Sunshine, warm weather, nice cool breezes…and an occasional thunderstorm or two! I guess that means the month of May is here! May is generally a busy time for us here at the library as we prepare for summer reading and summer programming. Though the library has not been open the last month, we have all been busy behind the scenes, trying to find ways to better serve our community during this challenging time.

 As we have had to stay indoors, many of us are working from home or partially at home, streaming movies, reading eBooks or listening to audiobooks online, finding fun activities to do at home, and completing schoolwork online as well. One area my staff and I have been researching is digital resources for parents, teens, and children. We have been trying to find digital resources that can be used for helping with continuing education and/or recreational activities.  

A fun website for children in grades Prekindergarten through fifth is called Be a Dinosaur (www.beadinosaur.com). Be a Dinosaur is fun educational website that helps children mostly with reading and math and another category simply known as “Skills.” Each subject has a selection of different games for children to choose from. In the Reading category, there are games that focus on spelling, word-to-picture identification and grammar skills. In the mathematics category, there are games that focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, number patterns and sequencing. In the Skills category, there are games that focus on determining sizes and shapes, memory games and more! This is definitely a fun website for kids that will help them enjoy learning!

Another website that can be useful to children is Classroom Cereal (www.classroomcereal.com). Classroom Cereal is geared towards elementary-aged students. It contains a collection of printables for children to use to help with grammar. Each printable contains a few short passages with five grammatical errors in them. The objective is for the kids to find the five errors whether it is spelling, capitalization, punctuation, etc. This is a great way for students to practice reading and writing skills.

A website that can be used for both recreation and education is Fun Brain (www.funbrain.com)! Fun Brain is geared towards children and teens in grades K-8. The website has games, videos, books for recreational reading, or games to help with reading and math and strategy games. Students can select books to read and videos to watch online as well.

A website designed specifically for math skills practice is Math Score (www.mathscore.com.). Math Score has activities designed for grades K-9 that includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, shape identification, algebra, measurement, money, time, place value and more! Math Score will require you to set up an account to use the website.

Another website that would be fun and nutritious for the whole family is Big Green (www.biggreenathome.org)! This website provides students in grades K-8 (and parents too), information on nutrition, gardening, making recipes and more! It provides students with newsletters and videos that include hands-on demonstrations on gardening activities that you can do in your home, balcony, or in your yard! Lots of fun for the whole family!

Another website that is fun for the whole family is GoNoodle (www.gonoodle.com)! GoNoodle provides children the opportunity to engage in fun physical activities. Children or parents select a video that is usually between 3-5 minutes long that contain fun exercises. Children may be still using screen time, but in the case of GoNoodle, they are up out of their seats and moving to the music! Therefore, screen time becomes movement time! There are videos on Zumba dancing, short exercise videos, dance videos to popular music and much more! This can definitely get the family up and moving around during the day!

Children’s Books on School Subjects:

Ada Twist, Scientist

by Andrea Beaty

Monster Knows Numbers by Lori Capote

The Best Bug Parade

by Stuart J. Murphy

Who Was Walt Disney?

By Whitney Stewart

Try This!: 50 Fun

Experiments for the Mad

Scientist in You

by Karen Romano Young

Kelly Liptak is the Young People’s Department Head at the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library.

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