Many of us are anxious right now.
With kids out of school, programs cancelled, parents working from home, stress levels over the loss of income, isolation of grandparents, and an impending lock-down expected any day now - every family member is trying to cope with COVID-19.
Those of you with health care workers in your families are watching them quietly sacrifice their own safety and well-being for the good of the whole.
We at PAFE are continuing to work - albeit remotely. You are all in our thoughts and prayers as we hope that the extraordinary measures now being undertaken by the government to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on Ontario will yield good fruit.
As challenging as the current situation may be, it WILL NOT last forever. Everything happens for a reason, and good comes out of everything. Instead of worrying about the unknown and uncontrollable, we can encourage our family and friends to take advantage of this time to stop and reflect on what's most important, re-evaluate priorities, help others in creative ways, and develop a new skill.
For parents, some of you may homeschool your children, and while your routine might not have been as impacted as others, you may find you’ve now become a go-to resource for other parents on how to homeschool.
For those of you who suddenly find yourselves in the role of supervising your children’s education from home, we thought we would share some online educational resources and activities to keep your children’s hands and minds active for the foreseeable future.
Educational Resources & Activities
Open Culture, has a massive list of educational resources by subject area
Khan Academy, video tutorials in K-12 algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, statistics, finance, physics, economics and more
200 Free Textbooks, mostly high school level
Free audiobooks, includes many children's classics, such as The Wizard of Oz series, Grimm's Fairy Tales, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Mark Twain, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Swiss Family Robinson, Gulliver's Travels, Anne of Green Gables, and Aesop's Fables
Librivox, collection of audiobooks in the public domain
Free ebooks, includes many classics for children and high school students
Project Gutenburg, hosts over 60,000 free ebooks, and makes them accessible for Kindle, Android, iPad, and iPhone
International Children’s Digital Library, provides free access to children's books from around the world in different languages, including Arabic, Afrikaans, Danish, English, Farsi and more
Collection of sites for free virtual tours, including the Anne Frank Museum, the Louvre, San Diego Zoo and more
McHarper Manor, free arts and crafts lesson on Facebook live daily at 1 pm
Parade, 125 ideas for entertaining children
At the end of the day, keep your children close, bond with them, and help them feel safe and secure through these unprecedented times.
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