For Parents & Caregivers
Explore the links below for other activities, lesson plans, storytimes, and much more for yourself and those you care for.
Younger Children (0-5)
- Ready Rosie: Looking for some new, fun, activities do together? Quick two-minute videos in English or Spanish will get you inspired. Sign up here by entering your zip code and selecting Yolo County Library.
- YouTube Channels: Pancake Manor, CocoMelon, and PinkFong! These channels are library staff tested and approved, in fact, if you’ve enjoyed a Yolo County Storytime you’ll likely recognize some songs!
- Highlights for Kids: This website offers simple puzzles, earth science questions, and much more to explore with your young child.
- Sesame Street: This website brings all the fun of the television show accessed instantly. Sing along with your favorite muppets, explore healthy habits, and even color.
- Brightly Storytime YouTube Channel: Enjoy on-demand storytimes featuring popular favorites and read-aloud playlists by age.
- WideOpenSchool Pre-K: One of our favorite free services is being offered by the editors of CommonSense Media. You will find a daily plan for your child that includes hands-on activities so their whole day is not spent in front of a screen. There are resources for art, music, emotional well-being, reading, writing, science, and social studies. There are resources for English Language Learners and a section “Recursos en Espagnol”. You will also want to take a look at the Family & Teacher resource center where you will find tips and tricks for distance learning, how to keep kids motivated with online learning, information on parental controls, and more.
- Go Noodle: This website is chock full of activities for children and tweens, from silly dance-along videos to NFL Play 60 exercises.
- PBS Kids: Enjoy episodes and clips of popular cartoons such as Curious George, and educational games focusing on teamwork and feelings in both English and Spanish.
- Harry Potter At Home: Enjoy the magic of Hogwarts from your favorite shelter-in-place spot! This website has unique games, quizzes, and crafts.
- School Center: The Elementary School Learning Center is designed to help 4th and 5th graders do their best in math, reading, writing, and language. There are practice sets for different math topics, different kinds of reading, and important writing and language skills. Every question has a helpful answer explanation.
- WideOpenSchool K – 2; WideOpenSchool 3 -5; WideOpen School 6 – 8: Daily plans for school-age children plus tips for parents and caregivers on how to make the best of distance learning. Includes helpful information on testing your technology to get it ready for online lessons and a customizable “digital learning pledge”. Recursos en Espagnol.
- Encyclopedia Britannica / Encyclopedia Escolar: This wonderful learning resource offered in both English and Spanish includes a wealth of information for all grade levels. Access articles, biographies, geographical facts, and much more.
- CA DMV Practice Tests: Get a headstart on getting your driver’s license with these free practice tests. Russian and Spanish included.
- Live Cams: Monterey Bay Aquarium, San Diego Zoo, and Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve: Change up the scenery by enjoying live footage from these entertaining creatures and views.
- Learning Express Library: All you need is your Yolo County Library card to get ahead of the curve by studying for the SAT, GED, and ACT.
- School Center: The Middle School and High School Learning Centers are designed to help teens do their best in math, reading, social studies, technology, logic, and high school prep tests.
- College Admissions Test Preparation: Prepare for your ACT, SAT, and AP tests. Practice your college essay writing.
- WideOpenSchool 9-12: Daily plans for teens plus tips for parents and caregivers on how to make the best of distance learning. Includes helpful information on testing your technology to get it ready for online lessons and a customizable “digital learning pledge”. Recursos en Espagnol.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium Lesson Plans Curriculum and resources for grades Pre K – 12. Exhibits in real-time on their webcams and explore games and activities for all ages.
- National Archives Elementary At-Home Learning Activities Activities and ideas for teaching elementary-age children. Resources focus on skills like sequencing and finding clues in historical objects. Topics include symbols and national monuments.
- Archives Unbound Use your Yolo County LIbrary card to access primary source material for 296 archival collections covering topics of importance to U.S. and California history.
- We Are Teachers Ideas, inspiration, and giveaways for teachers including fun websites, games, apps, and hands-on activities for students K – 5.
- DK Find Out Free teaching resources covering key curriculum subjects.
- Help Me Grow Community calendar featuring free local virtual events for young children and their families. Events in English and Spanish.
- Homeschool Resources Anti-oppressive, anti-racist homeschool curriculum ideas, and resources for families.
- Online Indigenous Education K-8 Indigenous educators volunteer to teach short K-8 lessons online through Facebook.
- Entertain Kids on a Dime Popular blog with links to 100 activities of crafts and games to do at home during school closures.
- Learn @ Home with YouTube Resources and activities for families with children of different learning levels and areas of interest.
For more shelter in place resources please visit: yolocountylibrary.org/resources
- Storytime is a fun way to get children excited about reading and is also a way for parents to learn more about activities that will help their child(ren) be ready to read as they enter school. Yolo County Library staff deliver storytimes that are intentional, inclusive, and based on the latest child development research, which includes modeling interactive reading, facilitating parent-child interactions, and building pre-reading skills. Library staff take a whole-child approach to engaging families and building communities by using best practices in early literacy programming and education. Each program encourages families to sing, talk, read, write, and play together– five activities that are part of a nationally recognized parent education program known as Every Child Ready to Read. In addition to literacy, storytimes build resilience in our communities by increasing social connections and support, enhancing parenting and child development knowledge, and supporting the social and emotional competence of children through the use of the Strengthening Families framework.
- Borrow a school readiness or storytime kit to practice literacy skills at home.
- Sensory backpacks provide an adaptive learning experience.
- Each branch also has AWE Early Literacy Stations – special touch screen computers loaded with educational games for children and caregivers to play and explore together.
Accelerated Reader/Lexile/Reading Counts
Different school districts use different reading level systems. Many titles will show the level of the book in the description within the catalog. You may also search for books at your child’s level by searching the reading level as a keyword. (ex. AR 4.5, Lexile 600, RC 6-8)