Family Resources

Here are some resources for parents during New Mexico school district closures, come back for more information and updated links! 

Meal Distributions

*All children 18 and under will receive a free breakfast and lunch each day at all sites.

LCPS Free School Meals Las Cruces Public Schools added sites for district-wide breakfast and lunch pickup. Meal distribution sites are open to all who are enrolled in public, private or charter schools. 

GISD Free School Meals Gadsden Independent School District sites for breakfast and lunch pick up. 

HVPS Free School Meals Hatch Valley Public School sites for breakfast and lunch pick up. 

10 Easy Dinners Kids can Help Make Hatch Valley Public School sites for breakfast and lunch pick up. 

 

Information

COVID-19 How to talk to your child Information on how to talk to your kids about Coronavirus on possible fears or concerns.

How to Stay Physically and Mentally Healthy Information on how to stay physically and mentally healthy while COVID-19 has you stuck at home.

Teaching Kids to Wash Their Hands Teaching kids to wash their hands in 5 steps.

Teaching About Germs for Kids Teaching kids about germs by different games, activities, such as glitter germs, and videos.

Charter to Offer Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 Days for New K-12 and College Student Households and More  Offer to families who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

How Parents Can Keep Kids Busy (and Learning) in Quarantine Parents can do a number of activities alongside their kids that facilitate active, engaged learning.

 

Activities

50 Ways to Get Through Coronavirus Cabin Fever List of activities for kids and families to do while at home.

50 DIY Activities for Kids DIY projects for kids and families to do while at home.

26 Crafts for Elementary School Kids DIY projects to do with elementary students.

7 Family Scavenger Hunt Ideas Different scavenger hunt ideas to do as a family.

Hand Washing Activities Hand washing is the best defense against germs, bacteria and viruses that cause illness and infection. Children often don’t take the time to wash their hands properly. Make it fun for them by using games, songs and more.

20 Activities for Parent-Child Bonding – It is important to spend time with your children – not just when they are small, but also in their teenage years. This article gives activity ideas for parents to do with their children. 

20 Indoor Games to Keep the Kids Entertained on a Rainy Day – A list of the best indoor games you haven’t already tried. 

 

Education

MackinVIA Free eBooks spanning a variety of topics with content pages created specifically for students from Elementary to High School to help kids read online during this trying time. Ebooks are available to anyone and will be free until September 20, 2020 for reading and download. You do have to create a MackinVIA account, but it is free!

Nature Ninos Nature Ninos is a free website branch division of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. Here, parents and students can find recorded videos of nature science topics and wildlife activities for young ones. Every week, beginning in April until the foreseeable future, parents can register their child for online wildlife activities or take part in weekly nature challenges posted online. This is an excellent resource for students to get to know the world around them here in NM and for parents/guardians to learn more about wildlife conservation in NM. 

60+ Best Math Websites A We Are Teachers cultivated group of websites that has math tools for everyone and grade levels k-12. The focus of the cultivated sites are for parents and students to explore the contents together. 

Best Science Websites for Middle and High School A We Are Teachers cultivated group of websites focusing on science in grades 6-12. The focus on the majority of the pages is for students to explore the sites and learn about a wide range of science topics.

Science Buddies Hands-on science resources for home and school science fair projects, project guides, project kits and detailed profiles of STEM careers.

Open Culture Free educational resources such as home schooling resources during COVID-19, video lessons, apps, books websites and more. 

Pop Sugar Educational Resources for Parents This website provides 45 different educational websites that parents can access for there children while school is closed. This is geared towards children in elementary school K-5. It lists a lot of fun indoor activities that might engage the children other than just playing video games or watching tv.

Library Thing LibraryThing is now free to all, with no more membership fees or limits. So many people are stuck at home, with nothing to do but catalog their books. And everyone is worried about money. So the company is going free. A free website to catalog your books at home and find new books to read with your family. Excellent literacy articles and more!

The Global Oneness Project Website compiles educational lesson plans and concepts for teachers, parents, students and anyone interested in a variety of STEM and cultural threads. Free membership, webinars, articles, story libraries, etc.

Erintigration-Tech Integration Blog Experienced teacher posts her blog here encouraging parents and educators to use her tech. Suggestions and educational resources for free to have fun with your kids at home.

Funology Offers parents and teachers a wealth of resources to educate and entertain your little explorers. 

APS@HOME 8 a.m. to 12 p.m weekdays. These supplemental learning videos feature Albuquerque Public Schools educators in short segments, supporting a variety of subjects and grade levels. ASL and bilingual accessible. 

 

Entertainment

Educational Movies on Disney+ Various educational movies to watch on Disney+ if you already have a subscription. 

YouTube Kids YouTube Kids was created to give kids a more contained environment that makes it simpler and more fun for them to explore on their own, and easier for parents and caregivers to guide their journey as they discover new and exciting interests along the way.

26 Best Podcasts for Kids in Elementary, Middle, and High School We Are Teachers asked teachers to share their favorites and compiled this list. 

161 Science Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now (No membership required) Enriching documentaries available to watch instantly without a membership. Just click the links and press play. You can also find them on the free PBS Video app on your favorite devices. 

 

 

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