Free Educational Resources and Activities During COVID-19

Posted on March 18th, 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, 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. Use the coupon code SCHOOL7771

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

Book Creator For ages 5-18.

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

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

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

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 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. Check out their Facebook page. Miss Molly is offering online stories on their Southington Kid’s Place Facebook page.

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.

Circle of Friends – They are sharing videos and ideas for making music on their Facebook page.

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.

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 big screen for a better experience. No experience needed.

 

More coming soon.

Don’t forget to get outside. The ECCS Resource List includes the local Outdoor Spaces. The Plainville-Southington Health Department has closed the playground equipment in the Town parks and does not want people to congregate together but wants people to get outside as much as possible. So go fishing (the season opened early), for a hike in the woods or for a bike ride.