A free story time video site, made possible by donations.
“The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.”
SCHOLASTIC LEARN AT HOME
"Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!"
This service is free, if it requests a login to Bookflix, it is just a symptom of technical difficulties.
GROWING BOOK BY BOOK
A list of online literacy resources, featuring recordings of authors reading their books
"Most of us find ourselves at home right now. Whether we are a teacher or librarian and our places of work have been closed and we have to share learning ideas electronically to families who are home with children in charge of their education during this time. And the ripple effect keeps going and going. Independent bookstores have canceled storytimes. Authors have had to cancel author visits. And on and on… BUT, so many amazing people are taking their resources online and offering them free to all of us. Plus, there are some resources that have always been free or low cost that can be accessed digitally."
NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAMILIES LEARNING
There are several resources available through the NCFL!
"Wonderopolis is a free online learning resource visited by 13 million students, teachers, and parents annually. Each day, the site invites visitors to explore an intriguing question about the world around us and includes activities that reinforce the content learned while building background knowledge and vocabulary skills. So, whether you’re curious about whales, Blackbeard, or artificial intelligence, we’ve got you covered!"
"NCFL’s guide to 30 Days of 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. These hands-on and wonder-filled activities were hand-selected from our signature programs, Wonderopolis and Family Time Machine."
"Wonderopolis and 30 Days of Families Learning Together are just a few of the many free digital resources developed by NCFL. Families can practice healthy habits together, grow reading skills, learn English, and more by visiting our Out-of-School Time free resources page. We wish you a healthy and happy time together."
TRAVEL + LEISURE
Check out this list of museums that you can view from home! The detail is amazing on some tours (Such as the Van Gogh Museum), much more than if you could view the originals in person.
"We are aware that programs and families are struggling to find ways to continue the developmentally appropriate, research-based learning happening in classrooms, now that many children are required to stay home. In order to help support parents and teachers, our internal Hatch Research Team has provided 10 Curricular Experiences for teachers and 10 Family Connections for parents."
Weekdays at 2 PM Edt
Daily Story Times by Children's Author Oliver Jeffers, videos will be recorded in case you miss the live reading.
"I will be reading one of my books every weekday, and talking about some of the things that went into making it.
We are all at home, but none of us are alone.
Let’s be bored together."
THE CINCINNATI ZOO
Weekdays at 3 PM Edt
“Join us for a Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 3pm where we will highlight one of our amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home. Join us starting Monday, March 16 at 3pm for our first Home Safari- featuring Fiona!”
2 PM Edt
"JOIN ME ON FACEBOOK LIVE! These are weird times and everybody is topsy-turvy because of the coronavirus. So I’m going to read from my new book “Miss Blake Is a Flake!” on Facebook Live tomorrow (Monday, March 16th) at 2pm E.S.T. Gather the kids around the old computer and let’s huddle together for an old-fashioned fireside read-aloud. Hope you can make it. And spread the word, not the virus!"
THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS
Weekdays at 10 AM Edt
"Join us LIVE (virtually!) tomorrow at 10 a.m. with Science Educator Becky Wolfe. She'll be showing you an experiment called Exploding Baggies that you can do right at home"
LUNCH DOODLES WITH
Weekdays at 1 PM Edt
"Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together."
Previous recordings can be found on Youtube at:
March 18th at 2 PM Edt
March 20th at 5 PM Edt
Join Ben Clanton, author of the Narwhal and Jelly series.
"Stuck at home? Want to draw with me and talk about waffles and mermicorns? I'm doing two FB LIVE sessions this next week."