Everyone in Alberta is experiencing a challenging time and I want to empower parents/guardians/caregivers with some suggestions of how they can move the educational journey of their students forward. I am starting with a short list and continually updating this site as I find more resources.
The one thing I want to emphasize is that you do not try to replicate a classroom in your home. Create a routine not a timed schedule of activities that will reinforce what your child has already learned and then try something new. Practice the basic skills of reading, writing and math. Then add some other activities that are experiential based.
Start Slow!! Add one thing to your routine each day and build up the routine over time.
Day 1 Have students read to themselves for 20 minutes, read to a sibling for 20 minutes if possible and then read to you for 20 minutes. Reading Aloud to your kids is also a great activity.
There are many online books available if you need some. Check out these sites.
RAZ kids is a site most WRPS kids have log in information for. If you need a log
in email your child’s teacher.
Day 2 Reading routine plus have students create a piece of writing. For example a letter to a friend or grandparent, keep a diary or create a piece of fiction.
Day 3 Reading, writing and have students do some math. There are many online websites that will give the students a variety of experiences.
IXL is a webite most students in WRPS have access to. If you need a log in email
your child’s teacher.
Day 4 Repeat the routine
Day 5 Have an experiential day. Build a fort, bake, do a science activity, research a country
There are many ideas online. Make sure to put in free after your search criteria (writing prompts free, math apps free, reading books free) and check out Pinterest.
Remember outside time everyday is good for kids.
Start again the next week and build a routine that works for you and your family!!