Early Childhood Resources

Ages 0 - 5

ABCya is a site that provides educational games for kids that help make learning fun. Activities have been designed by parents and educators, and are separated by subject and skill topics. Aligned to Common Core standards, the site also includes a blog and a mobile app.

Scholastic, famous for their at-school book fair sales, has created a free, online resource to support families who are continuing learning at home. They’ve created day-by-day projects to help students continue to learn, with a focus on children in elementary and middle grades. Weekly lessons include videos, story reading, puzzles, and resources for an even deeper dive into subject areas.

Specifically designed to help young children learn about mindfulness and relaxation, Cosmic Kids is a YouTube site that promotes childhood yoga. Session are based on popular movies, story adventures, and building confidence and strength.

PBS Kids provides age appropriate and educational games, videos and learning opportunities for young kids. Site also links parents to a support site: https://www.pbs.org/parents/, which helps adults think through fun, positive ways to play with and interact with the children they care about. During the Coronavirus closures, PBS Kids is also offering a daily e-newsletter that provides suggestions and tips for families. PBS Kids can also be downloaded as an app.

 

Save the Children has been focused on giving children a healthy, supported start in life for decades. During the Coronavirus outbreak, they have continued their work to ensure that families still have the resources that they need, even if it is virtually. This website not only provides learning activities (separated by age, grade and subject), but also shares tips for increased well-being, having kid-friendly Coronavirus conversations, and additional suggestions for ways to stay connected to friends and family during these times of social distancing.

PBS Kids for Parents has created a special webpage that is specifically designed to help families talk to their children about the Coronavirus. It also provides additional tips and support suggestions.

MyON

Want to find great books and stories that will appeal to all the young readers in your house? MyON can help with that.  We have worked with Renaissance to provide myON® Reader at no charge to families for a limited time.  Renaissance myON® Reader is an online reading platform with over 6,000 books available.  Students can also download up to 20 books at a time and read offline.  Titles are matched to each student’s interest, grade and reading level.

Login information:

School name:  Berea College Partners for Education Reads

Student username: reads

Student password: reads

If you have questions about myON® Reader or need additional support please contact pfe_data@berea.edu

The Khan Academy Kids app is specifically designed with ages 2-8 in mind. It provides fun, imaginative, and engaging programming for children, while also focusing on core subjects – like literacy, writing, math, and language. Currently, Khan Academy Kids is also offering some special online opportunities for early learners who are currently at home. There are supplemental resources for parents, printable activities, and additional supports offered to families.

Vroom is an App designed to improve brain development during the first 5 years of childhood. By downloading the Vroom App, parents can receive an age-appropriate, scientifically-based brain building activity each day to complete with their child.  The App is free and does not require additional materials. The activities are simple to understand and easy to incorporate into daily interactions occurring naturally between the parents and child.