At Home

This page has FREE resources for learning and activities at home for kids and resources and activities for adults!! I wanted to make a massive resource spot. I have compiled many wonderful resources for you during this Covid-19 pandemic. On this page you will find: activities for learning at home, having family fun at home, how to talk to your kids about Coronavirus, and activities for adults to do while still practicing social distancing. Enjoy!

Storyline – Call 419-526-2665 to hear the week’s volunteer-recorded story read aloud!  

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Download a great children's book about Coronavirus in English and/or Spanish HERE.

From a Facebook Post:
Tonight I tried to explain the “corona virus thing” to our nine year old. She was bummed that a spring break mini-vacation was canceled and I could tell that she was worried that she would get sick or, even worse, that she’d have to be tested for sickness (the idea of a throat swab is absolutely abhorrent to her).

We are, in all likelihood, going to be fine. But no matter how I put it to her, her concerns did not go away.

Until I told her this:

Imagine that the whole world was suddenly dumped in to a swimming pool. Lots of us can swim. Some of us have floaties on our arms (evidence does suggest that children are more resilient than most to this particular disease). But there are some people who can’t swim well and need to be saved. The big challenge is that there aren’t enough lifeguards to save everyone and there are too many people in the pool so it’s hard to see who needs help.

I told her that the best thing we can do is to get out of the pool. Just go to our towels and sit down and have a popsicle and reapply our sunscreen.

And she looked at me strangely and said, “that makes more sense than anything else you’ve said tonight.”

What I didn’t tell her is that there are an awful lot of folks who are hoarding life-preservers or loudly trying to teach people who can’t swim how to swim or proclaiming that there is no pool or just splashing around and not listening to the lifeguard whistles.

I didn’t want to scare her.

And Another...
The coronavirus as explained to first graders...
Two days ago I sat all my kiddos down in a circle and told them we were just going to talk. I asked them if they knew why we were washing our hands all the time. They answered, "it is because of the coronavirus." I asked them what they knew about the virus. Their answers were honest. Most knew it was something that could make you really sick and many thought it was something that could kill them. We then had a discussion and I told them facts. Lucky for me we had just finished a fact vs. Opinion unit. The facts I shared.
1. The coronavirus is a virus similar to the flu. A virus is a germ.
2. People recover from the flu all the time. Many of you had the flu this year.
3. One reason people are scared of the coronavirus is because it is new. Scientists haven't had time to experiment and figure out how to get rid of it. This is going to take some time.
4. Remember when we experimented with glitter and learned that germs are like glitter and spread around the room super fast. The coronavirus is like super fine or little glitter. It spreads even easier than regular glitter. It is a tricky virus or germ. This is why everyone keeps cleaning everything.
5. The best way to get rid of the virus and not spread it around is to wash your hands using lots of bubbles and to keep your hands off your face. Always keep your hands to yourself just in case some of the tricky glitter/virus doesn't wash off. You don't want to give that germ to someone else.
6. Some of us are still going to catch this virus. It is super tricky.
7. Your 6 and 7 year old body is perfectly made to fight this virus and win.
8. The school might close for a while to do a super cleaning to get rid of this tricky virus.
9. We will come back to school, but it might be a while.
10. It is going to get scarier before it gets better. But it will get better. I promise.
11. I love you and will see you all soon.

If you are looking for a book to help you explain this to your kiddos check out.. Do Not Lick This Book. By: Idan Ben-Barak. It explains germs and has some cool photographs of actual germs.

Check this link for all authors:
Mo Willems (Author of Pigeon, and Elephant and Piggie Books) –
Peter H. Reynolds (Author of The Dot) –
Ben Clanton (Author of Narwhal Books) –
James Dean (Author of Pete the Cat Books) –
Jarrett Krosoczka (Author of the Lunch Lady series) –
Susan Verde (Author of I Am books) -

Peter Brown
Lisa Caprelli
Chris Grabenstein
Dan Gutman
Oliver Jeffers
Brad Meltzer
Kate Messner
BJ Novak
P.J. Palacio
Todd Parr
Dan Santat
Jordan Scavone
Kevin Sherry
Rosemary Wells
Karma Wilson

Rosemary Wells

Web site to get this document with links:

For Oklahomans
OHAI will be offering virtual education classes, in addition to the tai chi and SAIL classes. These classes will be offered via Zoom, which is an online video conference platform. Sign up is easy, and all you need is a computer or tablet and an internet connection. Attached is a schedule for the education classes, so if you are interested in any of them, please contact us at 405-271-2290 or email at Registration is required for classes offered on virtual platforms. Additional information and class materials will be provided to you upon registration.
Former El Reno Carnegie Library Director Amy Brandley is offering chair yoga classes on Facebook Live Mondays and Wednesdays through April 8.
From Smart Start Central Oklahoma
To help meet needs-
211 Oklahoma
Information and referral services to meet a wide range of needs including food, housing, legal services, child care, mental health services, job programs, and literacy. 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Call 2-1-1 or Text “211OK” to 898211
Visit the SSCO Live Binder 
A list of community resources for parents and caregivers
Find School Meal Program Sites
Here’s information on ERPS’s free lunch program. This doc is updated regularly .
If that link doesn’t work, here’s the page on the ERPS site that links to the Google Doc.
Catholic Charities
Emergency assistance available to all persons regardless of race, religion, ability to pay or national origin. Call 405-523-3000
Regional Food Bank
Anyone in need of food assistance in central and western Oklahoma is encouraged to visit to locate a nearby food pantry or call 405-972-1111 during workday hours
OKCity Crisis Nursery
Provides emergency care for children in times of crisis. Open 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Call or text 405-979-0706
Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS)
Check eligibility for food benefits, Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, WIC, energy assistance, and more
Latino Community Development Agency
Providing services to the Latino community. Call 405-236-0701
OKDOH Child Care Warmline
Provides free telephone consultation and/or referrals to child care providers and parents on numerous topics of concern. Call 888-574-5437
Child Guidance Program
Provides services to build healthy family relationships and enhance child development including Behavioral Health Services, Childhood Development and Parent Education Services, and Speech Language Services. Call 405-271-4477
Call the Mental Health Hotline at 800-985-5990
Call the Child Abuse Hotline at 800-522-3511
Call NorthCare at 405-858-1700 Outpatient behavioral health services including crisis intervention, counseling, child abuse prevention and court-related services in Oklahoma and Logan counties.
Call YWCA at 800-522-7233 Emergency shelter hotline for domestic violence and sexual assault victims during COVID-19
Contact National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)  Call 800-273-TALK or Text “NAMI” to 741741
Contact Palomar at 800-522-7233  Get help with safety planning, crisis intervention, emergency shelter, and advocacy
Contact Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (OCADVSA) Full directory or crisis centers and shelters
Call Native Alliance Against Violence (OKNAAV) at 405-801-2277 Tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalition 
Call La Luz at 405-812-0762 Provides domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking support
Call Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at 800-985-5990 Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 crisis counseling to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
Call Sunbeam Family Services at 405-528-7721 offering Telehealth mental health services

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