Just for Parents

I am often asked by parents to provide ideas on ways to help students working on reading, writing and math skills at home. Here are some invaluable resources to help parents when working at home with their children. Please click on the documents below to download a copy of the resource.

Titanium Chef  This award winning online nutrition education program is designed to teach about healthy eating. There are a few great programs offered at this site so have a good look around!

Fitness as Medicine As parents, we do everything we can to help our children grow up healthy, happy and successful.  With the increasing pace of life, how do we fit it all in?  If 30 minutes a day would greatly decrease their risks of obesity, anxiety, depression, diabetes and heart disease and greatly increase their confidence, their ability to learn, interact with others and sleep, would you do it?  Obviously!  This panacea is EXERCISE and 30 minutes a day is the dosage.  This is not radical information but new research is showing us how urgent getting active is. It can wait until tomorrow, or after the snow melts, or when you find time.  It has to happen TODAY and tomorrow and the days after that!  But it doesn’t have to hurt. Check out the great video lip as well!!!

ReadKiddoRead.com If you’re interested in getting your children to read more, provide them with some of the books recommended and reviewed on the ReadKiddoRead Web site. The books arranged according to age: picture books for 0-8, transitional books for age 6 and older, great page turners for ages 8 and above, and great advanced books for ages 10 and above. There are over 170 reviews on only the books that kids are sure to gobble up! Click the Community link at the top of the page to find lesson plans for a host of books that are used in the classroom — such as James and the Giant Peach, Harry Potter, Charlotte’s Web, Clementine, and more.

TimeToTalk.org operates on the philosophy that while it’s important to talk with your kids about drugs and alcohol, many parents do not know how to approach the topic. The site does a masterful job at giving simple strategies to have those important discussions. TimeToTalk.org has tools that actually make it easier for parents to address these sensitive issues. The site also anticipates what the problem areas are going to be and gives parents strategies to deal with these issues.

Oswego is a free, interactive site where parents can make games for their children focusing on math skills

http://www.mathmaster.org is a free resource where students can make use of the extensive video library and endless supply of printable math worksheets from any computer with access to the web.  The video library covers K-12 math, science and other topics. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long.  The website gives you the ability to easily customize each worksheet to target your child’s specific needs.

International Children’s Digital Library

This is another one of those WOW sites that offers an amazing service for kids and a great resource for parents!

The International Children’s Digital Library is a rich resource which can be used in a wonderfully wide range of situations by children, parents, teachers, librarians and others from all walks of life. Children can expand upon the stories to create games; parents can extract themes to help explain important lessons; teachers can utilize the multicultural nature of the collection to teach languages; librarians can enrich community outreach programs with tales from around the world and; of course, anyone can just open a book to read for pleasure.

Roy the Zebra This website is home to a package of interactive games, stories and resources that have been developed to help emerging readers learn to read.  The site is one of the most comprehensive interactive literacy resources on the net that is freely accessible. No area of the site is password protected.

Reading Rockets–The Reading Rockets project was funded by a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education Designed to be a resource for parents, teachers, principals, and librarians, the site includes sections catered to each of the audiences’ the site’s features include reading guides, parent guides, tips for teaching reading, book lists, author interviews, and much more.

reading-strategies.pdf

math-help.pdf

extend-learning.pdf

Technology at Home 

Please click on the following document to learn more about how parents can get involved in safe internet surfing with their kids!

“Internet Surfing” for Parents

Cyber-Bullying as Relational Aggression

Cyber-bullying increasingly is becoming a problem for students, educators and policy makers’  In this paper, we consider cyber-bullying as a form of relational aggression; that is, behaviour designed to damage, harm or disrupt friendship or inter-personal relationships through covert means’  We draw on the findings from a study of students in grades 6 through 9, conducted in five schools, in a large ethnically diverse metropolitan region of British Columbia, Canada, to demonstrate the inter-connection between cyber-bullying and relational aggression. Consistent with the relational aggression framework, girls were found more likely than boys to participate in these behaviours. We conclude that intervention strategies should consider gender differences and also aim at changing the trajectory of relational aggression to providing relational support and care.

Dance Mat Typing  Here is site designed for young people to learn to type.  If you don’t mind working with a goat with the British accent, you will find this to be a good site for primary kids’ Short lessons and drills with lots of positive feedback. Each of the 4 levels are divided into 3 stages. Begin at Level 1 and build up your skills gradually through to Level 4. When you can do it well, touch typing is the fastest way to write. Many people can soon learn to touch type faster than they can write with a pen. You will need headphones or speakers to enjoy the song and dance in each game. The games use the Flash plug-in or you can play the alternative interactive versions available at each stage. Worksheets are available for each stage that can be printed out and used offline with a typewriter or computer.

Summer Zone In Get your kids plugged in with Zone In Workshops

deal.org  Affiliated with the RCMP, deal.org is, above all else, an information and prevention tool for youth. By addressing a variety of subjects through the website, the program hopes to encourage youth throughout Canada to make healthy, informed decisions and to get involved in their communities. The site consists of four distinct projects, our digital library the Knowzone,  the Toolbox and the Webzine, all of which contain content and resources developed specifically for youth.

Internet 101 A committee of police forces, led by the RCMP, created and maintains this website, a collection of safety tips, helpful presentations and links to further police-approved resources to help kids and parents surf safely.

Facebook for Parents  To help kids reach their full potential, parents today must know about Facebook. That the purpose of this website and related materials.

Cyber Safety  LearnNowBC is pleased to present CyberSafe with Steve Dotto Protect your kids in Cyberspace: A how-to guide to being CyberSafe.

Digital Responsibility and Cyber Safety Resources–“Be The change”

Checking History  Watch the video below to see how to check the internet browser history on a wireless writing laptop in both Firefox and Safari browsers.

There are more interesting pages for parents and students at LearnNowBC on other interesting topics:

  • Addressing Bullying Behaviour
  • Health and Safety
  • Graduation
  • Early Learning
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Other issues~ If these weren’t enough! 

Concerns with drugs?