March 31, 2020

Following his announcement that schools will remain closed until at least May 4, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce announced Ontario would move to a teacher-led model for distance learning. The Minister recommended the following breakdown for elementary student learning:

Kindergarten - Grade 3: Five hours of work per student, per week, with a focus on literacy and math

Grades 4 - 6: Five hours of work per student, per week, with a focus on literacy, math, science and social studies

Grades 7-8: 10 hours of work per student, per week, with a focus on core math, literacy, science and social studies

March 27, 2020

Niagara Catholic has created a list of recommended websites for students and families to access to promote student engagement and student-directed learning during this prolonged school closure. We will add additional sites as they are vetted by Board staff.

Recommended elementary learn at home resources.

The information below is from the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Learn at Home page.

We have divided it for families to find information quickly.

Get resources designed to help young students learn at home, independently or with the help of a parent or guardian.
Additional resources are available in French through TFO.

Math story time
For Kindergarten to Grade 2
Using stories to explore simple math concepts, engage children in math and make learning at home fun, this resource is designed to spark conversations about math and its connections to the world of a child. You may be prompted to download the free Math Storytime app. No accounts or passwords are required.

TVO Kids
For Kindergarten to Grade 6
Award-winning, advertising-free videos, games and content that supports the Ontario curriculum.

TVO Kids offers educational programing throughout the day for school-aged children. Check out their broadcast schedule to what is on and when.

TVO Kids also has YouTube Channels dedicated to STEM and literacy programs.
Science and Technology
Supports the Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 core science curriculum. Kids can learn from fun science experiments — and even try some of them at home.
Support the Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3 core curriculum. Kids can learn math in a way that is intriguing and fun!
Join in an imaginative world where learning language is paramount. View any of the specially chosen videos on this YouTube channel and witness the growth of language skills and the love of reading.

TVO mPower
For Kindergarten to Grade 6
Free, award-winning online games that support the mastery of math concepts and bolster understanding of STEM and the social sciences. Boost foundational math skills and inspire a love of math. Sign up can easily be done by a parent. With a free account, students can track their progress in the games. Check out a sample preview of mPower.

TVO Mathify
For Grades 6 to 10
Free, one-on-one online support provided by Ontario Certified Teachers, is available to help students improve their math skills. Now accessible Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm, and Sunday from 3:30pm to 9pm. Build math understanding and confidence with the help of a math tutor!


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