With the official announcement that schools will be closed until at least May 1, we are continuing to send out a weekly newsletter providing families with a number of options to keep the kids busy and entertained at home.
Let us know if you have any tips or coping strategies you would like to share.
Your morning smile – I saw a post somewhere recently that said: “If this keeps up much longer, parents are going to find a cure for the coronavirus before the scientists.”
COVID-19 Useful Information
Online Learning Resources
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.
Prodigy Math is a free game-based learning program that can motivate children from grades 1-8 to learn and practice math.
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).
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.
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.
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 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (in French) where children can learn about animals.
The Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa is hosting a variety of events on its Facebook page. Nature sleepovers for families, photo challenges and educational videos.
The Smithsonian Museum and Zoo offers fun facts, activities and games for children about animals, nature and science.
Storytimes, Crafts & Games
Card games are a great way to spend some time together and pass some time. Kidspot has instructions and helpful videos to either teach you new games or remind you of the rules to 12 classic card games.
Another popular game is Bingo! Why not host a bingo night at home. You can find FREE, customizable and printable Bingo cards at Bingo Baker and you can use a FREE online Bingo caller at Let’s Play BINGO!
Head to Instagram.com/marianne_dubuc for some live, weekly drawing classes that also tell a story to viewers.
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.
Healthy Body & Mind
Champions for Life is putting together a list of activities – My Active Family – that families can play together to help build physical literacy and stay active during this time of isolation.
Little ones learn best when they are having fun. The Wiggles want to help them learn how to wash their hands properly, so they made a catchy music video to help out.
If you are at-risk, in quarantine or otherwise vulnerable and need groceries, medicine or other important goods delivered to your home, try the Volunteer Coalition, a free delivery service in the Montreal area.
If you’re looking to reduce your food budget, you don’t need to skimp on nutrition or taste. Visit Taste of Home for 60 budget-friendly dinners. Also, remember that planning, preparing and portioning your meals will help you stick to your goals.
Restaurants are now closed around the city, but takeout and delivery is still available. Check your favourite local eatery to see if they are offering special menus and try to support them during this difficult time. Remember that UberEats is currently offering FREE delivery.
Just for Fun
You may have noticed an abundance of rainbows around the city while out for your daily walks. These rainbows are showing up in neighbourhood windows for children to spot as they take a stroll outside for some fresh air and exercise. Most of these works of art have the encouraging message “ça va bien aller” written on them. If you’d like to join in the fun, you can draw your own, use some window paint, put one on your driveway using sidewalk chalk or any other imaginative way you come up with. You can also find FREE, downloadable prints from AMBillustrations.
CHECK THIS! Canada’s Wonderland is now offering virtual rides at home. Read this blog post to see how you can take a spin on 16 coasters, 11 thrill rides and seven family rides. For those of you who would NEVER get on a roller coaster – this might be just the activity for you!
Chores & Life Skills
This might be a GREAT time to let the kids makeover their bedroom, learn how to do the laundry, help with the window cleaning, or do a little yard clean up. Add some fun incentives and you may see them get done even quicker 🙂