Resources for Parents

In addition to the various books that you read with your child or children, the Youth Department also has a collection of >parenting books.  The titles in this collection address a variety of topics including parenting issues/ resources for teachers/ child care providers.  The staff would be happy to direct you to this collection where you might find helpful resources.
In order to meet the needs of our patrons, the Youth staff has designed bibliographies on “life issue” topics.  We hope that the list of books on the subjects of >toilet training, >new sibling , divorce and death/grieving will be useful.  Please know that each list features only a few titles on that particular topic.  If you wish we are happy to help you locate additional titles.

The Great Staycation & the Coronavirus

Need ideas on how to keep your children occupied during this unexpected Staycation? We’ve got you covered.

A possible schedule during the COVID-19 Self-quarantine by Jessica McHale

Amazing Educational Resources
There are a lot of Education Companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings. This list is very detailed, but it provides a lot of options to keep your children’s brains active. They also have a >Facebook group where you can share and chat with others about curriculum and things to do.

>ASL eBooks and Resources
This is an ongoing compilation of free resources available online, and this document will be continually updated with new links. New resources will be added to the TOP of the appropriate category for easy visibility. (Resources that cost money will be listed in their own category.)
For any questions or concerns regarding this document, contact 

>Camp Corona
Crowdsourced resources, ideas, and links from around the web to promote quarantine sanity for families. Most of the virtual links and learning are FREE or low cost as we know a lot of families are struggling balancing finances, major shifts in schedules and routines, and work during this time.

>COVID Remote Learning
Note from the creator of this >site: I’ve been working on organizing the giant spreadsheet into a pared-down list geared towards parents/caregivers who never expected they’d have to suddenly be home-schooling. Each site is being evaluated by a real classroom teacher, including some who have gone on to be instructional coaches and school leaders. We check that the site is specifically for PK-12 students, that it is free, that it is high-quality and meaningful, and that it is easy for caregivers and kids and teachers to begin using without extensive training. Then we tag each specific age group and content area it addresses, and my brother is donating his time to build a site where folks can filter for exactly what they need. This is a VERY rough and unfinished product, and will continue to be updated, so keep checking back as we add resources. 

>Have Fun Teaching
FREE Coronavirus Relief Packs are now available for Preschool through 5th Grade. Each download includes worksheets, activities, songs, and videos for all subjects. IMPORTANT: The download is a .zip file. You must be on a computer or laptop to save it.

>Let’s Keep Reading
Do you  miss our storytimes as much as we do? On our >Storytime page, we provide links to recordings of a variety of picture books being read aloud. However, many authors and artists will be doing several LIVE events and readings throughout the next few weeks. Check out this link for the schedule.

>Money Management
No matter how old your kids may be, there’s always something to be learned about money. If you want your kids to better understand investing, saving, budgeting, and planning for their financial future

A lot of d/Deaf kids are being isolated at home without linguistic access. Follow this hashtag on Twitter to find ASL resources being shared. 

>Scholastic Learn at Home
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

>Stuck Inside
If you are on Facebook, this is a great compilation of things to do when you are stuck inside–whether that is through virtual means or otherwise.

>Virtual Tours
Travel the universe and tour the San Diego Zoo, Yellowstone, and many more places–even Mars! Don’t forget to visit the >Hearst Center of the Arts on your virtual road trip!

>Other Bookish Live Events
Check out other live events that will be happening throughout March and April 2020.

Get Crafty!

Are you looking for something to do with your children while at home? The youth staff can help you find books and other materials with craft ideas, games, and other activities to engage your children. In addition to the materials available in the library, here are a few of our favorite craft web sites:

>Artists Helping Children: Arts and Crafts

>Crayola Crafts

>Disney Coloring Pages

>DLTK Crafts for Kids

>Enchanted Learning Crafts

>Making Friends Programs and Crafts

>Every Child A Reader Coloring Pages

Other informational links

>Active For Life
This is a nonprofit organization with a mission to “help parents give their children the right start in life through the development of physical literacy”.

>Internet Safety
Technology is changing faster than many of us can keep up with and requires vigilance to stay up to date on the definitions, tools, risks, and resources of the online world. This parent guide covers several online safety topics to better equip parents with the information and resources needed to be “Web aware.” Specifically, this resource covers information about netiquette, cell phone safety, filtering, addictive behavior, intellectual property, ergonomics, online privacy, predators, and virus protection. It also includes useful tools to help set guidelines and expectations, such as an Online Safety Contract.

>Know Your Kids’ Rights
A great information guide to intellectual freedom and the right to read.

>National Association for the Education of Young Children
Find research-based resources, tips and ideas for families—from child development to reading, writing, music, math, and more!

>Zero to Three
During the first three years of life, emotionally nourishing relationships lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. By supporting the caring adults who touch the lives of infants and toddlers, we hope to maximize our long-term impact in ensuring all infants and toddlers have a bright future.