While the "new normal" has certainly been destabilizing, families who are home schooling can equip themselves with a wide variety of educational activities (both online and offline) to support learning. Below is a roundup of links that may give you some ideas. 

 

kidAccessing Library Services at Home

Did you know that you can access plenty of digital library items and other resources online? Learn how to sign up for a library card online so you can get started borrowing from our digital collection of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and more. 

 

ipadEducational Activities While in Self-Isolation

If you’re hunkered down with your family, but trying to keep your children entertained, check out this article that lists ten educational online resources and activities for young children to enjoy without leaving the house. Some just might grab their attention more than a video game.

 

kidEducational Resources for Older Kids

Kate, our Programming & Outreach Coordinator, has put together a list of her three favourite educational resources for older kids (grades 7-12). Click through to access great websites that help build math, language skills and STEM competencies, as well as other learning resources in alignment with the school curriculum. 

 

mangosquare.jpgMango Languages

Mango languages is a language learning app that you have access to with your library membership. For no charge you have access to 70 languages, including ESL. It will teach you conversational language along with grammar explanations and cultural notes.

 

homeschool1.jpgHomeschooling Resources for Parents

If you want to supplement your child’s online learning, you can access some downloadable educational materials and guidebooks through Hoopla. Homeschoolers share many skills they have learned and tips on how to deal with the psychological aspects of teaching from home. 

 

researchNiche Academy

Our Niche Academy account features instructional videos on using the library's e-resources, as well as social media, digital content, and Microsoft products. Tutorials range between 10-30 minutes depending on the topic, and they walk you through every step clearly.