March 20, 2020

Resources for Parents

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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:


Smithsonian Spark Lab try it at home

Visit the American Museum of Natural History

The Tate’s art website for kids.

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

Virtual tours of world museums.


Actors read stories to kids on this award-winning site. Check out

Tons of sites of authors/illustrators sharing their work!

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

Picture Book Read Alouds – 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.

Authors Everywhere:  – A YouTube channel with authors sharing their books and work, will also, hopefully, host panels and other discussions.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams: 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:  A newsletter about virtual learning that is full of links to lessons, things authors are sharing, etc.

LivBits Let’s Keep Reading: A list of authors and illustrators, etc who will be doing regular live readings or interactive sessions.


Dinosaur skull found in amber!

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

Read, Wonder, and Learn – this is a lot of authors sharing lessons, excerpts, etc from their books.

Free art classes!


General list of educational websites for kids.

Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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