Social Distancing Resources

This is a list of links and free resources that may be helpful to parents during this season of social distancing. As we turn more to technology during SCCS at Home, we are re-reading our philosophy of education and reminding ourselves that “learning is best pursued through contact with real things—the best books by the best minds, real life experiences, actual objects, and opportunities for exploration and discovery.” Take whatever is helpful from this page and ignore anything that is not helpful. This will be an evolving list so check back for updates. Email [email protected] to give feedback or suggestions.

At-home Learning

Parents’ Guide to Google Classrooms (video tutorial)

Kiddle— is a kid-friendly Google search engine

Learning Without Tears — SCCS handwriting curriculum is free during this time

DuoLingo—website and app for keeping up with French

Rosetta Stone for Students is being offered for free (April—June)

Google chrome extensions and tools for struggling students and students with special needs

Quizlet—tool for making flash cards and doing them in community

Books & Storytelling

Audible, Epic, Raz Kids, and Learning Ally are making content free for a period of time

Phonics and spelling activities on Tim Rasinski’s website (his blog has the most helpful information and free activities)

Chronicles of Narnia streaming audiobooks

Round-up of Picture Book Read-Alouds Available Online

Round-up of Free E-books (adult and child)

Author Patricia Polacco is reading her books aloud on her YouTube channel

This American Life: Stories Kids Seem to Like

Enrichment Activities

50 bird species and the sounds they make

Ancestry— free for a limited time with your SLPL library card 

Daily Lego Build Challenge

Music: Complete archive of folk music by country

Mo Williams teaching kids to doodle

NASA (free educational content)

New England Aquarium (virtual visit)

YMCA (free classes)

Round-ups on External Sites

A school principal’s list of low-tech things to do while stuck inside

Field Trips

A Mighty Girl: 50 ways to keep kids busy during social distancing

Museums offering free virtual tours

NPR list of free things that weren’t free before CV

Zoos & Aquariums

Atlanta Zoo keeps a Panda Cam livestream on its website

Cincinnati Zoo has a Home Safari on the Facebook live feed at 3:00 p.m. daily

Georgia Aquarium: Sea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales are the stars of this aquarium’s live cam

Houston Zoo: the playful elephants are highly recommended

Monterey Bay Aquarium shares online footage of Monterey Bay’s Habitat exhibit

National Aquarium offers a floor-by-floor tour

The Shedd Aquarium shares behind-the-scenes footage on Facebook

San Diego Zoo has many live cam options, including koalas, polar bears, and tigers


Simplicity Parenting author Kim John Payne has a website and podcast with inspiration and resources for parents. They published a five-part podcast called “Troubling Times: Anxiety Rising, Schools Closing, and Way More Time at Home With The Kids.”

Richard Louv (author of Our Wild Calling, Vitamin N, Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle and co-founder of Children & Nature Network) is on Twitter and has a blog.

Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood is a strong advocate for low-tech childhood. They are also doing a webinar on Social Distancing as a Family: Screen Time Strategies and Resources.