Online Family Resources

The following list of resources for families is a mere sample of the many wonderful options available online for children and adults of all ages and abilities to learn, engage, stay active, and be healthy during this unusual time. We have chosen them based on their fit for the students, adults, and families in our Perkins community, but we believe they can help families of anyone with complex needs. Please feel free to share with others.

For Doctor Franklin Perkins School day families, we hope you enjoy this full list of resources, but please also refer to the Remote Learning Plan email you received on April 3rd from Kristin Stanley on behalf of Cindy Wing, as that email gives full details for our remote learning plans for your child. Students should have separately also received login info for the following: Edgenuty, Google Classroom, IXL, Lexia, and Read Live. If you have any questions, please contact Kristin.

Parent Resources
How to Talk to Children about Coronavirus
How to Talk to Teens/Tweens about Coronavirus
NPR Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
National Association of School Psychologists “Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19” 24-Hour COVID-19 Information
Psychology Today “Resilience and Routines for Families During the Pandemic”
Autism Resource Central’s Resources for Families during COVID-19 Quarantine
Center for Disease Control “Helping Children Cope with Emergencies”
Free Mindfulness Class for Kids
Yoga Journal Yoga Poses for Kids
Lynn Lyons, LICSW, Resources for Managing Anxiety Disorders
Child Trends Resources for supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Statewide Parent and Caregiver Support Groups in Massachusetts
Harvard Center for Mindfulness and Compassion
Being Well at Yale
DMH, Maintaining Emotional Health & Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak
CDC, Helping Children Cope During and After a Disaster
Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’

Parent Well-Being
Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety
New York Times “Parents Need Stress Relief, Too”
Center for Disease Control “Stress and Coping”
CNN Op-Ed “Parenting through the Coronavirus lockdown”
Hemot Pamphlet to Discuss Coronavirus
Dr. MC’s COVID-19 Survival Guide
SAMHSA Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Online Resources

Coronavirus for People with Intellectual Disabilities
How do you talk about COVID-19 to people with intellectual disabilities?
Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) and Green Mountain Self-Advocates “Covid-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities:” About Coronavirus (info about Coronavirus in Plain Language), About Coronavirus in Spanish (info about Coronavirus in Plain Language, Spanish), Coronavirus Plain Language Glossary (words to know). 

ELA and Various Subjects
Scholastic Classroom Magazines

Yummy Math
MathScore Adaptive Online Math Practice and Assessment

Science Simulations
Biology Simulations

Social Studies
Scholastica Travel “Virtual Tour of 15 Historic Places”
National Park Service Virtual Tours
British Museum Virtual Tour

Early Childhood
Storyline Online, Stories Read by People
Lakeshore Learning
Wide Open School
Human Rights Campaign, Welcoming Schools Wednesdays: Activities and Resources for Inclusive Learning at Home

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis (full novel) and The Breadwinner Study Guide Comprehensive List of Resources

Special Education Learning Resources
ABA Desk “Surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic…with Children”
Mrs. D’s Corner, Data Collection for Special Education Teachers
SpedGuru’s Special Education Websites for Students and Parents
100 Free TPT Products for Speech Therapy Home Packets
SLP Freebies for COVID-19
Autism Speaks COVID-19 Information and Resources

Online Activities for All Ages
GoNoodle – Short movement and mindfullness videos created by child development experts to get families moving and engaged through the day.
Audible Books — Free for as long as schools are closed across devicesStream a collection of stories, including titles across six different languages. 
Google Arts & Culture Virtual Museum Tours and Collections  — Collection of over 500 museums and galleries offering virtual tours and online exhibits from around the world.
Museums, Zoos and Aquarium, Theme Park Virtual Tours
Storyline Online — Stream videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.   
Story Time From Space — While in space, astronauts videotape themselves reading picture and chapter books to people of Earth.
Jarrett Lerner’s Activities Page — Blank comic book pages“Finish This Comic!” comics, and drawing/writing prompts to encourage creativity and story creation. 
Chrome Music Lab  — Play with musical instruments and sounds online.
Coloring Nature — More than 600 free printable coloring pages that range in topics, including science, biomes, anatomy, animals, plants, and some just for fun.
Mo Willems Doodle Sessions — Doodle sessions with acclaimed artist, Mo Willems
Magic Tricks
11 YouTubers With Disabilities – To make you laugh, think, and learn
Broadway Plays Online – Not appropriate for all ages.
365 Days of Writing Prompts 

Advancing Racial Equity and Social Justice
Anti-Racism Resources
Helping Kids Process Violence, Trauma, and Race in a World of Nonstop News
Talking to Kids About Racial Violence
Talking to Children After Racial Incidents
Raising Race Conscious Children
Supporting Kids Of Color In the Wake Of Racialized Violence
7 Reminders for White Parents Talking to Their Kids About Police Killing Black People
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
A Guide to How You Can Support Marginalized Communities
Undoing Racism
Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults
21 Podcasts That Confront Racism in America
Episode 1: The Fight for a True Democracy
Fare of the Free Child podcast
About Race Podcast
PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
“America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)
Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists
”My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)
The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine
The Combahee River Collective Statement
“The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston | Vox (May 28, 2019)
Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD
“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)
Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)
“How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26)
Jenna Arnold’s resources (books and people to follow)
Rachel Ricketts’ anti-racism resources
Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide by Tatiana Mac
Showing Up For Racial Justice’s educational toolkits
“Why is this happening?” — an introduction to police brutality from 100 Year Hoodie
Zinn Education Project’s teaching materials

Other Resources for Essential Professionals

Perkins Practices to Stop the Spread

For information on Perkins and program updates during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit this page.