During this time, we understand that identifying entertainment and educational ideas to explore at home can be challenging. There is myriad information in numerous places, and that's why the Chatham Area Public Library, Village of Chatham, and the Ball-Chatham School District are working together to share resources and ideas for community members to access.  The Ball-Chatham School District Remote Learning Page can be found on their website at https://sites.google.com/bcsd5.org/e-learningresources/home

Below is our At-Home Learning Resource List - a list of activities that covers a variety of topics but is by no means comprehensive. Check back often as it will continue to change and evolve over time:

Read Alouds and Virtual Storytimes:

Storyline Online: "The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations."

The Spanish Experiment : "Well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids... and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English."

The Liv Bits:  This is a Google Doc of an ever-changing list of virtual read aloud and literacy-related content.

KidLit TV: "KidLit TV is the place to discover great children’s books and connect with the people who create them."

Story Time from Space: Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation. Children's books are sent to the International Space Station, and "while in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth. These videos are being edited and placed on this Story Time From Space website- look under the heading 'Story Time Videos'”.

Unite for Literacy:  This site offers a wide selection of narrated non-fiction books for kids. 

Literacy Explorations:

Scholastic Learn at Home: "This free resource provides your children with 20* days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with you and your family."

Starfall.com: Starfall, geared toward Pre-K - 3rd graders, creates "free and low-cost experiences whereby children can successfully learn through exploration. On the Starfall website...children have fun while learning in an environment of collaboration, wonderment, and play."

STEAM Explorations:

Girls Who Code Weekly Activities: Girls Who Code are offering free weekly Girls Who Code at Home unplugged and online activities for 3rd-12th grade students. 

NASA STEM @ Home for Students: Free and fun STEM activities for kids, adults, and families to do at home.

Kidzeum of Health and Science Online Learning: "Kidzeum plans to remain a resource for early childhood education, despite our temporary closure. Beginning the week of March 16, 2020, [they will] begin releasing online learning opportunities for children."

Wow! DIY : Brought to us by the WPAFB Educational Outreach Office, this resource provides "quick and easy STEM activities to do at home."

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Attend a virtual doodle class each day with author and illustrator, Mo Willems!

Science Mom: "Engaging science experiments for kids of all ages"

The New York Academy of Medicine #ColorOurCollection: A downloadable coloring book made from items from their collection.

Children's Book Week Coloring Pages:  Every Child a Reader has made this free downloadable coloringbook - consisting of the book art of 23 artists - available to you for free.

Interdisciplinary Resources:

Gale Databases: "If you're looking for trusted digital content and resources to enhance instruction, Gale is proud to provide free access to interdisciplinary, curriculum-aligned resources to support online learning from pre K through undergraduate." Click "Access Resources" under the Enhance Instruction section on the webpage.

Vrtual Field Trips:

Louvre Virtual Tour: "Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre...
Come along on a virtual tour and enjoy the view.."

"19 Immersive Museum Exhibits You Can Visit From Your Couch" from PBS News Hour

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safaries: "While the Cincinnati Zoo is closed and kids are home from school, let us help make your children’s hiatus from school fun and educational." Each day the Zoo highlights one of its animals and includes and activity that can be done from home!

Streaming Movies and Educational Shows:

Kanopy : Available with your Chatham Area Public Library card

Kanopy Kids : Available with your Chatham Area Public Library card

Library on the Go's Screening Room : Available with your Chatham Area Public LIbrary card

Movement and Mindfulness:

30 Day Coping Calendar: Action for Happiness has created a 30 Day Coping Calendar of ways keep calm, stay wise and be kind.

Free Guided Meditations from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

GoNoodle: "GoNoodle gets kids up and moving to fun, engaging content and games"

Yoga with Adriene: "Yoga with Adriene provides high quality practices on yoga and mindfulness at no cost to inspire people of all ages, shapes and sizes."

YMCA 360: On-Demand Videos:  "You can take group exercise classes for all ages right in your own home at no charge...there are also sports classes and more for our young people."

New Skill Learning:

Skillshare: "Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more."

Milk Street Online Cooking School: "At the Milk Street Online Cooking School you won’t learn just recipes, you'll learn new ways to approach food and cooking, giving you a reinvigorated enthusiasm for putting dinner on the table." They are making their entire line of online cooking classes available for free through April 30, 2020.

The Great Courses through Kanopy: Available with your Chatham Area Public Library card

eBooks and eAudiobook Offerings: 

Digital Library: Available with your Chatham Area Public Library card

Virtual Escape Rooms and Puzzles/Games:

Friday Fun Puzzle 4/3/20: A Library-themed word search created by our fabulous staff!

Escape From Wonderland

Harry Potter-themed Escape Room

Puzzled Pirate: This link takes you to SMARTPath Education's At-Home Escape Room page. Puzzled Pirate is their free escape room offering. 

*Are you a Lincoln Library cardholder? No problem! They offer an awesome array of digtal resources including Kanopy, Hoopla, Library on the Go, and much more! Check out what they have to offer at http://www.lincolnlibrary.info/ and start enjoying their fabulous digital offerings with your Lincoln Library card today!