Curated Covid Resources

Resources for Parents and Caregivers

 

We know how tough this has been for parents and caregivers because here at Pinnacle we are all parents, too. We've sourced this list to help make things a bit easier in more ways than one. In general, helping children involves keen self awareness in adults so that we are modeling healthy coping mechanisms within a period of intense anxiety. This means that when adults acknowledge their anxiety, name it, and take the appropriate steps to alleviate it, children will learn to do the same. The truth is, the current state of affairs is a huge teaching opportunity related to resilience, emotional regulation, and self care. So, take time to really talk about it with the youth. Include how you are feeling and the steps you are taking to help yourself.

Parental Stess Line: 1-800-632-8188

Here are some resources to help you engage in this ongoing conversation with the youth in your life:

 

Social and Emotional Health Resources

Stress-reducing Activity Ideas

Resources For Educators

Resources for the Adults

Educational Resources

General resources

Open Culture – Free textbooks, movies and audiobooks. Links to endless free online courses by some of the greatest professors. Foreign language lessons. For K-12. 

http://www.openculture.com/free_k-12_educational_resources

Weekly newsletter from PBS kids with activities and ideas

http://public.pbs.org/PBSKIDSDaily?source=email

 

Scholastic: 20 days of at home lessons for families

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

 

Educational companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings

http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com

 

Social and emotional learning resources from parents who are teachers

https://pin.it/7kw2lez

 

CK-12 Foundation – Age-specific online learning in all subjects

https://www.ck12.org/student/

 

Khan Academy – Free, comprehensive courses and learning resources

https://www.khanacademy.org

 

Khan Academy Kids - App-based lessons for ages 2–7

https://learn.khanacademy.org/khan-academy-kids/

 

Reading

Read Works, free library of content, curriculum, and tools for grades K-12

https://www.readworks.org/

 

International Children’s Digital Library – books from around the world in multiple languages

http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

PBS Digital Media: Grade 6-12 ELA

https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/shared/44422/4850024/

 

SparkNotes – Guides to literature; read summaries along with your (generally) grade 6+ student; full text of classic works

https://www.sparknotes.com/

 

Project Gutenberg – over 60,000 free online books

https://www.gutenberg.org

Math

GAIM sample competitions (accelerated math grades 3-8, fun graphic novel format)

https://www.girlsadventuresinmath.com/sample-competition

 

Bedtime Math for Families – daily word problems

http://bedtimemath.org/bedtime-math-for-families/

 

PS 321 Math Site – Downloadable/printable math games and other resources

https://www.ps321math.com/

 

Khan Academy – Courses by grade (including Engage module support), and by subject

https://www.khanacademy.org/

 

Youcubed – Inquiry-based challenge problems and lessons

https://www.youcubed.org/

 

Embarc Online – Eureka Math lessons and support materials for parents 

https://embarc.online

Writing

Quill.org—Free online writing and grammar activities for students in grades 3-12

quill.org

Science

The American Museum of Natural History offers an amazing kids’ science website called OLogy, with games, stories, and tons of educational content in a kid-friendly design. https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology

 

PS 321 Science Bulletin

https://ps321science.blogspot.com/

 

Physics Central, run by the American Physical Society: experiments, videos, and cool comic books!

https://www.physicscentral.com

Their comic book series is here: https://physicscentral.com/explore/comics/index.cfm

 

National Geographic Kids – experiments, fun facts, etc. https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/science/

 

“But Why” podcast special episode: viruses, coronavirus explainer, and soap!: https://t.co/TfTzc3vugo

 

Everyone’s favorite why-wash-your-hands experiment: https://www.sciencealert.com/this-simple-experiment-with-bread-is-a-genius-way-to-get-kids-to-wash-their-hands?fbclid=IwAR32p2HjXguM_wx5RgL8sU-jBH57NBjBciMVcCHNvV3n2j67hPz0oQnGukg

 

50 fun science experiments for kids using household stuff: https://mommypoppins.com/kids/50-easy-science-experiments-for-kids-fun-educational-activities-using-household-stuff

 

At-home science resources from parents who are teachers. 

https://pin.it/zRNvsFU

 

Watching the planet while stuck in the house: a list by Erik Klemetti https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/watching-the-planet-while-stuck-in-the-house

 

PBS Learning Media:

Grade 3-5 Science https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/shared/44422/4850254/#.Xm-bB5NKhsN

Grade 6-12 Science: https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/shared/44422/4850141/#.Xm6mI6hKg2w

Grade 9-12 Science: https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/shared/44422/4850142/#.Xm-a15NKhsM

Free coding sites/games for kids

https://code.org/

https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-programming

https://www.apple.com/swift/playgrounds/

http://www.crunchzilla.com/code-monster

http://scratch.mit.edu/

 

Foreign language learning

Duolingo – 93 courses in 23 languages

https://www.duolingo.com/

 

Mango Languages – More than 70 languages. Free with some library memberships sign up currently free to schools

https://mangolanguages.com

 

Open Culture language learning roundup: various collected courses and resources

http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons

Art

Daily arts and activities for Children

https://www.mass.gov/news/lets-get-creative-online-daily-arts-and-activities-for-children

Ideas for videos to post for Art:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc1bwi5nq4A&feature=youtu.be+

 

MetKids: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/

 

Google Art Project: A new tool that gives you access to more than 1,000 works of art appearing in 17 great museums across the world. http://www.googleartproject.com/

 

ArtThink: Created by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this site offers theme-based activities in visual arts, language arts, history and social studies. http://www.sfmoma.org/artthink/

 

Movenet – Video library for dance educators. Dance on film: all kinds.

https://www.movenetmedia.com/

 

Super Make-It: Extraordinary craft projects made from everyday supermarket items http://supermakeit.com/blog?category=kids%20crafts

 

Art Hub for Kids offers online drawing and other art lessons. 

https://www.artforkidshub.com/

 

Qubits Polyhedron project – awesome homemade science/hands-on activity! https://bit.ly/Polyhedrons

 

Cassie Stephens: Favorite Lessons for Home-Based Art Education (She also has a great YouTube channel FYI) https://cassiestephens.blogspot.com/2020/03/my-favorite-lessons-for-home-based-art.html

 

Weekly live art lessons: Lunch Doodles with Mo WIllems! 

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

 

Free Comfort coloring pages to print: 

https://www.flowmagazine.com/do/comforting-coloring-pages.html

Videos

TED-Ed Video Playlist Master List: a huge list of kid-friendly educational/fun videos for all age levels. If you desperately need a break while still feeling like it’s “educational” time, this is your spot.

 

The videos:

http://ed.ted.com/

 

The spreadsheet list: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lUzad8RFMU8cFwCLMeTv7bq1R3ctmdAo1MvZ-NOobpY/edit?fbclid=IwAR0wFYSjJmfWOxPRDzCLVZOb680DuGcDGDzJQA4lnXdnYIB_Ao8_yZi8TZ4

 

MIT K-12:

https://www.youtube.com/mitk12videos

 

Physics Girl: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7DdEm33SyaTDtWYGO2CwdA

 

The Kid Should See This: aggregates interesting, kid-friendly videos focusing on science, art, technology, and more. http://thekidshouldseethis.com/

 

Pixel Academy Science Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErdB4M1lj9M

Podcasts Titles for Kids

Tumble Science Podcast

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian

WOW in the World

Story Pirates

Earth Rangers

Pants on Fire

Brains On!

Forever Ago (History)

Noodle Loaf

LINKS:

Circle Round

NY Times: A Big List Of Podcasts for Little Kids

 

Podcasts for Tweens

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

Young Ben Franklin

Six Minutes

Science Vs

Others on www.bestrobotever.com

Podcasts for Teens 

Radio Rookies 

 

The Spanish Experiment: Well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker https://www.thespanishexperiment.com/stories
 

Daily Online Activities

1 PM EST: Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems! Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Episodes will remain online for later streaming, and you can send your artwork and Q’s to lunchdoodles@kennedy-center.org for future episodes. https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

 

2 PM EST M-F: Oliver Jeffers reads and discusses one of his books. https://www.instagram.com/oliverjeffers/

 

2 PM EST: Studio JKK leads a daily art/drawing activity for kids online. https://www.youtube.com/studiojjk

 

3 PM EST: Mac Barnett reads his books to kids on Insta live. Each episode stays up 24 hours. https://www.instagram.com/macbarnett/

 

3 PM EST: Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari Facebook Live

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158043843010479&id=61800120478

 

3/18 11AM PST: FBlive drawing session with Ben Clanton of Narwhal and Jelly:

https://www.facebook.com/events/19078529222420

Printable Worksheets

Great Schools worksheets for Pre-k to 5th grade: https://www.greatschools.org/gk/worksheets/

Staying Active

Cosmic Kids Yoga on Youtube- for younger/early elementary

Couch to 5K for kids - here is one family oriented training plan: https://www.parents.com/fun/activities/outdoor/how-to-train-for-a-family-5k-your-6-week-plan/

Go Noodle -- short videos, fun way to get moving. Lots of content. https://www.gonoodle.com/


 

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