Is your family feeling anxious and overwhelmed in the current COVID-19 quarantine mode? Dialing up your household to an opportunistic perspective will help family members prevail. Encourage meaningful conversations, spend time outdoors, read, and stimulate imaginations through exploration and play.
The Kids at Home series can be your guide, offering a wide variety of online resources, ideas, instructions, and tips to enrich downtime with your family. The series begins with online services from the Library and other trusted sources, followed by homeschooling resources, and activities including maker, STEAM, movement/dance/music, and entertainment in the weeks ahead.
Editor’s Note: Each post in the Kids at Home series is a work in progress. Check back to see updates for new resources and accessibility changes.
Online Services from the Library
Streaming Music Hoopla
Story Pirates (ages 3+) – mix of silly stories for kids, by kids, including celebrity voices and fun songs.
Brains On! (all ages) – entertaining way to learn about a plethora of topics, from Minnesota Public Radio.
But Why (all ages) – podcast for curious kids, from Vermont Public Radio. A diverse show led by kids submitting questions.
Wow in the World (all ages) – entertaining and informative presentation of interesting topics in science and technology from NPR.
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian (ages 6-12) – sci-fi adventures with an 8-year-old boy who lives on a space station, exploring the galaxy and solving mysteries with friends.
EarSnacks (ages 4-8) – whacky duo Andrew & Polly cover a range of subjects from music and science, to art and culture.
Book Club for Kids (tweens) – 20-minute podcast for middle grade readers, featuring three students who discuss a favorite book, along with an author interview, and a celebrity reading.
The Story Seeds Podcast (ages 6-12) – story ideas submitted by kids and paired with real authors. Join the club with your own podcast!
Listen to this excellent 4-minute PSA “How to Fight the New Bad Guy in Town” with 8 tips on how kids can fight COVID-19, from middle grade/teen author Jason Reynolds.
For more podcasts, visit Common Sense Media’s 25 Best Podcasts for Kids
The amount of time we spend in cyberspace has likely increased for most of us in the midst of shelter in place. To teach children about online safety and security, here are some concrete tools provided by our colleagues in Security at County of Marin: KnowBe4 Children’s Interactive Cyber Security Activity Kit.
We’re all in this together. Practice compassion, perspective taking, and develop a growth mindset in the weeks ahead. Check out the next post in the Kids at Home series: Homeschooling during Coronavirus.
We want to be your partners along this unprecedented path. Contact us if you need assistance with any of these services and we will reply as quickly as we can. We love to hear from our patrons and learn how we can serve you better. Please stay safe and continue to read the Kids at Home series.
Kamenetz, Anya & Turner, Cory. (2020, March 13). Parenting During the Coronavirus Outbreak: What you need to know now. KQED [web article]
Special thanks to the wonderful MCFL professionals for many valuable contributions, and the numerous organizations sharing their resources for free!
Parenting, Media, and Everything in Between. Common Sense Media [blog]