Free Educational Resources & Activities During COVID-19

Posted on March 18th, 2020

Update 7/7/2020

So you are home with your children and need to keep them entertained and educated. This page has information on online learning, virtual museum and zoo tours, online classes and what some local organizations are doing. The information will be updated and we will continue to share new finds on our social media pages.

For information on health, childcare, summer programs, supporting children and health, food and financial assistance, visit our COVID-19 and Children article.

Online Learning –

ABCMouse/Adventure Academy/Reading IQABC Mouse is for kids as young as two years old up through the 2nd grade. Adventure Academy is intended for 3rd grade through 8th grade. Reading IQ supports reading levels from preschool children to those in the 6th grade. You can sign up for a free 30-day trial. Just remember to cancel before the trial is up if you do not want to be charged the subscription fee.

ABDO – Free access to ABDO’s digital products through June 30:

Grades PreK-2 ABDO Zoom Online Databases

Grades PreK-8 Online Digital Library

Grades 5-12 Online Digital Library

Audible – Audible is offering this collection of titles for all ages (littlest listeners, elementary, tween, tween, plus “classics”). Includes titles in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese.

Boardmaker Activities-to-Go  Free, printable activities for students in K-12.

Book Creator For ages 5-18.

Bound to Stay Bound – Educational resources for at home learning

BTSB has assembled a resource page for librarians, educators, and parents. Content areas include authors (offering free books, read-alouds, activities), publishers (free resources), educational websites, virtual tours, fun activities, and professional development.

Breakout EDUA collection of digital games that students can play at home for grades K-12.

Community of Learning

The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) and its wonderful content providers have come together to provide core curriculum every day of the week for homebound students in grades K-6th. Beginning March 23rd we will offer, free of charge, interactive, live-streamed programs from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Eastern time. The programs are delivered by our highly professional content providers.

CT State Dept of Education – Resources to Support Student Learning During School Closures Due to COVID-19

Circletime Kids Classes from Home. Watch on-demand or participate live. Learn and bond with your 0-6 year old.

Junior Library Guild – FREE access to the JLG Digital online reading platform, with eBook collections for elementary, middle, and high school students. Unlimited access from any device, no limit to the number of users.

PBS KIDS’ weekday newsletter  – available while schools are shut down. The newsletter will include activities and tips to stay busy at home!

Scholastic Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. For grades K-12

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

Scholastic – FREE ACCESS to the following resources through April:

     Username: Learning20

     Password: Clifford

BookFlix (PreK-3) – https://digital.scholastic.com/site/launch/bkflix?ucn=642726498

TrueFlix (Grades 3+) – https://digital.scholastic.com/site/launch/tfx?ucn=642726498

ScienceFlix (Grades 5+) – https://digital.scholastic.com/site/launch/sfx?ucn=642726498

Watch & Learn Library (Prek-3) – https://digital.scholastic.com/site/launch/watchandlearn?ucn=642726498

Storyline Online – Children’s literacy resource featuring the world’s best storytellers reading books aloud. Each video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students to do at home.

Virtual Learning and Engagement Resources for Educators and Parents – The COVID-19 pandemic has led to school closures to keep teachers, staff, and students safe. Authors and publishers are providing educators and parents with a variety of tools for engaging with kids—everything from storytime hours to art lessons. Posted on the site, We Are Bookish

 

Virtual Museum and Zoo Tours

Google Arts & CultureGoogle Arts & Culture partners with thousands of museums and galleries to provide high definition images of artworks, 360° videos, experiments, and more!

Yellowstone National Park Tours

Yosemite National Park Tours

San Diego Zoo Animal Cams

Smithsonian’s National Zoo Animal Cams

National Aquarium Virtual Tour

Monterey Bay Aquarium Animal Cams

Access Mars Access Mars lets you explore Mars as recorded by the Curiosity Rover.

 

Local Organizations

Southington Public Library The Library is closed to the public but they offer access to books, audio, and magazines online. You can also order materials and class materials for pickup. Check out their Facebook pageIf you are a Southington resident visit the Southington Library website and look for Digital Resources under the Services tab at the top of the page. If you don’t have a Southington Library card, complete this brief form to get your temporary card. Library staff will follow up with you within 24-48 hours or less to provide you with a temporary e-Resource card that will give access to our curated collection of digital resources.

Kids may want to check out the Tumble Book Library for storybooks, videos, language learning, puzzles and games

Miss Molly is offering online stories that recreate a library storytime for your child filled with songs, books, and lots of fun on their Southington Kid’s Place Facebook page and on their Youtube Channel.

Southington Community Cultural Arts – SOCCA is giving project ideas and teaching on their Facebook page. They will occasionally make art supplies available for pickup at their center and are now offering in-person classes.

Circle of Friends – They are sharing videos and ideas for making music on their Facebook page. In-person classes start in August.

Infinity Music Therapy Services – They are offering a wide variety of interactive streams via their Facebook page @infinitymusictherapy. They have musical bedtime stories each night, and sessions to get you up and moving, making your own instruments, meditating, and more. They can schedule in-person sessions outside at their studio or your home.

Meigs Point Nature Center – Offering free programs from Hammonasset State Park on Tuesday to Fridays at 11 am and 2 pm via their Facebook page @MeigsPointNatureCenter.

Valentin Karate – Offering FREE online Beginners Classes in a “Follow Along” format on their Facebook page @Valentinkarate. Wear comfortable clothes & move the coffee table so you have room to move. Cast the video to a big screen for a better experience. No experience needed.

Music with Ms. Virginia – Join Ms. Virginia from YWCA Child Care in New Britain, CT as she brings her classroom music into your homes in hopes of sharing the value music and creative arts has in building skills in all areas of children’s development. Be sure to each check each video’s description which includes each song lyrics, movements, skills developed, learning activities, etc.

Thanks to the  Southington Public Library for sharing their list.

Don’t forget to get outside. The ECCS Resource List includes the local Outdoor Spaces. The Town parks, playgrounds and swimming pools are now open. Learn more in the summer programs section of our COVID-19 and Children article.