This fall, the beginning of school will look different than any other back-to-school seasons before. Some schools have started the year with in-person instruction. However, many parents and caregivers are choosing to navigate distance learning due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
If you’re looking for resources to incorporate into your distance learning routine, check out Family Equality’s library of online activities! Maybe it can provide you with a few extra tools in your toolbelt this unique school year.
- Activities & Resources for Littles (0–8 years old)
- Activities & Resources for Middles (9–15 years old)
- At-Home Activities for the Whole Family
- Resources for Parents Navigating Distance Learning
- More to Explore
Activities & Resources for Littles (0–8 years old)
Drag Queen Story Time with Nina West
Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar Nina West as she brings the magic of story hour to your home!
Story Time: Provincetown Edition!
Find yourself dreaming of the beach mid-week? Watch Provincetown favorites, Miss Richfield and Scarbie, as they tell some stories, and…sing with a saw?
Pronouns, Privilege, and Finger-Knitting with Queer Kid Stuff
Join Queer Kid Stuff, aka Lindz Amer, for some queer-friendly, kid-friendly books. Plus, a quick lesson on pronouns, privilege, and finger-knitting!
Ask the Author: Story Time with Ourshelves
Family Equality joined forces with OurShelves Diverse Kids Books, a queer-owned diverse kids’ book box service and advocacy effort, to bring real children’s book authors to your computer screen!
Radical, LGBTQ+ friendly Canadian micropress, Flamingo Rampant, joins Family Equality with two children’s book authors. It’s a storytime you wouldn’t want to miss!
Drag Queen Story Hour with Raquelita & Barbie Q
Queens Raquelita and Barbie Q, along with the San Diego LGBT Community Center, hosted this special storytime to benefit The Sit In, a Black healing space, and March for Black Women.
Sunshine and Vision Boards with Queer Kid Stuff
We all need a little light in our lives! Queer Kid Stuff, aka Lindz Amer, joined us for a special music and storytime all about the sun. They included a quick vision board craft, too!
Activities & Resources for Middles (9–15 years old)
Licensed yoga instructor, former elementary school teacher, and health coach Amanda January walks young people through meditation skills. Amanda covers techniques for relaxing, finding space, and managing feelings…all in 20 minutes!
Author of beloved children’s books, Rosie Revere, Engineer and Sofia Valdez, Future Prez joined us for a reading of her books and a special Q&A. Watch to learn how she gets her ideas and what future books she’s got in store!
LGBTQ+ History for Young Adults
Why does LGBTQ+ history matter, how far back does it go, and who are its heroes? Author Sarah Prager (Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World) teaches teens all about important figures in LGBTQ+ history.
Award-winning author Robin Stevenson (Kid Activists, Pride: The Celebration and the Struggle, Pride Colors, When You Get the Chance, and The Summer We Saved the Bees) shares how she became a writer and where she gets her ideas from. Then, she gives young people tips for how they can continue their stories!
How Can I Use My Story to Create Change?
Teen advocates came together to give other young people the tools they need to use their storytelling for good…in just 10 short minutes!
At-Home Activities for the Whole Family
Baking 101: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Baking is more than just combining a few ingredients together—there’s a whole science behind it! Andrea DiMedio joined us to share her love and knowledge of the elaborate chocolate chip cookie baking process. Grab an apron and let’s go!
20-Minute Family Bootcamp Workout
Looking for a creative way to stay active while cooped up at home? Friend of Family Equality and fitness pro, Victor Self, and his two daughters walk through a full 20-minute bootcamp workout.
Resources for Parents Navigating Distance Learning
Coping During COVID-19: Survival Tips for LGBTQ+ Parents
Renowned psychologist Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee, author of Deviced! Balancing Life & Technology in a Digital World presents this session all about how to approach screentime in the time of COVID-19. She also talks about the key to mastering flexibility and emotional resilience in this crisis.
In case you need a break from it all, take 10 short minutes to refresh your heart, mind, and body with this bite-sized workshop! Start with learning about the heart-brain connection and end with an uplifting, heart-centered meditation to evoke full-body balance.
Prioritizing Self Care in a Pandemic
Join radical nonbinary parent coach Nic Strack as they deconstruct mainstream parenting culture’s belief system around self-care. They also demonstrate why (and how) taking the time to care for yourself is more important than ever.
More to Explore…
If you burn your way through all our online resources and activities, we highly recommend you check out…
- Queer Kid Stuff’s 8 Week-Long Remote Learning Course. PreK–3rd graders can learn all about social justice and LGBTQ+ topics through video playlists and downloadable activities!
- Woke Kindergarten’s Resources, which includes 60-second texts that break down big concepts for little people. Plus, storytimes with academic, interactive, and culturally affirming reads.
- Out School’s Online Classes and Camps to connect learners and parents with teachers virtually!