RBERN Virtual Instructional Resources for Parents and Families
This list of resources was created to support bilingual parents and families for virtual learning opportunities.
Early Childhood (Ages 1 - 6)
Free for the next few months. Live & on-demand classes, on a range of topics with demonstrations of craft making related to that topic. Good for home and teachers.
Lots of free downloadable games, worksheets, flashcards, and dice for parents to play with their children.
Ages 2 - 8
Drop-down menu by age and content type: Math, Science, Literacy, Social-emotional, social skills, Character, and the Arts. Numerous fun games to play on a computer, phone or iPad.
All Kids Network has a vast array of printables for home: crafts, flashcards, various elementary versions of lined paper, and other resources.
Educational video lessons on YouTube with a vast array of topics, such as space, mythology, literature, etc. Videos have closed captioning and run 3 – 5 minutes in length. Very child friendly to watch.
A wonderful website of picture-books read to children by well-known actors. Each book has a supplemental curriculum developed by elementary educators aimed at strengthening comprehension, verbal and written skills for ELLs. Each book lists the suggested grade levels and running time. It can be viewed on SchoolTube, YouTube or Vimeo.
Ages 0 - 12
Nature magazines: Ranger Rick (ages 7-12), Ranger Rick Jr. (ages 4-7) and Ranger Rick Cub (ages 0 – 4). Digital editions of their magazines are free to families for the next few months.
Grades Pre-K - 5
Read Conmigo provides free bilingual children’s books in Spanish and English for family reading. The eBooks include an activity to guide reading comprehension & vocabulary development. All eBooks are compatible with most Apple iOS, Amazon Kindle, & Android devices as well as laptop & desktop computers.
Grades K - 5
As a part of #LincolnCenterAtHome, the Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom brings you a daily lesson in creative art-making. Live broadcasts are every weekday morning at 10 AM EDT, a Lincoln Center Teaching Artist leads families and students in a workshop that uses simple materials found at home. Demonstrations are archived.
Grades K - 8
This is a free site for students to learn English online. There is a selection of games that students can use to practice learning English in a fun way. It is primarily aimed at ENL students, but young children may also benefit from them.
Grades 6 - 12
An outstanding collection of topics, idea books, study guides, This Day in History, biographies, videos, appropriate for research projects.
Grades K - 12
Available to read and write in 13 languages. Empowers a student to express his/her ideas by creating comic strips. Has comic starters and printables. Choose from a diverse range of characters, objects, scenes, and emotions. Use talk and thought balloons. Free lesson plan. Also, read & write in free e-books.
NYC Historical Society has numerous resources. Go in under Education – teachers - Curriculum Resources. Very good for students doing research papers.
Ages 2 - College
Available in 22 languages. Free resources for students, teachers, and parents. Offers all content subjects, AP courses and SAT prep. Webinars, professional learning sessions, office hours to talk with a Kahn expert. Newly added Mastery Challenges offers more opportunities to review concepts students have already worked on.
Pre-K - College
Using the free SimplyE reader app, available on the App Store or Google Play, one can borrow e-books for free. Excellent for research, primary source documents and photographs.
Children - Adults
Coloring Nature is for children & adults. There are more than 675 free printable coloring pages with new pages added weekly. Coloring categories include biomes, anatomy, animals, plants and more, plus some just for fun.
International Children’s free Digital Library - an online library with hundreds of free books in Spanish for children. The text box enlarges the print.
This bilingual site is a comprehensive resource for families of English Language Learners.
National Geographic in Spanish Numerous high-quality videos and articles in Spanish.
Photomath App - and Similar Math Apps
Take a picture of a Math problem with a cellphone and it will provide step by step solutions.
100 Spanish language resources for bilingual parents.
Sister-site to ColorinColorado. Numerous resources for parents to help their child at home with reading.
Free resources of activities to do with children at home.
Numerous resources for parents of ENL students to use at home; some are good to reinforce language skills.
LibriVox makes books available, for free, in audio format. The catalog is sortable by author, title, genre/subject, and language. Over 1,000 books are available in numerous languages.
For ENL students doing research papers at home, Simple English Wikipedia uses shorter sentences, easier words, and grammar than the regular English Wikipedia. Translates into over 50 languages.
The American Museum of Natural History – their Science website for kids is called Ology. This has games, stories, hands-on activities and videos under a number of topics. Short stories have a quiz at the end. Very user friendly.
The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC has a number of pictures of their individual museums. Click on any one of those museums for specifics: the opening page has numerous photos. Click on the exhibitions link and then “learn more” which gives in-depth information about specific topics and short, informational, easy to read paragraphs.
Audio-books and eBooks
Free books for all ages to listen to on a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Top 10 educational sites on YouTube for children.
Free links for eBooks and audiobooks.
Free eBooks in 20 languages.
A good list of links for audio-books.
If your library has free, digital services, you can look at the numerous offerings from Hoopla.
Instagram Book Readings
Instagram is currently filled with kid lit authors doing book readings for free. Some of the authors and illustrators are Oliver Jeffers, Beatrice Blue, Mac Barnett.
Many read-alouds by this author, plus numerous resources are broken out by age groups.
Read-alouds by Kate Messner of some of her books.
Children's Literature authors.
All free downloadable books. Links to your local library.
Harry Potter website, the first audible book is free to listen to.
Links to your local library. Available in 6 languages.
Register for a free account, and there are a number of books, broken down by age groups and levels.
Free teen online books. Titles change by the month.
Students with Disabilities/Special Education Supports
Birth Through College
NYC based organization that provides free services. The website is in Spanish and English; it provides excellent support for parents of students with disabilities. Free phone-in helpline delivers in-depth, 1;1 assistance with special education or disability-related issues to parents, young adults, and professionals. Easy website to navigate.
Long established website. Very comprehensive resources and sub-links on understanding and supporting individuals with learning disabilities. http://www.ldonline.org/resources%20new/c698 (parent resources)
Virtual tours of the Great Wall of China in English, Spanish, French & German.
Virtual tour of Yosemite National Park.
Zoos and Outdoor Webcams
Eagle and Hawks Nests
Free webcams of Eagle and Hawks nests across the USA. They provide high-definition live webcams of the Bald Eagle and Hawks nesting. Wonderful opportunity to watch eggs hatch; engages the whole family in language discussions.
View livestream of penguins.
Live webcams. Wonderful variety across the USA. Lots of home conversations can be generated from this.
Videos of animals at the zoo with narration. Links to other NYC zoos.
View livestream of newly hatched eaglets in their nest.
Live webcams of owls, condors, tigers, elephants, butterflies, giraffes, koala bears, apes, panda bears, polar bears, baboons, and penguins. Wait several seconds for it to turn on.
The National Zoo has live webcams of its naked mole rats, panda bears, lions, and elephants. Wait for several seconds for it to turn on.