Special Quarantine Resources for Kids & Grown-ups
- Coronavirus: A Book for Children
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.
- South Bay Community Services Virtual Groups
Join an Early Intervention Specialist for a fun virtual experience over video chat while we are in this period of physical distancing. Support your child’s growth in multiple areas of development: turn taking, learning new skills, focused attention, using language, practicing motor skills, and more! Connect with other parents to get support with creating/maintaining routines, stress management, and self care. (And click here for more information about their Virtual New Mothers’ Support Group!)
- TeachingBooks Home Edition
Available through September 15, delve into the world of children’s and young adult books. Experience read-along performances of favorite titles that are translatable into 100+ languages and enjoy virtual storytime with 1,000+ complete book readings.
- The Big list of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds and other Activities
Read along with authors like Mac Barnett and Dan Gutman, draw along with Mo Willems and Jarrett Krosoczka, sing along with James Dean, and more!
Free online courses for kids. The educational company has launched a “Learn at Home” website that has daily courses for students from pre-kindergarten to grades 6 and higher.
- ActiveEd Walkabouts
Lessons for students in grades pre-K-2 students that integrate movement with language arts, math and reading content and correlate to state learning standards. Access courses for free while schools are closed.
- Mystery Science
Fun, free science mini-lesson plans for kids in pre-K-5th grade. Mini-lesson plans are accessible without an account, and accounts are free during the time that schools are closed.
- Breakout EDU Fun @ Home
Access a collection of free educational digital games for kids in grades K-12.
- The Stuck Indoors Guide to Red Ted Art
The author of librarian favorite blog Red Ted Art has collected a list of videos and written tutorials of project ideas using materials you might already have in the house!
- Virtual Field Trips
Check out this list of virtual “field trips” you can take from the comfort of your home! Visit places like the Boston Children’s Museum, the farm, the zoo, and even Mars!
- StorytimeTV on Chelmsford Telemedia
Watch staff from the public library and public schools read picture books on The Chelmsford Library’s TV show. Tune into Chelmsford Telemedia every evening at 7:00 pm for stories on the Educational Channels: Comcast 22 or Verizon 36. There are times that live programming may be shown rather than the stories. Tune in again the next evening, or check CTM’s online schedule.
Look and Read learning tool for kids. Fun visual interface engages the learner with stories, nursery rhymes, songs, games, and videos.
Explore the updated online encyclopedia from Encyclopaedia Britannica with hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images, and Web sites.
A list of 45+ online courses for homeschool students. Each course is self-paced and available 24/7 through Universal Class. Courses range from ABCs of Algebra to Ancient Civilizations 101 to Birdwatching 101, and also includes course for homeschool teachers such as Autism Spectrum Disorders for Teachers and Applied Behavior Analysis Strategies for Teachers. Create an account with your library card to log in on future visits.
Periodicals database is designed for high-school students with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books.
Covering 75 full-text curriculum-related magazines and 7 reference books, InfoBits targets the research needs of K- 5 students.
Great Websites for Kids
- Vocabulary Games for Children
Fun vocabulary games for new learners and ESL.
- American Sign Language
For sign language learners of all ages.
- Dance Mat Typing
Learn to type with the BBC.
Learn touch typing online using TypingClub’s free typing courses. It includes 650 typing games, typing tests and videos.
- International Children’s Digital Library
Free digitized children’s books in many languages from various countries, for children ages 3 to 13.
Learn to program your own interactive stories, games, and animations—and share your creations with others in the online community.
- Red Ted Art
Fun craft and art projects for kids.
- Genealogy for the Next Generation
Includes information on how to interview relatives, scavenger-hunt and word-search games, craft activities like making a journal or a family keepsake, and information to help kids learn family-history terms and create a family chart or tree.
Great Websites for Young Children
A fun online phonics approach to learning to read.
- Bedtime Math
Math enrichment site that provides a fun math fact daily with questions at different levels.
A companion website for PBS shows with games and more!
Great Websites for Grownups
- Common Sense Media
Reviews of apps, movies and games for children.
- Book-a-Day Almanac
Find out about a different book each day.
- American Sign Language
For sign language learners of all ages.
- Every Child Ready To Read
Basis for many literacy practices at the Chelmsford Library.
- Brain Building in Progress
The Cognitive, Social, and Emotional development of young children will have an impact on the economic prosperity of everyone in Massachusetts. We should all understand the science behind brain building and learn how to enrich the lives of young children.
- Reading Rockets
Dedicated to helping parents understand ways to help children learn to read.
- US Dept. of Education – Help my Child Read
Educational excellence leads to global competitiveness. Learn many ways of helping children to read.
Find a Tutor
- Club Z Tutoring
The tutoring program recommended by Chelmsford Schools.
- Wyz Ant Tutors
Private in-home tutoring.
Tutoring for math and reading.
Find Licensed Daycare
- MA Early Education & Care listing
Families and Centers are licensed in Massachusetts.