Year 2020 has so far been a hectic year especially for Ontario parents amid an ongoing teacher strike and the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. On March 12, the Ontario government announced the closure of all publicly-funded schools for two weeks following March Break to curb further spread of COVID-19, making it an extra long March Break for students. A day later, several municipalities also announced the closure of recreation centres and libraries. It is a difficult time for parents who now need to adjust their plans, while finding ways to support their children’s learning in a safe environment. Our staff at TeachRequest recognize that online tutoring (which we are now piloting) and online self-learning may bridge the gap for now. For the latter, we wanted to share some of the best online educational resources we know.
Catch up on school learning through online courses, lessons, and practices
With the school year cutting short due to COVID-19, parents ought to prevent the so-called “holiday slide” or “learning loss” of their children by keeping them engaged with academic lessons and exercises. There are many great websites that offer online courses, and here are our picks based on school board recommendations:
There are also some great options that require a paid subscription with some free resources:
Spark curiosity and learn something new everyday with educational YouTube channels
In recent years, YouTube has found its fame as an effective educational tool. There is a dedicated channel called YouTube Learning with playlists on topics ranging from science to history, but this is just one of the many starting points for learning on YouTube. To help you get started, we have put together a list of some of the best educational channels:
Learn more about COVID-19 through infographics and videos
With COVID-19 being the hot topic these days, children may have doubts about what they’ve heard and how they feel about the situation. Numerous organizations including UNICEF recommend parents to talk to their children about COVID-19 to give them assurance of the situation and teach them protective measures. Here are some excellent resources to help you drive the talk with your younger children or motivate your older ones to do their own research:
Keep learning and exploring
We hope that these resources will help you keep your children engaged throughout March Break. That being said, online resources tend to be self-starting in nature, and it is important to match learning activities to the school curriculum. If situation allows for in-person, one-on-one tutoring, TeachRequest has excellent OCT-certified tutors who can help create personalized lesson plans and track your child’s learning progress. We are also exploring the option of online one-to-one tutoring in light of our current situation. Please contact us if you are looking for an effective tutoring option that will help your child succeed in academics and beyond.
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