I know that we are all adjusting to a different way of life right now, and I wanted to give you some resources for you and your family that you can do from the comfort of your home. I have been posting these frequently to our facebook page, so if you do want to follow us there, you will find even more resources as I find them.
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Audiobooks and E-Books:
This is our e-library, offered through the State Library. Library users can borrow up to 3 books at a time. Contact us to find out more information. Download the Libby app to use with your smartphone or tablet.
Free, unlimited e-books and read-along books, games and puzzles for kids!
Free, unlimited access to graphic novels, audio books and e-books for teens!
The Internet Archive is a free online library filled with public domain materials- so classic books and audiobooks read by volunteers, as well as other archived video footage, software and even websites.
You can find Librivox audiobooks in the Internet Archive, but here is their page- these are Public Domain books that are read by volunteers.
While school is out, Audible is offering free streaming of children’s, teen and classic books.
Brought to you from the International Space Station, these videos feature astronauts reading several wonderful children stories.
This SAG-AFRTA Foundation presentation features actors reading classic and new children’s books. Very delightful readings.
Draw With Mo Willems:
Mo Willems, of Elephant and Piggie and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus fame comes to you daily from his studio to inspire you to doodle, answer your questions, and show you a little bit about the process of creating a book. Very inspiring, funny and engaging for kids, and will have them wanting to create their own amazing creations.
I’ve used some of these videos when teaching Rube Goldberg Machines, and I find Joseph to be hilarious. An entertaining approach to a fun STEM concept, and great to get kids thinking about how to create and innovate.
One more if they are interested in Rube Goldberg is Audri– he explains wonderfully!)
NatGeo has some great experiments- some we have, or would use in after school!
Check out NASA at Home, for activities, e-books, virtual tours, videos and more for kindergarten on up! There are activites like building your own spacecraft, measuring air pollution, learning about the Universe, eclipses, asteroids and more! Check it out!
Become a Citizen Scientist with NASA:
Go outside, take a walk and look at the clouds! (We can do this easily and maintain social distancing) And while you’re at it, download this app, and send data to NASA.
Virtually Visit Museums & Historic Sites:
Google has been collecting 360 degree views of museums and historic sites for years, allowing us to virtually walk through exhibits without leaving our homes. Tour some of the worlds most beautiful collections here.
Explore the Arts (Including famous works and artists):
Have an interest in art? See paintings up close, learn about artists, color, movement and more!
This list is just the start, and if you have any resources or ideas that you would like to share with me, please email me at: email@example.com