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Education & Entertainment, Ages K-12

PBS KIDS 24/7

 A channel that offers anytime access to trusted educational series for kids ages 2-8 (check local listings).

PBS KIDS Video App

The PBS KIDS Video app gives kids and parents access to thousands of free videos, including full episodes and clips from top PBS KIDS series. With this app, kids can watch their favorite PBS KIDS shows anytime, anywhere!

PBS KIDS Games App

The PBS KIDS Games app has nearly 200 educational games, which can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. 

Citizen Science Month April 2020

Celebrate Citizen Science Month from home by hosting an online event or transforming your in-person event into a virtual one.

National Geographic Kids

Learn about animals and more! Free videos, games, and brain boosters.

 

At Home Learning 

Khan Academy 

https://www.khanacademy.org/

 A nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. It provides many study area subjects for all ages.

Math at Home

 

https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/5-ways-build-math-your-childs-day

https://www.nwea.org/blog/2018/parent-strategies-for-improving-their-childs-math/

Scholastic Learn at Home

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Grade-level specific resources available.

Opera at Home

Enrichment videos, from the Santa Fe Opera, for youth.

https://www.santafeopera.org/discover/opera-for-all-voices/podcast

 

Free Tools for Online Teaching and Learning During School Closures. Many are free.

https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=free-resources-tools-for-online-teaching-and-learning-during-school-closures-COVID19-coronavirus

Storyline Online

A children’s literacy website that streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

 

Free E-Books and E-Audiobooks

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenbergis a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online.

Smashwords 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/61/newest/0/free/any

 Smashwords provides free ebooks. Many of the Smashwords’ books are newer publications.

https://kidlit.tv/category/read-out-loud/?fbclid=IwAR3_m8F1mzpmC-iI32CCdMg3rq3GZicsIm_LAxpec19I82n__iTRsnSYuaE

LibriVox

Free public domain audiobooks.

Tips & Ideas for Parents

Giant List of Ideas for Being Home with Kids »

22 Super Duper Activities to do with Kids at Home

A list of stay-at-home activities to do with your toddler

Ideas For Things You Can do With Your Kids at Home

  • Cooking (involves math, chemistry, reading)]
  • Letter writing (to those in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, etc.)
  • Writing and illustrating books (pre-writers dictate the story to the adult and then illustrate the story)
  • Toy making (https://www.thetoymaker.com/)
  • Get moving (play music and dance, nature walks outside)
  • Math activities (cooking, counting household items, doors, windows, closets, etc., measuring their height)
  • Building forts (chairs, sheets, blankets, etc.)
  • Creating family trees
  • Science activities (Amy, Walter and I can post some of our experiments)
  • Reading to each other.

PBS KIDS for Parents

Website that offers information, activities, and tips for parents, including this resource on "How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus."

Virtual Museum Tours & Field Trips

Get outside and check out our local trails!

One of the best ways to deal with social distancing is to get outside, get your body moving, get some sunshine – and stay at least 6 feet away from people!  

Here’s a link to the Dale Ball Trails map, accessible off Hyde Park Road at Sierra del Norte, or at the top of upper Canyon Road and Cerro Gordo Road. 

La Tierra Trails 
Want to check out the La Tierra Trails?  Type in “Frijoles Trailhead” or “Calabasas Trailhead” on google maps and you can find your way to this fabulous trail system just off of Camino de las Montoyas.

Arroyo Hondo Open Space
Want to get a nice view of Santa Fe?  Type “Arroyo Hondo Open Space Trail Head” into google maps, and go check out this nice 3 mile loop with gorgeous views of Santa Fe.

Galisteo Basin Preserve 
If you live on the southside of town, google map “Cowboy Shack Trailhead” at the Galisteo Basin Preserve near Lamy.  Here you’ll find over 30 miles of trails that are great for the temperate weather we are enjoying these days.

https://www.galisteobasinpreserve.com/trails


Also, here is a link to the Santa Fe County Trail Map App, for a paperless way to see where there are trails. Plus it's for the entire county:
 

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