When School Is Closed: Resources to Keep Kids Learning at Home [web resource]
Some schools and afterschool programs are closing in response to the coronavirus. If this is happening in your community, you may be looking for engaging ways to keep kids reading, writing, exploring, and learning at home. Reading Rockets has lots of ideas to immerse kids in language and stories, build background knowledge, and inspire creative play.
Start with a Book: Learning About Our World
What do your kids want to explore? At our companion website, Start with a Book, you can dig into 24 high-interest topics. Each topic includes recommendations for fiction and nonfiction books, hands-on activities, writing ideas, educational apps, and kid-friendly websites. Here are some of the topics:
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Digital audiobooks, ebooks and video read alouds
Public Library Digital Services
Is your public library closed? See if your public library offers OverDrive where you can borrow and read free ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines on your phone or tablet — all you need is your library card to get access. See our booklist: Our Favorite Audiobooks.
Audiobook and Ebook Services
There are also a number of online services that offer high-quality audiobooks and ebooks. Listening to audiobooks builds vocabulary, background knowledge, and comprehension skills. Here are some digital book services we recommend — you can start with a free trial to explore what they offer:
Online learning for pre-K and elementary students
Here’s a selected list of trusted sources for online learning. Most are free or offering free access while schools are closed due to coronavirus.
Excerpted from “When School Is Closed: Resources to Keep Kids Learning at Home” from Reading Rockets. Visit the webpage for more resources, including DYI science camps, parent tips, interactive activities that help kids become more involved in the stories that they read, PBS KIDS: math and science programs and activities, and much more.
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