Keep Learning

Suggestions for parents and caregivers to support their child's learning at home.

Dear Parents and Caregivers:

As the school year comes to a close, we’d like to acknowledge your patience, flexibility and understanding as you’ve supported your child’s learning over the last few months. Thank you!

We welcome this summer as a time to open up a bit and recharge after the stresses of isolation and uncertainty. It’s a time for children to explore, play, be active, be still and unwind.

We too will be taking a break over the next two months. The collection of resources remains available and we’ll return to regular updates in the fall.

Until then, wishing you, your child and family a safe summer of fun and relaxation.

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:

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice: Video reading of a story about two families (one Black, one White) speaking to their children about why a Black man was shot by police.

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.

Common Sense Media Resources About Race and Racism: Articles and media recommendations to help parents/caregivers and educators talk to kids about racism. Links to Spanish resources are included.

#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.

Night Lights

Summer is the perfect time for stargazing. All you need is a clear night. And a spot where you can see wide open sky away from lights. A mat or chair to sit on and a blanket to keep warm might be nice too.

You can stargaze from anywhere, but the more sky you can see the better. Here are some suggestions:

  • large open field
  • on top of a hill
  • by a large body of water
  • dark sky park (if there’s one near you)

Start by looking for the moon:

  • What shape is it?
  • Over a month, look every 3-5 nights.
    • Take a photo or draw a picture.
    • How many days does it take for the moon to go through all its phases?
  • Did you know full moons have names?
    • July’s full moon is the Buck Moon. August is Sturgeon Moon.

You’ll see more stars and planets when the moon is at its darkest (new moon phase). A star chart, night sky map, or stargazing app can help with where to look and what to see.

Some things to look for:

  • North Star
  • Big Dipper
  • Little Dipper
  • Orion’s Belt
  • Milky Way
  • Meteor showers
  • Venus and other planets
  • Satellites and the International Space Station
  • Groups of stars that look like something to you.

What did our ancestors see in the night sky?
The constellation names we commonly use come from ancient Middle Eastern, Greek, and Roman cultures. But every culture had their own names and stories for what they saw. Here are some to explore:


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.