Resources for Bigs
Below are articles & resources that Bigs may find useful in their match.
Big Happenings E-News
We send out an e-newsletter chocked full of fun ideas, resources and activities for Matches. If you are not receiving it,
please contact your Program Coordinator to be added to the list. If you'd like to review past issues, here are the most recent Big Happenings:
COVID-19 Resources & Fun Activities
- Big Happenings Previous Issues
- Free math & reading assistance from the Reading & Math Corps for PreK-8th grade!
- Big-Bites-Little-Chefs-Cookbook- a collection of fun recipes from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & MetroWest
- State of MN flyer regarding a new condition called Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, red tongue, swollen feet, and red or pink eyes. This illness may have a connection to COVID-19, but it’s not 100% clear.
- AMERICA'S PROMISE ALLIANCE COVID-19 RESOURCE COLLECTION
- The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's online Concert Library, a free streaming platform that offers full-length HD concert video in both livestream and on-demand formats.
- 2020 Sherburne County Mental Health Guide
- COVID 19 MN Resource Guide
- Online Safety: as we are now relying more heavily on technology to help us stay connected we wanted to share online safety resources for families. One of our partners has designed a short web-series, Into the Cloud, for kids 10 and under. The website also has printable activities and online games.
- Here is the full list of services the Great River Regional Library is offering right now including Abdo Elementary Bookshelf, Abdo Secondary Bookshelf, TeenBookCloud (collection of ebooks for students grades 7-12. No hold queues or waiting.), AudioBookCloud (collection of audiobooks for all ages. No hold queue or waiting.) If you don't have a library card you can get an e-card. They also have story time via Facebook live on Tuesday/Thursdays at 11 am.
- Great River Regional Library's Research Databases
- Sesame Workshop launched the Caring for Each Other initiative—a commitment to supporting families throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The initiative’s landing page, SesameStreet.org/caring is home to resources designed to provide comfort, manage anxiety, and foster learning at home.
- Prodigy (math)
- XtraMath (math)Who-to-Call-Flyer
- Mystery Science (science)
- Scholastic (reading)
- Khan Academy
- kids.nationalgeographic.com (science)
- mysterydoug.com (science)
- typingclub.com (writing)
- squigglepark.com (reading)
- storylineonline.com (reading)
- historyforkids.com (social studies)
- essaypop.com (writing)
- virtual museum tours travelandleisure.com (social, art)
- spellingcity.com (spelling)
- youtube.com (everything)
- Virtual Mentoring Guide
- The National Association of Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) has shared the following resources to help youth and family serving organizations:
- At Home Learning: 160 stories with vocab and comprehension quizzes (and answer keys!)
- Check your school district's website for info regarding free lunch and/or breakfast food service.
- List of Central MN restaurants who are offering take-out/delivery
- Comic for kids to help explain COVID-19. Print and fold a zine version of this comic here. Here are directions on how to fold it. To read this comic in Chinese, click here.
- A list of resources to help you keep a consistent learning environment while kids are out of school
- Guide to help caregivers and families cope with COVID-19
- Comcast Opens Xfinity WiFi Network Nationally for Free, Offers Unlimited Data for Free, Confirms Its Commitment to Connecting Low-Income Families
- Search Institute: 10 Ways to Respond to Fear and Scapegoating During the Coronavirus Epidemic
Traumatic Events & News
After any disaster, parents and other adults struggle with what they should say and share with children and what not to say or share with them. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Talking-To-Children-About-Tragedies-and-Other-News-Events.aspx
A tip sheet with suggestions on how to address media coverage on disturbing events with children and encourage helpful and healthy communication in the aftermath of a crisis or disaster. http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/tips_for_parents_media_final.pdf
From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. A brief overview of reactions to disasters in children across the age range 0-19 and how adults can support them and talk about the disaster. http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA11-DISASTER/SMA11-DISASTER-09.pdf
This resource provides information to caregivers and service providers on how child may react in the aftermath of a traumatic event. It also provides strategies to use with children based on different age groups – preschool, school-age, and adolescent. http://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/assets/pdfs/age_related_reactions_to_a_traumatic_event.pdf
From Sesame Street is geared towards children 0-5. This toolkit can be a great resource for parents and caregivers to talk to their children about upsetting events that they see in the news, and how to cope with difficult and scary times. http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/youcanask
Mental Health, Depression & Suicide
Improving Self-Esteem in Teens
A Family Guide to Mental Health- You're Not Alone!
1 in 6 households in Minnesota have a person who has mental illness, mental illness is common and it is not anyone's fault. https://co.stearns.mn.us/AdultsFamilies/HealthyFamilies/FamilyGuidetoMentalHealth
Suicide Prevention Resources
Ericka's Lighthouse Parent Handbook on Childhood & Teen Depression
Talking to Your Kids About Suicide
Suicide Awareness Prevention Training - Centracare
Teen Suicide Prevention Video - Mayo Clinic
Natural disasters like tornadoes are difficult to understand and can be challenging to discuss with children. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers several resources to help caregivers address this topic with children and teens.
After the Tornado: Helping Young Children Heal explains ways to ensure that children feel safe and protected after frightening events like tornadoes.
Tips for Parents on Media Coverage of the Tornadoes explains how exposure to media coverage about natural disasters can affect children and offers suggestions on how to discuss natural disasters with children and limit their exposure to disturbing media coverage.
Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents includes lists of activities for children and families to do when there is no power or when it is unsafe to go outside.