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More fun online literacy stuff

I’m sure many of you are sharing your space with antsy kids.  Here are some suggestions of activities that are fun and sneak in some learning.

Lots of great children’s authors are hosting online storytimes.  This article has a list with links.  Search for #OperationStoryTime on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to find more.

Storyline Online features celebrities reading picture books.  Many are perfect for kindergarten through third grade.

We can’t get out to the Minnesota Zoo, but they do have some excellent learning resources to use online and download.

How about concerts from children’s musicians?  This website has an updated list of dates and times.  Many are free, but some request donations and others may require a small fee.

Math can be fun!  Cool Math 4 Kids has games to make practicing grade school math entertaining.

You may remember Highlights magazine from your childhood, since they’ve been around since 1946.  Their website has games, learning, real world activity suggestions and more for ages 6-12.

Gao Hong and Issam Rafea Concert

Gao Hong and Issam Rafea

Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm
Lonsdale Public Library

Blending music and hearts from Syria and China, the Gao Hong and Issam Rafea Duo brings together two master world musicians who explore the common bond between their two instruments and creative visions. Issam’s instrument, the Arabic lute called the oud, and Gao Hong’s instrument, the Chinese four-stringed lute called the pipa, originated from the same ancient instrument – the Persian barbat.

Since they only improvise live compositions, no two performances from the duo are ever exactly the same. In concerts, they ask for titles from audience members and then create instantaneous site-and audience-specific pieces based on the suggested titles.

In their presentation they will introduce their instruments and discuss their unique approach to performance. Both artists are wonderful composers, and this helps each anticipate what the other will do in their improvisations. Since nothing is discussed or prepared for in advance, the audience experiences one-of-a-kind musical experiences that will never be repeated.