Distance Learning

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Hi, friends! Are you working to provide distance learning opportunities for your students? You are welcome to link to this post from your library web page. Or you can copy and paste from the Google Doc at the end of this post, onto your own library or school website. I will update this post as I see new resources become available!

Books, Authors, and Illustrators

Storyline Online: Watch famous actors and actresses read picture books aloud.

Storytime with Ryan & Craig: Fun, engaging read-alouds from two actors

Kate Messner: Author Kate Messner shared videos from authors and illustrators, reading aloud and talking about their work.

Jarrett Krosoczka: Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka is sharing art lessons on his YouTube channel.

Emily Arrow: Librarian Emily Arrow shares singalongs with music and stories on her YouTube channel.

Story Time From Space: Astronauts read stories from space

Lauren Tarshis: Watch author Lauren Tarshis read aloud from I Survived books and tell you more about how she wrote them.


Story Place: Video storytime activities in Spanish

PBS Kids Spanish Games: Play educational games in Spanish

The Spanish Experiment: Children’s stories told in Spanish by a native speaker

Super Simple Español: Children’s songs in Spanish


Coach Wood’s PE Class: Chattanooga elementary PE Coach Wood is teaching PE with online videos.

Cosmic Kids Yoga: Stay active as you practice yoga together.

Sam Cam Dance: Video dance lessons for young kids, from hip hop to tap dance.

Free Sites for Distance Learning

Wonderopolis: Every day this site shares a new wonder, submitted by kids, and the answer, in an article with a video.

National Geographic Kids: Games, articles, and videos about animals and nature.

Mystery Doug: Video science lessons and activities

Typing Club: Use your time at home to learn keyboarding skills!

Scholastic Learn at Home: Daily learning projects from Scholastic, geared for different grade levels

Explore Animal Webcams: Observe animals live on webcams from around the world

Virtual Museum Tours: Take a free virtual museum tour of a famous place, like the British Museum in London

Hour of Code: Learn coding skills with an hour of code activity.

Design Squad Global: Watch PBS Design Squad videos, to learn about science and engineering challenges

Khan Academy: Free online video lessons in math and other subjects

Crash Course Kids: Elementary school science videos

Instruments of the Orchestra: Choose “local game” if you don’t want to create a login. Learn about musical instruments with a fun game.

Imagineering in a Box: Lessons from the Disney Imagineers on bringing a theme park to life.

Mr. DeMaio: fun elementary math and science videos

Family Activity Ideas

Indoor Activities for Kids Stuck at Home: Buzzfeed lists 27 fun activities for kids home from school

70 Educational Activities: A former homeschooler shares 70 educational activities you can do when you’re stuck indoors.

Podcasts: Listen to a podcast together. Common Sense Media curated this list of best podcasts for kids.

Distance Reading Book Bingo: Read together and complete this bingo board!

Virtual Field Trips: Take a virtual field trip with your kids to a zoo, aquarium, or famous place, like the Great Wall of China.

Virtual Tours of USA National Parks: Virtually tour national parks, including Denali in Alaska!

Ranger Rick: Parents can register for free digital access to Ranger Rick magazines about America’s wildlife.

National Inventors Hall of Fame: family STEM activities

More Distance Learning Resources

Click here to get the Google Doc with these links that you can copy and paste to your school or library website. You will need to make a COPY of my Google Doc if you want to edit it.

Is there a link I should add? Please let me know with a comment! I will continue to update this post and the Google Doc to add helpful, new distance learning links for your library learners.

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    1. International Children’s Digital Library
      Unite for literacy.com

      Are 2 websites that offer books to read online for children.

    2. Thanks so much for this Cari! And Penelope. I was starting work on this myself but it all seemed to daunting to conquer at the moment. Much appreciated.

    3. Thank you so much for sharing this list of wonderful resources! I’m putting it on my library website and sharing them with the teachers at my school. Thank you!!!

      1. Thanks so much for the resources that I will add to our google doc for our staff & families. Here are a couple more to add:
        rangerrick.org – Great wildlife magazines, videos, arts & crafts, and more for eager readers. Ranger Rick is offering families FREE access until June 2020. FREE educator guidelines too
        https://www.cosmickids.com/ Cosmic Kids is a wonderful story time that intertwines yoga. Select a story and watch your student have mindfulness fun!
        https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/printable-activities/ This website focuses on STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math activities. There are 50+ simple STEM activities and 20+ indoor activities for kids.

    4. Hi Cari,
      Thank you for creating these inspiring blogs. I decided to visit your distance learning blog to check it out (particularly because of our current context). I am very impressed by the work you have done. It has given me great ideas on how to provide distance learning opportunities to my students. I will definitely link a post to my library page as soon as it is up. I also like the idea of pasting it to our school website. I will be watching for updates. I particularly enjoyed your recommendation of the site called Story Time From Space where astronauts read books from space. I can see how students would be so engaged and excited about it. Furthermore, I enjoyed the National Geographic Kids site with its games, articles and videos about animals and nature. Great for my students.
      I noticed you created this blog on March 14, 2020. Are you planning to keep it up after the virus goes away? I am also looking for french resources. Do you have any tips for me?
      Thank you so much for sharing these very useful and wonderful resources, I appreciate!
      PS: I also loved your Christmas Picture Book Rotation blog. What a cute idea. I am sure my fellow teachers will love it. Thanks for the printable!

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