Parent Resources

This page has been made available to help families with resources for this unprecedented period in time. We are confident that with the support of our teachers and staff that students and families will be able to continue learning at home. We are including ideas and links over time to support you.

Parent Resources

The Ministry of Education has shared Keep Learning - https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/ - a resource for families with ideas to support learning at home. This includes tips on how to develop routines, setup your space, and ideas about how to support learning activities at home. Your classroom teacher will be in touch on a regular basis and support your family with learning at home!

Learn60 Here's a poster that can help you with logging into your Learn60 account. You can log into your account using your learn60.ca account at https:/accounts.google.com and click on the nine dots in the top right hand corner to access your Learn60 tools.

Digmore Students have access to a wide variety of resources through the SD60 Digmore page. Some tools will require usernames and passwords that are available on the page by using your Learn60 account to access the list. There is password information lower on the page. https://www.prn.bc.ca/digmore/digmore/

Follett Shelf eBooks Our online ebook library is available to students in Grades 5 – 12 at https://wbb42882.follettshelf.com Use your learn60 account handle without the @learn60. The password should be the same as the student would use for their Learn60 account. If you cannot get in check with your local school librarian or administrator for help

MakerSpace Weekly SD60 Careers department staff member Moneca Conway will be posting MakerSpace videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZkFPO3SHKqwkupLKh2qc7A

Primary Read-Alouds Monday to Friday at 10am different School District and community members will be doing a primary read aloud at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1iWYzypWsYM1-lvfS6GR7A/live

Our Director of Instruction Carleen Andrews has shared a letter with resources to support families dealing with stress and anxiety - https://www.prn.bc.ca/?p=4552

Anxiety in this time is understandable and experience by young and old. The Ministry of Education and School Districts utilize a program called EASE to support children in school who have anxiety. There are now EASE at Home resources available to families at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health/ease

If kids need to speak with someone privately the Kids Help Phone is available by phone, text, and online 24/7.

Kids can TEXT Kids help phone - Text CONNECT to 686868

Kids can also speak with someone on the phone and by chat. Call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 and online at kidshelpphone.ca

Telus and Shaw have programs to support families in need for internet at their home. We are looking at other ways to support families. SD60-Public wifi is available outside of the schools in some places near the buildings. Check with your school on the password if required.
We recognize that families do not universally have access to computers or tablets at home. If having access to a computer could help with your child's learning please get in touch with your school.

Primary Read-Alouds Monday to Friday at 10am different School District and community members will be doing a primary read aloud at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1iWYzypWsYM1-lvfS6GR7A/live

MakerSpace Weekly SD60 Careers department staff member Moneca Conway will be posting MakerSpace videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZkFPO3SHKqwkupLKh2qc7A

Here are a variety of other online resources for livestreams and virtual tours.
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Canadian Museum of History
  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Canadian War Museum
  • The National Ballet of Canada
  • The National Gallery of Canada
  • Gardiner Museum
  • Google Arts & Culture interactive map of museums around the world
  • Google Arts & Culture’s Top 10 list of museums you can explore.

    Google’s 3D models of tombs, palaces and ancient landmarks.

    12 Museums including the British Museum and museums in New York,  Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam offer virtual tours you can take on your couch.

    Story time in Space - Astronauts reading to kids

    NASA is making their entire media library publicly accessible and copyright

    The Smithsonian’s Fun Stuff for Kids includes four areas for kids to explore: Meet the animals at the zoo, Science Game Centre, Smithsonian Learning Lab, and Smithsonian 3D

    Go on an Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

    Make a poster with the alphabet and have your child search for items that begin with each letter.

    Play Hopscotch in a Hallway

    Use any paper you have on hand (or cardboard) to cut out shapes. Use double-sided tape to place the shapes on the floor to begin your game of hopscotch.

    Create an Obstacle Course

    Use items around your house (pillows, pool noodles, baskets) to create a fun obstacle course.

    Play the Floor is Lava

    Decide which furniture is ok to jump on and considered safe. Set a timer. Players take turns calling out where the lava is. All players must get to the “safe” spot before the time runs out.

    Go on an Animal Safari

    Draw or print different animal shapes and have your child color them in. Hide them around the house for your child to find.

    Play I Spy Cleanup

    Set a time to put away as many items until the clock runs out. Call out an item for your child to race towards, grab, and put away.

    Play a Flashcard Hide and Seek

    For younger children, hide flashcards of letters and numbers around the house. Have your child find the cards and tell you the letter or number they found. For older children, hide word or math fact flashcards and have them tell you the answer when they find them.

    Play Hide and Seek

    One person counts and covers their eyes for 20 seconds while everyone else finds a place to hide.

    Dance Your Heart Out

    Have a group video call with friends and do a virtual dance party. Use tools like Skype or Zoom.

    Play Twister

    Dig up your old Twister game and teach your kids how to play. If you don’t have one, cut out different color circles, tape them to your floor, and create a simple spinner.

    Play Follow the Leader

    Have your family take turns being the leader. The leader gets in front of the line with everyone else behind them mimicking the leader’s actions. Get creative with your movements. For example, wiggling your arms, marching, hopping.

    Write the Room

    Hide sight words (letters, numbers, spelling words, etc.) around the room or house and have children find and record them using clipboards.

    Play Simon Says

    A person named Simon is the leader and gives out commands. For example, "Simon Says run in place. Simon Says crawl like a bear." If Simon doesn’t start the command with “Simon Says,” the players to follow the command are out.

    Create a Safe Physical Activity Space

    If you have an open space like a basement, take an old mattress and place it on the floor for gymnastics or wrestling.

    Play Red Light, Green Light

    Choose a start and finish line. Have everyone line up against a wall. Red light means stop, and green light means go! One person will yell out either command as everyone races to the finish line.

    Do a Deck of Cards Workout

    Assign each shape a different exercise. For example, Hearts: running in place, Diamonds: jumping jacks, Spades: push-ups, Clubs: sit-ups. Take turns flipping the cards. For each number, that’s how many times you have to do the exercise.

    Play Charades

    On pieces of cut-up paper, write down phrases or words to act out. Take turns pulling a single paper out of a container and have fun acting out the description.

    Learn a Dance Routine

    Create your own or find a tutorial for your favorite dance routine and practice.

    Play Musical Chairs

    Place a couple of chairs back to back and turn on some fun music. Players move around the chairs and when the music stops, the last one not sitting in a chair is out.

    Play Balloon Toss

    Throw a balloon in the air and don’t let it fall to the floor.

    Play Freeze Dance

    One person is the DJ and in control of the music. When the music starts, start dancing but be ready. As soon as the music is paused, freeze.

    Here are some more online resources if you Like to Move It Move It!

    Let's face it, chores need to be done and they are an important skill that we all learn through our life. Make certain you take some time for kids to work on chores during the day. Not only is it helpful there is learning within chores too! Here are variety of other suggestions.
    1. How to tie your shoes
    2. How to follow a recipe
    3. How to make a meal plan & grocery list on a budget
    4. How to write a resume
    5. How to look after the house ( mow the lawn, shovel the sidewalk, do the recycling, budget & pay bills)
    6. How to be a good citizen ( mow your neighbours lawn, take them a meal, shovel their sidewalk/ driveway)
    7. How to read ( ask them questions about what they’re reading, read together, make predictions, discuss why characters behave the way they do)
    8. How to write ( keep a journal, keep a gratitude list, write instructions for something, write an alternate ending to favourite story or movie, write a story, keep a book of facts)
    9. How to advocate for positive change in the world (write a letter, sign a petition, join an online group)
    10. How to maintain a vehicle ( how to check the oil, how to change a tire)
    11. Build physical literacy ( do yoga, play catch, play frisbee, kick a soccer ball, shoot hoops)
    12. Build Fine motor skills ( draw, colour, knit, crochet, cross- stitch, sew, weave)
    13. Go outside! Walk, hike, sled, ski, paddle, bike, most outdoor activities keep you at least 10m away from other people.
    14. How to exist without the internet ( unplug it from 8-4 everyday )
    15. Spend time with your kids! Talk to them - ask them about their hopes & dreams & fears.
    16. Have them research things they’re interested in ( a place they’d like to visit, a career they might like, a hobby they’d like to learn)
    17. Have them do a STEAM challenge ( build a tower, boat, bridge) out of random materials around the house )
    18. How to write a letter
    19. How to make a phone call
    20. How to take a message
    21. How to speak to an elder
    22. How to sew on a button
    23. How to hammer a nail
    24. How to introduce yourself (and maintain physical distancing)
    25. How to notice the needs of others
    26. How to make scrambled eggs
    27. How to write a thank you note
    28. How to do laundry
    29. How to garden
    30. How to fix something
    31. How to hang a picture
    32. How to plan a healthy meal
    33. How to budget
    34. How to check tire pressure
    35. How to wait and save money for something
    36. How to read a map
    37. How to set the table
    38. How to admin a mistake
    39. How to iron clothes
    40. How to weigh pros and cons
    41. How to dust
    42. How to read a recipe
    43. How to vacuum the stairs
    44. How to change a lightbulb
    45. How to paint the fence
    46. How to use a fire extinguisher
    47. How to clean the refrigerator
    48. How to make a salad
    49. How to make a smoothie
    50. How to clean the bathroom
    51. How to address an envelope
    52. How to fill a stapler
    53. How to maintain a bicycle chair and tires
    54. How to change a flat tire

    One of our distribute learning teachers has also shared the following categorized activities

    Storytime
    Epic : https://www.getepic.com/
    Raz-Kids : https://www.raz-kids.com/
    Tumblebooks : https://tumblebooks.com/
    District share page : https://sites.google.com/prn.bc.ca/sd60educationaltechnologysuppo/online-educational-resources
    Science/Social Studies Mystery Science : https://mysteryscience.com/
    Scholastic : https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
    BrainPopJr : https://jr.brainpop.com/

    Miscellaneous
    Letter Work - Tt : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yl9p--gElU
    Rainbow Writing : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61utg8VNUn0
    Art Hub : https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub
    Spelling App : https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/abc-spelling-magic/id429301553
    Number of the Day : https://drive.google.com/open?id=14L9xn2ay5aZL4w0owmyfZDErv70fFZnl
    Egg Drop STEM challenge : https://drive.google.com/open?id=1X4KjRuPlx_Yn6qcaZxpFRn8pszgPTSJkerk9zCCMG8E

    HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
    BINGO : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mmF8zOlh_g
    Do Your Ears Hang Low : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mmF8zOlh_g
    Going Over the Sea : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iAdfTzlezw
    Shake Break : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl5QodAFuVk&list=PL3VD8MnxHymBQsFqQHJcSysHl0AD190_H
    Healthy Eating: An introduction for children aged 5-11 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kteZneJm1EI
    Super Fab Lab! Food Groups - Sid the Science Kid - The Jim Henson Company : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARD1MAh434w
    Fitness and Me (Why Exercise?) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mv0G4yiy9c

    Thanks to the SD73 team, Key Learning, and many people that shared ideas and posts through Facebook for this list.

    • Read or listen to a book
    • Journal
    • Make a fort
    • Listen to a podcast
    • Create an “All About Me” board
    • Colour
    • Write a letter or draw a picture to mail to someone
    • Draw or paint pictures and host an art show
    • Make bead or foil jewelry
    • Make clay sculptures
    • Create leaf rubbing art
    • Learn a magic trick
    • Create a spaceship out of a cardboard box
    • Create paper dolls and houses for them
    • Put together a puzzle
    • Create a city with blocks
    • Create an imaginary creature and write its story
    • Paint
    • Write and illustrate a book
    • Do a photoshoot for my stuffed animals
    • Act out commercials
    • Play with toys and figurines
    • Make clothes for my dolls and toys out of scrap fabric
    • Play Cat's Cradle
    • Write a letter to my penpal
    • Go on an alphabet scavenger hunt
    • Create shadow art
    • Make my own magazine
    • Make paper flowers or snowflakes
    • Create affirmation or kindness rocks
    • Build with LEGO bricks
    • Play Mad Libs and word searches
    • Learn to juggle
    • Make a Rube Goldberg machine with household items
    • Play hide and seek
    • Have a figure skating competition in our kitchen
    • Journal together
    • Create our own magazine
    • Play dress up
    • Play a board game
    • Make up silly songs
    • Create art and hold an art show
    • Create a play to perform for our family
    • Play school
    • Read to each other
    • Use socks as puppets and have our own puppet show
    • Make paper airplanes and see which one can fly the farthest
    • Play I Spy Make up a secret language
    • Create an indoor “camp out”
    • Host a radio show
    • Play store
    • Build a house with cards
    • Play library
    • Draw cartoons or comic strips
    • Play superheroes
    • Make up a funny skit
    • Play a card game
    • Play the ABC game Pick a theme (animals, food) and take turns naming an item that starts with each letter of the alphabet
    • Use items in your house (pots, pans, boxes) to make your own instruments
    • Play charades
    • Create a blanket fort under the dining room table or on your beds
    • Play Simon Says
    • Design a board game
    • Sing karaoke
    • Do a science experiment
    • Put on a shadow puppet show using a flashlight

    Student Resources

    With physical distancing it is hard to connect with trusted adults when you need to talk. Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 through your phone and online. You can TEXT Kids help phone - Text CONNECT to 686868 You can also speak with someone on the phone and by chat. Call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 and online at kidshelpphone.ca
    Here's a poster that can help you with logging into your Learn60 account. You can log into your account using your learn60.ca account at https://accounts.google.com and click on the nine dots in the top right hand corner to access your Learn60 tools.
    Our online ebook library is available to students in Grades 5 – 12 at https://wbb42882.follettshelf.com As with our physical libraries and books we request that parents always be involved in the selection of titles. Accounts follow the following schema: username: firstnamelastname14 These in most cases the account should be the same as students use to login to Windows and/or Learn60 accounts with the same password. If you cannot get in check with your local school librarian or administrator for help
    MyEducation BC logins exist for some of our students. We will look to increase that later this year. Students that have accounts should use their @learn60.ca account to log in. The password will be the one set by the student. If you have difficulty logging in to MyEdBC contact your school office.

    This FAQ below is from our COVID-19 Page. You can find the latest updates from SD60, health, and government resources there.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    We suggest the links in the resources at https://www.prn.bc.ca/?page_id=4525 including the BC Centres for Disease Control and the Province of British Columbia webpages.
    All in-person classes are cancelled from March 30, 2020 until further notice. School Education staff will be working to provide learning opportunities to provide at home. From March 30-April 3 schools will be planning and working to build instructional materials for learning at home. We aim to start getting those materials out to families by April 6.
    Please get in touch with your school administrator. We are working on support plans for meals programs for students in need.
    See the letter in Update #5 from Director of Instruction Carleen Andrews with resources to support families dealing with stress and anxiety - https://www.prn.bc.ca/?p=4552
    Entry into schools will be scheduled to maintain physical distancing and cleaning. Your school will contact families in April. Do not attend a school building without an invitation.
    All SD60 Play equipment has been closed to use. Play equipment on SD60 grounds should not be used as it will not be disinfected. Grounds remain open and all orders from the Provincial Health Officer must be followed.
    We have created an Online Registration form for parents to register ***new*** students to our district. Parents will need to enter Birth Certificate information and proof of residence information in the form so please have that ready before you start. At a later date parents will need to present the Birth Certificate and proof of residence information to their school. Parents can schedule an appointment with their school to do this in person or mail photocopies to the school. Click on the link below or scan the QR code to begin registration.

    Register Online for SD60 Schools

    Thanks to our colleagues in SD73 for many of the ideas on this page!