Friday, March 20, 2020

Ways to Play & Learn at Home Together!

We have been working here at the library steadily, both to clean, clear, and innovate here in the Children's Room, and also give people some options of enriching activities to engage everyone at home.

Massachusetts Library System

One stop shopping for a great variety of options, some of which are repeats of sites I have already highlighted.

Early Childhood Partners
A comprehensive list of resources, both digital and many activities that do not require any devices.

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.
New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.  Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!

Boston Children's Museum:100 Ways to Play

In 100 years of creating, educating and innovating, Boston Children's Museum has encouraged children and families to play together at the Museum, at home and out in the world!

Jarrett J. Krosoczka - Draw Everyday with JJK

Catch up with the author & illustrator of the Lunch Lady series of graphic novels!

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. More videos will be coming soon, and if there's any topic we haven't covered that you want to see, please let us know!

Virtual Museum Tours and Exhibits
 Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch. (presented by Travel & Leisure and does include advertising)

Scholastic Learn At Home

Scholastic has created a free 20-day online learning resource. Learn at Home uses Book Flix and Watch & Learn Library; if prompted to login to either, just enter the following:

username: Learning20 | password: Clifford

World Book Online 
 Enjoy learning at home with:

  • Video Tutorials
  • Distance Learning Resources for Parents
  • Remote Learning Ideas for Schools
  • Learn & Play with World Book Online
  • Fun Lessons (all ages) 
https://www.worldbookonline.comIf asked, please use this sign in information: Username: wbsupport  Password: distancelearn

PBS Learning
Learning media for students.

Free, trusted digital resources that span disciplines for grades PreK-12, are aligned to national and state standards, and include videos, comprehensive lessons, and other activities.

Fun stuff for kids.

Create art + stories with the Greater Boston Illustrators Group

NASA Kids Club
A place to play games and learn about NASA.

Boredom Busters
Free STEAM activities.

Wicked Cool for Kids
STEAM enrichment.

Bill Harley Mini Concerts 

"Every Tuesday and Thursday I’ll be doing a concert on Facebook. For as long as we’re stuck at home. Don’t worry, I’ve got hundreds of stories and songs, so I won’t run out and it’ll be fun and we’ll be together." 

The LIVBITS Let's Keep Reading Social Media Streaming
Interactive read-alouds via social media. It is a google document that gets updated.

Storyline Online
More read-aloud choices!

Free audio books available during school closures.

Open Culture
Free and for all ages: eBooks, audiobooks and lessons

Gale Databases

·         Miss Humblebee's Academy - an interactive kindergarten-readiness program that introduces children ages three to six to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music. It’s as challenging as it is fun!
      If you get asked for a password for any of these resources, use “open” (no quotes).
·        The end date of access to these resources is unknown at this time.
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As always, take advantage of our digital media available through our online resources, always available from your home computer, tablet, or phone. Overdrive eBooks and eAudios are available in the Libby app. Freegal music can be streamed through the Freegal app. Hoopla movies and TV shows can be streamed through the Hoopla app.
Stay healthy!

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