March 17, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Resources to Help Keep You Sane While Social Distancing

This was not the blog post I had planned a week ago. Suddenly, as the week wore on, schools around the country started closing from anywhere between 2 to 6 weeks. Today, there is talk that schools may be out for the rest of the school year!

I touched base with my sisters, both who now have kids at home for the foreseeable future. Based on their “School is Closed: Day 1” reports, parents are going to need all the help and diversions they can get! In an effort to help, and provide parents with an outlet or two, I pulled together a wide variety of resources (from read alouds to dance classes) to share with you all.

Good Luck and May the Force be with You!

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems The creator of The Pigeon series, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant & Piggie – Mo Willems – invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. 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.

Storyline Online – streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Story Time From Space And now for an entry from out of this world – While in space, astronauts videotape themselves reading books to the children of Earth. The videos are placed on the Story Time From Space website for you to enjoy.

Open Culture offers Free Coloring Books from 113 Museums – an initiative on the part of the New York Academy of Medicine. Since 2016, the Academy has made an annual practice of inviting other libraries, archives, and cultural institutions around the world to upload PDF coloring pages based on their collections for the public’s free download.

Wild Free & Crafty Join us for FREE online art lessons for kids (and adults). Ease some anxiety with art therapy, learn how to create awesome projects, and enjoy getting creative.

McHarper Manor Our studio will be going live daily Monday through Friday at 1pm Eastern Time, with free art & craft tutorials to create at home with your kids!

Cincinnati Zoo Brings the Zoo to You! The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden closed to the public yesterday.  During the closure, the Zoo plans to offer Home Safari Facebook Lives seven days a week! “We’re bringing the Zoo to people who are stuck at home,” said Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard.  The Home Safaris will start March 16th at 3 p.m. EST.

Virtual Field Trips Explore The Boston Children’s Museum or The Louvre all from the comfort of your couch.

The Metropolitan Opera Starting on Monday, March 16 the Met Opera will begin “Nightly Met Opera Streams”. All “Nightly Met Opera Streams” will begin at 7:30pm and will remain available via the homepage of metopera.org for 20 hours.

Smithsonian Learning Lab The Smithsonian Learning Lab is a free, interactive platform that gives you and your children access to millions of Smithsonian digital resources.

BalletNova Center for Dance BalletNova will be offering free live streamed classes taught by our esteemed faculty and hosted by our Artistic Director Matthew Powell! In addition, you’ll get a sneak peak behind the scenes of the studio, our upcoming productions, and more exclusive content. 

Little Twisters Yoga Made their entire online store of Kids Yoga and Emotional Wellness Curriculum FREE for the month of March. Simply add what you would like to your cart, and the discount will come off at checkout