RESOURCES FOR @ HOME FUN
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Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
6 ways parents can support their kids through the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Resources from the Web
This book, written in the UK but useful for primary school age children anywhere in the world is free for anyone to read on screen or print out, all about Coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. It was published by a well known publishing company, Nosy Crow and has expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds.
Headspace is a mindfulness and meditation app that is currently offering part of a larger collection in the app, free for everyone, called Weathering the Storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.
Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences (think Scholastic, National Geographic, Google, Amplify, etc.) for kids of all ages from PreK to Grade 12, curated by the editors at Common Sense that was built in a matter of days. Open School offers many resources that can be completed offline and on smartphones, as well as bilingual and English-language learner resources.
This is an absolutely incredible, EASY to use (we tried + tested it!) resource for teachers, parents and students.
Amazon and Audible are making their services free for school aged kids as long as schools are closed.
"Kids/tweens/teens everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across
six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.”
All stories are FREE to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
National Geographic Kids
This website offers a series of adventure games, quizzes, educational videos and more to keep your child
entertained and informed. Activities range from educational articles and videos to science experiments and
writing your own adventure.
PBS for Parents (Resources for kids up to 8 years old)
Age-by-age tips and activities for:
- Emotion and Self-Awareness
- Social Skills - Character
- Literacy - Math
- Science - Arts
Scholastic (Resources for PreK - Grade 9)
Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.
At-home experiments that your family can do with ingredients that you most likely already have in your house!
Yoga for Children and Teens
Practicing yoga is important for kids for many of the same reasons it is important for adults and now is a great
time to start or continue your practice! Yoga helps kids to relax, relieve stress and anxiety, sleep better,
improve emotional regulation, increase empathy, and improve mood and affect - all things that we can all
improve during this time. Here are some great YouTube channels offering free classes.
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Usually a paid service, Penpal schools is offering free access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Penpal schools
connects students from more than 150 countries to learn together. Discover the world, practice reading and
writing, connect with new friends and so much more.
Since most of our library’s are now shut down, did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and
audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.
Khan Academy provides a free, world-class education for anyone (including students in preschool all the way
to college!), anywhere. It’s a great way for your child to get help with what they’re learning in school or to learn
something completely new.
Free Catalogue of Indigenous Films
Last month, the National Film Board of Canada launched Indigenous cinema, an extensive online library of
over 200 films by Indigenous directors
Virtual Museum, Zoo and Aquarium Tours
Royal Ontario Museum
Vancouver Art Gallery
Anne Frank House
San Diego Zoo
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada