As soon as homeschooling became the new reality, the internet exploded with parents sharing how difficult it was. Take for example:
While we can’t come by and help teach provincial capitals or explain the difference between the old and new math, we do want to share some fun, interactive and free resources that will help keep kids’ interest (and perhaps your sanity) while they learn at home.
Engineers Canada has compiled a host of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) resources on their website. Many of these are projects that use household objects. Students can work alone or with their family to create a robot that can draw its own designs, build a bridge out of marshmallows and sticks, make an LED light using a potato and learn to code without using a computer. Activities and topics are organized by grade range and also include topics like water systems, tower building and chemical reactions in the body.
Check out the activities here: https://exploreengineering.ca/national-engineering-month/engineering-activities
Until April 7 there’s a Virtual Geoscience Scavenger Hunt open to all K-12 students in the province. The activity is sponsored by Professional Engineers & Geoscientists Newfoundland & Labrador (PEGNL). It can be done completely at home and gives students and their families a chance to learn about science & geology, including some unique facts about Newfoundland & Labrador. There will also be prizes for 6 lucky participants, with a top prize of $500!
Learn more here:
Let’s Talk Science also has a wide array of educational resources on their website. Their STEM Channel features hundreds of educational videos with accompanying resources organized by grade level, provincial curriculum and topic. 12 different subjects including Biology, Environmental Science, Food & Nutrition and Space Science are covered. Activities and lessons run from serious to silly and include energy production, dinosaurs, sound travel, automobiles and even how snot works! (I mean, snot’s funny, right?)
Learn more at their website: https://letstalkscience.ca/educational-resources/video-channels/stem-channel-all-videos
Hopefully these resources will help ease some of the stress of teaching at home. If you know of any others please share them with us!
Oh, and best of luck with music class…