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Activities and Resources for New Homeschoolers


Many new homeschooling parents have approached us recently, asking us for our advice on things they can do with their children to keep them engaged when they are not actively learning in class.

Setting time aside for playing board games (especially when other family members can take part, either in person or online) is a great activity for new homeschooling families. Games provide opportunities to introduce concepts to your children, reinforce their learned skills, and build confidence. Games do not judge your homeschooler. They do not hand out “red marks”, nor give out homework.

Below are some of our suggestions for additional activities and resources newly homeschooled families can take advantage of, now that they find themselves learning at home:


Additional Online Resources*:

Storyline Online: Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Math Games: Do your learners think math is a bore? Help them see this essential subject in a new way with these exciting math games!

World Geography Games brings entertaining, educational quiz games for kids, students, adults and seniors to test and improve your geographical knowledge.

Random Geography Games: Learning geography can be fun with online games like these.

Kids Games: from the San Diego Zoo.

Kids Math Games: a wide range of free math games, interactive learning activities and fun educational resources 


Social Pods and Paint Parties (presented by OTA):

Radical Readers Book Club for Grades 4 – 7 – Second Sunday of the Month – Year Long

Have your fourth - seventh grader join Eva Goldstein-Meola in an informal discussion of various […]

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$80.00

Paint Party – Boardwalk – Friday, October 16, 2020

Join Nina Brenner for an ONLINE - LIVE PAINT PARTIES for both students and adults! […]

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$15.00

Radical Readers Book Club for Grades 4 – 7 – Restart by Korman – October 18, 2020

Have your fourth – seventh grader join Eva Goldstein-Meola in an informal discussion of Restart […]

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$10.00

Classic Sci-Fi & Alt-History Book Club for High Schoolers: 2nd Sunday of the Month – Full Year 2020-21

Have your high-schooler(s) join Jonathan Meola in an informal discussion of classic science fiction and […]

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$80.00

Classic Sci-Fi & Alt-History Book Club for High Schoolers: A Canticle For Leibowitz – October 18, 2020

NOTE: This ticket is for the single session of A Canticle for Leibowitz ONLY, taking […]

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$10.00

Paint Party – Beach Flowers – Friday, November 6, 2020

Join Nina Brenner for an ONLINE - LIVE PAINT PARTIES for both students and adults! […]

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$15.00

Radical Readers Book Club for Grades 4 – 7 – In Your Shoes by Gephart – November 8, 2020

Have your fourth – seventh grader join Eva Goldstein-Meola in an informal discussion of In […]

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$10.00

Classic Sci-Fi & Alt-History Book Club for High Schoolers: The Plot Against America – November 8, 2020

NOTE: This ticket is for the single session of The Plot Against America ONLY, taking […]

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$10.00

Paint Party – Camping Starry Night – Friday, December 4, 2020

Join Nina Brenner for an ONLINE - LIVE PAINT PARTIES for both students and adults! […]

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$15.00

Radical Readers Book Club for Grades 4 – 7 – Save Me a Seat by Weeks – December 13, 2020

Have your fourth – seventh grader join Eva Goldstein-Meola in an informal discussion of Save […]

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$10.00

Enrichment Activities & Packaged Classes for Fall 2020:

Paint Parties – Package of FOUR! – Friday, Sept 4, Oct 16, Nov 6, Dec 4, 2020

Join Nina Brenner for an ONLINE - LIVE PAINT PARTIES for both students and adults! […]

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$50.00

Travel Around the World! Virtual Field Trips – Grades 2-6 – Fall 2020 – 10 Weeks

Virtual field trips have completely changed the way learners experience the world outside our four […]

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$250.00

Science Fair 2.0 – A Year in Space – Grades 4-7 – Fall 2020 – 10 Weeks

In this course, students will explore the wonders and challenges of living in space and […]

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$250.00

LEGO Design Series: STEAM Collaborative – Grades 2 – 6 – Fall 2020 – 10 Weeks

This course draws from the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math – collectively […]

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$250.00

Hogwarts at Home: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Grades 2 (mature) – 6 – Fall 2020 – 10 Weeks

In this course, students will be immersed in the magical world of wizards and wands, […]

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$250.00

Classic Sci-Fi & Alt-History Book Club for High Schoolers: A Canticle For Leibowitz – October 18, 2020

NOTE: This ticket is for the single session of A Canticle for Leibowitz ONLY, taking […]

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$10.00

Classic Sci-Fi & Alt-History Book Club for High Schoolers: The Plot Against America – November 8, 2020

NOTE: This ticket is for the single session of The Plot Against America ONLY, taking […]

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$10.00

Classic Sci-Fi & Alt-History Book Club for High Schoolers: Dune – December 13, 2020

NOTE: This ticket is for the single session of Dune ONLY, taking place on December […]

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$10.00

Related Reading and Links:


* NOTE: Unless otherwise indicated, the above links are not programs or websites with any connection to Open Tent Academy, and Open Tent Academy receives no compensation in return for sharing or promoting them. As with any external resource, we strongly recommend parents visit and evaluate these on their own before sharing them with their children.

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