Teachable Moments

The Metropolitan Opera Free Student Streams
The Metropolitan Opera is bringing the magic of some of the world’s most famous operas right to your computer screen. Their free Student Stream program offers a week-long education program for kids, with engaging ways to learn about the opera, as well as materials like illustrated synopses, coloring pages, and live sessions with featured artists from the productions. Upcoming programs include Hansel and Gretel, Carmen, and The Merry Widow.

Access the Student Stream at MetOpera.org

40. The Hootenanny music class
Don’t let the music stop just because school isn’t in session. Kids can tune in for daily jam sessions with their favorite family-friendly groups, thanks to YouTube and Facebook. Tune in every afternoon at 1 p.m EST for The Hootenanny, a music class that’s pure silly fun.

The Hootenanny on YouTube

41. The Lucky Band jam session
The Lucky Band hosts a daily Facebook Live jam session every afternoon at 1 p.m. EST, where they sing songs and read stories, and just have a great time. Kids will love singing along and getting to know all of the performers.

The Lucky Diaz Band on Facebook

42. Berkner Break with the Laurie Berkner band
Little kids can enjoy a daily “Berkner Break” with the Laurie Berkner band, every morning on Facebook live. Tune-in at 10 am EST to watch a live concert direct from Berkner’s house.

The Laurie Berkner Band on Facebook

L’il Maestros online music classes
Older kids who want to use their time at home to learn to play an instrument can take advantage of Ausounds L’il Maestros online music classes. The five week sessions are totally free, and teach guitar, piano, percussion, music theory, improvisation, and more. The classes also feature special appearances by famous musicians as well as industry experts. The live virtual lessons air every weekday at 3 p.m. EST.

Take an online music class with L’il Maestros

44. Practicing Musician
If you’ve got a musically-inclined kid who needs to keep up with their lessons, Practicing Musician can help. The online music education platform offers video tutorials and private lessons for everything from tuba to trombone. The teachers have impressive musical backgrounds and the classes are completely free until September of 2020. If your child’s musical instrument is trapped at school, Practicing Musician also offers rental instruments at an affordable price, and shipping is free.

Start playing with Practicing Musician

Sign Language
Sundra Oakley, an ASL teacher based in Los Angeles, hosts weekly sign language lessons on Thursdays at 1 pm PST via Zoom and Instagram Live. Each class begins with the basics—the alphabet—and builds from there. She covers foods/drinks, emotions, family members, simple phrases, possessives, and many more, depending on the focus of the lesson. Signs are repeated often during each lesson, so that students have the opportunity to retain what they’re taught, and lessons always include something new.

Take a class with Sundra on Instagram

The local public library may be closed, but it’s still possible to check out digital books thanks to Libby. The super user-friendly app makes it easy to search, find, and check out any title the library has on hand. Users can even place holds on books that are currently out, and have the title automatically checked out as soon as it becomes available. Libby also has a great read along feature that can help kids easily follow the story. All kids (or their parents) need to get started is a library card.

Download the Libby App

Testing Mom
Unless you’re a professional teacher, chances are you’re probably struggling with how to best homeschool your kids—especially if you have older kids who are facing standardized admissions testing. Testing Mom offers a wide selection of weekly seminars and classes for kids and parents that address everything from how to teach your child to read (for parents) to how to approach answering analogy questions on tests (for students).

Sign-up for seminars at Testing Mom

Don’t let being stuck at home prevent your kids from learning about artistic masterpieces. Use some of the time you have allotted for art class to take a virtual tour of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. Explore the galleries and famous artworks by renowned artists, such as Van Gogh, Renoir, and Cézanne. If your kids are more into modern art, opt for a tour of New York’s Guggenheim Museum, or check out the offerings from The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Visit the Musee d’Orsay
Visit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Visit the National Gallery of Art

We are Knitters Knitting Classes
The popular We are Knitters brand of kits has launched a series of knitting classes designed just for kids. Hosted by children’s knitting teacher Miss Alexandra Mpassy, the weekly classes teach step-by-step knitting basics, adding a new technique every week. The short videos are charming and easy to follow and will turn your crafty kid into a master knitter in no time. Plus, knitting is good for small motor skills and counting.

Knitting Home School at We are Knitters

Tae Kwon Do
Finding virtual martial arts classes has been a challenge—until now. Join Master Davis from Musa Martial Arts Academy for twice-weekly lessons direct from his studio in Los Angeles. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 pm PST, he’ll teach students the fundamentals of Tae Kwon Do and self defense. Classes are available by Zoom and Instagram.

Tae Kwon Do with Master Davis