I hope everyone is coping well and staying healthy. I wanted to create a temporary location here on my website that focuses solely on distance learning opportunities. While digital products and downloadable activities are not entirely new, the need for more resources is growing every day!
As a librarian, I love to cultivate a life-long desire to read in my students. During this time I don’t want our students or children to forget that! I hope that this page will help you keep the library alive at home.
I am here to help you do that, whether you’re an educator or parent. These resources can be used by anyone!
Google Teach From Home Toolkit – a temporary hub of information and tools to help educators during the COVID-19 crisis.
Read Alouds: Storytime with Ryan and Craig – excellent source of online storytimes for children to listen to.
Ten Strategies for Educators’ Well-being: A Handbook for Schools During the COVID-19 Outbreak – a list of suggestions and advice to help educators cope during this difficult time.
Learning Keeps Going – a curated list of free tools, strategies, tips and best practices for teaching online.
I Keep Safe – digital safety resources for students featuring the character Faux Paw. This is a series of free ebooks and videos to help promote internet safety to elementary students.
Britannica Science and Social Studies LaunchPacks – These curriculum-aligned, remote-learning enabled classroom resources are being leveraged by schools across the world who are grappling with shutdowns, conducting virtual lessons, and working to minimize the impact on students, families, and staff.
Scholastic Learn at Home – Day-to-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.
PBS Kids Design Squad – Created to show kids engineering can be fun, this site has games, videos, challenges and much more.
GoNoodle for Families – Keep kids moving and learning with these movement and mindfulness videos.
A Big List of Podcasts for Little Kids – Here’s a list of great shows to keep kids ages 2 through 6, and their caretakers, occupied.
Learn@Home – YouTube channels for parents that offer videos, tutorials and activities appropriate for all different ages and areas of interest.
If you are new to my site, I have a ton of helpful resources on my site that are free and some that available for purchase. I started my journey creating materials for librarians in 2012. You can read all about there here! Below I will link to some of my favorite resources that I have made, along with any accompanying products.
In the free resource library can you find these reading activities plus many more. To access the free resource library, just sign-up for my newsletter.
I also have created an Amazon storefront with tons of suggested books and resources! It is an easy way to shop my suggested reading material, as well as stock up distance learning products. Check it out here!
More resource from my store
Free Growth Mindset Posters – display these posters in your office to help encourage a growth mindset for yourself during these difficult times. When you are back in school you can put these posters up in your library or classroom.
Elementary No Prep Printables Free Sample – use these printables to send home to your students in a print packet. Include materials for K-5th grades.
Library No Prep Printables – use these printables to send home to your students in a print packet. Include materials for K-5th grades.
Library Skills Activities for Google Slides – review the same types of library skills as the no prep printables, but in a digital manner.
I have created an Amazon storefront where I have lists of favorite read-alouds, products to make teaching remotely easier as well as my recommended professional books.
Other products to help
This is an excellent time to do some research lessons with your students. I have many different research activity packs in my store that will allow your students to learn and practice all the skills necessary to complete a successful research project. You can find lessons for kindergarten students up to upper elementary.
There are many ways to use my research lessons with your students, whether you are doing print packets or online learning. I have several blog posts that will help you teach the research process. You can find the links below.
Also, with so many websites offering free access to their educational resources students have plenty of opportunities to find the information they need online. These include World Book Online, Tumblebooks and PebbleGo.
Need more help?
I’m always available for questions, so please feel free to email me here.
Also, if you are an educator, please feel free to join my Facebook group just for you! We share tips and tricks everyday for using these products, and many more!