Homeschooling Help

To help with your child's education during school interruption, our librarians have found and vetted a variety of sites featuring learning resources. 

All Subjects

Keep Learning
Source: Open School BC

This site offers a collection of resources to help support learning while families are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of in-class instruction. Please note that it will be updated frequently as more resources and new information are identified to share.

 

Curio.ca
Source: CBC/Radio-Canada

Curio.ca is a subscription-based educational streaming platform targeting educational institutions from primary through to post-secondary levels across Canada. During the COVID-19 situation, you can access thousands of programs, documentaries, audio content and archival material from CBC/Radio-Canada on a complimentary basis.

 

Khan Academy
Source: Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. This site offers learning plans in math, science and other subjects for learners, parents and teachers.

 

ReadWorks
Source: ReadWorks

ReadWorks offers free content, curriculum, and tools to power teaching and learning from K-Grade 12. With an emphasis on reading comprehension, this site features content in science, technology, social studies, arts, poetry and literary fiction.

 

Scholastic Read at Home
Source: Scholastic, Inc.

This site offers day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, from pre-kindergarten to grade 9.


 

Language Arts

KidLitTV
Source: KidLit TV

A diverse group of parents, educators, librarians, kid lit creators, and award-winning filmmakers working together to create fun new ways to reinforce an appreciation of reading that children will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

 

Starfall Education 
Source: Starfall 

A free public service to teach children to read. Includes language arts and mathematics for Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 3. Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers.

 

Storyline Online
Source: SAG-AFTRA Foundation

Celebrity actors read from a broad collection of children’s books in a read-along format. Each comes with a story guide, providing discussion topics to enhance learning.

 

TumbleBooks Collections
Source: Okanagan Regional Library

There are no downloads or waitlists for the books in these collections! Play these books in your browser over an internet connection.

 

Math 

Bedtime Math
Source: Bedtime Math Foundation

Teach kindergarten and early school-aged children math concepts through fun experiments and activities using simple, common materials from around the house.

 

Funbrain
Source: Funbrain 

Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.

 

Math Playground
Source: Math Playgroud

Give your brain a workout! Includes a wide variety of math topics, from problem solving and mathematical art to real world math and thinking games (Grades 1-6).

 

Talking Math With Your Kids
Source: Talking Math With Kids

Created by a teacher and curriculum developer with a PH.D., this site provides guides to practical ways that parents and teachers can engage children ages 3-9 in discussions about math concepts in everyday life.

 

TumbleMath
Source: Okanagan Regional Library

TumbleMath is a great learning resource for children in Kindergarten to Grade 6. It is a collection of math picture books that you can read online in your browser, complete with animation and narration. Books include additional materials such as lesson plans and quizzes. (Available until August 31, 2020).

 

Computer Science

Tech-Up
Source: Science World

Through Tech-Up, Science World delivers province-wide programs for students and teachers that include coding, computational thinking and digital skills. Weekly challenges, designed to develop your problem solving skills with various activities.

 

Live Online Workshops
Source: Canada Learning Code

Live Online Workshops with over 40 subject matter experts who are experienced in virtual facilitation, collaborative tools, event planning and online interactive training. Expect hands-on experience and interactive learning!

 

Scratch 
Source: Scratch

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

 

Code.org
Source: Code.org

Students can continue to learn at home while schools are closed. Take a Code Break with us, or see resources for students, parents, and teachers – including videos, fun tutorials, and projects!

 

Science

FarmFood 360
Source: Farm & Food Care Ontario

This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs. 

 

NASA Climate Kids
Source: Earth Science Communications Team

NASA's Climate Kids website tells the story of our changing planet through the eyes of the NASA missions studying Earth. Targeting upper-elementary-aged children, the site is full of games, activities and articles that make climate science accessible and engaging.

 

STEM at Home 
Source: Let’s Talk Science

Let's Talk Science has a great selection of resources and activities for engaging children and youth at home.  Discover hands-on activities using materials commonly found at home, watch an engaging web series or videos from around the web, curated by subject and participate in cool Careers competitions for youth and win prizes!

 

Art

MetKids
Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Explore The Met using an interactive map, watch behind-the-scenes videos that feature kids just like you, travel through more than 5,000 years of art in our time machine and try out creative projects for at home.

 

Social Studies

Big History Project
Source: Big History Project 

Journey through nearly 14 billions years of history in the self-guided, six-hour version of Big History. You’ll find every chapter full of great activities to keep you entertained and test your learning.

 

Canadian Geographic Online Classroom
Source: National Geographic Education

Every week, new activities and resources will be shared to make learning from home, or teaching at a distance, easy and fun.

 

Currents 4 Kids
Source: Les Plan Educational Services Ltd.

Currents4Kids is an online social studies resource and learning tool featuring weekly articles about important news stories. This Canadian online resource empowers students to understand and explore current events around the world. Free access until June 30, 2020.

 

Kids and Teens