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Montreal Families

Tips and coping strategies during coronavirus pandemic #6

With many families adjusting to smaller income streams during this pandemic, it may be a good time to revisit the family budget. RazorPlan has launched a FREE Budget Planner to help families stay on track.

COVID-19 Useful Information

Government of Quebec COVID-19 website & hotline

City of Montreal COVID-19 information portal

Healthy Canadians COVID-19 information portal

Community Support

Amiquebec – Action on Mental Illness – offers programs and services by phone and online to help families during this difficult and isolating time. There are support groups, workshops and counselling for families.

Online Learning Resources

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

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.

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. For the rest of the school year, access is FREE.

BrainPop is offering FREE access during school closures to help curious learners stay informed and on track. There are many subjects offered: science, social studies, English, math, arts & music, STEM, and more.

Storytimes, Crafts & Games

Arthives.org has put together a list of FREE weekly virtual art hives that families can take part in. Join in and get creative.

Check out Hogwarts Digital Escape Room game that was launched by the University of Pennsylvania. This game can be played by alone or as a family – learn some Hogwarts’ magic, solve clues and the ultimate mystery.

Laurus Summer Camp is offering various activities for every member of the family. At 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., take part in yoga, drawing, crafts, dance, making smoothies, workouts and more.

Science Fun

The Montreal Science Centre offers up two fun science videos. The first shows how to relight a birthday candle so you can make more that one wish on your special day. The second gives instructions on how to make rainbow cocktails. Visit its Facebook Page for more activities to try at home.

Healthy Body & Mind

The Montreal Children’s Hospital is hosting ‘Unexpected Ways to Move’ on Facebook Live, Mondays to Fridays, 10:30 am for 20 to 25 minutes. These exercise sessions can help kids stay fit and healthy while giving them a little break from the daily routine.

Fab Fit Fun (yes, the makers of those colourful boxes filled with products) also offers tons of online content FREE – check out videos on mental and physical health, wellness, meditation, and more.

Tune into Emmy award winner Debbie Allen’s Instagram Page for a FREE live dance class every Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Food Stuff

If you follow cooking- or recipe-sharing sites, you might have noticed many people stuck at home seem to have a great desire to make bread. If you are experiencing this urge, check out these 7 beginner bread recipes from kitchn and learn more about yeast, flour and kneading techniques.

Stay Informed

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