HELPFUL ONLINE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
(*this page is in working progress and will be continually updated)
- Recommendations from the Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL) for the COVID-19 crisis and beyond
- Children’s story book released to help children and young people cope with COVID-19 (new release here) “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality. (English download here and other languages here).
- COVID-19 Resources from the Hawai‘i Children’s Action Network (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the only one in Hawai‘i solely committed to advocating for children)
- FREE Grab-and-Go meals at 203 public schools ages 18 and younger.
- Community Groups Offering Free Lunch to Kids
- Find Your Farmer – from Go Farm Hawai‘i (helping you find food and farmer resources)
- Support Local: Oahu Farmer’s Markets
- Hawai‘i Food Sources (Google doc spreadsheet from Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation)
- List of Take Out Menus from Frolic Hawai‘i and more here
- Early Childhood Action Strategy (Hawai‘i) + COVID-19 Funding Info Hub
- List of Resources from PATCH Hawai‘i
- The Genius Of Play ; Learning at Home during Social Distancing (museums, art galleries and games kids can play at home)
- Community Playthings (The Gift Of Wonder)
- Sesame Street (Caring for Each Other)
- Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
- At Home Resources for Kids and Families (From HarperCollins)
CONNECTING WITH NATURE
- Families in Nature – Ecologist School
- San Diego Zoo live-cams
- Honolulu Zoo Facebook Page and Honolulu Zoo Society Education Department (although the zoo is closed right now, they update their pages with videos and you can watch the Zoo Educators talk about the different animal residents at the zoo)
- Waikiki Aquarium has many online activities for the children. Your child can watch live cams featuring resident monk seal Ho’ailona and if you watch at 10am daily, you can see Ho’ailona being fed by caretakers!
Hawaiʻi Nature Center introduced a new series this week, featuring education specialists Mr. Taylor and Mr. Davis, who take keiki through streams, into a Makiki forest and across wild habitats where bugs roam. The videos are part of a new program, “HiNature,” to educate keiki who are staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic.The pilot episode, “Life in the Meadow” is about bugs and insects and runs for about 25 minutes.
- The Nature Conservatory Virtual Field Trips
- Kilo Books Hawai‘i
- The ʻImiloa Astronomy Center has launched a free online program to help keep ʻohana engaged during the statewide stay-at-home order. ʻImiloa@Home is a new educational resource that features hands-on activities and videos about native plants/species, Hawaiian navigation and astronomy.
- ‘Ahupua’a Interactive Map – Click the link in the title to access the interactive image (just like the one we have in the classroom). You can then go to each region and find areas to click on. An information box will pop up and talk to you about what you have clicked on (for example if you click the stream, it will share with you about the for wai, or water, in Hawaiian.
- “The Kids Should See This” Website – insect selection of videos on this pretty cool website. They have a variety of topics to explore. We thought it may be fun to continue Tuahine’s bug unit by looking through some of these videos! Check out the giant millipede!
- Virtual Hikes from Monkeysandmountains & Good Nature Travel
- Finger puppets, masks, coloring books and more from the State of Hawai‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife – an exciting and fun way to become familiar with Hawaii’s wildlife. It can also become a great conversation about the wildlife that are endangered here in Hawai‘i
- Collection of cool space sites for kids
- Projects from the Art Explorium “Creative Reuse Open House for Educators” with projects focused on Mauka, the uplands (you can also find other focuses on their site)
- Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation Resources for educators, students and families (recipes, unit guides, how-to sheets and more)
- 6 Scenic & Stroller-Friendly Hikes and Trails on Oahu for Families to Enjoy (from Fun Little ‘Ohana)
- 35 FREE Things to Do with Toddlers and Young Kids at the Beach
- The 7 Best Oahu Beaches for Kids
APPS and OTHER LEARNING SITES
- Vooks – Read-aloud animated storybooks that can be used on all streaming devices.
First month is free!
- Scholastic Learning Journeys
- FunBrain Jr.
- BrainPop Jr.
- Caribu (like zoom but you can read books and coloring activities together)
- Epic Books Website (please ask your teacher for an invite)
- Nasa Kids’ Club – A fun site with games, videos, and printable activities for anyone interested in space and space travel
- Story Time From Space – Real life astronauts read stories from space!
- Access Mars with Google – Visit the surface of Mars in 360º
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – Mo Willems! One of our favorite authors, who writes the Elephant and Piggie, Knuffle Bunny, and Pigeon books is putting out a series of wonderful videos well worth a watch! You can see his studio, learn about the publishing process, and see him draw and talk about his books! It’s so fun!
- Borrow e-books and audio books for free using your library card with Libby, by Overdrive
- Hawai‘i Public Library (also click on Kanopy and use your library card to access streaming services)
- List of Education Companies offering FREE subscription services due to school closings
- The Learning Center Free printables and ebook resources.
- Listen to At-Home Activities For ‘A Cup of Poi’ from Circle Round on Apple Podcasts
- SchoolVirtually provides information, lessons, step-by-step planning and more for educators and parents as schools have made a quick switch to distance and online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The website goes beyond lists of resources by offering tips on designing online instruction, utilizing technology tools and supporting students with disabilities and language learners.
- Story Time Family on YouTube
THEATRE & PERFORMING ARTS
- Honolulu Theatre for Youth Introduces The HI Way: Bringing Theatre into Your Home The HI Way, HTY’s new digital content for families and children, will bring the magic of HTY’s educational stage performances and the resident ensemble’s creative energy into a digital format for viewing at home on any device. The program will be broadcast on Hawaii News Now TV stations (KHNL, KGMB & K5) and will be available online at HTYWEB.org, HTY’s YouTube channel and other streaming platforms. They also have an Educational page for Families with online drama activities you can play with your child. The games are short and simple!
- Trusty Side Kick – Performances from Trusty Side Kick Theatre Company. (Shadow Play , Campfire & Off The Map are for children 2+)
- Virtual Theatre & Learning From Chicago Children’s Theatre
SELF CARE & SUPPORT
- Facebook Support Group for Parents During COVID-19 (you’ll need a Facebook account and a request to join the group)
- ParentsTogether -Families, children and relationship articles
- Facebook Group: Quarantine School (You’ll need a Facebook account, and request to join the group)
- Promote Children’s Resilience To The COVID-19 Pandemic
- ‘Ohana Tips for Parents” Ways to Support At-Home Learning
- Amid the Pandemic, Going Easy on Our Kids — and Ourselves – Coping for kids and parents
- Meditation For Anxiety – Yoga with Adriene
- Chill Beats to Quarantine to – by Will Smith
- If you’ve got a mobile device or computer and a comfy mat, you’ve got all you need to work out for free at home. The YMCA of Honolulu offers a number of free Virtual Y online group exercise classes spanning yoga to beginners bootcamp and more. A search of major online app stores yields a universe of free exercise apps. And not to be left out, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) offers tips and programs for living healthy on its Start Living Healthy website, as well as physical activity and dietary tips to prevent obesity and reduce the risk of chronic disease.
- A free chart to download from Dr. Lori Desautels, with brain aligned strategies that help in regulating and calming the nervous system. Dr. Lori is an expert in the fields of educational neuroscience, trauma, and adversity who founded the Educational Neuroscience Symposium.
- Manage Frustration with Calming Yoga
- Families Coping in Challenging Times – A quick guide to COVID-19 family coping from CTAHR
Some Easy Sensory Ideas for Home Play
*Disclaimer* Many of these activities have the potential to be wonderfully messy, so it may be a good idea to do them outside!
This is a wonderful site that has some very simple and easy to do activities that can be done quickly with materials that can often be found at home.
These require a little more preparation, but many are less messy than the above site.
This site breaks down the activities according to which sense they are more focused on.
- We found this simple face-mask pattern for kids online. If you want to print it, please make sure your printer settings are set to “actual size.” Here is the website we found the PDF.
- CDC Recommendations on Different Ways to Make Your Own Cloth Face Masks
- Good Neighbor Bandana – Free Sewing Pattern (for a child-sized mask, you can print the pattern to 70-75% scale; add a hair band strap to the back for a no-tie option)
If you need help getting a mask, here are some resources from PATCH
- We Wear Masks – A Social Story about the Coronavirus