Covid-19 Puppet Show by Kids on the Block
Georgia Public Libraries
While many public libraries across Georgia are closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, some are still offering limited services to help kids keep learning while schools are closed, provide wi-fi for local residents, and more.
Comcast—60 Days of Free Internet
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, anyone who signs up for Internet Essentials will receive two free months of Internet service. Comcast is also increasing the speed of the program to 25 Mbps downloads and 3 Mbps uploads for all new and existing customers.
Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across Georgia are available to anyone who needs them for free—including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. The site includes a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots.
Jigsaw Interactive is stepping up to help schools by providing access to virtual classroom software, at no cost, from now through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Any school interested can call 877-571-0004 (x2285) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be directed to someone who can discuss specific needs.
Other Learning Resources
Digital Learning Resources
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt—At-Home Learning Support
Educators and family members can access free lesson ideas, blogs, videos, and professional development resources while schools are closed as a result of coronavirus.
To help parents and guardians provide homebound students meaningful educational experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, Discovery Education has launched Daily DE, which provides a suite of no-cost activities and resources for students and families to help continue learning while schools are closed.
Georgia Public Library Service
Here are online resources to keep you engaged and learning while schools, businesses, and libraries are closed. For example, Georgia Historic Newspapers gives you free access to over 1.5 million newspaper pages; Georgia’s Sanborn maps dating back to 1881 allows you to look up nearby streets, buildings, or landmarks to see how they’ve changed; and Georgia Aquarium’s live aquatic webcams can entertain and educate your kids.
GaDOE Office of Teaching and Learning
GaDOE is advising school districts to develop a plan to continue student learning, if possible, should they need to close for several days—using resources such as study packets, cable access, virtual school, and online classes. These resources from GaDOE’s Office of Teaching and Learning are available to support schools’ efforts.
As many Georgia teachers face the possibility of reaching students remotely, GPB is here to help with digital learning contingency plans. GPB Education provides free access to over 300,000 standards-aligned digital learning resources for all grades and subject areas including streaming video, instructional strategies, virtual field trips, teacher resources, and complete lesson plans through partnerships with Discovery Education and PBS LearningMedia.
Georgia Home Classroom
Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), in partnership with GaDOE, is offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to Georgia’s state standards to provide continued at-home learning.
Students in Pre-K through 12th grade can access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays on GPB-TV. The broadcast schedule includes trusted, educational programming. Additional GPB and PBS programs are also available to stream on gpb.org or the free PBS Video App and PBS KIDS Apps.
In addition to the broadcast schedule, Georgia students and educators can also access an online library of free educational resources from GPB Education, PBS LearningMedia, and Discovery Education, including videos, activities, and associated lesson plans for teachers, that align with Georgia standards.
GPB Kids—for Parents
GPB Kids offers advice to parents on how to talk to their kids about Coronavirus.
Cox Campus offers free, online courses for early childhood educators, families, leaders, and community members.
All around the world, schools are closing and transitioning to remote options as a precaution against the spread of Coronavirus. During this time, we want to remind teachers that free iCivics games and other resources are an option to keep the learning going outside of the school walls, staying connected with your students, and providing them with a healthy break from the headlines that can be unsettling.
In response to the unprecedented number of schools, preschools, and child care providers that have closed due to coronavirus, ParentPowered has made its Ready4K virtual parenting curriculum and family engagement tool free for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. Ready4K is an evidence-based whole-child curriculum that offers fun facts and at-home learning activity ideas for children birth through 9, all delivered via text message. Download the application.
This group of websites has 1,000+ short animated movies K-12. Includes quizzes and more, covering science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.
- BrainPOP Jr. (K-3): Designed to support critical thinking skills and encourage children to ask questions and make connections. Targeted kids ages 5 – 9.
- BrainPOP ELL: English language instruction for K-12 English language learners.
Khan Academy offers free practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace.
Mystery Science provides lessons that inspire kids to love science. During school closures, popular science lessons are being provided for anyone to use for free. No account or login needed.
Prodigy offers engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform designed to motivate first- through eighth-grade students to learn and practice math. No cost, ever.
Freckle helps teachers effectively differentiate instruction and practice across math, ELA, social studies, and science.
Supporting Younger Learners at Home
For all ages: 49 Fun Physical Activities
Vroom: Boost learning from birth – 5. Available for iOS and android phones, this app is filled with fun and simple learning activities for mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, or anytime.
Everyday learning activities for toddlers and 3-year-olds
Fun, simple activities to engage your toddler and 3-year-old in learning
Fun art, science, math and literacy activities for toddlers and threes
Great ideas to keep your toddlers busy and learning
Tons of simple and fun activities to encourage literacy and school readiness
20 learning activities for toddlers and threes that use items easily available around the house
Preschool—3- and 4-year-olds
25 Indoor Play Activities from a Preschool Teacher
20 Indoor Activities for Kids (besides screens)
To ensure that students have at-home learning opportunities during this time of school closures, Get Georgia Reading and Renaissance are partnering to provide readers free, anytime/anywhere access to digital books and news with myON. Unlimited, 24/7 access makes it easy for students to continue reading and learning at home. Students can read online using any Internet-enabled device, or read offline with free mobile apps.
PBS Kids Writers Contest 2020
The deadline for GPB Education’s 2020 PBS KIDS Writers Contest has been extended to April 10. This is the perfect writing activity for students in K-3 to engage in while they’re learning at home.
This collection of e-books and audio books is for kids in pre-K through fourth grade. A mix of fiction and nonfiction titles can be downloaded onto computers, tablets, and smartphones.
With over 2,000 leveled books for kids in K – 2, quality reading practice has never been easier. The app features an engaging, kid-friendly interface and reading support on every page.
The Georgia Preschool Association sponsors resources to help teach your child to read.
Words2Reading brings families, caregivers, and teachers the best resources in developing early language skills and reading readiness from birth to age 8. Grow your young reader through easy-to-follow videos, links, downloadable documents, e-books, and audio clips all available online.
The Háblame Bebé app, available for both IOS and android, supports Spanish-speaking parents in delivering abundant language nutrition to their infants and young children.
The OrganWise Guys
Access a wide array of engaging activities such as coloring sheets, short videos, recipes, and more to get kids excited about healthy living. Here are some video resources to help our kids stay healthy:
This award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin.
Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus—Scholastic
Scholastic created this collection to help you ease children’s fears and empower them with age-appropriate information. These teaching resources were carefully prepared to help your students understand what is being done to keep them safe and how to prevent germs from spreading.
Cómo Hablar con los Niños Sobre el Coronavirus
Las noticias relacionadas con la enfermedad COVID-19 y el coronavirus están por todos lados, desde las portadas de los periódicos hasta el patio de juegos en la escuela. Muchos padres se preguntan cómo hablar con sus niños sobre la epidemia para que estén tranquilos y no se preocupen más. A continuación encontrará algunos consejos de los expertos del Child Mind Institute.