Online resources for families

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!

Learning

Need help creating a daily schedule?  Try these suggestions or this one for younger kids

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

All-in-One

K-12 free suggested schedules and courses from Khan Academy

Daily live-stream lessons from Center for Interactive Learning. Requires sign up, grants access to a zoom meeting.  Grades K-6.

Core Curriculum videos from PBS Kids

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

 

Language Arts

Online storytimes with Miss Mariah

Online storytimes from Carver Memorial Library

Miss Sofie’s Story Time Channel

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

Prodigy game

Math Playground: math games for grades 1-6

Bedtime Math: Fun activities to practice skills

 

Science

NASA

NASA for younger kids

STEM projects from NASA

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

Lessons & projects on LOTS of topics from Students Discover

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

Science experiment to do with your cat or dog

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

Mindfulness activities for kids

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!

 

Art

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (author of Elephant & Piggie books!!)

12 Youtube channels with free art lessons

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

Weekly Art with  Naomi Canale 

Story Soup Online Lessons

New Victory Arts Break: week-long tutorials on various topics including puppetry, percussion, magic & more!

 

Music

Drama

Dance

Kidz Bop Dance Along

 

Social Studies

Google Arts & Culture: videos & virtual tours

Smithsonian Online Exhibits

 

History

Family Ties online curriculum from Historic New England organization

Explore historic houses through the Historic New England organization.  Explore Eustis Estate HERE, and the Gropius House HERE

 

Home Economics

Computers

Typing Club: Learn to type!

Misc

Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine has read alouds, plays, science videos, activities, and more!

 

Projects/Activities

The Best Ideas for Kids: crafts and activities!

Kids Activities

50 crafts from Good Housekeeping

One Thing for Today: a blog offering one idea for an experience each day for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and parents.

Online Reading

e-books and audiobooks from Junior Library Guild

Tumblebooks

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

Online Research

Abdo Zoom Research

Fun Stuff

National Geographic for kids: videos, games, quizzes, homework help, and more!

Ranger Rick: nature-based games, videos, magazines, crafts, and more!

Videos from Shedd Aquarium

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

Virtual visits and presentations from the New England Aquarium

Live cams from the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Videos from Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm

Livestream videos of the goats at the historic Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Live cams from the San Diego Zoo

Live cams from the Houston Zoo

Videos from the Oregon Zoo

Home Safaris from the Cincinnati Zoo

Videos and live cams from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (I highly recommend the meerkat video!)

Virtual tours of Yellowstone National Park

Virtual tour of Mars with the Curiosity Rover

Take a virtual tour of LegoLand HERE

Virtual tour of the Boston Children’s Museum

Hogwarts digital escape room

Virtual Disney rides!

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!

Daily Wonders from Wonderopolis

Apps

Vroom

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!