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Five Great Websites to Keep Your Kids Entertained and Learning at Home.

Until March 29th next, schools are closed due to the coronavirus [Covid 19] pandemic and with playgrounds and play dates now clearly out of bounds, many parents are searching for ways to keep their kids entertained and learning at home.

Here are five great websites that offer free access to pupils and their parents during these unprecedented times.

(1) StarfallLiteracy and Numeracy for Little Ones.

www.starfall.com is an excellent website for children ages 2 – 7 years. It provides free access to a host of games, songs and interactives that support learning to read, write, spell and understand numbers.
For more information on the website and its associated apps for iPhone and Android visit https://store.starfall.com/app-catalog

(2) BrainpopThe Next Best Thing to an Actual Teacher.

If you are not familiar with the suite of websites and apps offered by Brainpop, you are in for a treat (and even Mum and Dad might learn a thing or two).
BrainPop Junior and BrainPop provide educational videos that explain and explore topics spanning all curriculum subjects. BrainPop is normally a subscription website, but they are offering free access to schools and pupils affected by coronavirus. For more information visit https://jr.brainpop.com/ and www.brainpop.com.

(3) GoNoodleKeeping Kids Moving and Mindful at Home.

With sport teams, swimming and playgrounds out of action for the next few weeks, keeping kids active indoors is more important than ever. GoNoodle is one option! It aims at getting kids active, moving and mindful with a wide range of dances, games, rhymes, raps and general silliness that will appeal to kids of all ages, interests, skills, and abilities. So check out link https://www.gonoodle.com/

(4) TwinklThousands of worksheets for Kids

If you are sick of screen time and looking for paper-based activities for your kids, then log on to www.twinkl.ie. Twinkl provides thousands of worksheets and activities for every age group and based on every aspect of the curriculum. They have even created ‘School Closure Packs’ to help children during this period of school closure and they are offering all parents a one month FREE Ultimate Membership to Twinkl.ie. Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.ie/offer and enter into the Offer Code Box IRLTWINKLHELPS.

(5) Epic!A Library on your Laptop and iPad

With libraries closed, www.getepic.com provides access to an unlimited library of thousands of children’s books for all ages, both fiction and non-fiction. If you visit Epic! or download their app Epic! you can get a 30 day free trial.

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