Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.
- Mason Cooley

Coping with COVID-19

Language & Literacy

  • Free daily writing prompts.from New York Time
  • Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children's Books from the British Library. For children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages.
  • Brush up or learn a second language with duolingo

  • April is National Poetry Month.  Start early and get ready for Poem in Your Pocket day.

  • Freerice is an addictive word game that benefits the World Food Program.  Play on many levels. We warned you - you’ll be hooked!

Read Alouds & Podcasts

  • Storyline has loads of your favorite books recorded for your listening and viewing pleasure!
  • Tune in to Kids Ask Authors, created and hosted by award-winning author Grace Lin.
  • Common Sense Media has a curated list of podcasts for kids. We highly recommend "But Why?", produced by our own Vermont Public Radio.
  • Story Pirates is a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater. Check out their podcasts for stories read aloud by some funny folks!
  • How does the government actaully work? Civics 101 podcasts for your middle and high school kiddos will fill in the blanks.

STEAM

  • Doodle and draw with author/illustrators Mo Willems and Jarrett J. Krososzcka
  • Free downloadable activities from kids' art magazine Illustoria.
  • FourScienceVT: home learning activites from Vermont's science museums (Vermont Institue of Natural Science [VINS], ECHO Center, Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, Montshire Museum of Science).
  • Mystery Science is a fabulous website for science learning for kids K-5.  There are mini lessons and activities that require minimal materials - usually things you have around the house.  Check out, “Are Unicorns Real” and “How Does Hand Sanitizer Kill Germs.”
  • Audubon at Home: enjoy environmental education content that can easily be done from your own house/porch/yard with common household materials, created by Audubon Vermont.
  • DO try this at home! Bill Nye “The Science Guy” has a lot of simple experiments you can do at home with minimal materials.
  • Our friends at Bedtime Math  have great content for preschoolers through middle school.  On the website there are daily problems as well as screen-free activities in “Cabin Fever Math.”  There are also two free apps that post daily math challenges. Check out Bedtime Math and Minimath in the app store.
  • Learn about animals, ecology, and conservation through interactive games and fun activities with Rainforest Alliance
  • Math games from CoolMath.
  • Videos and guided practice for Eureka Math (this is the math program that the Burlington School District uses)

Education

  • COVID 19 Coronavirus Prep in BSD: resources for Burlington School District students.
  • Khan Academy/Khan Academy Kids is a great resource for all-around learning.  Pick and choose from thousands of on-line learning opportunities at all levels. Ask your BSDVT student if they have created an account through school.
  • Learn at home with Scholastic lessons for kindergarten through 9th grade.
  • Check out Lakeshore Learning for all kinds of support including printables, flashcards, awards.  Your kids would be thrilled to be named “Student of the Day!”
  • Teaching Tolerance has incredible educational resources on race and religion, ability, class, immigration, gender and sexual identity, bullying and bias, right and activism and ethnicity.
  • Great Schools has online-learning resources for grades K-12, including worksheets, booklists, and support for parents.

Virtual Field Trips

 

 

Click here for info about library services during COVID-19