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Educational Resources for Families During COVID-19: Home

Welcome to the West Virginia Library Commission's collection of educational resources for families from libraries and library partners to use during the the COVID-19 quarantine.

While this is by no means a comprehensive list of items available, it is a starting point for fun, educational ideas and resources to help homeschool children during this worldwide pandemic.

The page will be updated as new resources become available, so check back often.

 

 

Keep Calm, Learning is On!

National Summer Learning Association has a Learning Hero Roadmap to guide parents and caregivers with tips for math, reading, life skills, and more help to keep kids on track while schools are closed. Visit https://www.summerlearning.org/knowledge-center/keep-calm-learning-is-on/ to download the guide.

Get some tips on educating your children at home from the PBS Teacher Lounge.

At-Home Learning Tips from a Educator Mom

How to Talk to Little Learners About Coronavirus

The West Virginia Channel Provides At-Home Learning for Students

For more information and schedule, visit WV Public Broadcasting

Full-Time Kid from PBS

Full-Time Kid is all about being arts, crafts, and experiments perfect for kids of all ages! From DIY science experiments to playground games, spunky eight-year-old Mya Reyes shares her tips, tricks and all around knowledge so you too can have what it takes to be a full-time kid. (from PBS)

https://woub.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/full-time-kid/

Harry Potter at Home

The hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom! (from Wizarding World website)

https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home

Virtual Storytimes

Goodnight with Dolly

"Goodnight with Dolly” launches on April 2, 2020. This 10-week series will focus on comforting and reassuring children during the shelter-in-place mandates. Dolly hopes these videos will provide a welcomed distraction during a time of unrest and also inspire a love of reading and books in the hearts of the children who see them.--From Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

https://imaginationlibrary.com/goodnight-with-dolly/

 

 
LeVar Burton Reads

Join LaVar Burton as he offers read-alouds three times a week on his Twitter account. https://twitter.com/levarburton

Mondays at noon EDT, Children stories

Wednesdays at 6 p.m. EDT will be Young Adult stories

Starting April 3, Fridays at 9 p.m. EDT stories for adults

 

 

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Participate in a "Bear Hunt" in your neighborhood.

The children’s picture book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and illustrator Helen Oxenbury is the inspiration behind many neighborhood " Teddy bear hunts."  Be sure to place a bear in your window, then start looking for others!

     

 

Read About other Bear Hunts

 

Bored kids are going on a bear hunt and it’s adorable

https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2020/03/28/bored-kids-are-going-on-a-bear-hunt-and-its-adorable/

 

'Teddy Bear Hunt': Stuffed animal scavenger hunts are making life bearable for bored kids

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2020/03/30/coronavirus-teddy-bear-hunts-challenges-children-safe-walking-activities/2937592001/

 

'It’s Like a Silent Visual Message.' How Social Distancing-Friendly 'Bear Hunts' Are Uniting Neighborhoods Amid Coronavirus

https://time.com/5809613/bear-hunts-coronavirus/

Digital Escape Room

Enjoy this Harry Potter Escape Room designed by Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflNxNM0jzbZJjUqOcXkwhGTfii4CM_CA3kCxImbY8c3AABEA/viewform

Virtual Book Festival

Everywhere Book Festival -- May 1st

A virtual gathering of children's lit authors, books, and readers that will bring the book festival experience to everyone. All festival content is FREE to view! You can watch all the festival panels in your browser or through YouTube.  The organization will post the links to each session on their festival schedule page.

https://everywherebookfest.com

Lisa Hechesky, Youth Services Consultant

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Lisa Hechesky
Contact:
1900 Kanawha Blvd, East
Building 9, Culture Center
Charleston, WV 25303
304-558-2045

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