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Montreal Families

Tips and coping strategies during coronavirus pandemic #7

The most common question I get asked from friends these days is how much time my son is spending on screens during this lock-down period. The number of hours per day is so great that …. I usually lie.  But according to Common Sense Media, I shouldn’t be feeling embarrassed or ashamed – and nor should you! Find out why.

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

The Montreal Fluency Centre, a non-profit organization that treats children with speech and language disorders, is offering a series of free webinars via Zoom about stuttering in children. The first one is an information session for parents about stuttering in young children and the second one is a group session for teens who stutter. The first session is scheduled for April 30 at noon.

Online Learning Resources

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Storytimes, Crafts & Games

Spotify Kids offers a huge playlist that is fun and educational, and includes songs made by companies such as Disney and Nickelodeon. The app is FREE for Spotify Premium Family subscribers or you can sign up for a one-month free trial.

Be creative while getting some fresh air … try these 10 Sidewalk Chalk Ideas That’ll Keep Kids Entertained for Hours by Life As Mama. There are art projects, games and more. You can make learning fun by practicing spelling or math.

Scouts Canada has launched Scouting at Home, an initiative that encourages families to stay connected and active. Each week, youth organization shares a list of tips and activities for kids to do at home or online. Learn how to create care packages for at-risk communities, create hand-washing stations, safely purchase groceries for vulnerable neighbours, make thank-you cards for healthcare workers, or sew masks.

Healthy Body & Mind

Common Sense Media has posted a new article How to Protect Kids’ Mental Health During the Pandemic that offers new activities and ideas for supporting kids who miss their old lives and are feeling stressed during these times.

Huddol and Teva Canada have partnered to create Caregiver Community Fund to give parents free access to coaching and counselling as a result of being at home with their kids during this pandemic. Parents can get four, one-hour online sessions as well as access to a supportive community.

Food Stuff

If your kids love smoothies, check out these easy recipes by Tasty Junior, that kids will enjoy to the very last slurp!

And, if you find your kids getting bored with the family recipe repertoire, check out this kid-friendly recipes by Tasty … stir fries, french toast, pizzas, desserts, home-made chips, and more.

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
To read Tips and Coping Strategies #4, click here
To read Tips and Coping Strategies #5, click here
To read Tips and Coping Strategies #6, click here
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