Your public library website. Don’t know what yours has, but our public library has TONS of ways to help youngsters read. On our library’s website I can click TeenBookCloud.com and Tumble Premium accessing a FANTASTIC collection of books accessible right there, no need to check out.
Hogwarts Digital Escape Room: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflNxNM0jzbZJjUqOcXkwhGTfii4CM_CA3kCxImbY8c3AABEA/viewform
Mystery Science: https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning
The Cincinnati Zoo will be hosting weekly Home Safari Facebook live sessions. Each session will highlight an animal and provide an activity audience members can do at home. The first safari session will feature Fiona the hippo 🦛. The first session is Monday, March 16th at 3:00 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/cincinnatizoo/
National Zoo Webcams: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams
New York Pubic Library FREE downloads: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/news/you-can-now-download-over-300-000-books-from-the-nypl-for-free-031820
Dolphin Show at Seaworld: https://youtu.be/m3tZxo8ljL4
Brown Bears: https://youtu.be/LuImCh7wL2I
Kentucky Equine Adoption Center: https://explore.org/livecams/zen-den/kentucky-equine-horses
Coding for kids– websites, apps https://codewizardshq.com/coding-for-kids-free/
Actors reading stories https://www.storylineonline.net/
The Exploratorium’s MIND Project http://annex.exploratorium.edu/mind/
15 Broadway plays you can watch from home! https://www.playbill.com/article/15-broadway-plays-and-musicals-you-can-watch-on-stage-from-home
List of 30 national parks to go exploring with your kids throughout these next couple of weeks. National Park Virtual Tours https://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/30-national-parks-virtual-tours/
Georgia Aquarium Webcams Sea Lion: https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/california-sea-lion-cam/, Barrier Reef: https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/indo-pacific-barrier-reef/ Beluga whale: https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/beluga-whale-webcam/ Piranha: https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/piranha-cam/ Penguins: https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/african-penguin-cam/ Ocean Voyager: https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/
The best educational YouTube channels
It’s true: not everything on YouTube geared toward kids is a mindless time-suck! Here are five great channels that are engaging and educational.
Education on Demand-Great links to BIG TOPICS. Gathered by the Fordham Iinstitute. All sorts of shows from assorted places, like Netflix, Discovery. http://edexcellencemedia.net/wordpress/education-on-demand/
The best podcasts for kids
The explosion in podcasting is such a great development—it’s screen time without the screens! And given that we’re all going to be doing way more dishes and cleaning than usual—given that we’ll be cooking at home three meals a day, and cooped up 24/7—these are great shows to listen to together while doing chores. (Check out Common Sense Media for lots more suggestions.)
The best free online instructional materials
Kudos to the educational publishers who answered the call to make their materials available for free during this Covid-19 crisis. To be sure, getting your kids to use these resources is going to be harder than turning on a movie, TV show, or podcast. But especially if the school closures drag on, activities like these are going to be essential to keep students learning.