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 Tips for Parents; Homeschooling Resources; Read, Listen, Write; STEM & Social Studies; Arts & Culture; Creative Challenges (maker and arts & crafts); Screen Time; Mental Health, and more 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
Julie’s Library weekly podcast co-performed by Julie Andrews and her daughter
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 science from American Public Media
But Why (all ages) diverse show for curious kids with questions by kids from Vermont Public Radio
Wow in the World (all ages) enjoyable and informative study of science and technology subjects from NPR
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian (ages 6-12) sci-fi adventures of an 8-year-old boy who explores the galaxy from a space station and solves mysteries with friends
EarSnacks (ages 4-8) whacky duo Andrew & Polly cover themes of music, science, art and culture
National Geographic Kids Greeking Out kid-friendly retellings of the best Greek myths
Kids Ask Authors with Grace Lin podcast episodes featuring favorite children’s authors
Book Club for Kids (middle grade) features three students discussing a favorite book, along with an author interview and a celebrity reading
Remember Reading episodes uncover the unique story behind a classic book, from Harper Collins
The Story Seeds Podcast (ages 6-12) kids give ideas to authors that grow into an original story
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.
If your children are using Zoom video-conferencing software for class lessons or playdates, read the Ultimate Guide to Zoom with privacy and security information for parents from Common Sense Media.
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]
Parenting, Media, and Everything in Between. Common Sense Media [blog]
Special thanks to the wonderful MCFL professionals for many valuable contributions, and the numerous organizations sharing their resources for free!
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