Resources for 4/27/2020

Hi friends,

Today, I’m sharing a handful of truly wonderful resources. From free local therapy to free documentaries to rap versions of Dr. Seuss classics, there’s some good stuff here.

Upper Valley COVID Relief
Over 20 licensed Vermont and New Hampshire psychotherapists have volunteered to provide free support to workers impacted by the coronavirus in the Upper Valley with free, 30-minute telehealth support sessions.  Support is available to any worker impacted by the virus, including but not limited to retail and grocery workers, first responders, all hospital employees, nursing home/home health aides, correctional officers, and any worker furloughed or unemployed due to COVID.  Please contact Lisa Gardner with any questions.

Art museums around the world are showcasing recreations of famous pieces done by those of us stuck at home with excess time and creativity on our hands, but the movement seems to have outgrown the museums.  In just over a month, a Russian Facebook group for art re-enactors has gained 540,000 followers around the world.  The group’s name, Izoizolyacia, combines the Russian words for “visual arts” and “isolation.”  Do yourself a favor and check out the site; the results are stunning. 

Dr. Seuss Raps over Dr. Dre Beats
Were Dr. Seuss classics written to be rapped? It seems so when you watch Wes Tank’s versions of Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Socks, The Lorax and more. If you haven’t seen these yet, you’re in for a real treat!

NETFLIX – Free Documentaries
To help teachers and students learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Netflix is making a handful of documentaries available for free on its YouTube channel. At the moment, there are 10 documentary films and series available. Each comes with educational resources, like discussion questions, ways to take action and more info. Netflix says it plans to add Q&As with some of the project creators soon.

Noggin – 60-Day Free Trial
Over 1,000 ad-free episodes of children’s shows like Dora the Explorer, Peppa Pig, Blues Clues and Paw Patrol, as well as games and educational videos, the younger crowd will find a lot here to get excited about. (A credit card is required.)

Musicians Uncovered
Musicians as Mentors presents Musicians Uncovered, a 30-minute Zoom-cast (think podcast but on Zoom) taking place over six weeks (April 28 – June 2) on Tuesdays at 2pm for a half hour.  You’ll hear from real DJ’s; Hip-Hop, Folk, RAP, and Country recording artists; vocalists and poets; singer-songwriters; as well as sound and light and music producers.  Free and open to all Upper Valley high school youth ages 14-19.  Hosted by Em Zanleoni, Upper Valley musician & youth advocate and sponsored by Upper Valley Music Center.

Wide Open School
Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day.  With categories like Live Events, Emotional Well-Being, Special Needs, Life Skills, and Field Trips, as well as Reading & Writing, Math, Science, History and the like, Wide Open School is, perhaps, the most helpful resource for “Crisis Schooling” I’ve come across.  Highly recommended!

A huge digital library for kids 12 and under, EPIC! offers 40,000 ebooks and audiobooks, learning videos, quizzes and more, and they’re offering 30 days for free (they do require a credit card).

Here’s to a wonder-filled week,