyLearnLoonyLearn is making a bunch of free K-5 math and spelling games available to students. Paid family, teacher and school subscriptions are needed to get access to dashboards that can help the adults assign topics to their students and track progress. To get to the games, choose a selection on the giant wheel on the home page.
MathNook MathNook has added new games and puzzles for play by students learning at home. The resources can be filtered by grade level, covering K-12, and include worksheets, mobile apps, tutorials and teaching tools. No registration is required for access to the games.
Maths ChaseMaths Chase, already free, provides online learning games to help students practice their math skills. Games include times tables and problems for addition, subtraction, division, odd and even, sequences, prime numbers and place values.
American Museum of Natural HistoryThe American Museum of Natural History is sharing a bunch of online content for teachers and families to use during virus days. That includes the “OLogy” science website with lessons on subjects from anthropology to zoology; online science curriculum collections; virtual visits to the museum through its YouTube channel; and massive open, online museum courses delivered through Coursera.