Entertainers and organizations are streaming activities and performances. Many of these resources are experiences that some families may otherwise never have access to due to travel and financial factors. Discover Online Resources to keep your child’s learning fun, while being quarantined indoors from the COVID-19 virus in the United States.
Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Anderson .Paak announces his inaugural #PaintWithPaak coloring contest. Something fun for the kids! Winning entries will receive something special! Download the sketch here, post tagging #PaintWithPaak, and FOLLOW @paakhouse on Instagram to see .Paak’s favs each week! The contest starts Friday, March 27, and will continue every Friday moving forward with a fresh sketch available at the @paakhouse Instagram bio link. Throughout the week, .Paak will be sharing some of his favorite posts using #PaintWithPaak.
“Goodnight With Dolly” will feature Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time. She will read from Facebook every Thursday from April 2 through June 4 at 6pm/c.
WATCH IT HERE.
Spotify has released an app for children with more songs, stories and other content. The app is largely designed to boost sign-ups for Spotify’s top-tier subscription, the $14.99 (USD) per month Premium Family plan. This plan offers up to 6 people in the same household access to Spotify’s on-demand, ad-free music streaming service, each with their own personalized account. It also includes other exclusive features like Family Mixes, as well as parental controls, and now, the Spotify Kids application. The app can also be customized by age range.
Nashville Opera’s Little Red’s Most Unusual Day
Nashville Opera ON TOUR usually comes to you in school, but they are delighted to share their latest children’s opera with you wherever you are, video-style!
Get ready for bright sets and costumes, four professional opera singers, and an amazing pianist—all members of Nashville Opera’s acclaimed Mary Ragland Emerging Artist Program. LITTLE RED’S MOST UNUSUAL DAY is 40 minutes of opera fun with activities to boot!
Click and enjoy.
LeVar Burton Kids
LeVar Burton, one of the world’s greatest storytellers and long-time host of Reading Rainbow, has created Skybrary and Skybrary School. Skybrary features digital stories and videos. LISTEN HERE.
TEG Field Trips are free, online games designed to take students on engaging and educational journeys through famous museums and historic landmarks, and even back to major moments in time. Much like The Escape Game rooms, players progress through games by uncovering clues and solving puzzles. To be successful, players must exercise their critical thinking and deductive reasoning skills. VISIT HERE TO PLAY.
Quaranteened is an original musical to be created by teen writers and songwriters about the changes in the world that our students are facing, right now, today. After the completion of the script, actors may audition to perform the script by being directed remotely and self-taping their pieces. The Theater Bug team will then edit together the scenes and songs to create a finished product! We will have a licensed clinical social worker present at group sessions as emotional and mental health support for students and staff. Not all who submit or audition will be admitted into the program.
This program is offered free of charge. Students will participate via Zoom, FaceTime and email. We are very excited to make some fantastic art with you, but ask that everyone remember that this is uncharted territory for us all. Participants will be asked for their understanding and flexibility as we learn how to create together!
Cori Anne Laemmel
Tony Matula – Director of Photography and Technical Support
Melissa Bowles – Emotional and Mental Health Support
Sarah Bolek – Stage Manager
Learn more by visiting here.
Don’t know what to do with your kid stuck at home? NCT has the answer: At-Home Acting Adventures! Fully digital, online, and LIVE interactive experiences to entertain and enrich student’s lives at home. Check out the class options for kids 3 – 18 years old, now with classes starting on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!
Some of the classes include:
- Ages 5-7: Jungle Journey ONLINE!
- Ages 5-7: Super Human Training ONLINE!
- Ages 8-11: Character Creators ONLINE!
- Ages 11-18: Advancing Your Acting ONLINE!
NCT also offers ideas for activities: Teddy Bear’s Picnic and 2-minute At Home Drama Activities.
BroadwayHD streams over 300 productions as well as playlists. You can watch and list with a free seven-day trial, along with an $8.99 monthly plan.
Virtually experience Walt Disney World attractions, shows, hotels, monorails, trains, boats, park areas, and more within an interactive 360º video environment.
Mr. Matty’s World is the creation of local entertainer Matt Walberg. He has a long history of children’s entertainment and offers a unique escape from the chaos of everyday life! Check him out on his Facebook and also on his Website.
This local momma has pulled together a list of online resources as well as some creative ways for the whole family to occupy their time. She also adds some self care tips!
Join the zoo each weekday for their feature “Bringing the Zoo to YOU!”. They will have chats with their keepers, a closer look at the animals that call Zoo Knoxville home, or maybe just a moment of zen.
Zoo Knoxville also wants to hear from you. Each week they will send out a call for participation from their fellow keepers.
THIS WEEK’S (3/16) ASSIGNMENT:
1) Draw a photo of your favorite Zoo Knoxville animal.
2) Take a photo of the drawing (or yourself with the drawing)
3) Post to your favorite social media account and tag @zooknoxville
For updates please visit their website: https://www.zooknoxville.org/
Astronauts read to your child from up above!
Classics for Kids® is here to help you learn about classical music and have fun too! Find Classics for Kids on the radio, listen to our podcast or listen to the programs online. Have fun online with classical music games.
The Classics for Kids® lesson plans and teaching resources give teachers now your homeschool Moms practical, effective plans and activities that use classical music to help children learn. and meet national and state standards.
Former Nashvillian, Emily Arrow has taken to her YouTube channel to offer. She creates music, books, workshops and videos for young children. Learn more about Emily at EmilyArrow.com and watch her YouTube Channel here.
Nashville-based company, GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are! Let’s get kids moving at home.
Visit the museum online! Virtual galleries are unavailable, however, each exhibition has its own online presence. On the landing pages for their current exhibitions, you will find a variety of resources that enhance enjoyment and understanding of this magnificent art. The Frist Art Museum invites you to explore the links that can be found under the “Resources” heading on each exhibition’s page. There they have posted gallery guides, educator resources, media coverage of the exhibitions, and video. And with children out of school, FristKids.org is a tremendous resource for home learning and fun activities.
Teach or improve their game with this printable instruction booklet. VIEW HERE.
View photos, listen to sound recordings and print materials available for online browsing.
Delve into Nashville’s history by viewing the library’s digital archive of over 100,000 historical photographs.
Visit the animals at the Nashville Zoo with regular live-streams on their Facebook!
The Adventure Science Center’s lessons provide instruction, a materials list, and ideas for activities to get hands-on with science, including sample questions to get those gears turning. Visit here for the lessons.
Visit Cheekwood Estate & Gardens for their Tots! program with weekly lessons online.
Andrew Jackson’s The Hermitage is offering virtual tours of the mansion, cabins, and grounds on their Facebook page.
The Nashville Symphony will use their Facebook post videos that highlight music education.
The museum is temporarily closed but they have digital learning available. Visit here for more information.
Visit 500 museums and galleries around the world online courtesy of Google Arts and Culture.
The voice of Olaf, actor Josh Gad, reads to your children from his Twitter account. WATCH HERE.
World famous composer Andrew Lloyd Webber will perform live daily on his Facebook page. WATCH IT HERE.
The Actors Fund, the national human services organization for everyone in performing arts and entertainment, announced today that SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, will produce daily online mini-shows, entitled “Stars In The House”, featuring stars of stage and screen singing and performing live (from home!) to promote support for The Fund’s services for those most vulnerable to the effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
New shows will be produced DAILY at the traditional theater times of 1pm/c and 7pm/c. Each star will be singing a mix of their hit songs and/or something unexpected. And between each song, Seth will interview the star as he does on SiriusXM, leading them to give fun, inside stories about their careers. Both the star and Seth will encourage people watching to donate at StarsInTheHouse.com, and James will be giving updates from The Fund as well as giving shout-outs to people donating in real time.
Stars scheduled to appear include: Iain Armitage, Shoshana Bean, Laura Benanti, Sierra Boggess, Wayne Brady, Betty Buckley, Laura Bell Bundy, Andréa Burns, Kerry Butler, Norbert Leo Butz, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Carolee Carmello, Kristin Chenoweth, Gavin Creel, Melissa Errico, Raul Esparza, Christopher Fitzgerald, Kathryn Gallagher, Ana Gasteyer, Mandy Gonzalez, Justin Guarini, Debbie Gravitte, James Monroe Iglehart, Rachel Bay Jones, Jeremy Jordan, Marc Kudish, Judy Kuhn, Anika Larsen, Linda Lavin, Beth Leavel, Telly Leung, Beth Malone, Melissa Manchester, Lesli Margherita, Lindsay Mendez, Idina Menzel, Varla Jean Merman, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Julia Murney, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelli O’Hara, Christine Pedi, Alice Ripley, Adam Pascal, Faith Prince, Keala Settle, Marc Shaiman, Kate Shindle, Jennifer Simard, Elizabeth Stanley, Patrick Wilson, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Scott Wittman, and many more to be announced. WATCH HERE.
“I Voted” Sticker Contest
Davidson County students in 7th through 12gh grade can design Nashville’s next “I Voted” sticker that will be displayed on shirts, lapels, and Instagram! The sticker celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Sponsored by Metro Arts and the Davidson County Election Commission. Read more about rules and guidelines here.
Storytellers Museum founder, Brian Oxley, will be doing a Facebook live-stream every Monday at 2pm CST starting today, March 16th. He will be reading from one of his 15 children’s books from his Grandpa Series. Please join and invite your children to listen in! Also, they will have a Facebook Live Steam at 3:30pm CST on Saturday, March 21st for an acoustic performance by Mark Alan Cash.
Enlighten your child’s day (and yours) with knowledge about animals at the zoo. Some of the events on Facebook will feature the animals from their zoo and take you on a wildlife discovery adventure. They will focus on a new animal each day and also on the future of wildlife.
KidsActivities.com has put together a list of education companies that are offering free subscriptions due to the school closings. The websites feature art, science, reading, and so much more.
Storyline Online is offering its FREE children’s literacy resource featuring the world’s best storytellers reading books aloud. Each video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students to do at home. https://www.storylineonline.net/
Many museums around the globe are offering virtual tours you can take from your living room. Museums listed on Travel + Leisure include British Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Musee d’Orsay, Van Gogh Museum, The Uffizi Gallery and more. View all of them listed here.
Scholastic releases free daily courses for kids stuck home amid coronavirus school closures (News 13 WBTW)
Scholastic set up a ‘Learn From Home’ website with four categories: PreK and Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3-5, and Grades 6+. Each section is already equipped with one week of content for students with 15 additional days on the way.
Kids’ author Mo Willems is here to make your weekdays a little better for a while: Starting today, he’ll release a new “Lunch Doodle” video each weekday at 1pm EST.
Broadway may currently be shut down but you can bring Broadway into your home!
Meet Fiona and other amazing animals!
The Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera’s free nightly opera streams is now available. Due to unprecedented demand and web traffic, they recommend you access the stream through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV. The free streams will be available on the apps without logging in under “Browse and Preview” in the apps for connected TV, and “Explore the App” on tablets and mobile devices.
DreamBox Math is here to support you and the learners in our communities during these uncertain times. We’re offering a 90 day free trial of DreamBox through April 30th, so kids can keep on learning, even if they’re not in school. Learn More: https://bit.ly/38SwfbH.
Need more? Here is a list of some free learning websites:
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