Home Learning Resources

With school closures due to COVID 2019, we know it can be difficult for you and your child to transition to learning at home.

 

We have created a list of resources for you to help your children stay engaged in learning - including book read-aloud videos, museum virtual tours, lessons on animals from the zoo, and more!

 

Child Trends recommends staying connected to friends and family virtually or by writing letters, providing age-appropriate information about COVID 2019 (when possible), creating structure and providing activities, and more. To read the rest of their tips and suggestions, click here. For more information about the importance of routines, visit the CDC website.

Resources

View the resources for home-learning below.

 

Online Books and Read-Alouds

Story Time from Space - Astronauts read exciting stories from space!

Storyline Online - Celebrities read stories with animated videos.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Read Aloud - Durham's Partnership for Children is reading stories on Facebook Live on Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's at 11 am.

Storytime Durham - Amy Godfrey normally hosts a story time in local Durham businesses. Now she's reading stories on Instagram.

Chapel Hill Public Library Live Story Time - Live story time at 10:30 am during the week. 

Authors Everywhere - Authors read their books on YouTube!

Harper Kids - Read-Aloud Story Time on YouTube

Unite for Literacy - Multilingual Book Read-Alouds. 

Read-Alouds from Teachers of the Year - Teachers of the Year read stories and do math lessons online for children in pre-K and elementary school.

NC Kids Digital Library - Anyone with an NC Public Library card can log in for ebooks and read-alongs.

Scholastic Books & Activities - Mini-lessons with story read-alouds and activities to go along with them.

KidLit.TV - Animated online stories.

Science & Museums

Houston Zoo Animal Webcams - Watch the animals in their habitats!

Nasa Kids Camp - Learn about the planets, space and life as an astronaut.

Smithsonian Museum - Fun science lessons and games for kids.

National Geographic Kids - Science, history and more.

Virtual Field Trips - Museums, National Parks, Zoos and more are offering virtual tours of their facilities to help children explore at home.

Activities

Letterland - Currently offering the resources for free!

Let Grow Activity Kit - Free learning packet with home activities.

30 Good things for Young Children - Calendar of events to do at home to engage your child in learning.

Lakeshore - 1000+ activities for families to use at home.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems - Learn to doodle with Children's Author Mo Willems

Outdoor Learning Ideas from the Education Chief of NC State Parks

Outdoor Nature Walk - Use this checklist as you take a tour of your yard or neighborhood! If you find them all, add some more to the list.

Phycial Activities

Go Noodle - Dance songs to encourage physical activity at home. 

Cosmic Kids Yoga - Themed yoga for children (ex: Moana-themed yoga!)

Social-Emotional Learning

Guess the Feelings - A game to help children identify and name emotions.

De-Stress During COVID-19 - Use these techniques to stay calm and identify emotions.

Screen Time

Using Technology to Support Learning at Home - A helpful guide on picking technology, making rules for screen time and more!

Usando la Tecnología para Apoyar el Aprendizaje en Casa - Consejos Simples para Padres con Niños Pequeños

Choosing Screen Time Activities that are Meaningful - A chart to help families find engaging screen time activities.

Free Educational Apps, Games and Websites

Teach Your Monster to Read - An online learning game for early readers. The computer version is free, the app is temporarily free due to COVID 2019 school closures.

Apps for Outdoor Learning - A list of apps to foster outdoor learning.

The Cat in the Hat Invents - Build a robot and play with STEM!

Authors Everywhere - Authors read their books on YouTube!

Harper Kids - Read-Aloud Story Time on YouTube.

Sesame Street YouTube - Short Videos from the Sesame Street cast.

Sesame Street - Videos and printable activities straight from Sesame Street!

Highlight’s Kids - Crafts, recipes and activities for children at home.

Resources on COVID 2019

Supporting Children at Home During School Closures

Transition to Learning at Home

PBS - How to Talk to your Kids about Coronavirus

Child Care Services Association - COVID-19 Safefy Resources

Durham PreK classrooms have suspended through April 3, 2020. We are still accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Please call 1-833-773-5338 to schedule a virtual application appointment or learn more about the application process.