While the sudden disappearance of daycare, school and other daily routines may be destabilizing, families can combat by equipping themselves with a wide variety of educational activities (both online and offline) to effectively pass the time.

Below is a roundup of links that may give you some ideas. 

 

kidAccessing Library Services at Home

Our branches may be closed, but you can still 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. 

 

kidSTEAM Quest Challenges

Are you looking for some fun and easy STEAM activities you can do with your children with supplies you probably already have at home? These challenges have all been tried and tested at during library's STEAM Quest programs, so you know they'll work!

 

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. 

 

small childIntroducing Tumblebooks

In light of recent world events, TumbleBooks is opening up their databases to all library users until August 31st. Take advantage of this trial to enjoy free ebooks and audiobooks for all ages, as well as educational tools for keeping kids on track while home from school. There are no limits, check-outs, holds, or downloads.

 

storyGreat Online Storytime Options

In order to support schools and public libraries forced to close due to the escalating COVID-19 outbreak, some of your favourite authors (and celebrities) have been sharing storytime and read-aloud videos and live events. This article links you to some good ones for both young children and slightly older kids. 

 

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Mango 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.

 

computer_online_genealogy_research1_0.jpgRemote Access to Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. In the past, we have only been able to offer access to Ancestry from our library branches. However, library patrons now have the ability to access this resource from home until May 31st.