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by Jennifer Visk | Mar 23, 2020
Resources to help you with your new day-to-day
Coronavirus/COVID-19 has changed so much about our lives in such a short time, and it’s pointed to the structural issues we face as a nation. It’s also given a lot of us A LOT of time at home. 

To encourage “social distancing,” educators, institutions, organizations, and even celebrities have taken to the internet to offer entertaining, educational, and fun ways to spend time and keep learning. From story time with the voice of Olaf, to virtual zoo and museum tours, to lesson plans for parents, the internet is our new classroom, field trip, and theater. 

We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you with your day to day – whether that involves teaching from home, homeschooling your own kids, or simply trying to avoid cabin fever!

General Learning

ABCya! Educational Games for Kids
AFT's Share My Lesson
BrainPop Junior
Digital Promise - Online learning resources
Distance Learning Resources from the Smithsonian 
ISBE: Keep Learning
I Welcome to Learn Away - resources from U of Illinois College of Education
PBS Kids
Rebel Girls at Home podcast, activities for ages 6-12
TED-Ed and TED-Ed@Home
The Kid Should See This
Wide Open - Online Resources for Teachers and Parents

Math & Reading

Burst Into Books
Funbrain (math and reading games)
Highlight Kids
PBS Wisconsin - Into the Book (elementary)
Seussville (Dr. Seuss-related activities and videos)
Star Fall
Xtra Math

Science & Animals

Access Mars
Brookfield Zoo Brings the Zoo to You weekdays at 11 AM
Georgia Aquarium Ocean Voyager Cam (and more)
Home Safari from the Cincinnati Zoo - live every day at 2 PM
Monterey Bay Aquarium Webcams
Mystery Science
NASA Image and Video Library
National Geographic for Kids
National Ocean Service (NOAA) Kids
Professor Egghead Science Academy
San Diego Zoo Animal Webcams & Videos
Shedd Aquarium's Facebook page 
Smithsonian - National Zoo
St. Louis Zoo Facebook page
Here's a lesson plan you can use alongside a virtual field trip using animal webcams and books

Museum, Aquarium, and National Park Virtual Tours

Art Institute of Chicago
Google Arts & Culture
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
National Aquarium
National Gallery of Art 
National Museum of Mexican Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Yellowstone National Park

Books, Story Time & Other Audio
Disney Stories on Facebook
DOGObooks - book review by kids for kids
Haymarket Books released 10 free e-books
Introvert's Guide to The Good Life: Book Edition
Josh Gad reading children's books live in the evening on Twitter
Metropolitan Opera live streams nightly at 6:30 PM
Storyline Online
Story Time from Space
We Are Teachers - Children's Book Authors Doing Book Readings

Mental and Physical Wellness 

Beachbody Kids Workouts
Circle of Concern - Reframing your fears
Core Power Yoga
How To Eat Safely During The Coronavirus Crisis: Tips, Resources, FAQs
How to Maintain Physical and Mental Health During Coronavirus
Miss Rachel's Orange Circle Classroom - Spell-Your-Name-P-E
Quarantine can test any relationship. A couples therapist explains how to cope.
School’s Out, Kids Podcasts Are In (Plus Many More Educate-at-Home Resources)
Stuck at home with young kids.....Here's what to do-and not to do
Talking to Kids About Coronavirus

Other Activities



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