• B.C. grads, students to be celebrated by local artists, performers May 25, 2020
    British Columbia’s 61,000 Grade 12 graduates, along with kindergarten to Grade 11 students, will be the guests of honour at a special virtual graduation and end-of-school celebration.
  • Free, live coding workshops for kids May 24, 2020
    From creating online games to building websites, students now have access to free, live online coding workshops through the Ministry of Education website Keep Learning BC.
  • K-12 students to have optional in-class instruction on June 1 May 15, 2020
    Parents will have the choice of bringing their children back to class on a part-time basis this school year as part of BC’s Restart Plan, with the goal of returning to full-time classes in September 2020, provided it is safe to do so.
  • Joint statement on Child and Youth Mental Health Day May 7, 2020
    Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions; Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development; and Rob Fleming, Minister of Education; have released the following statement in recognition of National Child and Youth Mental Health Day:

 

Explore some of these great resources!

 

Websites

Wide Open School – Hosted by Common Sense Media, this is a large collection of learning opportunities available to families and teachers.

CBC Kids – Information, videos, and games

PBSKids.org – Videos and games

Scholastic Learn at Home

Lego: Let’s Build Together – Fun and games with Lego online!

Entertain Kids On a Dime – 100 activities to do at home; includes crafts and games

ABDOZoom – Online research for beginning readers includes a read-aloud option and vocabulary assistance [Free until the end of June]

Growing Book By Book – A list of “Online Read-alouds, Story Times, Singalongs, and Illustrating Tutorials To Do From Home”

National Geographic for Kids – Most of the site is accessible at no cost.

Oxford Owl for Home – Literacy and numeracy activities and games, plus free ebooks!

Fresh Air Learning – Outdoor activities and crafts

Funbrain.com – Games, videos, reading, playground, mathzone

Storytime from Space – Astronauts read to you from space!

Kidsactivities.com – Here’s a list of Education companies offering free subscriptions right now. Note: Many of these companies are American, and there may be restrictions for Canadians.

Audible Stories – Free audio stories right now

Brainpop.com – Activities for all academic areas

Starfall.com – Practice phonics skills with these read-along stories.

Highlights Kids – Articles, games, and cool science experiments

ABC YA – Math and reading games

Time For Kids – Register here for Time’s online magazine for kids. It contains news, worksheets, and quizzes.

This Reading Mama – Hands-on learning for home or school

The Measured Mom – Learning at home

Mystery Doug – Science info and videos for K-5. Also available on Facebook.

 

Stories

Dav Pilkey at Home – The author of the popular Captain Underpants and Dogman books, invites kids to draw and have fun with him.

Storytime with Ryan & Craig – Also available on Youtube, Facebook, and other social media platforms.

The French Experiment – Read-alongs in French

Storyline Online – A large collection stories read by celebrities. Also available as an app.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – Children’s book author/illustrator Mo Willems helps children be creative.

If I Built a School – Chris Van Dusen reads his children’s book.

For more read-alouds by authors and celebrities, search #savewithstories on Instagram and #operationstorytime on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.

 

Fun

Watch penguins explore the aquarium

Romper.com – A list of virtual rides

Canada’s Wonderland – Free virtual rides!

Disney Virtual Rides – Disney’s Youtube channel

 

 

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