Parent Resource Guide

Updated Friday, June 26, 2020

With the announcement on Monday by Governor John Bel Edwards that he is extending Phase 2 for another 28 days, the hope of Knock Knock re-opening soon after the fourth of July has faded. But we continue to prepare daily for the return of children interacting, exploring, using their imaginations, and playing in the museum’s 18 Learning Zones as soon as possible. 
 
Although the Governor’s Phase 2 Re-opening Guidelines does allow children’s museums to re-open, it only does so if all tactile and interactive exhibits remain closed. After studying the guidelines, working with numerous local, state, and national officials, along with leaders of other state museums, we have decided to remain closed for the time beingWe continuously analyze the guidelines when they are released, and should something change unexpectedly we will be more than ready to re-evaluate our decision.
 
While we are extremely disappointed that we aren’t moving to Phase 3, our stance hasn’t changed. We would rather err on the side of caution, than move too quickly and have to close again because of an outbreak of the virus. The safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. We support the Governor and his team as they continue to guide us through this unprecedented situation. 
 
In the next few weeks, Knock Knock will be launching our brand-new, state-of-the-art digital production studio. This will give us the ability to produce high-quality, engaging, and exciting live-streamed content that will bring Knock Knock right into your living room or wherever you happen to be. These new online programs will range from art projects and science experiments to exploring nature and engineering, all taught by our highly trained and dynamic Learning Innovation team.
 
Lastly, it’s important to remember that playing with a purpose is vital to the health and well-being of children of all ages. Knock Knock is a special place where children can use their imaginations, interact with all the exciting features of our 18 Learning Zones, and make connections to the world around them. While you can’t visit Knock Knock just yet, it won’t be long. Until then, be sure to encourage the children in your life to play, create, and explore. They don’t realize it, but play is preparing them for life.
 
Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for all the latest information on our re-opening plans. You can also sign up for our free text message service, members text “MEMBER” to 63975; non-members text “KNOCKKNOCK” to 63975 (Text and data rates may apply).


For a while now, Ms. Tammy has been playing “Freight Train” by Elizabeth Cotton for children. It is appropriate this week and any week.
“To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here, right now.” Fred Rogers

Resources to Talk to Children About Race

Association of Children’s Museum’s Statement

Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News

8 Tips for Talking to Your Child About Racial Injustice

Talking to Children After Racial Incidents

Addressing Racial Injustice with Young Children

Talking About Race

The New York Times: List of Anti-Racism Books for Children

PBS Kids: Talking to Children about Race

PBS Kids: Read along of “You Matter”


Knock Knock at Your Door!

Ms. Tammy has a special message to help us understand why it is important to wear masks when in public. Making your own mask is easier than you think! Share this video with your friends to help everyone stay safe.
Today, Ms. Hillary, our Learning Innovation Specialist, shows us how to work with wire to create art from a 2-dimensional picture. Have some fun and show us your creation by posting it online and using the hashtag #KnockKnockAtYourDoor.


Knock Knock’s Virtual Lesson Plans

Here at Knock Knock, we have been working diligently to offer innovative ways for teachers and parents to experience the wonders of Knock Knock, even from home. With that in mind, this section is designed to provide resources to enhance the learning experience of your students and children.

Teachers are encouraged to incorporate these lesson into their current virtual activities, share it with other educators, or even with parents. These are simple but impactful lesson that utilizes materials that can be found at home.

If you need additional information, please contact Kristin Spencer, Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator at kspencer@knockknockmuseum.org. State standard guidelines referenced in these lessons can be found HERE.


Learning Resources

In response to COVID-19, Knock Knock Children’s Museum is creating weekly STEM Activity Kits delivered to over 100 children throughout South and North Baton Rouge. These weekly activities are included as part of Front Yard Bike’s food delivery program in collaboration with the 3 O’Clock Project. Each week, a different activity is provided with all materials and a detailed lesson plan.


Student Feeding Locations in EBR

Tele-Health

Mental Health Consultation – Free tele-mental health consultation for parents and caregivers.

COVID-19: Rebounding Throughout the Eyes of our Children with Dr. Stewart Gordon and Cate Heroman. Provided by: Leadership Baton Rouge Alumni

Learning Websites

LPB – At home learning resources and media

Fun Brain – Play games while practicing math and reading skills.

Highlight Kids – Read, conduct science experiments, and play games.

Coding at Home – Free tutorials for children to learn how to code and create projects to share.

Switcheroo Zoo – Learn about animals by watching, listening, and playing games.

Into the Book – Practice reading strategies by going “Into the Book.”

ABC Ya – Practice math and reading skills through games.

We are Teachers – Recommendations for the best websites to assist with teaching and learning math.

Virtual Tours and Activities

Farm Food 360 – Virtual farm tours.

The Metropolitan Opera – Series of free opera streams.

Craft Ideas – Free crafts, ideas, and tutorials.

Kids Gardening – Lesson plans and hands-on activities centered around gardening.

YMCA On-Demand Videos – Your favorite YMCA classes available online.

Learning from Home Made Fun

Stay at Home Care Package – Indoor games, activities, and resources provided by Big Life Journal

History for Kids – Free online history network filled with worksheets, games, and videos.

Hello Kids – printable and online coloring pages, drawing lessons, and crafts.

National Geographic Kids – Brain boosters, videos, and games centered around geographic material.

Imagineering in a Box – Disney sponsored program where children can learn how to build their own world and characters.

Recurring Programs

Virtual Reading with First Lady Donna H. Edwards – Tuesday and Thursdays at 11:00 am

Weather Lessons for Kids with Steve Caparotta (WAFB) – Wednesday and Fridays at 1:00 pm

Kidz Bop Daily Dance Break – Monday through Friday at 2:00 pm

Kennedy Space Center – Space-related lessons held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30 am for younger children and at 1:00 pm for high school students.

Virtual Dance Classes with Debbie Allen – Wednesdays at 3:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm (style of dance vary)