Today’s guest blogger is my good friend Ann Chase. Ann is the Library Director at Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, CT, a school for students ages 5 – 15 with learning differences. Check these out and share with patients and parents! 

Part 1  Corona Virus Specific Resources

Making sense of the way the world has changed in the past few weeks is hard for adults to understand, but truly confounding for children. All of a sudden, their schools and playgrounds are closed, they can’t play with their friends, and may not be able to see beloved grandparents or other relatives, either. On top of that, they are being asked to wash their hands many times a day!

These three free resources can help explain what this virus is to kids, and help them sort out their complicated feelings about what is happening around them.

The first one is a colorful and reassuring 12-page story called Covibook written by Manuela Molina. It is available in many languages at https://www.mindheart.co/descargables. Written for children 7 and under, it clearly explains what the virus is, how it is spread, what they can do about it, and gives children and their grown-ups and opportunity to name and talk about their feelings.

For older children, the 33-page Captain Corona and the 19 Covid Warriors will fit the bill.   It is available for free at the author’s website: https://mailchi.mp/melissagratias/captaincorona. It also clearly explains with the virus is and what children can do to take care of themselves, but goes on to explain how people in the community are heroically working hard to keep them safe, from teachers to food delivery people to doctors and first responders.

Last but not least is a time capsule. Canadian mom Natalie Long created worksheets to help kids document their feelings and have something to keep and look back on when this is all over. It is available here: https://res.cloudinary.com/letsembark/image/upload/v1586199555/2020-Covid-19-Time-Capsule-US_o7igbf.pdf

Part 2 Online Resources for Kids and Their Adults

Parents are being faced with many challenges now that everyone is sheltering at home. Trying to work, grocery shop, help school-age children manage online classes and keep young children occupied can be overwhelming to even the most organized parents. Here are some resources for children of all ages and interests that should help. All activities and resources are free now, but some may revert back to paid services in June, depending on how long schools are closed.

WideOpenSchool  https://wideopenschool.org/

This is a great well-organized resource for parents including field trips, art and music and special education resources.

StoryLine  https://www.storylineonline.net

A fabulous collection of picture books read by famous actors and actresses.

Junior Library Guild  https://www.juniorlibraryguild.com/at-home

A wide collection of books, online author visits and webcasts. Choose from the elementary, middle school or high school collection.

GoNoodle  https://www.gonoodle.com/for-families/

A collection of great movement activities for when kids need a “brain break.”

CommonSenseMedia  https://tinyurl.com/sppfj4a

A huge collection of “safe” online activities to take advantage of, including story times, music and drawing lessons and more.

Time for Kids  https://time.com/tfk-free/

This is free, parents just need to sign up.