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MORE Fun & Highly Educational Stuff For Kids With Disabilities (and without!) to Do Inside

MORE Fun & Highly Educational Stuff For Kids With Disabilities (and without!) to Do Inside

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This post is a list of things of fun stuff for kids to do and that help during quarantine. It leans hard on “fun educational” and it addresses kids with disabilities.

This is available in a downloadable PDF for my patrons, linked here.

It’s also at the end of this post for people who benefit from access to PDF’. If you want to hear me reading this, just click the link below.

This is part fun-stuff and part a LOT of educational-learning stuff.

Kids with Disabilities Learning at Home

Two of my three kids have disabilities: one is on the Autism spectrum, the other has Down syndrome. My third child is being assessed for hearing impaired and/or an auditory processing disorder right now.

I also have disabilities (- I am deaf, I have C-PTSD and TBI).

I am not a special education teacher, but I am an expert with my own kids. I understand them and I know some things that float their respective boats, and help them learn; and things to stay away from.

My daughter with Down syndrome is an extremely visual learner. Give her videos, pictures and ways to SEE the content, and she’ll rock it.

My son who is on the Autism spectrum is a self-starter and independent learner. He loves listening: podcasts (which he listens to while completing other work) juice his smoothie.

Understanding how your kids learn – disability or no disability – is so important in this here and now of educating them at home.

None of our kids learn the same, they all have their quirks and peccadilloes and areas in which they absolutely shine. Get to know those areas, and homeschooling becomes really fun.

Now, two things that were helpful for me were:

With regard to diagnostics, I played around with the kids on Khan Academy and BrainPop too, to try and get a better sense of where they are, academically. The level that a school places your kid in is not always accurate.

My daughter with Down syndrome, for example, is much more at a Kindergarten or 1st grade level than she is at 3rd grade; with homeschooling, I adjust accordingly and have her work with K-1st grade material.

I that educating kids with disabilities (or without disabilities) is largely a matter of really getting to know where your child is at, and figuring out some resources and approaches that work with your child.

Fun Educational Things to Do with Kids During Shelter at Home

I started collecting these for use with my own kids – there are some REALLY AWESOME resources listed here. In many ways, this is a continuation of “Fun Things to Do at Home with Kids.”

I’m dividing them into the categories for ease of finding fun stuff to do at home with your kids!

Exercise Programs for Kids

Jack Hartmann's Kid Channel

Cardio for the Whole Family!

Trampoline Exercises

We have a big trampoline, and I just search around YouTube for various new exercises to try out on it, to challenge the kids (and me!)

Free Art Programs Online for Kids

Facebook Live daily art class daily: With Makepaducah

Mo Willems Lunch Doodles

30 Day Lego Challenges

Tons of Free Coloring Pages

Tons of free coloring pages here, also tons of ads, so it’s hard to navigate, but they ARE there and they ARE free, so that’s cool: https://desertchica.com/free-coloring-pages-activities

Complete Schedule of Authors and Illustrators Going Live Online for Kids

Great list of all the authors and illustrators who are going live, where to find them, and what time they are going live:

A Multitude of Play Dough Recipes

Meditation for Kids

Typing Practice for Kids (with Games!)

 

Online Language Learning for Kids

Screen Free Fun Stuff to Do at Home While Sheltering In

We use screens a lot for both learning and play, but we break free a few times during the day.

I liked these lists of things to do and try out while going screen-free:

Fun Screen Free Stuff for Elementary School Kids

more fun stuff to do at home while sheltering in

Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Screen Stuff for Kids that is Fun, Educational/ Inspirational

Podcasts for Kids

Free Classes from Ivy League Schools

Free Classes from Ivy Leagues schools: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses

Coding and Technology for Kids

Science and Math for Kids Online

fun stuff for kids to do online while inside

I hope some of these ideas help, and of course, if you come across something pretty fabulous, please stop by and link-drop!

Download the distraction-free PDF bundle for this post here.

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However, I will always keep these as a free option, for those of you who have disabilities that need that access, and who may not be able to afford becoming my patron at this point.

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Meriah Nichols is a career counselor, teacher and blogger. Single mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E), she is also a cat-loving Trekkie who likes her coffee hot and black.
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