Resources for Parents and Educators

Welcome! We are here for you, to help you navigate the challenging and wonderful journey that is parenthood.

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Check out our parenting shelf for books that will help you help your child!
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Our Online Resources for You:
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New Parenting Resources List – This list is for new or soon-to-be parents. There is a lot of misinformation out there, but these resources can help.

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Bedtime math — A nonprofit site that encourages math skills by challenging your child to tackle one five minute math problem per night.

Tumblebooks — A fantastic selection of children’s books, TumbleBooks has fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and foreign language books. Read as eBooks, have them read aloud to you, or explore related games and puzzles. You can use TumbleBooks in the library, or log in from home with your library card. No special software required.

Scholastic Teachables — Teacher-developed lesson plans with printable activities in all subjects pre-K through grade 6.

To log in to Scholastic Teachables and Tumblebooks, use your library cad number! If they ask for a password then type in the last four digits on your card. If that does not work, then give us a call and we can reset your password for you!

Thank you to the Harwinton Library Friends for sponsoring our subscriptions!

Our In-Library Rescouces:

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Scholastic Teachables: To the left of our front window in the children’s section we have printed worksheets from Scholastic Teachables for your convenience!! We have worksheets for children between Pre-K and 2nd grade!
Launchpads: These iPads are wonderful educational tools! We have Launchpads for all ages of children and you check them out at the library just like a book! Each Launchpad has pre-downloaded educational materials and games to help your child learn! They do not connect to the internet and are safe for all kids!
Awe Computers: We have four wonderful Awe Literacy computers at the library with pre-downloaded educational games covering all subjects! Whether you are looking for games about geography, math, science, art, or writing, you will find them here! These computers also do not connect to the internet and are safe for all children!
Practical Homeschooling and Other Magazines: We subscribe to Practical Homeschooling, National Geographic Kids, and Ask, and Spider from Cricket! Ask magazine contains science and exploration for curious kids. Spider contains stories and fun for new readers. Check any of these magazines out, just like a book!

Free Educational Websites:

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PBS Kids Games — Fun and free educational games!
Education Learning Library — Lesson plans, games, activities, and worksheets. Similar to Scholastic Teachables, there are limitless educational resources.
National Geographic Kids — Learn about nature, science, and geography through puzzles, quizzes and games.
Poptropica — Tired of educational games? Do you wish your kids could just have fun, but in a safe environment? Poptropica is the place for you. Certified kid safe, your kids can still enjoy this virtual world.
— This is still a thing? Yes! You can now play the classic version or the new version. This is another online website that is safe, yet super fun for your kids!

Our book lists:

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Here are some book lists we have made to help teach your child some difficult concepts. There are picture book recommendations for kids as well as books recommended for parents.
Is your child ready to start reading? Where to Start
For Picky Eaters
New Siblings (Updated 1/24)
Potty Training (Updated 1/24)
Struggling with Bedtime
What are Feelings?
What is Death? (Updated 1/24)
You don’t like to Read?