Remote Learning/Parenting/Teaching Resources

Below is a list of books/podcasts/articles/games and other resources that I think would be helpful to manage this unprecedented time in our lives as educators and parents. There are resources for educators and parents below. I gathered these resources from sites that I find helpful as an educator: Common Sense Media, Inquiry Partners, Ten Percent Happier, The Reading and Writing Project, Parent Map and more. Inquiry, Mindfulness, curiosity, and child development are key components to the resources below. 

Educator Resources for Remote Learning:

The Reading and Writing Project Micro Workshops

The Reading and Writing Project Padlets and Resources

Virtual and Remote Learning Opportunities for Education for Sustainability, Cloud Institute

What is the role of Inquiry during a global pandemic?

“Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day. “ –Common Sense Media

Daily Schedule Ideas K-5

Emotional Well Being Resources

Reading/Writing K-5

Math k-5

Social Studies K-5

Science K-5

Art, Music, DIY K-5

Field Trips K-5

Virtual Classroom Set Up

Life Skills K-5

Supporting Different Needs K-5

English Language Learners K-5

Live Events K-5

Access for All Students K-5

Wide Open School Programs 6-12

From using video to project-based learning, get recommendations on the best tools for virtual learning.

Tips and resources for news literacy, media balance, and healthy communication.

Resources for Parents/Guardians/Families:

Ten Percent Happier Podcasts (Coronavirus Guide)

Courage in a Pandemic

Coping with Grief (during Pandemic) Dan Harris and David Kessler

How to Handle Coronavirus Anxiety

How to Actually Get Work Done at Home

How to Stay Kind

How to Care for Your Relationships

How to Cope with Fear

A Teacher’s Take on Distance Learning and Advice for Parents

Best Sand Box and Mud Kitchen Ideas for Endless Fun

5 Tips for Promoting Learning at Home

Survival Tips for Working at Home With the Kids

Help Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty

How to Help Kids Sort Fact from Fiction About the Coronavirus

Shared Reading List (read together and discuss/good bedtime or snuggle up reading) for Kindergarten/First Grade and possibly beyond

Eleanor Estes books (The Moffats, GInger Pye, The Hundred Dresses, Rufus M), a bit old fashioned but fun read alouds for bedtime

My Father’s Dragon Series: There are three books in the series and my students always loved the adventures of this little boy. Just enough excitement and fun!

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. I love anything by him because he portrays adults the way kids really see them sometimes. First graders love this book and the 3 despicable farmers and the wonderful fox!

Catwings Series by Ursula K Le Guin. There are four books in this series and you will have great discussions about this book! The stories are amazing and full of adventure! Beautifully written too!

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Di Camillo. I love this book and so did my own kids and my students. It’s written beautifully and the story is so heartwarming and at times so sad. You will have many discussions about life with this book. I love all her books!! Nice movie to watch after you read together.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Di Camillo. The audio book for this is so wonderful! The best voices ever! Also, the movie is sweet. Another book with a deep story, mixed with sadness and triumph. 

Mercy Watson series by Kate Di Camillo. A fun and joyful series with comical characters that kids fall in love with. My class actually wrote their own book because they loved the series and characters so much. Nice predictable fun! I think there are some spin off books from the characters as well: Tales from Deckawoo Drive

The Gold Cadillac by Mildred D. Taylor. Powerful story

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. My daughter loved this series. A bit mysterious but totally intriguing. 

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan beautifully written and moving story

Angela Johnson books her books celebrate African American families for all ages Pre-k to Middle School to novels

Best of Children’s Literature 2019

We Need Diverse Books Covid 19 Resources

Where to Find Diverse Books: WNDB

George and Martha by James Marshall. Funny friendship stories

Some poets I enjoy:

Langston Hughes

Nikki Grimes

Maya Angelou

Eloise Greenfield

Valerie Worth

Mary Oliver

Independent Reading List K/First: (Some of my favorite Series)

Henry and Mudge

Mr. Putter and Tabby

Minnie and Moo

Nate the Great

Katie Woo

Alvin Ho

The High RIse Private Eyes

Young Cam Jansen

Fun Strategy Games:

Rat a tat tat



Rush hour


Sushi Go






Catan junior

Best game store and home school store: you can order online

They have games, puzzles, building etc.