At-Home Learning Resources

The library has collected a list of free learning resources to help keep minds engaged, young and old. This list will be updated periodically.

Story Time

Storyline Online: https://www.youtube.com/user/StorylineOnline – A YouTube channel comprised of celebrities reading children’s stories. 

Story Time From Space: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpotjVqWv3KfGHjWztjPKgg – Astronauts reading children’s stories from space.  

We Are Teachers Authors Doing Live Book Readings List: https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities/ Many children’s authors are hosting regular readings of their books; this list has links to many of them!

Education

Scholastic Learn-at-Home: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html – Activities and project to help kids read, learn, and grow. Pre-K and up. 

Sesame Street Healthy Habits for Life: https://www.sesamestreet.org/toolkits/healthyhabits – Games, videos, and art projects developed to teach kids about healthy lifestyle habits. 

123Homeschool4Me: https://www.123homeschool4me.com/ – thousands of free worksheets for Pre-K- 12 learning 

Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/ – free education resources for Pre-K- 12. Requires learners to sign-up for a free account. 

The Strub Hub: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheStrubHub a massive collection of algebra videos with example problems

Crash Course: https://thecrashcourse.com/courses John Green’s courses for highschool and college students covering a myriad of topics

Exercise

GoNoodle:  https://www.youtube.com/user/GoNoodleGames/featured – videos to get kids dancing, moving, running, jumping, stretching, and exercising. 

Les Mills Workout Videos: https://watch.lesmillsondemand.com/at-home-workouts A selection of free workout videos to keep you moving while still at home

Games

Highlights Kids: https://www.highlightskids.com/ – Interactive games, puzzles, crafts, and recipes to try with your kids 

Virtual Musical Instruments: https://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/ – learn to play the guitar, piano, and many other musical instruments virtually online. 

Arts and Crafts

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/– Learn to draw with author and illustrator, Mo Willems, every weekday at 1 PM. 

JumpStart Online Art Resources: https://www.jumpstart.com/parents/resources/art-resources – Free coloring sheets and activities to encourage creativity and fine motor skills. 

Art Institute of Chicago: https://www.artic.edu/collection Explore the Institute’s collection and learn more information about your favorite artwork.

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.: https://www.nga.gov/ Find a variety of online resources, including family activities and recorded lectures at the National Gallery’s website.

Animals

Zoo Livestream: The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden Facebook page has a live-stream and activity every day geared towards kids.

Aquarium Live Cameras: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams The Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams highlight penguins, sea otters, and sharks.

Research

Free Textbook Access: Cambridge University Press is offering free html access of over 700 textbooks until the end of May. https://www.cambridge.org/core/what-we-publish/textbooks#

The Newberry Library is recruiting volunteers to transcribe their digital collections.

History

The British Museum interactive timeline: https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/ Just pick a date and learn more about the thousands of artifacts that make up their collection.

Music

The Metropolitan Opera: https://www.metopera.org/ A live streamed opera takes place each evening at 6:30 pm central time. Each recording will stay on their homepage for 20 hours.

Science

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: https://www.noaa.gov/education/stories/staying-in-keep-learning-with-science-activities-kids-and-families-can-do-at-home The NOAA has put together a collection of resources they offer–topics include weather, marine life, and citizen science opportunities

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