Resources for Parents and Educators with Students at Home
Now that Alaska schools have closed in response to the coronavirus, teachers, parents, and caregivers are searching for new ways to deliver instruction and daily activities that are educational, creative and entertaining for students. If you are facing this challenge, there are many online resources listed here that can help, as well as numerous companies offering their platforms and materials for free. This list is being updated frequently, so check back to see what’s new. Have a suggestion? Send it here
- A collection of twenty interactive children’s storybooks books in Denaakk’e and English. These books were a collaboration between the Yukon-Koyukuk School District and AASB, created during a series of two-day “Book Slam” workshops held in Y-K schools. Students, teachers, elders, community members, and district staff were involved in illustrating, translating, and narrating the books, which feature local stories, language, and culture.
- A collection of three interactive children’s storybooks books in Yup’ik and English. These books were a collaboration between the Yupiit School District and AASB, created during a series of two-day “Book Slam” workshops held in Yupiit schools. Students, teachers, elders, community members, and district staff were involved in illustrating, translating, and narrating the books, which feature local stories, language, and culture.
- Salmon Boy read in Tlingit Activity: Shanyaak’utlaax̱ learns to be grateful for what he is given throughout the story. Draw a few salmon outlines or any other kind of fish. Ask your children what they are thankful for and write it down on the fish! Can you fill up a whole ocean full of gratitude? Related resources: Sing a salmon song with your child in Lingít by following along with the video here.
- Baby Raven Reads improves early literacy skills by translating cultural strengths into home literacy practices. (Sealaska Heritage Institute)
- Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams enlist celebrities to read children’s books to kids stuck at home
- TokyBook – Little House in the Big Woods Audiobook for kids: Little House, Book 1
- Audible is offering free stories for kids after coronavirus closes schools
Alaska Native / American Indian
- Athabaskan woman blog
- Sealaska Heritage Curricula
- Lessons and resources from the American Indian Museum
- Salmon sisters – Coloring Pages for you and your kids
- Jay Lee Painting – Layered Petals’ Watercolor Painting Technique
- Bestselling Children’s Author Mo Willems Is Teaching Kids Drawing On YouTube
- Alutiq Coloring Pages
- UAS Coloring Pages – Tlingit Birds
- Inupiaq coloring pages by Nasugraq Hopson
- Ready4K, our virtual parenting curriculum and family engagement tool, free for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.
- Seeing Germs (video) Using Glo powder to demonstrate how germs spread.
- Quick Activities Parents Can Do With Their Kids During Self-Isolation
- NASA STEM Activities for Families
- Cursive Writing Worksheets
- Juneau school closure ideas for kids
- Online Resources & Ideas for Families Unexpectedly Homeschooling
- 25 Ways to Learn at Home with Lego – Elementary/Primary Grades
- 50 Plus Easy Indoor Activities for Kids – Hello Wonderful
- 75+ Entertaining and Educational Activities for When You’re Stuck Indoors – Learn in Color
- 150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely (Google Doc with lots of ideas for enrichment – some more applicable than others)
- Creating your own videos and stories:
- Scholastic Learn At Home: Free lessons for students of all ages.
- Khan Suggested Schedules: Some at-home schedule suggestions.
- DailyStem: 77 Simple STEM activities for families.
- Wonderopolis: Each day, Wonderopolis poses an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and allows students to explore it in a variety of ways.
- Families Learning Together: Provides a month’s worth of family literacy activities and practices designed to inspire family memories rooted in imagining, playing, and learning together. (National Center for Families Learning)
- Vittle – Turn any iPad into a smart whiteboard
- Educational Resources for Parents: A vetted list of educational tools that you can use with your children at home (STAND for Children)
- Alaska Public Media is offering an At Home Learning, a new 12-hour educational schedule for broadcast on KAKM (channel 7.1) as well as free corresponding digital learning media and activities.
- PBS Daily Email for Parents PBS is sending a daily email to families with resources for how to engage the nation’s youngest learners. Just yesterday, the American Pediatric Academy listed PBS as a valuable resource for families during these challenging times. PBS was the only media company mentioned in the article.
- A Toolkit for Supporting Families Impacted by COVID-19
- ParentPowered PBC is offering all Ready4K programs for free through the end of the 2019-2020 school year to US early education providers
- Members of America’s Promise Alliance and their networks have developed and compiled a wide range of resources to help educators, out-of-school-time providers, parents an families, and community leaders support their young people during this unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic.
- Board maker
- Facebook classes and recordings
- List of Education Companies Offering FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS due to school closings
- 50 Educational Websites for Kids When Schools Are Closed #DistanceLearning
- Social Distancing and Isolation: What to Expect and How to Cope: Helpful information for families from the American Psychological Association.
- Parenting During COVID-19: A bulleted list to stick on the fridge, from Psychology Today.
- How Should Parents Prepare for Coronavirus, School Closures, and Getting Anything done?: Key tips for families from EdNavigator.
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus: An infographic and 3-minute listen from NPR.
- Kids and COVID-19: What Parents Should Know: There’s no need for alarm when it comes to your kids, from Yale School of Medicine.
- Eleven Questions Parents May Have About Coronavirus: Can I take my kid to the playground or on the subway? Should my child be tested? We asked experts, by the NY Times.
- Talking to Children about COVID-19: A parent resource by the National Association of School Psychologists.
- Helping Children Cope With Emergencies: Regardless of your child’s age, he or she may feel upset or have other strong emotions after an emergency, from the CDC.
- Calming Anxiety: Helpful expert tips and resources for calming anxiety, from the Anxiety and Depression Assoc. of America.
- Search Institute – Building Developmental Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisis
- TED-Ed Videos in various subjects. Includes slides and discussion questions, promotes deep thinking and family discussion.
- Indigenous Films
- PBS KIDS Video Available on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices, PBS KIDS offers on-demand educational videos and a live stream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. No subscription is required.
- PBS KIDS Games APP Includes nearly 200 educational games, which can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. Learn more about this and PBS KIDS’ other apps at pbskids.org/apps.
- PBS Learning Media is a free resource that offers resources for PreK-12 educators and families. The site has tens of thousands of state-curriculum aligned digital learning objects that support both classroom and distance learning. The content is searchable by grade level, curriculum area, state, and national standards and it integrates with Google Classroom and Remind. The site pulls from the best of public media content as well as content from NASA, the American Archive, the Library of Congress and more.
- 10 Free Learning Websites for Kids
- Amazing Educational Resources – Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings
- Khan Academy Schedules for School Closures – Free Academic Courses for PK-12
- Learn in Color – blog site listing hundreds of online resources
- Resources for Educators, Parents, and Students – AFT ShareMyLesson
- Scholastic Learn at Home – Cross-curricular learning activities for PreK- Middle School
- Walt Disney Imagineering Partners With Khan Academy to Bring You ‘Imagineering in a Box’ – a series of 32 videos in which Imagineers share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design to math, physics, and engineering – to create immersive experiences. The online curriculum aims to ignite curiosity, inspire creativity, and encourage innovation in the minds of students and teachers alike while creating fun and engaging opportunities to explore new concepts.
- Netflix Party synchronizes video playback among a group of viewers and adds group chat to Netflix shows so you can host synchronized class program viewing or a TV watch party with family and friends.
- Yale’s most popular class ever is available for free online — and the topic is how to be happier in your daily life. Taught by Professor Laurie Santos.
- Math teacher resources
- 11 Free Math Sites for Kids: Math Websites for Students – RGS
- 60+ Awesome Websites for Teaching and Learning Math – We Are Teachers
- How Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Can Help Kids with COVID-19 Questions & Concerns
- Making the Most of COVID-19 School Closures – Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children and Adolescents
- The Parents’ Guide to Google Classroom
Physical & Movement
- The Best Kid Yoga Videos
- Go Noodle – Games to keep kids active while learning, encouraging movement and mindfulness.
- Free Scholastic Lessons
- K-2 curriculum available from storytime from space: reading stories from space. There are videos, materials and other information available.
- 11 Free Reading Websites for Kids from Really Good Stuff
- How to Use YouTube Video Essays in the Classroom – KQED Mindshift
- Kate Messner Favorite Authors & Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere
- Storyline Online -streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations
- Science Mom – A Year of Weekly Science Activities
- Science Mom – Facebook classes and recordings
- Science Curriculum Available For Parents During School Closures – Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program
- Story Time From Space – Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation. While in space, astronauts videotape themselves reading books to the children of Earth.
- Science Time From Space – Understanding basic science concepts is key to enjoying STEM and the world around you. Astronauts onboard the International Space Station have conducted experiments to explore some basic science concepts. Come explore with the astronauts! Use the arrow beside the Science Time Video Tab to access the videos.
- SEL Resources for Parents, Educators & School Communities Related to COVID-19
- CASEL developed a resource list for districts, educators, and families for SEL resources to help provide support during this challenging time.
- Social and Emotional Learning Resources from Home
- Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum – The show follows the adventures of Xavier Riddle, his sister Yandina, and their friend Brad as they travel back in time to meet real-life historical figures when they were kids. Use these video clips, teaching tips, and historical figure bio sketches to support students’ social-emotional, literacy, and social studies skills.
Students with Special Needs
- Special Education home learning packets
- Chrome Alt Achieve – Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs
- Handy Chart Featuring over 30 iPad Apps for Students with Special Needs – Posted in 2016 by Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Many of the apps are still available.
Tools to Communicate with Families
- Best paid and free video conferencing software 2020
- The 10 Best Video Meeting Apps
- The Best Free Video Conferencing Tools
- The Best Video Conferencing Software for 2020
Virtual Field Trips
- This Virtual Marine Biology Camp for Kids Is Fun and Educational
- Here’s 33 National Park Tours You Can Take Virtually From The Comfort Of Your Home
- 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video)
- NASA makes their entire media library publicly accessible and copyright free
- Frida Kahlo museum
- 15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home PLEASE NOTE: Parents should review the plays listed at the link above prior to making them accessible to children to ensure they are age-appropriate and consistent with your family values.
- Broadway Plays
- Broadway Musicals and Plays – Free for a Limited Time
- 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tour – Travel & Leisure (variety of art, history and science museums with virtual tours)
- 20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids – Adventures in Familyhood
- Virtual Field Trips – Freedom Home Schooling
- Animal Live Cams
- National Aquarium
- Take a virtual tour of the Paris catacombs while you wait out the pandemic
Virtual Teaching Tips
- 10 tips to support students with slow internet
- Free Online Learning Resources for Teaching Your Students Virtually – We Are Teachers
- How to Teach Remotely with a Google Slides Hyperdoc – New EdTech Classroom
- Resources & Tips for Remote Education During School Closures – THE Journal
YouTube Educational Videos
- Art for Kids Hub has an enormous range of ‘How to Draw’ videos and art/craft ideas.
- 5-Minute Crafts Play shares craft ideas, experiments, and tricks that you can try together.
- Disney Junior also has a playlist of videos from their Art Attack series.
- Easy Kids Craft has lots of enjoyable craft activities that you can complete.
- Free School has a playlist of videos that can teach your children about famous artists from history.
- The Alphablocks are living letters who appear in wonderful videos to help your children learn about phonics and develop their reading skills.
- KidsTV123 has a large playlist of phonics videos that children can watch.
- Fairy Tales and Stories for Kids has lots of animated stories to enjoy. Can your children retell the story to you after they have watched one of the videos?
- BBC Teach has a playlist of English videos to teach your children about punctuation and stories. It also includes ideas for writing, songs and more.
- CBeebies have a playlist of their Bedtime Stories, in which people read popular children’s books. Why not record your own version on a mobile device?
- Watch this collection of book trailers from Scholastic. Could you make a trailer for one of your favorite books?
- National Geographic Kids have a playlist of videos that teach children how different things work.
- TheLearningStation has a playlist of songs to use as Brain Breaks when your children need a refresh and recharge before they continue their learning.
- Messy Hands has a selection of easy recipes and cooking videos to try with your children.
- Discuss what is happening around the world by watching this playlist of videos from CBBC’s Newsround program.
- Homeschool Pop has a playlist of timers to use when you would like children to complete a task within a set amount of time!
- Mike’s Home ESL has plenty of games, teaching tips, songs and warm-up activities that you can use with your children!
- Teachers Hub also has a variety of games and songs that you can try together.
- Learn about the continents around the world with this playlist from National Geographic Kids.
- BBC Teach has a playlist that can help your primary children to learn about different geographical concepts.
- This playlist from Kids Learning Tube is full of videos to teach your children about countries around the world.
- The Horrible Histories channel has some funny videos and entertaining songs that children can use to learn about different periods from history.
- This playlist from Happy Learning English has some animated history videos.
- Clarendon Learning has a large playlist of history videos for children.
- The Numberblocks channel has lots of great videos to help younger children learn about numbers, addition, and subtraction.
- The Numberjacks are a group of superhero numbers who appear in educational videos that cover thinking skills, problem solving and maths.
- The Singing Walrus has lots of songs to teach children about numbers and counting.
- Hopscotch has songs to help your children with counting.
- Mr. DeMaio creates fantastic educational videos, including this playlist of songs to help your children learn their multiplication tables.
- Laugh Along and Learn also have a collection of Times Tables songs that your children can sing!
- This playlist from Happy Learning English has some times tables songs, as well as videos about shapes and measurements.
- Math & Learning Videos 4 Kids have a wide range of videos about different maths topics.
- This playlist from BBC Teach explores how maths is used in different areas of life and work. It also includes videos about a number, measure and shape concepts.
- RelaxDaily has an extensive collection of calming music that your children can play as part of mindfulness activities, or when they are working on other educational tasks.
- Kidz Bop produces child-friendly versions of popular songs. Can your children learn some of the lyrics or dance along with the moves shown in the videos?
- Classical Kids Storytime features children’s stories that are accompanied by classical music.
- Free School has playlists to teach your children about Beethoven and Mozart.
Physical Education Videos
- The Body Coach has a great playlist of ‘5 Minute Move’ videos. These provide short workouts to get your kids moving!
- Little Sports has videos featuring a variety of exercises to help your children stay active at home.
- GoNoodle has videos that teach your children different dance workouts.
- Try different yoga and mindfulness activities with these videos from Cosmic Kids Yoga.
- Footy Pups shares videos to get younger children interested in exercise and to learn different football skills.
- Happy Learning English has a large collection of videos about humans, animals, and plants.
- Learn about amazing animals with this playlist from National Geographic Kids.
- Hopscotch produces many educational videos. This playlist has songs about habitats, the continents, oceans, and planets.
- Operation Ouch produces educational videos about the human body.
- Homeschool Pop has put together a collection of videos that cover a wide range of Science topics.
- SciShow Kids has a wide range of Science videos that answer different questions about the world.
- Science Max carries out huge science experiments. Could your children try similar experiments, but on a smaller scale, at home?