Educational Resources for Families:
** On Friday, March 20, 2020, Governor Pritzker’s ‘shelter-in-place’ order for the State of Illinois also pushed school closings to April 7, 2020 as well. On this same day, President Trump announced that the Education Department would not enforce federal standardized testing requirements for K-12 schools and would allow federal student loan borrowers to suspend payments for at least 60 days without penalty.
Congressman Kinzinger is the son of a former elementary school teacher and has heard a great deal from his mother about some valuable resources that teachers, students, and parents can access online. Here are a few of her recommendations:
Other recommendations we’ve received from the House Administration Committee:
- The U.S. Capitol has interactive and engaging teaching materials about the U.S. Capitol and Congress.
- The Library of Congress has many resources online as well as YouTube channels, digital books, and tutorials.
- The National Gallery of Art has some interactive guides and ways for the whole family to learn through art.
- The Smithsonian Institute has resources available for ‘distance learning’ in addition to their virtual tours of the museums, which we’ve featured in the section below.
In addition to education resources, here are some fun activities and online exploratory options to get your kids ‘out of the house’ and into a world-class museum, a national landmark, a downtown aquarium, and more.
Virtual Tours to Visit at Home:
National Park Service