Education Resources

Our Education staff compiled a list of resources that our families and students might find helpful during this time. If you have any links you like and would like to include on this list, please contact youtharts@kala.org. Kala makes no claims about the efficacy or warranties of each program, network, or organization on this list. We will continue to update the content/format.

Online Resources for Artists, Teaching Artists, Parents & K-12 kids

Alphabet Rockers This intergenerational group creates brave spaces to shape a more equitable world through hip hop. Their GRAMMY nominated albums inspire American kids and families to stand up to hate and be their brave and beautiful selves.

El Comalito Collective “Virtual Paint Party Videos” Join El Comalito Collective artists every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon from our Facebook Live or view uploaded videos on their website.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan: CMOM at Home While the Museum is closed, CMOM educators are working to fill your child’s day with engaging interactive activity. Enjoy videos, sing-a-longs, games and so much more for you to do together with your family at home!

Giant List of Ideas For Being Home With Kids List of ideas for actual quarantine, school closures, weekend social distancing, anytime!

Homeschool Hideout: 150+ Educational Shows on Netflix

Kids Activities: List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions

Kids Activities: Things to do While You’re Stuck at Home

KQED- Bay Area: How Teachers Can Navigate School Closures Due to the Coronavirus Use these trusted resources to continue to provide meaningful learning experiences for students during school closures. This post will be regularly updated as new resources become available.

KQED- At-Home Learning KQED is offering an at-home learning response to school closures for all children and youth in California. This response includes a new educational schedule for broadcast on KQED Plus in the Bay Area as well as free corresponding digital learning media and activities for at-home learning. KQED is also providing  support for teachers and parents in navigating this new learning landscape throughout the state.

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts- Lets Get Creative! LBCA, based in Santa Rosa, releases daily videos and classes on their YouTube channel and live on their Facebook page so you and your family can See, Learn, and Do art right in your very own homes.

Mo Willems: Lunch Doodles! Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home: Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.

MoAD (Museum of the African Diaspora): Educator Guides Educator Resource Guides of MoAD’s exhibitions prepared by the Education Dept. Resource Guides are interdisciplinary and written to align with California State Common Core Standards for grades 3 through 12. Each Resource Guide contains artist background information, lesson plans, and hands-on activities to help students gain a deeper understanding of the artworks featured in each exhibition. Check out MoAD’s blog as well.

MoMA: Learning Curve- Art Resources for Teaching & Learning from Home The Museum of Modern Art gathered some of their best resources for hands-on activities and online learning.

Museums & Galleries on Instagram Links to many museums and galleries on Instagram.

Museum of Children’s Art Virtual Art Classrooms

NIAD Art Center Free Coloring Pages for You & Yours If you’re stuck in the house with your children or self-isolating yourself, here’s a gift for you! Download Four PDFs of NIAD’s most popular coloring books.

NPR: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

PBS Kids For Parents PBS Parents site full of resources and activities for parents and kids. Their new weekly newsletter offers activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home.

PBS Learning Media: Bring the World to Your Classroom KQED and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for California educators.

Scholastic Learn At Home Classes & Resources– Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and learning. Resources for families and teachers.

Sesame Street: Caring For Each Other Site provides content and resources you can use with your family to offer comfort and spark playful learning activities. Children thrive with structure in their lives and they learn best through play, even in everyday moments like mealtimes and morning and evening routines. We hope the content and resources help you and your family breathe, laugh, and play together! And remember—they are not prescriptions you have to follow, but ideas you can use to spark other playful learning moments.

Smart Schoolhouse DIY Crafts for Kids

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art (SVMA) In response to temporary school closures due to COVID-19, SVMA is putting together ARTS@Home, special lessons available online for families working and learning from home.These series of art lessons, prepared by SVMA arts education staff, can provide children with hours of stimulating and fun learning activities—good for students and good for parents and grandparents! Each week SVMA will release new ARTS@Home learning activities.

The Spanish Experiment Well-known children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids… and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English.

Youth In Arts (YIA) Cre8tes: Live-Streamed Arts Activities Starting Monday, March 16th join YIA- San Rafael, every morning at 11:08am for eight minute live-streamed arts activities on Facebook and Instagram. YIA will offer visual arts with supplies you’ll have on hand, and dance to keep them on their toes. Visit YIA Cre8tes Calendar for the daily activity and supply list.

Virtual Field Trips! Over 30 virtual field trips with links, to zoos, museums, parks, and more.

Wendy MacNaughton: Drawing Classes on IG Bay Area artist Wendy MacNaughton is an Illustrator/friendly quarantine art teacher! Draw Together with Wendy: 10am pst M-F on Instagram Live, stays up for 24 hrs in stories.

Smithsonian Resources

🖼 Smithsonian American Art Museum The Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery’s buildings may be temporarily closed, but the museum is always open online. Explore past and current exhibitions, watch artist interviews, exhibition videos, virtual museum tours, and more. Check out the Education page.

📚 The Smithsonian Learning Lab, which includes pre-packaged collections containing lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators as well as thousands of classroom teachers across the country. Visit the Smithsonian Learning Lab’s Distance Learning hub, which is being updated regularly with the latest information and resources.

🕹 Visit the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s Game Center, which is full of fun apps and games to help K-12 students learn about science. Games like “Tami’s Tower: Let’s Think About Engineering,” a design game that will help teach your student how to design a solution to a problem using basic engineering design principles.

📝 Looking for low- or no-tech resources to keep young learners engaged? These activity pages include word and number games, art exercises, and fun quizzes. You can also try some hands-on activities from the National Air and Space Museum.

🎙 Older students can benefit from the Smithsonian Folklife and Oral History Interviewing Guide, which offers guidance on collecting oral histories to help preserve culture and traditions for future generations.