Depending on where you live, your local school board may have started the online learning process for your kids.  Be sure to check your school or school board websites as they will have links by subject to many great sites that can complement your child’s at-home learning.  And remember, that for many school-aged children online learning is new, so as parents, it is important that we monitor and support the child(ren)’s well-being.  They may be experiencing a wide range of emotions at this time.

And while your child(ren) are learning at home, here are a few additional websites that may not have been included in their school resource package that can assist with research or other learning ideas to keep the mind active:

TVO Kids

More than just television programs for kids, this website has many different activities from games, videos, live streaming TV shows to “Learning from Home” to keep kids busy.  They offer “Learning at Home”, where they have partnered with teachers to put together engaging resources to help kids with their learning at home.  This is a great tool to have for preschoolers, as well as your elementary school kids.

TVOkids

 

CBC Kids

Another great website for kids with a variety of videos, games, quizzes and fun learning facts.

CBC Kids

Canadian Geographic

Take this time to learn more about Canada.  Canadian Geographic is an authoritative source for all things related to geography, wildlife and environment, climate and energy, travel, culture and exploration in Canada.

Canadian Geographic

 

The Canadian Encyclopedia

Canada’s own national encyclopedia was originally published as a print edition in 1985 and continues to be produced by, for and about the people of Canada, charting its events, culture, history and landscape.  Now in digital format, the encyclopedia continues to strive to be the most comprehensive collection of Canadian stories online.  The Encyclopedia contains more than 30,000 multimedia items including images, maps, games, audio and video, making it a great resource for your geography, history, science, art or general social studies projects.

The Canadian Encyclopedia

 

Ted Talks

Enjoy a different type of screen time with your child and watch fun, informative and captivating talks that are sure to inspire.

TED talks for kids

Help ease your child(ren) into a new learning routine as they start their “learning from home” experience.  Here are a few tips to make this transition easier:

 

  1. Establish and Maintain a Routine – Work with your child(ren) to create a daily routine schedule. This would include wake-up, meals, hygiene, physical activity, school work, technology/fun time and bedtime. Scheduling is truly an amazing skill to move into adulthood already having and this is the perfect opportunity to work with your child(ren) so that creating a schedule becomes second nature and gives them a structure that could allow them to have it all.
  2. Set Time Limits – Within the daily routine for school work, set time limits for each subject/assignment they are working on. Not only is there familiarity with their traditional school day schedule, but if the assignment they are focusing on is long or they are having difficulties completing it, taking a break and moving on to a new subject will help lessen their mental fatigue and the potential for a meltdown. They will learn that coming back to the assignment the next day with a fresh mind will allow them to focus better and see a solution to what may have been their stumbling block.
  3. Start/End Each Day with a Check-In – Have regular daily check-ins with your child(ren). This can help them process the instructions from the teacher(s), organize their work and proceed with their daily schoolwork.  This will also allow you and your child(ren) to identify any questions or learning difficulties and reach out to the teacher.
  4. Monitor Communications from Your Child’s Teacher(s) – With your child(ren), log into their online classroom/school email account regularly to see any announcements, notes and lessons/activities that have been posted by the teacher(s). Learn the online office hours for the teacher in case your child(ren) needs support. Encourage your child(ren) to reach out to their teacher(s) if they have any questions about an assignment.
  5. Create a Physical Space for Learning – Just like you may have a “home office”, create with your child(ren) a space for their learning that has minimal distractions and will allow them to concentrate on the reading/listening/viewing/writing of their assignment.
  6. Encourage Exercise/Physical Activity – Increased physical activity has a positive effect on cognitive functioning, health and learning. Remember to have your child(ren) take breaks from their schoolwork/learning frequently and get active – inside or outside as the weather permits.