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Montreal Families

Discover educational resources for kids

There are so many companies and organizations that have provided families with great ways for kids to learn at home during the pandemic. Below you will find an alphabetical list of some of the ones that are offering free access to tutoring and Youtube videos, events like nature sleepovers for families at a museum, activities to feed curious minds, recommended educational apps that don’t need Wifi and so much  more.

Montreal’s two English school boards are providing online learning portals to help students keep up with their lessons.

Lester B. Pearson School Board

English Montreal School Board

Alloprof, a French website that offers educational support to Quebec students, has extended its hours. Students and their parents can communicate with Alloprof teachers from Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., by phone, text and online with Cyberprofs service.

Alloprof Parents offers a newsletter with everything you need to support your child year-round … homework tips, practical tools, special needs, home life, articles and inspiring stories. You can choose the education level of your child or children (up to four different levels).

BrainPop offers access to content and tools to help curious learners stay informed and on track. There are many subjects offered: science, social studies, English, math, arts & music, STEM, and more.

Building Blocks Tutorials offers math course summary notes based on the Quebec curriculum and has also launched an online platform, for a small fee, that provides math problems (with video solutions) that students can practice at home. Other subjects covered are science, history, physics and chemistry.

The Canadian Space Agency offers resources for kids in Grades 2 to 6 where they can explore space, try science experiments, do quizzes, listen to podcasts and more.

Common Sense Media has a variety of resources to help families cope with an extended period of time at home. There are entertainment & media recommendations such as music apps and games for kids, new TV shows, movie reviews, book recommendations, etc. Also, there are tools for parents to help their children learn at home such as apps that have tutors and offer homework help in math & science, etc. Finally, its stress-management resources can help family members who are feeling stressed or anxious.

Common Sense Media also has a great list of educational apps that don’t need Wi-Fi or data. From coding games to apps that encourage creative thinking, this list provides plenty of opportunity for kids to learn neat stuff.

CrashCourse is a Youtube channel with a large library of educational videos on various school subjects. Learn about literature, science, math, history, engineering, artificial intelligence, theatre & drama, film production, and much more.

Duolingo offers FREE  bite-size lessons for more than 30 languages, including French, English, Spanish, Italian, and more. Earn points for correct answers and race against the clock. It has recently created a guide with tips and best practices for using the Duolingo website and app.

EdTech a FREE trial to its early-learning platform for parents of children ages 3-6. Spring Home is a language learning program that shows parents how to foster their child’s learning. After the free trial, a monthly subscription costs $2.99 per month.

Exploratorium offers an exploration of science, art, and human perception. There is a vast collection of activities to feed curiosity as well as educational resources that support online teaching.

Explore.org is the world’s leading philanthropic live nature camera network and documentary film channel. Enjoy seeing wild animals such as gorillas, pandas, grizzly bears, eagles, elephants, lions, sharks, and many others in their natural habitats.

Granby Zoo has many educational videos on its website that children may enjoy. Also, on its Facebook Page and Instagram Page, there are ‘educational capsules’ with a zoo expert  where children can learn more about animals.

Hour of Code allows kids from Kindergarten through Grade 12  to access one-hour tutorials featuring interactive games and resources to hone skills in computer science and coding.

The International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory has learn-at-home activities for students. The network of ISS partners and NASA has pulled together dozens of FREE activities for the whole family to encourage creation, exploration and a passion for science.

JumpStart Academy is offering a new program – JumpStart Academy Math. It also offers two other programs: JumpStart Academy Preschool and JumpStart Academy Kindergarten.

Khan Academy is an online platform that offers a variety of courses in many school subjects, from preschool reading to high school biology. They also have school closure resources with daily schedules for ages 2-18. This nonprofit organization offers its educational material for FREE, but donations are welcome.

Kindergarten Smorgasboad is offering FREE activities such as storytimes, science instruction, green screen tutorials, math read alouds, games, art projects and more.

Learn@Home is a Youtube-based resource with various educational activities and videos as well as virtual-reality field trips.

Math Storytime helps parents explore simple concepts with their children through creative storytelling, illustrations, interactive animations as well as lively discussions. For Kindergarten to Grade 2.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is offering FREE access to EducArt – a digital platform designed for students 12-17 who can access hundreds of artworks and is tailored to various subjects in the high school curriculum.

The National Film Board has a huge library of educational films of Canadian content on a wide range of subjects, including history, geography, science, STEM, nature and more.

National Geographic Kids allows children to learn facts about animals, science, history and geography, along with fun competitions, games and more.

On March 30, 2020 the Quebec government launched Open School, a free, bilingual portal where students can take part in academic, social or physical activities based on grade level.

Oxford Owl can help your child learn to read with its eBook library that contains more than 100 FREE books for children 3-11. There is also a great section for activities such as times tables, creative writing, and more.

Families can escape from their home by taking a virtual trip to some of the best museums around the world. Check out this article from Parents.com for quick links to virtual tours at museums such as the Guggenheim in New York, Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the British Museum in London.

Take a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo. Each weekday at 2 p.m., a guide will share interesting facts about one of the zoo’s animals by video. You can tune in on Facebook Live or visit the Zoo’s Website to see past videos.

Prep Academy Tutors Montreal offers tutoring and curriculum support in all subjects and grades, as well as a comprehensive list of resources.

Prodigy Math is a free game-based learning program that can motivate children from grades 1-8 to learn and practice math.

Raz-Kids is an award-winning webiste where students in Kindergarten to Grade 5 can learn to read, anywhere and anytime. This is a guided reading program with interactive ebooks, downloadable books, and reading quizzes. FREE samples and trials are offered.

Reading Eggs helps children learn to read by offering hundreds of lessons, phonics games and books for ages 2-13. FREE trials are available and monthly subscriptions cost $9.95 (US).

The Redpath Museum from Home has an archive of Zoom live streams (hosted during the Spring lock-down) where kids can enjoy talks given by scientists and museum educators on a variety of subjects.

Thames & Kosmos, the company behind award-winning science kits that cover topics such as biology, physics, astronomy, alternative energy and more, have created a free educational resources page called Science At Home. It includes a collection of free, downloadable instructions for science activities you can do at home.

With Scratch, children can program and share interactive stories, games, and animations with others in an online community. Scratch helps young people think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. This platform is free and is suitable for ages 8-16.

The Smithsonian Museum and Zoo offers fun facts, activities and games for children about animals, nature and science.

Tele-Quebec, in collaboration with Quebec’s Education ministry, has created online educational shows (in French) for three age groups: pre-K programs, elementary students and secondary students.

Enjoy free access to more than 400 original picture books, with audio narration in more than 40 languages, at Unite for Literacy. For Kindergarten to Grade 3.

Wide Open is a FREE collection of learning modules organized by grade and subject that was launched by Common Sense Media – a leading source of entertainment and technology reviews.

Wonderopolis is a website where people answer questions designed to get kids to think, talk and learn. This site is sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy. You can set preferences to get age-appropriate material.

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