Home-Learning Resources for Librarians, Educators, and Parents
At Demco, we make it our mission every day to create and share resources that help you make an impact with your students and patrons. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we think this mission is even more important. That’s why we are constantly monitoring our social channels for resources that we can share with you. We’ve curated a list of these resources below to help you serve your community during this challenging time. Our goal is to add to this article as we come across new resources, so please check back often. You can also use the comment section below to share what you’ve found useful, and we’ll add them to the list.
Hygiene Tips for Kids
- Get handwashing help from Sesame Street.
- Help kids keep germs away with Daniel Tiger.
- Learn about germs with Sid the Science Kid.
Mental Health Resources
- Help teens manage anxiety over the COVID-19 virus with these ideas.
- Get tips from Common Sense Education for reducing student anxiety.
- Use these tips from the BBC to take care of your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Looking for a teacher wellness resource? This article includes a link to a daily mindfulness practice for educators.
- Join Big Bird as he helps kids learn how to deal with scary feelings.
Free Internet Access
- Looking for multilingual resources to help schools share accurate COVID-19 information with families of English learners? Check out this page.
- Need distance learning ideas for special education? See this page for resources.
- PBS Wisconsin offers a curated list of standards-aligned videos, interactives, and lesson plans that you can use for free.
- Find Google education tools for collaboration and communication.
- Learn how Google is supporting educators and district IT professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- To help with the confusion out there, two librarians created this clearinghouse of COVID-19 information for teachers.
- This list is curated by teacher librarian Elissa Malespina, and it includes websites and ideas to help teachers prepare for distance learning. Just add your name to see the list.
- Kahoot! is offering educators free access to their premium distance learning platform.
- Not sure how to talk to kids about their worries during the COVID-19 pandemic? Check out this advice.
- Get ideas for talking to kids about COVID-19 and empowering them to be helpers that keep their community healthy.
- Find more tips for talking to your kids about the new coronavirus.
- Use this helpful comic to talk to kids about COVID-19.
- Get playdate advice from a pediatrician.
- Read questions and answers from KQED listeners about parenting through the COVID-19 pandemic.
- These pandemic parenting tips offer what you need to know about play dates, education, and more.
- Looking for a daily schedule to keep your family organized and learning during quarantine? Try this.
- Use these tips to keep your children busy and learning during quarantine.
- Keep kiddo boredom at bay with this article full of creative ways to keep kids entertained.
- See the around-the-house activities that experts suggest for keeping kids learning and having fun.
- Are your kids into video games? Here are a few options to help keep them learning while they play.
- Get kids inspired with educational TED talks.
- Find themed ideas and book suggestions to keep kids reading when at home.
- Help kids learn and play while at home with this daily newsletter from PBS Kids.
Curated Lists of Distance and At-Home Learning Resources
- Explore the online resources your state library has to offer.
- Explore online collections from the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, and more.
- Check out this list of distance-learning resources curated by teachers and librarians for parents.
- Keep kids learning with this list of free educational apps, games, and websites.
- When school is closed, these Reading Rockets resources will keep kids learning from home.
- Use these free resources from your public library to keep your family in touch, engaged, and learning.
- Here is a list of ed tech providers that are offering free resources.
- Here is a list of education companies offering free subscriptions during school closures.
- Try these educational activities to keep kids engaged and busy when stuck inside.
Reading and Writing Resources
- Capstone is offering free access to PebbleGo (K–2) Databases and a large collection of eBooks through June 30, 2020.
- Each week The Learning Network offers new ideas to engage students in reading, writing, and beyond.
- Check out this list of read-alouds with children’s authors and illustrators, such as Kate Messner, Tracey Baptiste, and many more.
- Keep reading with this schedule of live interactive read-aloud events.
- Get free access to book discovery at Booklist Online.
- Check out MakerHub for free and find low-tech to high-tech lessons to engage your makers at home.
- Get experimenting with two weeks’ worth of easy science activities you can do at home.
- Watch fun videos and get directions for experiments at Steve Spangler Science.
- Minute Earth’s YouTube channel provides animated stories about our planet.
- AsapSCIENCE features engaging and informative videos, but be sure to preview videos first for the younger crowd.
- The crew at Science Max “turbocharges all the science experiments you’ve done at home.”
- Explore the world with National Geographic Kids’ YouTube channel.
- It’s Ok to Be Smart science videos will have kids asking for more.
- Join in a lunchtime doodle with children’s author Mo Willems.
- Draw every day with children’s author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
- Watch art lessons adapted for at-home use by an elementary art teacher.
History and Culture Resources
- Experience some of the world’s best museums from home.
- Use these links to take a virtual tour of many U.S. national parks.
- Find links to over 30 virtual field trips, including the San Diego Zoo, Yellowstone National Park, and even Mars!
- Unlock virtual access to collections from hundreds of the world’s best museums.
- Sing along with children’s musician Mr. Ben — great for ages infant to 8 (M 5 p.m., T & Th 10 a.m. PST).
- Missing your live music? This list from NPR is your ticket to streaming concerts across the world.
Physical Activity Resources
- Keep little ones moving with FREE ballet lessons from Cleveland Inner City Ballet.
- Get a free 14-day trial to this autism-friendly exercise system.
- Find ideas and resources in this newsletter from the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability.
- Get active with 32 exercise videos for kids and adults of all abilities.
- Check out this list of calendars, programs, apps, videos, and social media accounts to follow for physical education distance-learning ideas.
- Stay active at home with tools from the Online Physical Education Network.
Podcasts and Shows
- Check out this list of fun and educational podcasts for kids.
- Pass the time at home with a movie the whole family can agree on.
- Find 150+ educational shows that kids can stream on Netflix.