The Music Settlement Center for Early Childhood is committed to making this time at home as easy as possible. Below you will find some resources curated by your trusted EC teachers. We hope they will help give you some direction in the coming weeks.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Virtual Classroom - Videos posted at 11am on weekdays. Explore different animals every day!
Cleveland Metroparks Virtual Classroom - Facebook Live videos at 1pm explore the grounds of the Metroparks and look for signs of spring. Tune in on Facebook daily at 3:30pm to hone your outdoor adventure skills with their experienced outdoor recreation team.
Cleveland Museum of Art Online Collection - View every art piece in the CMA’s collection online. Also check out their Facebook page for a #deepdive into favorite artworks.
Great Lakes Science Center Curiosity Corner - Videos will be posted daily at 10am with a STEM activity you can replicate at home.
Abide Yoga - Local yoga studio with daily videos posted to their Facebook page to maintain your practice and meditate.
Inner Bliss Yoga - Posting live yoga videos on their Facebook page.
OPUS 216 - Local musicians posting beautiful improvisations on their Facebook and Instagram (@opus216)
Piano Cleveland - The Quarantine Concerts presented live Thursdays at 7:30pm.
Jesse Jukebox - Local musician streaming live daily with fun songs for kids to raise money for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
San Diego Zoo - Tours, activities, and games.
Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari - Learn about the animals at the Cincinnati Zoo. Posted at 3pm daily.
Farm Food 360 - 11 virtual tours of a working farm.
Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips - Tons of virtual field trips for all ages.
Yellowstone National Park - Tour the famed park virtually.
Mars - Explore the surface of Mars with NASA’s 360 view.
Great Wall of China - Virtual field trip to the Great Wall of China.
Boston Children’s Museum - Virtual tour of 3 floors of fun!
Road Trip from Home: Virtual Field Trips - A compilation of virtual field trips, submitted by Tyler, Boy Scout with Troop 325
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems - Join Mo Willems, author of the Pigeon and Elephant & Piggie books, as he discusses his creative process. And learn how to draw. Printables included.
80 Creative Art Projects for Preschoolers - Using simple materials to create process-based art.
Easy Sensory Recipes for Kids - Sensory play can keep kids engaged for longer than most activities. See what you have at home that you can turn into playtime.
100 Silly Drawing Prompts - Prompts to get your kids creative juices flowing. From The Art of Education University.
50+ Easy Science Activities - Science experiments you can do with household items, from Mommy Poppins.
Steve Spangler Science Experiments - Engaging science experiments you can recreate at home.
Science is Everywhere - Science doesn’t require special tools or materials. It’s the approach that teaches observation, hypothesizing, and experimentation.
PBS Play and Learn Science App - Games that introduce core science concepts. Plus tips for parent-child engagement and taking learning into the real world.
Cooking with Kids - Food Network’s kids cooking homepage. Find cooking videos and recipes you can create with your kids. Cooking is a great way to introduce numbers, counting, and sequencing.
Baking with Kids - Tips and recipes for baking with kids. Our advice: get your cutting, scooping, and measuring done first!
Printable Math Games from Primary Possibilities - 10 free games that are just a printer away.
Math at Home - With tips for creating math-rich environments and ways to incorporate math concepts into everyday activities.
Bedtime Math - Posts daily math activities to build mathematical literacy. The “Wee-Ones” activities are perfect for ages 3-5.
Epic Books - Digital stories you can read, includes some audiobooks. Use classroom code “dcn6999” to access our favorites.
Storyline Online - Favorite children’s books read by celebrity narrators.
KidLitTV -Read aloud stories perfect for times when parents need to work at home.
Read aloud stories on Youtube from HarperKids - Harold and the Purple Crayon, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Kevin Henkes
Brightly - Printables and story videos for all ages
Peter H. Reynolds Read Alouds - Reynolds is posting read alouds of his stories, including Ish and The Dot on his Facebook page.
Kids Ask Authors with Grace Lin - Author Grace Lin accepts questions from kids and answers them on this podcast. Consider sending in a question!
5 Books for Kids to Act Out After Reading - This could be the most fun you have all day!
Jam with Jamie - Live music videos to get you moving.
Music & Movement Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers - A large collection of activities and games you can try at home.
Cosmic Kids Yoga - A fun YouTube channel that introduces kids to the practice of yoga.
Obe Fitness - A free month of on-demand fitness videos to keep your body healthy.
Ekhart Yoga - 12 free online yoga and meditation classes for adults.
25 Mindfulness Activities for Active Kids - Add a moment of calm to your day with these ideas. Great for adults and kids.
Headspace - The mindfulness app is offering a collection of exercises, meditations, and reflection for this difficult time.
Parent Tool-Kit Social & Emotional Development - Guides for parents, with resources for kids of all ages.
Conscious Discipline Free Resources - Printables, webinars, and ways to implement Conscious Discipline at home.
Why Can’t I Go to School? Social Story - Helping children understand why they can’t go to school through reassuring language and age-appropriate information. Available in 6 languages.
Ninja Focus - A fun app that promotes mindfulness, helps kids practice yoga, and get to sleep easier. All content is unlocked due to COVID-19.
Keep Calm Pack from Kids Yoga Stories - $5 for a digital pack to help encourage calm and focus. Includes Positive Affirmation cards, Simple Meditations, Breathing Exercises, and Energizing Yoga cards, all aimed specifically at children.
Kids Yoga Stories - Follow along on their Facebook and Instagram pages for tips and resources to use with your kids at home.
PBS Kids Daily Newsletter - With a whole lesson to explore, delivered daily. Work in screen time with a goal in mind. Click the highlighted link to sign up.
Scholastic Learn-At-Home - Free activities surrounding particular topics and themes.
Khan Academy Kids - With materials for kids ages 2-7.
The Prepared Parent Newsletter - Daily newsletter from teachervision.com and familyeducation.com “with everything you need to adapt and adjust to parenting and teaching at home.” Sign up by clicking the link.
Education.com Free Printables - Free printables in a variety of subjects including fine arts, foreign language, math, reading, & writing.
Union Square Play - Offline activity, children’s class video, and parent community online event posted daily!
Busy Toddler - Blog geared at children learning at home. Easy and fun activities searchable by the type of play - messy, outdoor, indoor, sensory, etc.
Teaching 2 & 3 Year Olds Printables - Arts and crafts, dramatic play, science, literacy, math, and more. All free!
Other Goose - Offering 21 days free access to lesson plans for young children.
44 Outdoor Learning Ideas - Make a scavenger hunt, see which items in your yard sink or float, or make an obstacle course.
100+ Indoor Activities for Kids - Keep your kids busy when the outdoors isn’t an option.
50+ Simon Says Prompts - From Play to Learn Preschool. Mix up your Simon Says games!
50+ Indoor Activities for Kids (Video) - Stacking cups, ring toss, and more.
28 Indoor Activities for Kids - Ideas for physical activities, baking, games, and, yes, screen time. From The Cut.
10 Ways to Encourage Your Child to do Chores - We could all use a little help around the house now, it is almost spring!
Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus - This comic from NPR is a good guide for dealing with questions from kids about the health crisis.
COVID-19: 5 Helpful Resources for Families - From Conscious Discipline and Dr. Becky Bailey.
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - From the Child Mind Institute.
Healthy at Home: A Toolkit for Supporting Families Impacted by COVID-19 - Free toolkit developed by ReadyRosie.
Resources for Educators and Parents - Blog posts, webinars, and downloadable resources from Teachstone.
Resources for Parents During the COVID-19 Crisis - A list of resources compiled by Invest in Children in Cuyahoga County.
Family Activities to Try During the COVID-19 Pandemic - A helpful list of activities from the Ohio Department of Health.
1,000+ Free Activities and Printables - From Lakeshore Learning.
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