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Montreal Families

Tips and coping strategies during coronavirus pandemic #4

As families hunker down at home, many parents are finding they’ve been thrust into a new, daunting role – that of teacher. For many, this uncharted territory is causing a tremendous amount of stress. To help parents, two new websites launched this week offer high-quality educational resources all in one place.

On March 30, 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.

Also, Common Sense Media, a leading source of entertainment and technology reviews, launched Wide Open, a site with a free collection of learning modules organized by grade and subject.

COVID-19 Useful Information

Government of Quebec COVID-19 website & hotline

City of Montreal COVID-19 information portal

Healthy Canadians COVID-19 information portal

Online Learning Resources

Tutorat A+ Tutoring has organized free online courses for high school students. Specifically tailored to Quebec students, the courses are broadcast live and leave time for a question period. There are also daily workshops for students at the elementary level.

Common Sense Media 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.

EdTech has launched a FREE 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.

Scholastic Learn at Home offers day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing. The activities are broken up into four grade levels: PreK and Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-9.

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

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.

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.

Storytimes, Crafts & Games

Crayola has many FREE colouring pages for kids, teens and adults, with a variety of themes, including Easter. There is also a Home Learning tab that has links to an educational webinar, lesson plans, and parent resources.

Bibliothèque des Amériques offers thousands of digital French books for FREE. There is also an educational area to help parents guide children in reading, writing and oral comprehension.

Our local library – La Grand Bibliothèque – has a wonderful selection of e-books in both French and English. Sign-up to access their library.

Healthy Body & Mind

Canada’s National Ballet School is inviting family members of all ages to follow along to its dance videos.

Anxiety Canada has posted an article, COVID-19: Balancing Public Health and Mental Health with tips for families about overall well-being.

Club Gymnix, a local gymnastics club, is hosting online workouts on its Facebook Page.

GoNoodle.com is a great site to get the kids up and moving through its movement and mindfulness videos and games.

The Government of Quebec has posted a Self Care Guide (in French) with important information on the Corona Virus and the best ways to prevent against catching it.

Canadian Parents for French’s Facebook Page has some fun activity listings, including this Nature Bingo card that families can take part in during their daily walks (remember to follow safety guidelines while outside). See how many you can find while practicing your French vocabulary!

Food Stuff

Radish Kids is hosting virtual cook-along classes specifically for children on its Facebook page. Join Founder Samantha Barnes, a former teacher and part-time homeschool mom, for weekly classes or check out past classes in the video collection.

Just for Fun

Everblast Connects offers interactive games for groups of kids from various households. Using Zoom, an animator will entertain your kids and get them socializing with others (online only). There are scavenger hunts, team challenges and more. Sessions are approximately 45 minutes and cost $12.

Mountain Lake PBS has expanded its daytime schedule with more educational programs and online resources for kids. For the youngest viewers, there is now a whole channel devoted to them as well on PBS Kids 24/7 Live TV.

If your kids are Disney character fans, head over to the Disney Parks Blog and take part in a drawing lesson by an animator to see how these characters come to life.

Boston Children’s Museum has a FREE virtual tour that allows families to enjoy innovative exhibits and programs that have made this institution a leader among children’s museums worldwide.

Access Mars allows you to see the real surface of mars, as recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover.

You can now enjoy a variety of virtual Disney-theme rides, thanks to fans who have shared videos of themselves on the rides. Thanks to popsugar.com for sharing this news.

Parenting, Chores & Life Skills

Parenting for Lifelong Health has produced a set of six, one-page tips for parents, including planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19.

Common Sense Media has a blog post titled How can I help my kids sort fact from fiction around the coronavirus that teaches kids to weed out misinformation.

Stay Informed

To read Tips and Coping Strategies #1, click here
To read Tips and Coping Strategies #2, click here
To read Tips and Coping Strategies #3, click here
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