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School Closure Resources for Parents

Due to COVID-19, Albert College is following the guidance of the Government of Ontario and has cancelled all face-to-face classes for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. We feel it necessary to take a proactive approach and do what we can in order to help ‘flatten the curve’ of COVID-19.

While our teachers will be assigning work remotely in an effort to support student learning, we have also compiled a list of resources for parents to continue education in a fun, engaging way at home. 

Play stimulating games, create your own books and take a field trip from the comfort of your own home!

AT HOME EDUCATION MATERIALS

Scholastic Learn at Home

The world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books has developed this free resource to provide families with 20 days of articles, videos and learning challenges. With 4 grade categories to choose from, you can personalize your child’s education based on their skill level and instantly have up to 3 hours’ worth of material per day. Learn more at https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html.

PBS Learning Media For Kids

Browse by subject or grade to find free standards-aligned videos, interactive games, lesson plans and more. This resource also has great information on how to talk to your children about COVID-19 and the current health matters. Learn more at https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/.

Smithsonian: Fun Stuff for Kids Online

Connect with the natural world at home with your children through Smithsonian’s online kids portal. Users can watch live feeds of the animals, play games and watch videos to learn about science. Learn more at https://www.si.edu/kids.

Book Creator

Let your child unleash their inner author while at home with Book Creator’s free trial. Using text, images, audio and video kids can create books, reports, adventures and more. Learn more at https://bookcreator.com/.

Breakout EDU Fun at Home

Browse a collection of free digital games ranging from different grade levels and content areas to keep your child engaged and learning from home. Learn more at https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome.

Literacy Resources for Young Children

Online read-alouds, story times, sing-alongs, illustrating and tutorials to do from home are available online from Growing Book by Book at https://growingbookbybook.com/online-literacy-resources/

Literacy Resources for Junior Students

"Into the Book" teaches reading strategies through games and short stories/passages. Dive into the book at https://reading.ecb.org/.

Engineering BINGO

Play a BINGO-styled board of awesome engineering activity ideas with your kids online at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oCM2Ue9w32EUIGfRXsjwEXU_-Up8D6FSSWT8YGiBEtE/preview.

Amazing Educational Resources

An educator community created an online document as well as a Facebook Group to share many educational resources available on the internet. Read the document at http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/ and join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/445786889466638/?ref=bookmarks

Phonics and Early Reading

Starfall is a free resource for students in Pre-K to Grade 3 to learn reading with an emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Learn more at https://www.starfall.com/h/.

ReadTheory

ReadTheory helps students improve their reading comprehension skills in a fun way that keeps them attentive and motivated. Learn more at https://readtheory.org/

Vooks

Improve literacy and impact your child's future with Vooks, a library of animated read aloud storybooks that are kid-safe and ad-free. Parents can sign up for a 1 month free trial at https://www.vooks.com/.

FunBrain

Created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy. Learn more at https://www.funbrain.com/.

National Geographic Kids

Animal/biology videos, games and content for kids are all available online at https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/.

Mystery Science

Mystery Science is offering their most popular science lessons for free for anyone for remote learning right now, and offering parents the option to download mini-lessons of 15 minutes. Learn more at https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

ABCYa

Offering over 400 fun and educational games for Pre-K to Grade 6, ABCYa activities are designed for children to learn while having fun. Learn more at https://www.abcya.com/

Khan Academy

With a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, Khan Academy provides practice exercises, educational videos and a personalized learning dashboard for students. Covering math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more over a variety of ages, this is a great resource to access from home. Learn more at https://www.khanacademy.org/.

Prodigy Math

Effective for students in Grades 1-3, Prodigy Math is a free, online math program that uses a fun video game‐​style interface to engage learners.Learn more at https://www.prodigygame.com/.

Duolingo

Students (and parents!) can brush up their language skills using Duolingo. Learn a foreign language with free online learning tools in 36 languages. Learn more at https://www.duolingo.com/.

NoRedInk

This free, online writing and grammar resource helps learners of all ages to practice and refine their writing skills. Sign up as a teacher with NoRedInk to set up a student profile for your child. Learn more at https://www.cato.org/blog/free-online-learning-resources-when-coronavirus-closes-schools.

Mystery Science

Featuring lots of "open and go" lessons that inspire kids to love science, Mystery Science is offering free memberships for up to one year, with engaging lessons in a variety of science‐​related areas. Learn more at https://mysteryscience.com/.

Codecademy

From building websites to analyzing data, students can learn in-demand skills like coding in different programming languages, web development, design, and data science. Learn more at https://www.codecademy.com/.

TEDEd

Explore free high‐​quality videos on a variety of topics for learners of all ages, including supplemental materials, discussion questions, and opportunities to probe deeper into areas of interest. Learn more at https://ed.ted.com/.

Barefoot Books

Making learning fun with dynamic lessons based on Barefoot Books titles with downloadable resources at https://www.barefootbooks.com/schools/lesson-ideas/. They also have singalongs for their books on their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/barefootbooks.

Super Simple

Kids songs, shows, crafts, recipes, activities, resources for teachers & parents and so much more can be found on Super Simple at https://supersimple.com/

Harry Potter Escape Room

Sydney Krawiec, Youth Services Librarian at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA has created a Harry Potter themed escape room using Google Docs. For fans and non-fans alike, have fun while trying to virtually escape. Click here to try the escape room.

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

Parliament of Canada Buildings

You and your family can complete a virtual walking tour of the Parliament of Canada online at https://visit.parl.ca/sites/Visit/default/en_CA/Media.

The Canadian Arctic

Explore the Northern regions of Canada from home and learn how one man used a Google Map Trek to share his community with the world at https://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/canadian-arctic/.

Canadian Museum of History

Explore a variety of online exhibitions from the Canadian Museum of History online at https://www.historymuseum.ca/exhibitions/online-exhibitions/.

Discovery Education

Discovery has multiple virtual events that let you and your family visit amazing places and give them remarkable experiences without leaving home at https://www.discoveryeducation.com/community/virtual-field-trips/.

20 Virtual Field Trips

The blog Adventures in Familyhood compiled a full list of 20 virtual tours you can take with your family at https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/20-virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-your-kids.html

10 Historic Homes

From Buckingham Palace to the Frida Kahlo Museum to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, you can enjoy the stunning architecture and interior design of many significant homes from the comfort of your own couch. Learn more at https://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/g31677125/historic-homes-you-can-virtually-tour/.

USA National Parks

Take 360 degree tours of some of USA's National Parks thanks to Google at https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/25/google-now-lets-you-explore-u-s-national-parks-via-360-degree-virtual-tours/

Toronto Zoo

Every day at 1:00 p.m., the Toronto Zoo staff are going live on Facebook with the keepers and animals. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/TheTorontoZoo. For education for younger animal-lovers, the zoo has partnered with Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants to host live streams every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. that are then available on their website at http://www.torontozoo.com/zootoyou/school.

FREE APPS

iBooks

If you have an Apple product, check out the iBooks store. The app has free books for kids right now, including popular authors like Robert Munsch. The app offers a variety of French and English titles. Learn more at https://www.apple.com/ca/apple-books/.

Sago Mini World

Kids learn through play as they feed animals, build robots, launch rockets, and more in this award-winning app. Learn more and download the app at https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/sago-mini-world/id874425722.

Homer Learning: Learn to Read

From ABCs to phonics, HOMER takes kids on a literacy journey that’s so fun, they can’t help but fall in love with reading. Learn more and download the app at https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/homer-reading-learn-to-read/id601437586.

MathTango

Math puzzles meet colourful monsters and cool surprises in this app that tackles everything from counting to division. Learn more and download the app at https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/mathtango/id1234698308.

FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS

Due to school closings, many companies are offering free subscriptions to materials to help parents and educators. Kids Activities Blog has compiled a list of all the companies offering free subscriptions at https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/?fbclid=IwAR29SaCLfTEZv4wbWNhaBFieLQ73Ho7Y4-Ne4dIpXWkyI297sRzjCIoGPfc

We will continue to update this list as we come across new resources. If you know of a resource that is not listed here, email us and we will try to include it.

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