Kanopy for Kids

One doesn’t give much thought to working from home when you work in a library, well I didn’t anyway – I never imagined a need. However, here we find ourselves. To complicate matters (and I know I am not the only one in this boat) I have a 3.5 yr old at home. Every morning he asks to come to the library with me and now he is with me “at the library”. So how does one work from home for a library, with a toddler? Include them of course!

Thanks to my toddler I am giving a platform that I don’t have much experience with a go. We are going to pick three programs on Kanopy for Kids a watch, and together we will review them.

Wish me luck!

Star Stuff

Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

10 mins            2016

Based on the true story of Carl Sagan (American astronomer & Cosmologist amongst other things), it starts off with him as a boy who is curious about everything. Carl goes to the library to learn more about the stars.

Thanks to his curiosity he becomes a doctor and through this he sends explorers to space to study the stars. He also sent sounds from Earth on the twin Voyagers 1 and 2 that were sent to orbit the stars.

Mr 3.5 thought the story was great and his favourite part was when Carl was in the library reading about stars.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

9 mins                2012

This is a cartoon version of the book read by Dion Graham found in the Storytime section of Kanopy for Kids, it is a good way of getting a story in without having the book with you.

It explores what types of construction vehicles are on a construction site and what each vehicle makes while working on site.

We say goodnight to the Crane, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer and Excavator.

Mr 3.5 thought the story was good and the construction vehicles were working hard to make the road

I’m Brave!

8 mins                2015

This starts with asking the viewer what big truck has a siren, horn, water and a hose? It then reveals itself as a Fire Engine.

It goes through all of the equipment and tools on board a fire engine e.g.. Wheel chocks, axes etc.

Next the firehouse alarm goes off and it explains why such an alarm might be ringing. We then race through town with our sirens blasting so the traffic gets out of our way.

Once we get to the fire, the engine explains how all of the equipment and tools are used to fight a fire e.g. Wheel chocks go on the wheels to stop the engine moving, and the different wrenches that are used to access the water in the fire hydrant.

Once the fire is out we head back to the station, get cleaned up, restocked, and rest before the next emergency.

Mr 3.5 LOVED this one. His favourite part was when they broke down the door to help put out the fire.

Star Stuff

I picked this title as ever since Mr 3.5 went to the last Blokes do Storytime at the library, where he learnt about the planets and built a rocket ship, he has been obsessed. We are constantly being reminded we live on Earth and the sun is a hot star (that you shouldn’t touch), so I thought I should foster this passion.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

This was Mr 3.5’s pick as he loves all things vehicles (as you will also see with the next title). When scrolling the other day for title ideas for this blog, he saw the construction vehicle and there was no way we couldn’t do this one.

I’m Brave!

Obviously not my choice and I did try to dissuade Mr 3.5 from watching this with his last credit. In saying that I did actually enjoy this title; I even learned a few things! Naively I thought it was just point hose and shoot water at a fire to put it out. I wasn’t aware of all the other tools and equipment they may require to assist them. This was American but one can’t imagine it being too different here.

There were a few technical hiccups in getting started. I set up my account when I started with Cockburn Libraries almost 2.5 years ago and as an app on my phone. Trying to then get my account linked to the app on my Apple TV seemed a bit overwhelming, especially with an excited 3.5 yr old impatiently waiting in the wings. In saying that, once we got it all connected and hooked up (which wasn’t that difficult once I took a breath and put in the right email) it was a really simple platform to use.

The 4 credits a month are a bit of a bummer, as the titles we watched were no longer than 10 minutes long; however, each short video took away a credit. Thankfully I did this at the end of the month and we will have new credits to use next month to entertain Mr 3.5 with.

When I first signed up to Kanopy almost 2 years ago, I have to admit I was not impressed, and haven’t really used the platform much since. However, having had a scroll through in preparing for this blog, I can see that the titles and content have gotten a lot better.

On the Kanopy for Kids platform there are heaps of titles to keep the little ones entertained (if only there was a way around the 4 credit limit). I am hoping the Mr 3.5 might like to sit with me next month and check out some other titles. Hopefully ones a little longer than 10 minutes and hopefully a different subject than vehicles, but I don’t hold my breath on that one.

If you haven’t already done so, I recommend you check out Kanopy for Kids.