UPDATE: May 4, 2020
As we continue to navigate through these challenging times and juggle between multiple roles—chef, teacher, counselor, nurse—it is easy to be overwhelmed. Reading can be a wonderful (and healthy) escape from the stress of everyday life for you as well as the children in your home. Many of us take this simple act for granted, because we have so much “required” reading in our daily lives such as the newspaper, emails, and bills. Yet, reading for pleasure reduces stress and can relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing tension in your muscles. The book you choose doesn’t have to be on any “best-seller” list. The important thing is that the subject matter has captured your interest and will provide a space for your mind to relax in every day. Don’t be picky about what your kids choose to read, as long as it’s age-appropriate. Whether it’s a novel, a comic book, or a magazine – letting your child choose something they find interesting or engaging makes reading feel less like a chore or assignment and more like fun. For preschool-age kids and younger children, Allyssa McCabe, a psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, states that “reading interactively with (not just at) children is very beneficial for language and literacy instruction.”
Although all local libraries are currently closed due to COVID-19, there is an abundance of online libraries available where you can find something for everyone to enjoy. Many offer educational stories perfect for students who are distance learning!
Ventura County Library
The Library continues to offer digital services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at www.vencolibrary.org Don’t have a library card? Visit their Get a Library card page for a way to get a temporary number valid for 3 months.
Hoopla is a digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone. With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. https://www.hoopladigital.com/
Download the app or visit their website to check out ebooks and audiobooks, there is no monthly limit, however, there are limited copies of each item so you may sometimes have to wait, like with a physical book in the library. https://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/
A collection of tutorials, practice tests, and more educational resources for students of all ages. It is a collection of over a million books available free during this crisis. They have organized many of the resources according to grade level to facilitate distance learning. https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary
Free Quality Parenting Initiative Webinar
We also want to remind you about the importance of birth family connections, especially during a time of social disconnection. You are invited to join a live web event, “.” This is the sixth webinar offered as part of a Quality Parenting Initiative resource series, COVID-19: The New Normal. Join in for this 75-minute webinar on Tuesday, May 5th at 12 pm Pacific / 2 pm Central / 3 pm Eastern. You can
As always, please contact us through the resources listed on our website: https://homeswithheartvc.org/covid19-2/.
Your Homes with Heart Team