School closures across Canada have left many parents scrambling to find educational resources and entertainment for the kids that are now spending their days at home.
Here are a few options for parents searching for help with the next few weeks — without relying too heavily on Netflix.
Online learning resource Khan Academy is offering free programs to those ages four to 18, with resources for teachers working from home and parents choosing to homeschool during this time. They even have a schedule available to keep kids on a routine while at home.
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CK-12 is another great education site, with courses offered from the normal math-English-science combo to classes about philosophy and astronomy, among other subjects. It has some resources for those in university too, though the site overwhelmingly caters to those under 18.
Kanopy is a service that partners with libraries to offer movies and TV shows online. Documentaries, docu-series, and film festival picks are great for the older kids, and they have a Kanopy Kids section with animated storybooks, Sesame Street, and more. Kanopy has a limit on how many videos per month you can stream, which may differ from place to place. Sign up with your library card and enjoy everything they have to offer.
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The long-running show Sesame Street has a website that is perfect for the small kids at home. The parental controls are expansive, and can allow you to lock the user onto the site so your kiddos don’t go browsing the web, as well as track what your child has been playing and watching. You can make playlists of activities and set your kid loose on them too.
DIY.org is dedicated to helping kids learn how to Do It Themselves. Photography, drawing, science, and cooking classes are among the many courses offered by the website. There are separate (yet still linked) adult and kid sign-ins, and it lets parents track the courses through email updates. It has a 14-day free trial, but afterwards switches to a monthly fee.
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