Kindergarten - Learning Resources

The activities provided offer a variety of suggestions for parents and students to work through while away from school.

At Home

  • Make everyday objects, such as plastic food containers, paper tubes, blocks and boxes, available for your child to play with
  • Give your child time and space to draw, paint, create and build
  • Do household jobs together (fold laundry, sort socks, wash and put away dishes, cook together, etc.)
  • Check out over 40 amazing activities that help young children learn through play: Connect, Play and Learn EveryDay! Activity Cards
  • Have fun using your large muscles skills (balance, dance, throw, jump, march, hop, run, etc.)
  • Practice using your small muscles skills (cut with scissors, roll, pinch and flatten playdough, weave, thread beads, etc.)
  • Use your imagination and play with your child (follow their lead, dress up, role-play and improvise)

In the Community

  • Play outside and explore the natural environment (e.g., a small patch of grass or garden allows your child to search for bugs and worms and observe the life cycle of plant)
  • When you are out in the neighbourhood, share your observations, ask your child questions, and listen to what they are saying about what they see, hear, feel or smell
  • Gather natural objects to design and create things and encourage your child to consider areas for change and improvement

Conversations with your Child

  • Notice and name your child’s thinking and learning, such as, “You stopped when you were tired and got a snack. You are learning to listen to your body when it tells you it needs to rest.”
  • Identify your child’s emotions and help name them accurately. For example, identifying emotions such as sadness, happiness and anger are a starting point, but identifying frustration, excitement and boredom are more challenging. “I notice that you are frustrated. Is there something I can do to help?”
  • Ask open-ended questions that allow your child to share his or her thoughts, opinions and ideas. For instance, “How did you make that work?” or “What makes you say that?”
  • Have conversations together about the world around you. What do you see? What do you notice? What do you wonder?
  • Give your child time to respond to your questions
  • Share your heritage with your child and encourage questioning to learn more
  • Engage your child in conversations around their interests and experiences
  • Talk about the important role your child plays in your family and the community
  • Encourage your child to try different approaches to solving a problem after making a mistake or trying something that doesn’t work

Literacy Ideas

Supports for Parents/Guardians

Mathematics Ideas

Supports for Parents/Guardians

Online Tasks/Activities

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Videos, games and content that supports the Ontario curriculum.

Other Suggestions

  • Read together. Look for math in books (e.g., counting, patterns)
    • Ask, “How many do you do you know?”
  • Find math in everyday life - at home and outside (e.g., How many blocks long is our kitchen table?, look for and make patterns, find and sort objects)
  • Play games with cards and dice and do puzzles

Other Resources for Families