At-Home Learning Activities and Resources

Learning at Home With Jumpstart

Interested in the latest from Jumpstart? Sign up and receive weekly at-home learning updates and resources!

*NEW CONTENT* Jumpstart Songs

Need a reset? Sing with your child. Not only can it lift everyone’s mood, but it builds language skills. Children hear rhyming or silly words, helping them identify and segment sounds. Talking together about words and ideas in songs or coming up with your own rhymes builds vocabulary. Sing, dance, and have fun together!

Join Jumpstart Literacy Champion and singer-songwriter, Brynn Elliot, in a sing along.

Jumpstart Storybook Activities

Read some of Jumpstart’s favorite storybooks featured in the Jumpstart curriculum and then have fun doing some simple activities together!

Don’t already have these books at home? Click on any story’s Video Read Aloud link to watch a Jumpstart friend read the book aloud. You can also try the activities without the books at all or with another favorite.

Thank you, Publishers!

Candlewick Press, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lee & Low, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster have all graciously give Jumpstart permission to share our Video Read Alouds of their books. We hope that our video recordings will help bring life to these beautiful stories at home!

Jumpstart Partners

Ready4K | Receive Early Learning Tips and Activities via Text!

You can sign up to receive weekly readings (from Jumpstart Corps Members!) and at home learning activities via text Monday-Friday through our partnership with Ready4K—an evidence-based texting platform.

If you are not already registered and receiving texts, please register at jstart.org/ready4k.

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Noggin

Noggin is the interactive learning service from Nickelodeon. With Noggin, learning is led by the Nickelodeon preschool characters kids know and love and developed by educational experts. Noggin offers an ever-expanding library of books, learning games, activities, exclusive shorts and 1,000+ ad-free episodes of preschool favorites like PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig and Blue’s Clues & You! With Noggin, kids can go on fun learning adventures that explore science, literacy, math, music and more.

To start their FREE 90-day subscription, Jumpstart families can sign up at https://bit.ly/3cg6kwU

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MarcoPolo Learning

MarcoPolo Learning offers quality STEAM + Literacy digital learning experiences for children ages 3-7. Their mission is to provide young children worldwide with knowledge about the world around them in a way that nurtures their natural curiosity and teaches foundational skills playfully. For this reason, they are proud to partner with Jumpstart to provide free access to thousands of children nationwide.

Here are the two links:

English: https://www.marcopololearning.com/special-offer/JSE6T
Spanish: https://www.marcopololearning.com/special-offer/JPS6T?lang=es

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PBS SoCal Learning Hub Programming and Activities

PBS SoCal has created an updated At-Home Learning hub for children Pre-K through 12th grade. These resources were created through a collaboration with Los Angeles Unified School District, KLCS and KQED and is being distributed nationwide.

Here are some additional resources from PBS:

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First Book Learn From Home Activities and Books

Our partners at First Book have many resources available for educators and families. Specifically, for preschool-aged children check out:

  • Sign up today for opportunities to receive information on a variety of programs to support children’s continued learning

Wide Open School

Curated content from multiple online sources (Mind in the Making, Vroom, Go Noodle, Cosmic Kids, etc.) organized into daily schedules by age and stage

Too Small to Fail 

These resources from Too Small to Fail provide you with ways you can talk, read, sing, and play your way through the day—just with things you might already have indoors.

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Parent Resource from Noggin

Need strategies to stay sane during these trying times? So do we! Jamie-Lynn Sigler hosts a parent discussion for @noggin with special guest Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the California Surgeon General! Watch Navigating the New Normal: Parents Edition.

Learn more at www.noggin.com/kidstogether

Talking to Children About COVID-19

Get tips from the CDC (Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention) on how to talk to children about COVID-19.

Something Strange Happened in My City is an amazing social story written by Dr. Jenny Yen, a Jumpstart course professor at CSU Fullerton, to help children understand what’s happening in the COVID-19 crisis. It has been translated into multiple languages and can be found here.

Check out these fun resources from Noggin that teach children how to wash their hands and other ways to reduce the spread of germs.

Internet Access

Do you or your children need internet access to stay connected? Many internet providers are offering free services during this time.

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Comcast: Internet Essentials

Articles and More

A Guide to COVID-19 and Early Childhood Development from the Center for the Developing Child, Harvard University. This guide pulls together information on COVID-19, including what it means for child development, and shareable resources that can help parents, caregivers, child care providers, pediatricians, and others who work with families.

A Parent’s Guide to Surviving COVID-19: 8 Strategies to Keep Children Healthy and Happy written by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, members of Jumpstart’s National Early Education Council

Caring for Preschoolers at Home provides expert guidance on maintaining structure, routine, and healthy habits for learning and growing at home.

5 Tips for Parents Balancing Screen Time During School Closures

Healthy at Home Toolkit (Ready Rosie) supports families with resources for learning at home, prevention and care, and emotional well-being.

Time to Talk, Play, and Create: Supporting Children’s Learning at Home provides tips based on research for supporting young children’s learning through interactive and fun activities while families shelter in place at home.

Abriendo Puertas (Spanish)–Recursos para familias en español

At-Home Learning Tips

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To support early learners during the COVID-19 outbreak, Jumpstart created a curated collection of resources for learning at home from their education team & early ed partners: Noggin, First Book, PBS SoCal. Check out these free activities, tips, resources, and more at www.jstart.org/learnathome

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