Kids’ Update: James and the Giant Peach

Do you love Roald Dahl? Do you like supporting good causes? Do you adore watching celebrities goof around? Then James and the Giant Peach read by Taika and friends is just for you!

The collaboration between Roald Dahl Story Company, Taika Waititi and the star-studded line-up of guests will serve children and families currently in lockdown all over the world and will raise money for Partners In Health, a global health non-profit who are on the front line of the fight against COVID-19 in the most vulnerable parts of the world, with the Roald Dahl Story Company committed to donation matching of $1 million.

Watch new episodes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday! James and the Giant Peach.

Kids’ Update: Happy Memorial Day

Though summer doesn’t start till June 21st, many people celebrate Memorial Day as the unofficial first day of summer. But Memorial Day is about a lot more than hot dogs and hamburgers.

Union General, John A. Logan, declared May 30, 1868 an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. He called it Decoration Day (later changed to Memorial Day). In 1950, President Harry S. Truman issued a proclamation calling on Americans to observe the holiday as a day of prayer for peace. President Richard M. Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1971. Now, we observe Memorial Day on the last Monday of May and honor the men and women of the U.S. military who died in American wars. 

This video from PBS Learning Media will teach you more about Memorial Day.

Kids’ Update: Get Ready to Code!

Calling all coders! Here are some great websites you can use to learn coding or brush up your skills. So, whether you’re a beginner or not, get ready for coding fun!

Alice is an innovative block-based programming environment that makes it easy to create animations, build interactive narratives, or program simple games in 3D.

Blockly Games is a series of educational games that teach programming. It is designed for children who have not had prior experience with computer programming. By the end of these games, players are ready to use conventional text-based languages.

Using Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch will help you learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

Tynker is the fun way to learn programming and develop problem solving & critical thinking skills! For ages 5+ and now available for free during school closures.