The Five Things to Know This Week

Over these last 10 weeks, we’ve used this space to provide an array of resources helpful to families currently navigating this unprecedented time in our city’s history. This information — from learning websites to virtual zoo tours to how to reach city offices — will remain important in the days and weeks ahead, and all of it may be found on the SchoolFacts Boston Blog.

This week, we wanted to focus in on five particular resources that may be helpful to you or someone you know. Here they are:

  1. Read Aloud: Former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama share a special reading of The Word Collector, a book written and illustrated by local author Peter Reynolds that tells the story of Jerome, a young boy who collects words.
  2. Connect with the MFA: They may be closed to the public, but the Museum of Fine Arts Boston has launched MFA Playdates at Home, an opportunity for students to connect with museum educators and staff. This week’s activity is inspired by the book, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, and entails a reading and art project.
  3. Find Support: Covid-19 has created new levels of stress for families, children, and caregivers. The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides resources, information, and updates in both English and Spanish.
  4. Math Mobiles: The Education Learning Center has launched “SolveMe Mobiles” to spark young minds seeking the chance to explore, solve, and create.
  5. Virtual Summer Camp: EdNavigator has continued to provide resources and activities to families via their daily newsletter One Great Thing as well as webinars. Next on their docket is the launch of Camp Kinda, a virtual summer camp that will run from June through August with daily on and off-line activities “developed by educators and experts” for students in grades K-8. Read more about it here

If you have additional resources you’d like us to share with other families, please let us know by emailing