Tips and coping strategies during coronavirus pandemic #5

Hands up who is having difficulty balancing family, work and their children’s schooling? If your one of the many parents who are struggling, why not check out a free webinar being offered by The Globe and Mail that will educate parents about the fundamentals of online learning. On Thursday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m., education reporter Caroline Alphonso and guests will offer practical strategies to support online education, and to balance school, work and family during the pandemic. Click here to register.

COVID-19 Useful Information

Government of Quebec COVID-19 website & hotline

City of Montreal COVID-19 information portal

Healthy Canadians COVID-19 information portal

Easter Fun

Good Housekeeping offers helpful tips for families to celebrate Easter at home. Check out the 20 Easter Egg Hunt Ideas that will hopefully entertain the kids and adults for hours.

Crazy Little Projects has 25 Easter Crafts for Kids, such as Easter egg suncatchers, candy jars, colouring pages, Q-tip lambs, tinfoil eggs, and other neat ideas.

Community Support

Neighbourhood Helper, an initiative created by Canada’s largest Muslim Youth Group, mobilizes youngsters in our communities to help vulnerable people do their groceries, pick up medications, and provide social support. Watch City News’ video to learn more.

Studies have shown that confinement and social isolation accentuate the problem of domestic violence. Juripop, a non-profit organization that aims to improve access to the justice system for all citizens, has opened a helpline for victims of domestic violence to access family-law information.  Until May 1, victims can avail of a free 20-minute telephone consultations with a lawyer specializing in family law. The number to call is 1 (844) 312-9009.

Online Learning Resources

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.

JumpStart Academy is offering a new program – JumpStart Academy Math – FREE until August 31st. It also offers two other FREE programs: JumpStart Academy Preschool and JumpStart Academy Kindergarten.

Alloprof, a French website that offers educational support to Quebec students, has extended its hours. Students and their parents can now communicate with Alloprof teachers from Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by phone, text and online with Cyberprofs service.

Prep Academy Tutors Montreal has launched a program offering curriculum support in all subjects and grades. This includes a comprehensive list of resources as well as minimal-fee tutoring until the end of the school year. Priority will be given to children from families in vulnerable communities and of essential workers.

If your children are using Google Classroom to keep up with their studies, there are things you should know to help protect their privacy and safety online. Check out Common Sense Media’s blog post Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Google Classroom for more information.

Storytimes, Crafts & Games

Audible, an online, subscription-based audiobook service, is now offering hundreds of children’s titles for free during the pandemic. Check out Harry Potter (including a special Wizarding World), Dr. Seuss, Disney stories, popular young adult titles, and many others.

Geordie Theatre School has launched a wide range of online activities and services for families, including virtual public play dates, weekly challenges, kids’ reviews and Ask Mike – a live feed segment.

Healthy Body & Mind

Active for Life is committed to raising physically literate kids and offers many fun activities that families can do at home. Check out 57 awesome family dance jams, 42 easy activities to keep kids busy while parents work, 11 active ways to celebrate Easter, six active games to play with a pair of socks, and many more.

Food Stuff

With limited access to grocery stores and some products being hard to come by, big-batch cooking can be very useful to parents and can help cut down on the time spent cooking every day. Check out Bon Appetit’s 97 Big-Batch Recipes that allow you to eat well, all week.

Stay Informed

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