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Online Classes and Educational Resources
Need a project during your child’s computer time? Try out some of these websites with activities for anyone in grades K to 12. You don’t need to be a computer whiz to play!
- Code.org – Learn how to code for free! Try making your own games, apps, and computer drawings.
- Khan Academy – Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.” Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
- Scratch – With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
- Scholastic Learn at Home: Day by Day – Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin! -The Editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines.
- List of Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions During School Closings – Check out this long list of online companies currently offering free subscriptions!
- Free Educational Kits and Downloads for Families -Raddishkids.com is offering free activity guides, recipes, and more to support families unexpectedly at home.
- The Kennedy Center: Interactive Media – Featured content and media for students of all ages.
- PBS Learning Media -Inspire students with thousands of free teaching resources including videos, lesson plans, and games aligned to state and national standards.
- NeoK12 -Designated a “Great Site for Kids” by the American Library Association, this site provides educational videos, lessons, quizzes and educational games for K-12 students in various subject areas, such as science, math, health, social studies and English.
- The Kid Should See This -This blog aggregates interesting, kid-friendly videos focusing on science, art, technology, and more. The videos weren’t necessarily made for kids, but kids can get a lot out of them. That’s the premise of the site.
Educational Online Games:
Looking for librarian-approved education games? Check out some of these links below.
- ABC Mouse (free for 30 days) – Early learning games for ages 2-8
- Springfield Library Recommended Games Page – A range of fun and educational games for kids
- Starfall -Free educational games and videos for children
- Funbrain.com – Educational games, videos, and books for pre-K–grade 8.
- NASA Science for Kids – Explore space and earth with a variety of game and activity suggestions online and at home.
Arts and Crafts Ideas for At Home
Get crafty at home to pass the time!
- #StoryMarch – The Greater Boston Illustrators’ Group dreamed up #StoryMarch as the Covid-19 pandemic took over the daily lives of everyone we know. As schools and offices close and people are stuck at home without their usual activities and diversions, we hope that #StoryMarch might be a fun way for all artists of every age to stretch themselves a little and have fun.
- Jarrett J. Krosoczka—author & illustrator -Award-winning illustrator will be hosting free drawing webcasts every weekday at 2pm EST for at least the next few weeks.
- Lunch Doodles With Mo Willems – Join Mo’s videostream at 1pm EST each day, and follow along while you doodle together! Mo Willems is the author of the Pigeon series, the Elephant and Piggie series, and many more.
- Ben Clanton: Squiggles and Scribbles on FB Live -Ben Clanton: FB Live Author Visit March 18th at 11:00 a.m. PST and March 20th at 2:00 p.m. PST “Stuck at home? Want to draw with me and talk about waffles and mermicorns? I’m doing two FB LIVE sessions this week. Hope to see you then!”
- Craft Ideas Using 3 Supplies or Less -Try out this craft idea list using supplies you may already have at home!
- MakeZine Projects -From electronics to crafts to robots with a side of drones, the Make: edit team picks the latest products, projects and tools to make you a better maker.
- Instructables -Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your DIY maker creations.
Digital Storytime/Video Read-Alouds
Missing storytime? Check out these authors and storytellers online!
- Authors Everywhere – This is a Youtube Channel created and run by children’s book writers and illustrators. On this channel, you’ll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more. We hope that we can offer you some fun, some distraction, and a creative outlet for any feelings that might come up during this time.
- Story Preservation Initiative – You’ll find a selection of audio stories from three master storytellers on the K-3 Storytelling Learning Lab, found at www.storypreservation.org To access click K-3 Learning Lab on blue banner. A one-time registration is required and then click on “storytellers” and listen and enjoy at no cost.
- KidLit Tv – Explore and enjoy a collection of children’s authors and illustrators reading out loud.
- Authors/Illustrators Sharing Resources – This is a library of resources for kids, families, teachers, and librarians to make sure that reading & learning can happen anywhere this spring. You’ll find a growing collection of resources that include everything from first-chapter and picture book read-alouds (shared with permission from publishers!) to drawing and writing mini-lessons. Be sure to check back often, as new resources will be added every day.
- HarperKids Storytime Read Alouds – We’re HarperCollins Children’s Books and we’re all about stories that young minds never forget. Whether for preschooler, tweens or teens, we’re home to the likes of Shel Silverstein, C.S. Lewis, Maurice Sendak, Beverly Cleary, Neil Gaiman, The Berenstain Bears, Fancy Nancy, Divergent series, The Selection series, Red Queen series and many more.
- Story Time From Space – Astronauts from the International Space Station read children’s books in outer space for children on earth to listen to. They have science videos that compliment the books.
- International Children’s Digital Library – ICDL is a nonprofit organization that provides access to the best children’s books of their culture, and cultures around the world regardless of where they live. There are over 4,000 titles in 59 languages to choose from that you can read to your children.
- Phone-a-Story by Denver Public Library – Call 720-865-8500 and listen to stories, songs and rhymes in English, Spanish, Amharic and Vietnamese.
- Physics Central Comic Books – PhysicsCentral, a web site run by The American Physical Society (an organization representing 48,000 physicists), has created a series of comic books designed to get kids excited about physics.
Songs, Rhymes, and Movement
Have little ones missing the library’s song times and playgroups? Check out these online resources here to sing and move together!
- Emily Arrow – YouTube – At Home with Emily Arrow Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. PST -“Singalong with me all week! And don’t worry, you can catch each show after if you miss it live.” Author Emily Arrow is an award-winning children’s songwriter with 10+ years of experience working with children in music education. Emily is also on Facebook Live – http://www.emilyarrow.com/
- StoryBlocks – “Storyblocks is a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood.” Includes 9 languages.
- Tell Me a Story by KCLS – The King County Library System has a HUGE collection of songs and rhymes to sing with little ones.
- Miss Nina – Children’s Sing & Move Along Songs – Miss Nina has a mix of original songs, old classics, and popular children’s books read aloud and paired with music.
- Cosmic Kids Yoga – To help with panic and anxiety try this YouTube channel which is “yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world. “
Recommended Podcasts for Kids
Looking for a podcast to share with your children while you’re stuck at home? We’ve got recommendations for young children to middle schoolers.
- Kids Ask Authors podcast with Grace Lin – A podcast where kids ask authors their burning questions. Kids Ask Authors is aimed for elementary and middle school students.
- Grim, Grimmer, Grimmest – (60 Days Free on Pinna.fm) A wildly enchanting original podcast series from Adam Gidwitz, bestselling author of A TALE DARK AND GRIMM. Weaving in and out of a classroom full of witty grade-schoolers and a weird world full of curious creatures and mischievous foes, each episode features a Grimm fairy tale retold with a fresh and surprising flourish. Join in as the students anticipate plot twists and question the logic of these very Grimm tales.
- Storytime Seedlings – Provided by the Santa Clara County Library District, this podcast features “books, fingerplays, rhymes, stories and songs for a screen-free storytime experience, anytime.”
- Sesame Street Podcast – “Featuring the furry and loveable Muppets of Sesame Street. Sing songs with Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster and Grover. Learn about friendship, patience and sharing with Bert and Ernie.”
- Circle Round – “Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR’s Circle Round is a podcast that adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10.”
- Story Pirates – “Story Pirates is a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater.” Great for older kids too.
Virtual Field Trip Ideas
Stuck at home? See the world with these virtual tours.
- The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!
- Tour Yellowstone National Park!
- Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
- Live Zoo and Aquarium Cams:
- Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips
- Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre.
- This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.
- Walk through the Boston Children’s Museum thanks to Google Maps! This virtual tour allows kids to explore 3 floors of fun!
- Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch