Currently, in Alberta, we are facing a very different climate than we are used to for education. With the intention of minimizing the spread of novel CoVid-19 our schools have been closed until further notice (As of March 16th, 2020). With this change, many parents are looking for answers to the question 'How do I help my child continue to learn at home?' There are so many resources available.
Here at CFIS, our academic team is working tirelessly to implement learning tools and options to work around the barrier of empty classrooms while still providing a robust learning experience for our students. Some of the tools that are being used include Google Hangouts, YouTube, Email, as well as a plethora of online resources based on age appropriateness.
Of course, learning exists in everything we do. From the math and science skills learned in the kitchen cooking to the geometry of the outdoors, even the social and cognitive skills developed while playing.
A change of this magnitude will affect every child differently. For some kids emotions will be BIG, others may shy away from the situation. Some may wish to dive right back into learning any way they can, others may need a little more creative methods of delivery. The best way to support your child in this circumstance is to treat they're learning personality as unique and establish a consistent routine that works best for both of you.
Above any of these tools, your first point of contact in regards to your child's education is their teacher. Many of our teachers are still keeping classroom hours open via alternative delivery methods to help guide and support. But if you're looking for additional resources of study the below are CFIS approved options.
Kahoot.com - "Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform, used as educational technology in schools and other educational institutions. Its learning games, "Kahoots", are multiple-choice quizzes that allow user generation and can be accessed via a web browser or the Kahoot app."
Champion Math - Using the Champion Math site, children can practice doing free math exercises online in different areas, all in French.
The Fable Cottage - Choose from 5 languages to read and enjoy beloved fairytales and fables.
It was a story, or rather, Il était une histoire - Children from 3 to 10 will love all the interactive stories, documentaries, rhymes, fables, poems, and songs, once again en francais.
10 Monkeys - Offered in French and English makes math fun. Children can choose their monkey characters and try out their math skills.
Watchkin - "Watchkin allows families to watch their videos with their kids in a distraction-free and safe environment by removing the clutter of ads and potentially offensive or obscene videos and comments." You can post YouTube URLs into their search bar for a 'clutterless version' or search videos and resources by age, grade, or topic.
Scholastic - A beloved children's resource for educational materials and of course the best day of the school year, the bookfair, is currently offering FREE online teaching tools Pre-K through Grade 6+.
And possibly the coolest tool yet, Virtual Field Trips! Explore the San Diego Zoo, The Louvre, even Mars!
Right now, the best thing we can continue to teach our children is to be curious, look for learning opportunities everywhere, be a critical thinker and a kind human being.