Visit the Digital Maine Library for access to National Geographic for Kids and World Book Encyclopedia for Kids (both of these are GREAT for projects and research!!) Just choose “Elementary” in the drop-down audience menu!
Is it hard to focus when everyone is sharing a space? Check out these tips on how to create spaces for kids that make them want to learn (and want stay in their own space!)
Community Learning for ME: resources for teachers and parents on connecting with other teachers/parents, sharing strategies, connecting with educational experts, and more
Daily live-stream lessons from Center for Interactive Learning. Requires sign up, grants access to a zoom meeting. Grades K-6.
Daily lessons from Scholastic. For grades K-9
List of subscription-based education sites offering free membership during this time (most require making an account)
Starfall: Math & Language Arts for K-3 (limited free content)
Funbrain: Learning games, videos & books for Pre-k – 8
Squiggle Park: Reading skill building and comprehension for ages 3-15
Dolly Parton reads bedtime stories in Goodnight with Dolly
Write to an author! List of authors who are welcoming letters and who promise to write back!
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators list of authors reading their books aloud
LeVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow) Live Streams read alouds on Twitter. Mondays at noon for younger kids, Wednesdays at 6 for older!
PBS Kids Youtube channel: Michelle Obama reads on Mondays! Also includes other great read-aloud videos, and full episodes of PBS kids shows (including curated collections on missing family members and fighting germs)
Wolfe’s Neck Center has lots of videos of storytime in the barn! Click, Clack, Moo is great – Click, Clack, Moo with a real life cow is even better!!
Pineland Farms is also offering barnyard storytimes,
Math Playground: math games for grades 1-6
Bedtime Math: Fun activities to practice skills
Penguin Watch: Tag penguins in photos from Antarctica to help understand how they are being affected by climate change, the potential impact of local fisheries and how we can help these incredible species. Click HERE to contribute research
Planet Hunters: Help discover planets around distant stars! Look for dips in the light from stars and help astronomers answer the question — Are we alone in the Universe? Click HERE to contribute research
Videos/shows, activities, games & more from PBS Nature
Learning resources from Steam Powered Family
STEAM based activities from Left Brain Craft Brain
Mystery Science for grades K-5
Stars, Skyglow and You: Astronomy mini-lessons for kids 8-12
Health & P.E.
Kids Yoga class videos from Mindful Seed Kids Yoga in Gray, ME
Caring for Each Other: Sesame Street offers activities and advice on taking care of ourselves and each other during these times
Kids Speak Out: Guided prompts to help kids check in with how they’re feeling
Meditation and Reflection Videos with children’s author Giulietta Spudich
Cosmic Kids Yoga channel on Youtube: has different routines for all ages, including a Frozen themed yoga routine!
Check out our Youtube channel for Storytime Yoga with Monique!
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (author of Elephant & Piggie books!!)
Try these shadow drawing ideas
Art lessons from Heather Alexander’s “A Child’s Introduction to Art”
Art Blasts from Jonathan Roth
Lots of art lessons from Sliney Art Room
Drawing tutorial videos from Susi Schaefer
New Victory Arts Break: week-long tutorials on various topics including puppetry, percussion, magic & more!
Google Arts & Culture: videos & virtual tours
Family Ties online curriculum from Historic New England organization
Typing Club: Learn to type!
Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine has read alouds, plays, science videos, activities, and more!
The Best Ideas for Kids: crafts and activities!
One Thing for Today: a blog offering one idea for an experience each day for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and parents.
Global Citizen books from Room to Read
Elementary level books from Abdo Publishing
Upper level books from Abdo Publishing
Weekly free ebooks from Sesame Street
Audrey’s Mangic Nine webcomic/graphic novel
Cucumber Quest graphic novels
Scared by the Bell graphic novel
The Wormworld Saga graphic novel
National Geographic for kids: videos, games, quizzes, homework help, and more!
Ranger Rick: nature-based games, videos, magazines, crafts, and more!
Live cams from the Georgia Aquarium (including belugas, otters, penguins, and puffins!)
The National Aquarium in Baltimore has a virtual tour HERE, lots of info about their creatures HERE and livestreams of three different exhibits: Blacktip Reef, Jellies Invasion, and Pacific Coral Reef
Videos and live cams from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (I highly recommend the meerkat video!)
Virtual tours of Yellowstone National Park
Take a virtual tour of LegoLand HERE
Take a picture with a wild animal with Google 3D
Dav Pilkey (author of Dog Man) offers weekly readings, art lessons, games and more!
Amazon is offering some programming and movies free, including Pete the Cat, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie!
Vroom offers a range of free tools to help you give your baby the best start possible! Brain-building tips and activities are available on the site, or you can download an app for daily ideas, tips, and fun activities!