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:
“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
Resources for Parents/Guardians/Families:
Ten Percent Happier Podcasts (Coronavirus Guide)
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
George and Martha by James Marshall. Funny friendship stories
Some poets I enjoy:
Independent Reading List K/First: (Some of my favorite Series)
Fun Strategy Games:
Best game store and home school store: you can order online
They have games, puzzles, building etc.