Resources to Support Families at Home
This is a very different March break than we have seen in past years. I know some of you are looking for ways to occupy your children while at home. As this situation unfolds and provincial and board-based teams can determine supports and information to offer to families, these will be posted on the board and school websites.
In the meantime, many organizations are offering free and accessible resources online for families to access. If any of these are of interest to you and your children, please feel free to access. However, at this point we are encouraging you to find ways to take care of your family’s mental health and well being and prioritize this above academic pursuits. Play games, enjoy some fresh air (from a safe distance from others), exercise, talk and read together.
Please take good care of yourselves.
Resources families may want to access:
Epic books: https://www.getepic.com/ (parents can access a 30 day free trial at this time)
Math Before Bed: mathbeforebed.com/shop (all digital resources are now free until further notice)
youtube.com/StudioJJK – Jarrett J. Krosoczka will hold daily online art classes
Jarrett Lerner – jarrettlerner.com/activities – daily batches of free activities (e.g. finish the comic) that allow students to infer, use their imagination and get creative.
Virtual Museum Tours – travelandleisure.com – free virtual museum tours
Scholastic – 20 days worth of activities, by grade. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/teaching-tools/articles/resources/scholastic-learn-at-home–free-resources-for-school-closures.html#
List of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings (NB: many of these resources have American roots and may not align precisely with Ontario grade standards): https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/
French Language resources: http://www.mrsgeekchic.com/digital-books-online-reading-fsl/
Ted Ed: ed.ted.com offers video-based lessons organized by subject.
BrainPop: families can register for brnpop.co/38P0QH9 for free access to a variety of materials on different subjects
Arkells – are hosting daily music lessons for anyone interested: see Instagram.com/arkellsmusic
Josh Gad (of Olaf fame) is hosting a daily read aloud for kids on twitter. @JoshGad