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Family Quarantine Resource Guide: Additional Resources

How can you keep kids entertained during the coronavirus crisis? Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or working from home, there are plenty of ways to keep the whole family from going stir-crazy.

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Other helpful resources while spending your time at home...

 

 

ABC Mouse

Currently offering a free month trial of their services, which normally costs $9.95 a month. The site has a full online curriculum with more than 850 lessons across 10 levels that is perfect for children ages two to eight. As your child completes one lesson, they are automatically guided to the next one and can win tickets and rewards. Kids can learn reading, arts, colors, math and science in the more than 9000 activities provided for free.

 

Alabama Virtual Library

Free resources for Alabama. With statewide school and library closings, the AVL is committed to providing extra support to Alabama students, teachers and residents during this challenging time.

 

All Kids Network

Worksheets, color pages, hidden pictures, mazes, and dot to dot pictures available for free. Included on the site are more than 1000 craft ideas that you can do together with your child on the weekends or during a work break. 

 

Ancestry Library Edition

The world's most popular consumer online genealogy resource. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

 

Audible Stories

For as long as schools are closed, Audible is open. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

 

Authors Everywhere!

Youtube Channel created and run by middle grade author Susan Tan, and made possible by an amazing community of children's book writers and illustrators. Offers relief for parents and kids during these long days at home. On this channel, you'll find workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, writing advice, and more.

 

Brightly Storytime

A great resource for read-aloud picture books and flip-along storytime books. Their YouTube channel is split into categories by age, making it easy to find the right book for your child. 

 

Broadway HD

Stream your favorite Broadway hits anytime, anywhere, even your own living room couch! Ad-free and available on iOS, AppleTV, Android, Roku, Amazon Firestick, laptop, phone, or tablet.

 

CircleTime

Helps children have fun while learning. You can either participate in the classes with your child or have them follow the expert instructor by themselves. Some of the options include storytime yoga, interactive storytime, sing-along and playing with colors. If you want to cook or bake with your child, CircleTime has classes that walk you through a few simple recipes. For parents with babies, there are “Baby and Me” yoga classes available as well. 

 

Crayola

Every type of coloring page available for free downloads. You can find plants, animals, places, popular TV characters, words and letters, Disney characters and more.  

 

Day by Day SC Family Literacy Calendar

The South Carolina Day by Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar, published by the South Carolina State Library, features a daily activity for families with young learners and additional content on health, arts and crafts, and reading resources. This perpetual calendar is designed to be a tool that families, caregivers, educators and librarians can use at home and in the classroom to further develop early literacy skills that help young children become prepared for school or do better in school.

 

Education.com

Currently offering its premium resources for free to help parents and teachers alike. You can get grade-specific bundles of resources, independent study packets and guided lessons. Education.com also has games that teach children skills like sight words, counting, coding, spelling and rhyming. It’s perfect for children in preschool through fifth grade. 

 

Folding at Home

A distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases. It brings together citizen scientists who volunteer to run simulations of protein dynamics on their personal computers. Insights from this data are helping scientists to better understand biology, and providing new opportunities for developing therapeutics.

 

GreatSchools

Offers math, spelling, reading, counting and science worksheets available for free for children in PreK-fifth grade. You will need to have access to a printer in order to take advantage of all the free resources. 

Learning Express Library

E-learning solution that provides support to students and professionals for academic skill-building, standardized test prep, career certification test prep and more.

 

PBS For Kids

Let's you focus your children’s lessons on emotions and self-awareness, literacy, character, social skills, math, science and arts. It’s perfect for children aged two to eight. 

 

Picture Book Read Alouds

A wonderfully compiled list from author Pernille Ripp of links to children's authors reading their own books out loud.

 

The Nature Conservancy

Helps kids feel like they are out of the house with these virtual field trips. Your child can explore the coral reef in the Dominican Republic, a coastal temperate rainforest and the great forests of China. 

 

You Can Draw

Perfect for kids who want to practice their artistic skills. Jarrett Lerner has blank comic book pages, “Finish This Comic!” comics and drawing/writing prompts to get your child’s brain moving creatively.