Today’s lesson: how to keep the learning going online

how to keep the learning going online

Did you ever think that one day you’d actually be encouraging your child to spend more time online?

Well, that day has arrived. With today’s learning in various forms of flux, the internet has become a great resource to supplement your child’s current school curriculum or even learn something new. There are thousands of online learning platforms designed to spark interest, creativity and help your student grow remotely by boosting their knowledge and teaching them new skills. Many courses are free; others have nominal fees. Here are some age-appropriate resources we found:

For pre-schoolers to primary schoolers

Khan Academy offers free online courses for preschoolers all the way up to high schoolers, but it’s especially fun for the younger set. You can also head to the Canadian government education site for more courses and activities. Developed in collaboration with the learning experts at Stanford, this app features a cartoon bear named Kodi who guides youngsters through thousands of interactive activities, books, animated videos and games. They have creative fun while boosting early literacy, reading, writing, language and math. Best of all, it’s free.

ABC Mouse Early Learning offers a full online curriculum for children 2-8, grouped in 10 levels and more than 850 lessons in reading, math, science and art. Children are motivated to learn at their own pace via a Tickets and Rewards System. Games, puzzles and songs teach alphabet recognition for early reading, recognizing and counting numbers for simple addition and subtraction, time and money measurement, even science. First month is free, then continue for a small monthly fee.

This free platform has 30,000+ digital and printable worksheets, online games and lessons to make learning fun for those in pre-school up to grade 6. Educational games such as Colours in the Rainbow, Counting Pizza Party, Dot-to-Dots, Rhyming Games and Colour by Numbers are used to teach kids numbers, the alphabet, sight words, even animal life cycles. The app also includes science experiments and creative art projects using things you have around the home.

For grade schoolers

BrainPOP is an award-winning platform designed by a paediatrician to make age-appropriate learning engaging, relevant and fun. The Jr.  version teaches younger students socially, emotionally and intellectually through movies of the week that relate to current events; word plays, jokes, cartoons and activities that focus on themes like bullying, anger and conflict resolution; and of course, traditional arts and science lessons. Unlock 1,000+ topics and activities and try your first month for just $1.

Sumdog has figured out how to teach personalized math and literacy in ways that students love: through games! There are different games for different learning styles; these adapt to meet your child’s needs as they play with friends, a robot or kids from around the world. Students are rewarded with coins to spend on their avatar or their Sumdog house. Games are free; unlock even more learning with a family subscription for under $10/month per child.

Outschool charges nominal fees, but subjects are so interesting! Where else can kids learn basic investment strategies for how to play the stock market, how to make animated movies, join a speech and debate camp, use Minecraft to learn about architecture history, or even learn basic robotics?  This US based site lets you browse by subject, course length, day and time or age. All courses are led by passionate teachers and start at $10 USD/class.

Adventure Academy  lets kids create their own avatar and player home and then immerses them in a virtual universe into what appears to be a huge game. While travelling through the universe, kids are actually learning about geometry, multiplication and division, reading and comprehension, environments and ecosystems, molecules, maps, globes, geography and more.

For high schoolers has all the resources your high school student needs to brush up on their math skills, while having fun, of course.  From algebra to pre-calculus and geometry to trig, the math games on this site will help your student learn, practice and boost their grades before applying for post-secondary school. Simple explanations are written in fun language teens can really relate to.

Outschool is so rich in resources, that we’re including it again for older students. Over 100,000 fascinating courses include architecture, anime body drawing, python programming, sign language, movie making, forensic science, veterinary and even medicine. Supplement gaps in math, biology or chemistry, or dabble in a new interest that might lead to post-secondary studies or a career. There’s even a college application and prep course!

EdX offers a wide range of introductory courses in sciences, arts and more, taught by professionals at MIT, Harvard, University of California-Berkeley and other renowned institutions. The courses are a great way for high schoolers to boost their resumes and demonstrate to prospective universities that they can handle challenging coursework. Work at your own pace, even get an official instructor signed certificate upon completion if you like!

As 2021 unfolds, keep your student learning and engaged, grow their interests and skill sets and even build their resume with virtual learning. Just think: this proactive learning may even help give their college or university application a boost. Have you done your own homework to prepare for that time? If you haven’t already, talk to CST Consultants about starting an RESP plan to help save for those tuition fees.

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