March 20, 2020

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Dear Families,

We’re all learning how to deal with the new normal.  As we adjust, here are some sites you might enjoy visiting.  Our procedures vary day-to-day but we’re available virtually!  None of us have done this before, so be kind to each other.  Our kids’ room mantra ‘Write, talk, read, sing and play—everyday’ is a good guide.  Stay in touch!

Are you finding being at home together, all day, a challenge to your former routine?  Here’s a recommended daily schedule for kids during social distancing:

MUSEUMS:

Smithsonian Spark Lab try it at home

https://invention.si.edu/try/do-try-home

Visit the American Museum of Natural History

https://www.amnh.org/plan-your-visit/covid-19-visitors-staff

The Tate’s art website for kids.

https://www.tate.org.uk/kids

San Francisco’s Exploratorium is closed, but they have so much on their website!

https://www.exploratorium.edu/

Virtual tours of world museums.

https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/virtual-museum-tours

STORIES:

Actors read stories to kids on this award-winning site. Check out https://www.storylineonline.net/

Tons of sites of authors/illustrators sharing their work!

https://bookriot.com/2020/03/16/kidlit-authors-stepping-up-during-the-covid-19-crisis-and-quarantine/

A schedule of authors/illustrators sharing their work online. Via Children’s Librarian in Utah.  Some duplication with Book Riots list.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sxU02heqtCoZgi4HZ_f5f0rtN8S2ZuFFaLKT6S0U19A/edit?fbclid=IwAR1E3dViLrb67GdPdaDEhM4q7woP6MqYO2TiSL9_n_Z4HofMDt1D4Ufb3Oc#gid=0

Picture Book Read Alouds

https://pernillesripp.com/2020/03/14/picture-books-read-aloud-videos-for-lesson-use/ – this is made up of authors reading their own work, including a list from the Indianapolis Public Library with over 100 titles, and titles in other languages.

Visual of Dan Santat’s  promotion and #operation storytime, from Wisconsin libraries.

https://yssevents.blogspot.com/2020/03/sheltering-in-place-literature.html

Authors Everywhere:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCowhHSUaWp3KJDcuI0nR0vw?view_as=subscriber  – A YouTube channel with authors sharing their books and work, will also, hopefully, host panels and other discussions.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams:

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/ 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.

Reading Connects Us:

 https://us19.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=5b876333808499090787c390e&id=454bd22741  A newsletter about virtual learning that is full of links to lessons, things authors are sharing, etc.

LivBits Let’s Keep Reading:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MrM7Ypu3uoEEwbyLQ6sxkx8d-sePrP2J64WQrb6dNfI/preview?fbclid=IwAR2S7d5ktOdd8PRnI2vsba_NxSPkJCzfAp0zlZm_BkGJjKdszKKIDshA5Ew A list of authors and illustrators, etc who will be doing regular live readings or interactive sessions.

SOME COOL THINGS:

Dinosaur skull found in amber!

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/03/smallest-ever-fossil-dinosaur-found-trapped-in-amber/#close

Visit shipwrecks!  Just one of the many activities for kids at NOAA.

https://oceantoday.noaa.gov/every-full-moon/welcome.html

Read, Wonder, and Learnhttps://www.katemessner.com/read-wonder-and-learn-favorite-authors-illustrators-share-resources-for-learning-anywhere-spring-2020/ – this is a lot of authors sharing lessons, excerpts, etc from their books.

Free art classes!

https://www.carlasonheim.com/product-category/classes/free-classes/

GENERAL LISTS OF RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES:

General list of educational websites for kids.

https://www.verywellfamily.com/best-free-educational-websites-for-kids-3129084

Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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