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

Talking about Racism

There have been many examples of people’s kindness for each other over the last few months. But the opposite has also been seen, especially racism. Talking to your child about race, tolerance and inclusion can help them process the events in the news. It can also help them develop their social awareness and responsibility. This is one of the core competencies in BC’s curriculum.


Resources to help:

Raising an ally: How to talk to your child about the death of George Floyd, anti-Black racism: Global News article on why it’s important for Canadian parents/caregivers to talk to their children about racism, especially white parents. Includes related links and videos.

How to talk to kids about racism: An age-by-age guide: Today’s Parent article on appropriate discussions for different ages from infancy to teens.

How to Teach Racial Acceptance: Parents Canada article on ways to respond to racism at home and at school.

Kids Learn about Race Younger Than You Think. Talk to Them Before That: HuffPost Canada article on talking to your child and why it’s important. Includes relevant links.

How to talk to kids about race and racism: From the Adoptive Families Association of BC, a parent reflects on how children notice differences and offers suggestions for developing a home environment that values diversity.

Talking to kids about hate in media: Media Smarts article and tip sheet on how to help children deal with news stories on hate crimes.

#DifferentTogether: Join Me in Opposing Racism: Lieutenant Governor of BC invites citizens to pledge to oppose racism.

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.

Take Ten

Match cards that add up to 10 in this game for one player.

Set up:

  • Remove all face cards and jokers from a deck of cards.
  • At the top of a table put down one card face up.
  • Below it, put down two cards face up. Both cards overlap the top card (about half horizontally and vertically) but do not touch each other. The three cards make a stepped triangle shape.
  • Add a row of three cards below with the same overlap.
  • Add a row of four cards below with the same overlap.
  • Add a row of five cards below with the same overlap.
  • Add a row of six cards below with the same overlap.
  • You now have 21 cards face up in a stepped triangle shape.
  • Place the remaining cards in a deck to the side.

Goal:
Match two cards whose numbers added together make 10 (e.g. 5 + 5, Ace + 9, 6 + 4). Only open cards can be matched. (An open card is one not overlapped by another card.) Once matched, cards are removed from the triangle. To win, remove all the cards from the triangle.

To Play:

  • Starting with the last row of open cards, find two cards that make 10.
  • Remove the match.
  • If no match can be found, take a card from the deck. Match it to an open card in the triangle and remove the card.
  • If no match can be made, discard the deck card and draw another. You may only go through the deck once during the game.
  • Continue matching open cards from the triangle with each other or a deck card.
  • The game ends when no cards are left in the triangle (you win!). Or if all the deck cards have been played and no more matches can be made.

Variations:

  • Try subtraction. Match cards with a difference of 2 (e.g. 9 - 7, 5 -3 , 3 - Ace, etc.)
  • Try adding to a different number, like 15. To do so match two or three cards.

Two (or more) Players:
Players take turns making a match or taking a card from the deck to make a match. The player’s turn continues until no match can be made. At game end, the player with the most matches wins.
or
Each player takes a turn playing the entire triangle on their own. The player with the lowest number of cards left in their triangle wins.

 

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.