Resources for Shutdown


About these resources

These are a list of resources to help navigate the current shutdown. As a mom of two affected by the shutdown, I've been searching for ways to make the upcoming weeks more bearable. These are not endorsements and all information should be confirmed with the source. Check back often as I will add resources as I find them. Stay safe and healthy and keep learning! 

Reading & Writing - (a 501(c)(3) non profit library run by the Internet Archive). It has 4+ million books, including modern works, freely available to borrow and read in your browser.

Learning A-Z: Account sign up required. Leveled eBooks and eQuizzes for all ages. 

Facebook Live Author Visits (dates and times vary; please check the authors page for information): Ben Clanton & Narwhal & Jelly

Essay Pop: Cloud based writing platform that helps students create great essays. 

LivBits: Interactive Read-Aloud's curated by LivBits.

PebbleGo: K-3 learning resources. 


At Home Math Learning Activities:  Links to different math activities you can do at home. 

60+ Awesome Websites for teaching Math: curated by teachers, a list of math websites. 


30 Days of Legos: Free printable featuring a new Lego Challenge every day.

77 Stem Activities for Families: Opportunity abounds if you know where to look.  

MEL Science: Science and Chemistry kits for kids, delivered to your door. VR lessons as well. Prices Vary.  

Science Mom:  YouTube channel full of cool science information. New videos every Wednesday. 

Art & Culture

Art for Kids Hub: Family run YouTube Channel with all kids of great art activities. 

ActiveHistory UK:  Award winning history simulations. Tons of resources geared to students 11 and up. 

Make: Two weeks of free Art Lessons starting March 16 @ 1PM Central Time. 

Download Free Coloring Books: Free coloring books from 113 museums. 

BalletNova: Is offering free dance lessons beginning March 16. Check their Facebook Page for more information. 

Metropolitan Opera will stream encore presentations from the company's HD archives. 

Free Month of Piano Lessons: Through Busy Mom's Do Piano

Virtual Field Trips and Experiences

VR Field Trips:  Links to visit other parts of the world.

Cincinnati Zoo: The Cincinnati Zoo will be hosting Facebook Live sessions everyday at 3PM Eastern Time featuring an animal and an activity kids can do at home. 

Netflix: 30 Educational Shows to stream. 

             150 Educational Shows to stream. 

Google Arts and Culture: Google has curated a collection of information about Arts and Culture. 

Online Learning & Miscellaneous

Parents Guide to Google Classroom: Useful tips for those of us new to e-learning. Online learning in small groups. Could you survive the Oregon Trail? Want to learn to paint like Van Gogh? Featuring over 10,000 courses. Prices start at $5. Free Tutoring for K-12 students by college students. 

Virtual Field Trips: Google curated list of virtual field trips. 

100+ Indoor Activities for Kids: Simple activities and fun crafts you can do at home. 

Non-Screen Activities to do at Home: List of activities that don't include a screen. 

Download PBS Video App: Continue Exploring the world with PBS. 

Scholastic Learn at Home: Resources for remote learning, .

At Home Learning:  Schedule, Resources, and Guidance for At-Home Learning ExperiencesRecommended for Upper Elementary and Middle Grades

10 Free Learning Websites for Children: Link to collection of free websites. 

Cops & Doughnuts: Bubba and Ryno will host learning sessions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2PM Eastern Time on Facebook Live. 

List of educational websites offering free subscriptions during the Covid-19 Shutdown. 

Child Mind Institute: Great resources for talking to children about coronavirus. 

List of things to do with kids at home during the shutdown. 

Facebook: Amazing Educational Resources: Facebook Group full of fabulous resources. More being added everyday. 

Area School District Links

Orland 135: Information about all Elementary & Junior High schools serving Orland Park. 

Orland 230: Information for Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew.

Tinley Park 146: Information about all Elementary & Junior High schools serving Tinley Park.

Homer 33C: Information about all Elementary & Junior High schools serving Homer Glen. 

Low Income Family Assistance

Wifi Access: Comcast & Charter will provide free internet during the crisis. Link here: Comcast & Charter. 

Economic Assistance: State of Illinois is offering unemployment insurance due to COVID-19. Call 800-244-5631 or visit: for more information.