This page includes resources for students who are transitioning to online learning or Coloradans of any age who want to learn something new while they are Staying at Home. Do you know of a resource missing from this page? You can suggest a resource to add with this form.
Hour of Code Activities
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event or try any of the over 500+ one-hour tutorials, available in over 45 languages.
Denver Public Library - Udemy
Denver Public Libraries added free Udemy access, and is available to all CO residents! Tons of classes on tons of different topics.
Girls Who Code
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to school closures and significant disruption to daily life, Girls Who Code is making CS educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them.
Scholastic Learn at Home
STEM Activities for all ages
In the STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find high quality, vetted STEM activities that are appropriate for library use. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Resources for Schools
Rebel Girls at Home
For the first time ever, we are releasing a free digital version of our I Am A Rebel Girl journal as well as the step-by-step activities that are found at the end of our chapter books.
Simple7- Seven keys to preventative & practices to build your immune system
We are a Colorado-based thinktank of physicians, integrative healthcare providers and local leaders in Manitou and Colorado Springs, who have come up with the Simple7- Seven keys to preventative & practices to build your immune system to fight off coronavirus/covid-19. Initiated for our local community-but have built out a website and social media with goal to pass on resource and helpful education to all!
Boolean Girl STEM Videos
Boolean Girl has launched live, online events to help teach students "to code, build, invent and animate." The events, which are taking place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time, introduce new engineering and coding projects to increase interest and engagement around STEM. Each is being recorded so that students can watch the session afterwards if they miss the live presentation.
2020 Virtual Conference on World Affairs Panel Videos
The 72nd CU Boulder Conference on World Affairs hosted free virtual panel discussions featuring speakers like CU alum and Hardcore History podcast host, Dan Carlin and Emmy-winning writer of The Simpson's, Mike Reiss and other local experts. Sessions include "Historical Pandemics", "Humor in Hard Times", "Listen to the Scientists", "The Economic Impacts of COVID-19", and "Our Health Post-Coronavirus".
BrainVentures, an initiative of the University of Michigan Center for Digital Curricula, is making daily learning adventures free. These are crafted by classroom teachers to give students choices of learning activities; they accommodate different learning preferences and engage the learner in constructing animations, videos, photo albums and stories while taking them on field trips and having them play games and run simulations.
Discover resources for entertainment, learning and more from Anythink Libraries. Content updated weekly with prompts to facilitate discussion with your families, new videos of online story times and tutorials, and resources that support learning and creativity right at your fingertips.
Sidewalk Stories Digital iBook Apps, Coloring Book, Story Book and Teacher's Guide
Free downloads include it all - audio book, coloring book, PDF story and PDF coloring book, teachers guide, interactive iBook story book with audio book, iBook coloring book, and the full album of songs. All downloads are free from Local Douglas County author, creator, and voice over actor Wendy K Gray and Sidewalk Stories.
Up with People Jr - #youth4oneness Workshops
The global youth arts program Up with People Jr has created an exciting series of home-based visual and performing arts activities called youth4oneness. We invite you to join us every Monday and Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. MST on the Up with People Jr/Camp Up with People Facebook page, for our short online arts-based workshops.
Staying Productive and Healthy at Home
Colorado Succeeds offers distance learning and remote working resources to help Coloradans stay at home.
Resources for Learning at Home
In an effort to help schools plan for educational continuity while the suspension of in-person learning is in effect, the Colorado Department of Education has curated a list of best practices for remote learning and teaching including free web-based resources to help keep students academically engaged. We recognize that the multitude of resources for remote learning can be overwhelming so we have collected and organized material by content area and grade level that may be useful as educators develop plans for their students. While remote learning through the Internet provides a great deal of flexibility in learning opportunities, educators should also consider utilizing hard copy resources (e.g., packet work, textbooks).
Mini Money Management
Mini Money Management is an app that helps parents and teachers teach children financial literacy and awareness by creating an economy where the child receives a salary, bonuses and overtime and then pays for real-life expenses and activities such as rent, movies, and fines. Children learn to prioritize limited resources with their unlimited desires for activities and products. They very quickly learn that too many fines reduce their ability to pay for what they desire, instilling critical thinking and self motivation. The app was created by a Colorado family who played the game when the children were young. The app is fun and easy to setup and takes little time to implement with impactful, lasting lessons for children. The goal of Mini Money Management is to create financial awareness and instill the importance of being deliberate in decision-making. This resource is free to teachers and offers a 30-day free trial for parents.
MERLOT Education Materials
MERLOT is a huge clearinghouse of academically oriented materials. Much is targeted for higher education; however, there are plenty of resources included that can meet needs at K12 levels. Most of these resources are free, and some are fee-based.
Beyond Story Time @ Home
Join History Colorado for story time on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 am for early-literacy exploration for kids ages 0-4 and their caregivers. We love to learn about the people, places, animals, landscapes and cultures that make Colorado so special!
Read, Draw, Create, Community
Visit the YouTube community of children's book authors and illustrators with ideas for at home education.
Beanstalk is currently offering interactive live and on demand classes that inspire curiosity, creation, and empathy for children aged 18 months to 6 years old.
Storyblocks is a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, working in partnership with Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Services. It is a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood. Each video clip includes helpful early literacy tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs.
Become a Disney Imagineer!
Khan Academy and Pixar have teamed up with Walt Disney Imagineers to create Imagineering in a Box, a free online course that gives you a behind-the-scenes peek into theme park design.
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Chicken Soup for the Soul, in partnership with American Humane, is promoting a line of free digital books for students, titled Humane Heroes, that share stories of animal rescue, rehabilitation and humane conservation undertaken at leading zoological institutions, as well as 18 literacy-based social-emotional learning lessons, targeting students in grades 4, 7 and 10.
The Children's Psychological Health Center: My Pandemic Story
The Children's Psychological Health Center has developed a 102-page guided "first-aid" workbook, "My Pandemic Story," for children and teenagers, to encourage mental health, creative expression, learning and coping. The book includes guidance for families and teachers. It's available in English and six other languages.
Tynker Coding Education Resources
Tynker is providing free resources to kids learning from home. Get access to our award-winning coding courses, Minecraft mods, and more.
Free educational morning show for K5
Aurora-based Hopkins Education Services provided a daily, free morning show aimed at K-5 students, especially those with special needs. Access the archive of interactive shows to engage in mindful breathing, read a story, have calendar time, and set up a daily schedule.
Coronavirus- a book for children
Free e-book for children about Coronavirus and why we need to stay home. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler (Gruffalo illustrator).
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, 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.
Colorado Wildlife Coloring Book/Pages
This web page provides kids an opportunity to learn out about some of Colorado's most interesting and unusual wildlife species through age-appropriate activity sheets on a variety of species. This page also features the Colorado Wildlife Coloring Book, which is in both English and Spanish - and can be downloaded and printed for coloring fun!
Vroom - Brain-building Resources for Parents of Young Children
Developed by leading experts in early childhood development, Vroom educates parents on the early brain science of 0- to 5-year-olds and equips them with 1,000+ activities that parents can do with their child to boost their brain development and strengthen parent-child relationships. Vroom tips are fun, free, and perfect for creating brain-building moments around your house! Vroom tips and activities are primarily delivered through the free phone application (available in English and Spanish - search "Vroom" in your app store and select the app with the orange logo) and the Vroom-by-Text platform (simply text VROOM to 48258). Great printable resources are also available at Vroom.org and you can follow Vroom on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube for easy access to tips shared weekly.
Talking with Children about COVID-19
Zero to Three provides guidance on talking to young children about why people are wearing masks and other topics related to COVID-19.
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The Character Tree: Writing Lessons
The Character Tree is giving teachers a way to share character education videos and downloadable resources with parents to use at home. The site offers free videos on setting writers up for success as they engage in distance learning. There are also several "How-To" lessons on writing and using diagrams
Free Financial Literacy - Wealthwave
Free financial literacy, including a free book. Video brings the book to life. Teaching basic concepts, power of compound interest, time value of money, the rule of 72. Game included. How money works challenge. https://howmoneyworks.com/elizabethzarada.
Colorado State Library COVID-19 Resource Guide
This set of links was compiled by the Colorado State Library for use by other libraries and their patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay home, stay healthy, stay safe!
COVID-19 Emergency Aid and Resources
Online source for resources and benefits related to the COVID-19 crisis provided by the Pikes Peak Public Library.
Colorado Department of Human Services
There are many different programs and services available to assist children, youth and families in Colorado. Learn more about child care, child support services and others at https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/children-families.
Family Resource Centers
Family Resource Centers provide a safe, accessible place for your family to connect with comprehensive, coordinated services that help you strengthen your family. You can find your local Family Resource Center at cofamilycenters.org/centers/member-family-resource-centers
Resources for Parents and Students
The Colorado Department of Education has compiled online resources for families concerning education during the COVID-19 outbreak. These resources include information about parenting, learning at home, and guidance from the CDC, among many other topics.
Protection from Scams and Price Gouging during COVID-19
The Colorado Attorney General’s office has issued a consumer alert warning Colorado residents about scams related to coronavirus. Learn more at coag.gov/coronavirus.
Circle of Parents Groups
Circle of Parents Groups are meeting online in English and Spanish to create a space for people raising kids to vent, cry, and laugh, and joke, and find out how other parents are navigating this new world.
Bright by Text
Bright by Text has been improving the health and wellness of Coloradans for 25 years. Bright by Text is a text messaging service that helps parents and caregivers of children prenatal to age eight make the most of everyday interactions. Offered in English and Spanish, our service provides developmental education and guidance through curated content from partners such as PBS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the CO Office of Early Childhood. Our messages are proven to stimulate early childhood interactions by equipping families with games, activities, videos and resources. In fact, 93% of caregivers indicate that Bright by Text prompted them to try out a learning activity, play with their child, and/or read a story.
COVID-19 and Special Education
The Colorado Department of Education has created a page devoted to supporting educators and families of Colorado children with disabilities. This webpage houses Special Education-specific information and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FAQs and Resources on Child Care
Visit the Colorado Office of Early Childhood page for up to date information on the rules and regulations in place for child care in Colorado during the pandemic. The webpage also lists relevant resources for educators and families of young children.