Help at Home, 4/29/20

This week, we’ve got resources about history, art, and a little help in the kitchen!


Learn About Art or Learn How to Teach About Art

Take classes from The Museum of Modern Art (NYC) for free through Coursera.


Miracle Mud Reading

Let’s get Muddy! This is a recording of the author’s reading of the picture book Miracle Mud. We will also be diving into the backstory of baseball rubbing mud.

Rock the Cradle

Radio for Kids and Their Grownups. Available online, through an app, and on the radio. Get great music for kids and their grownups and you’ll hear some great new additions, like parenting tips provided by Dr. Gigi Chawla and story time every night at 7 p.m., where hosts and friends of The Current read kid’s stories before bed.

Julie’s Library

Beginning April 29, listen to the podcast Julie’s Library, hosted by Emma Hamilton Walton and Julie Andrews


Dr. Seuss Raps over Dr. Dre Beats, by Wes Tank.

General Education

For Students Grades 2-4: DKfindout!

The DKfindout! series offers visual, informative, and reliable content across STEM and social studies subjects for students in grades 2-4. From the Stone Age to robots, each of the 30 books in the series focuses on one topic that aligns with and expands upon school curriculum. Kids can explore their interests through bite-sized facts, stunning images, timelines, and more, and then test their knowledge with a quiz at the back of the book. During these times especially it is important to keep learning accessible and fun, and keep children curious. Look no further than DKfindout! and the completely-free, child-safe website that accompanies the series:

Curriculumn Guide: The Little Tree

Van and Adinolfi (The Perfect Christmas) work in synch to preserve the story’s emotional power…the idea that letting someone go can sometimes be the best way to love them isn’t an easy one to share with children (or parents, for that matter), but Van and Adinolfi do so with grace and aplomb.

        -Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Hands-On Activities

I AM FARMER Coloring Sheets

Downloadable coloring sheets to go with the picture book I am Farmer.


James Dyson Foundation offers 44 engineering and science experiments that are free, downloadable, and demonstrate basic principles of science and physics, completely buildable with common household items.

Free Pet-Themed Coloring Book Pages

From Chuck & Don’s


Transcribing Women’s Suffrage in Colorado

Join our digital volunteer network on Zooniverse and help us transcribe documents from well-known suffragists who fought to remove the barrier of gender discrimination at the polls. As a way to make our collection more accessible, this work will create additional resources and knowledge about women’s suffrage and will have significant impact for researchers throughout the world.

Through the Narrows

Award-winning puppetry artists Shari Aronson and Chris Griffith share stories of two characters from their own ancestry: a 3,500 year-old Jewish woman, recounting her crossing of the Red Sea, and a 6-yr old Cherokee boy bearing witness to the Trail of Tears. With the global music fusion of instrumentalist Greg Herriges, slide across centuries and continents to travel the rich emotional landscape from struggle to triumph. Through the Narrows features some intense subject matter and descriptions of historically accurate violence. Recommended for adults and youth 9 and over.

Virtual Field Trips and Other Help Managing Social Distancing

Virtual Tour for Fort Matanzas National Monument in St. Augustine, Florida

The tour includes exterior features of the best-preserved example of a Spanish colonial watch tower in the continental United States. You can follow the tour through the interior of the structure, with room explorations and 3D models found throughout as you follow along the guided trail. You can also head up the stairs to the observation deck and get the view from above, or explore the landscape and grounds.

PJ Library Resources for Quarantined Families

PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you.

7 Digital Libraries You Can Visit from Your Couch

Digital Public Library of America, Nautical Archaeology Digital Library, CIA’s FOIA Electronic Reading Room, Biodiversity Heritage Library, New York Public Library, Getty Publications Virtual Library, National Library of Medicine.

13 Activities to Make the Most Out of Video Chats with Kids

From PBS Kids for Parents.

No Flour, Pasta or Eggs? the Perfect Substitutes for 20 Common Ingredients

From The Guardian: Getting your hands on everyday staples is not always as quick and easy as it used to be – but you can still rustle up delicious dishes by making a few judicious substitutions.

Catch up on all of our Help at Home resources.

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