Learning at Home Resources
Activities for Self Isolation
While the sudden disappearance of daycare, school and other daily routines may be destabilizing, families can combat by equipping themselves with a wide variety of educational activities (both online and offline) to effectively pass the time.
Please check out the links below for some ideas.
From the L&A County Museum & Archives
Museum Kids at Home
Looking for engaging activities that will help to teach your littles while not in school?
L&A County Museum and Archives have put together week long school programs that you can work on with your kiddos at home! These fun and engaging programs will sure to grasp the imagination of our kiddos while teaching them about the world around them.
Did you miss a week? No need to worry! Once a program has begun, the information and resources will be available on our website.
From the County of L&A Libraries
Accessing Library Services at Home
Our County of L&A Library branches may be closed, but you can still access plenty of digital library items and other resources online. Learn how to sign up for a library card online so you can get started borrowing from our digital collection of ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and more.
Are you looking for some fun and easy STEAM activities you can do with your children with supplies you probably already have at home? These challenges have all been tried and tested at during library's STEAM Quest programs, so you know they'll work!
Educational Activities While in Self-Isolation
If you’re hunkered down with your family, but trying to keep your children entertained, check out this article that lists ten educational online resources and activities for young children to enjoy without leaving the house. Some just might grab their attention more than a video game.
Educational Resources for Older Kids
Kate, our Programming & Outreach Coordinator, has put together a list of her three favourite educational resources for older kids (grades 7-12). Click through to access great websites that help build math, language skills and STEM competencies, as well as other learning resources in alignment with the school curriculum.
In light of recent world events, TumbleBooks is opening up their databases to all library users until August 31st. Take advantage of this trial to enjoy free ebooks and audiobooks for all ages, as well as educational tools for keeping kids on track while home from school. There are no limits, check-outs, holds, or downloads.
Great Online Storytime Options
In order to support schools and public libraries forced to close due to the escalating COVID-19 outbreak, some of your favourite authors (and celebrities) have been sharing storytime and read-aloud videos and live events. This article links you to some good ones for both young children and slightly older kids.
Mango languages is a language learning app that you have access to with your library membership. For no charge you have access to 70 languages, including ESL. It will teach you conversational language along with grammar explanations and cultural notes.
Homeschooling Resources for Parents
If you want to supplement your child’s online learning, you can access some downloadable educational materials and guidebooks through Hoopla. Homeschoolers share many skills they have learned and tips on how to deal with the psychological aspects of teaching from home.
Remote Access to Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. In the past, we have only been able to offer access to Ancestry from our library branches. However, library patrons now have the ability to access this resource from home until May 31st.
Our Niche Academy account features instructional videos on using the library's e-resources, as well as social media, digital content, and Microsoft products. Tutorials range between 10-30 minutes depending on the topic, and they walk you through every step clearly.