Keep Learning

Suggestions for parents and caregivers to keep their children learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

Your child’s teachers and other school staff are developing ways to support your child’s learning during these unique times. While teachers continue to be the primary guide for students, the partnership with parents and caregivers is essential to provide assistance, especially for younger children. Throughout the development and implementation of new learning processes, please remember that we all have the same goal: to support children’s growth and development. We'll accomplish this by working together with patience, kindness, and respect.

This site offers a collection of resources to help support learning while families are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be updated as we identify more resources and have new information to share. We wish you, your child and family good health and optimism during these unusual times.

Keeping Informed

Visit Safe and Healthy Schools for the most up-to-date information.

Safe & Healthy Schools

5 Moore Minutes Special Edition: Home Learning Series

Shelley Moore (storyteller, inclusive education advocate and PhD candidate) offers tips for home learning in this evolving series. A new video will be released each week into the summer.

Designed for families who have children with disabilities, much of the information is useful for all families.



For previous videos see the 5MM Special Home Learning playlist.

Learn more about Shelley at her website 5 Moore Minutes.

Body Building

Two (or more) people share drawing characters or creatures. Each draw a part of the body without knowing what the other parts look like.

Set up:

  • Each person gets a blank piece of paper and a pencil.
  • Divide the paper into 4 horizontal sections by folding it in half twice in the same direction.
  • Unfold. These are the 4 sections for the drawing.

A part of a body will be drawn on each section. Some lines will extend just below the fold, so the next person knows how to connect to the drawing. Starting at the top, the drawing for each section is:

  • Head and neck. Lines for the neck go past the fold.
  • Top of shoulders to belly button with arms stretched out. Lines for the waist go past the fold.
  • Hips to knees. Lines for legs go past the fold.
  • Lower legs and feet.

Draw:

  • Each person draws the head and neck at the top of their page. Don’t show others what you’re drawing.
  • Using the fold line, fold that part behind the rest of the paper to hide it.
  • Pass the paper to someone else to draw the next part.
  • Continue to draw, hide, pass to someone else until the drawing is complete.

Unfold the drawings and discover who/what you’ve drawn!

 

Word Scramble

Make a word scramble for someone (the unscrambler):

  • Pick a theme.
  • Choose 4-6 words that work with the theme. Choose words appropriate for the person your puzzle is for. For example, keep to 3 or 4 letter words for younger unscramblers.
  • Write out each word, with letters in a different order.
  • Give the puzzle to the unscrambler.

Solve the puzzle:

  • Work out what each word is.
  • Guess the theme.

Here’s one for you to unscramble!

  • koa
  • fri
  • nepi
  • dreca

What’s the theme?


Inukshuk

An inukshuk is a landmark made from stacked stones. Inuit people make inukshuks by choosing stones that fit well together. Nothing is added to keep them in place. An inukshuk can be any shape or size.

Try building your own inukshuk:

  • Collect a variety of stones.
  • Look at each shape to see how they might fit together.
  • Start stacking!
  • How tall can you make your inukshuk?

If you’re interested, learn more about inukshuks at CBC Kids.

 

More Activity Ideas

Explore the following sections:


COVID-19 Information:

Ministry of Health COVID-19 Support and Information.

BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 Self-assessment for testing and other related information.