“At Home” Resources for parents and children,
from Elaine Tan Comeau,
Founder/CEO of Easy Daysies!
At Home with Kids in the COVID-19 Age – tips to maintain sanity and help your kids make the most of their time!
In this unprecedented time of “social distancing” and “self isolation”, I am drawing on my experience as a school teacher (14 years), parent (3 children, aged 11-16), and founder of Easy Daysies (9 years, which makes products for home and classroom to help kids and families have easier days) to share some great resources that I know can help your family through this period.
First, I would like to say to all parents – you’ve got this!
You don’t need to put a bunch of pressure on yourself to replace the school system. You just need to take an interest in your child’s day, and show them the right path. Below are some resources I believe can help you navigate these isolating times!
Educational Resources for Home-Schooling:
Offering their paid subscription service for FREE during the Covid-19 crisis!
Curio.ca is a subscription-based educational streaming platform targeting educational institutions from primary through to post-secondary levels across Canada. You can now access thousands of programs, documentaries, audio content and archival material from CBC/Radio-Canada on a provisional basis.
Dynamic Math has 2 main offerings:
- Math books for Grades 4-12 that follow the exact curriculum for each province from BC to Ontario!
- Online resources such as digital flash cards, games and worksheets that are fun for students.
There is free content, as well as a free month or premium access during the COVID-19 crisis!
Varsity Tutors has quickly put together a free program, that is their words:
“Daily Live Classes. 100% interactive. 100% free.
With so many schools closing, we want to make sure you have the help you need. Take advantage of free live classes led by subject-matter experts each day of the week for K-12 students. Curriculum spans math, science, reading, literature, writing, and enrichment.”
Free Resources from Easy Daysies: Home School, Chores, Recipes, plus links to many other free resources!
FREE Ebook - "At Home" Resources for Parents and Children - Tips to maintain sanity and help your kids make the most of their time!
With tips aplenty (42 pages!) on home schooling, chores, recipes you can make for/with the kids, and lots of links to free resources, this free Ebook may just be a lifesaver! Click the book to get started!
Included in your free Ebook:
+ Book Reports for all ages
+ Links to many more free resources!
Resources to help your kids understand Coronavirus / COVID-19
Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious…It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise.
Kids, this comic is for you.
It’s based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China.
Earlier this week, I overheard my kids engaged in a round of “I heard” and “Did you know?” while they were getting ready for bed.
“I heard that Margaret’s dad has it,” said my six-year-old.
“Did you know that it’s the worst sickness ever?” added my eight-year-old.
Neither statement is accurate, but they were revealing…
And of course you need a daily schedule to keep everyone sane!
You can make your own, or I can save you the time and provide my expertise with my products – Easy Daysies!
I created the home schedules by parent demand when I was a school teacher. Parents wanted to know how to get their kids cooperative, independent and out the door in the morning, and behaving like they did in my class. My secret weapon was a daily schedule at the front of the classroom!
Where to find Easy Daysies:
INDEPENDENT RETAILERS: Easy Daysies may also be available through your local toy store or educational store (Eg. Education Station, Scholar’s Choice, etc.) Please do check in and see if you can support these local businesses during this tough economic time.
A few short weeks ago, I was on CTV Morning Live sharing “Spring Break Road Trip Snacks”. My how quickly times can change! However, these snacks are also great for a “staycation”, so please enjoy with your kids!
Family-Related Blog Posts from Easy Daysies:
Family-Related Podcasts from Elaine’s Kitchen Table:
More Virtual Online Resources for Kids:
With distance learning likely taking less than a full school day, what are some educational ways for your child(ren) to pass the time online? Here are some resources we found to be fun and educational:
All ages (but preschool to Gr 2 can spend hours entranced by live animals!)
There are lots of live animal cams, those of animals in captivity almost guarantee action, and wild animal cams, you never know what you will get!
Explore.org – Eagles, elephants, rescued puppies and kittens – warning, you and your child might spend hours here!