The Library is here to support all students: whether you’re learning in-school, online, at home with others, or on your own! Just as we would if you visited us in a library branch, we have gathered together a variety of websites and databases chosen from some trusted online sources to support or supplement your learning at home activities.

After your tour, you can sign up for a Digital Membership here!

Learn @ Home Kits

We have gathered together a variety of hands-on activities and learning experiences to support or supplement your learning at home activities. To find out more and order yours, click here!

Lendable Robots

Sphero, LEGO WeDo, and Blue Bot

Bring coding to life with Sphero, LEGO WeDo 2.0, and BlueBot! Borrow a bot with your Library Card today! Click here to find them in our catalog.

General

Brainfuse: HelpNow

Providing on demand, anytime, anywhere e-learning for all ages including live tutoring and homework help in core subjects.

Ontario Curriculum

Find all of the Ministry of Education’s curriculum documents here.

Primary Search

Khan Academy

Khan Academy has sample daily schedules to keep up learning from home, including links to a variety of lessons and tutorials.

MasterFILE Premier

This database provides full-text magazines, articles, and primary source documents on business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues, and much more, updated daily. Includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps, and flags.

Primary Search

Searchable magazine articles, reference books, and videos, especially for elementary students. Covers a variety of topics including endangered species, famous musicians, space exploration, and more.

World Online Book

Encyclopedia-quality information for all ages and grades. Includes digital books, French and Spanish-language interface, social studies, science, and even crafts!

OWL Kids

Known for their bright and informative magazines, OWL Kids also has monthly Teacher/Parent Resource guides.

TVOKids

Check out the videos, games, and inspiration from TVOKids. You’ll find familiar faces your kids love and valuable lessons that they need.

Arts

KinderArt

Find inspiration for a variety of artistic projects, organized by medium so you can find ideas that will work for you!

Crayola

Crayola has free art lesson plans that are easy to follow at home. With connections to math, science, and social studies, these are valuable crafts to create!

Theatrefolk

Find free resources and sample lesson inspiration to develop a love of drama and theatre in a wide range of ages.

MusicTheory.net

Learn about on music theory, regardless of whether you have an instrument to play!

Making Music Fun

Find lessons for teaching tempo, rhythm, pitch, musical symbols, and much more for music students from kindergarten to grade 6.

French

Mango Languages

Teach yourself conversation skills in over 20 languages! Tip sheet

Pearson Education

School publisher Pearson offers guides, resources, and printable worksheets for parents with students learning french in grades 1-6. There are also Math lessons in French for those students in French Immersion.

The French Experiment

Enjoy well-known children’s stories translated into French and spoken by a native French speaker. Great for kids… and adults too! Read along in French or English.

The Fable Cottage

Enjoy well-known children’s stories translated into French and spoken by a native French speaker. Great for kids… and adults too! Read along in French or English. (also includes German, Italian and Spanish translations.

Digital Dialect’s French Language Games

These French games will reinforce basic vocabulary and concepts.

BBC Languages French

BBC Languages presents high quality content, games, activities, grammar exercises and more to practice French.

Health and Physical Education

Ontario Physical and Health Education Association

OPHEA has an abundance of ideas to get your kids moving! Check out their activity guides.

GoNoodle

Looking for mindful minutes or calm activity? GoNoodle has free movement, yoga, and mindfulness videos to keep kids active while at home.

Canada’s Food Guide

Learn all about health eating with Canada’s Food Guide, including recipes and information about making healthy food choices

Kids Health

Find information written for kids, teens, parents, and educators on a range of Health related topics, from healthy bodies to healthy minds.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Find up to date information on variety of health topics from the local health unit.

Language and Literacy

Pebble Go

This database, geared towards kindergarten and elementary students, provides fun and interactive tools to help emerging readers with reading and research!

NoveList

Search for books by subjects, plot, characters and more. Descriptions, reading levels and ratings are provided.

NoveList K-8

All of the features of NoveList, but especially for kids.

TVO Kids

Check out these Government sponsored videos and games connected to language and literacy.

HSBC Family Literacy First

HSBC Family Literacy First is a free program created by ABC Life Literacy Canada and supported by HSBC Bank Canada, to bring parents and children together to practice family literacy. Register for free to access their library or stories and activities that support literacy learning!

Story Weaver

Read along with stories or create your own with StoryWeaver. Be inspired and let your imagination roam.

Literacy Teaching Resources

Looking for resources connected to teaching reading, writing, language arts, and spelling in the upper elementary grades? Check out this Pinterest Board filled with ideas!

NaNoWriMo

From workbooks and pep talks, to challenges and videos, use this site to encourage your writing!

PenPal Schools

Give students global perspective with penpals in any subject!

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Access free online resources to support your writing, including citation support for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

Mathematics

Doing Mathematics with Your Child (K-6)

This resource, prepared by the Government of Ontario, is an updated guide for parents to help them support their children’s math education.

NRICH

Use these curriculum- linked resources to develop mathematical reasoning, and problem- solving skills.

TVO: Mathify

Think of Mathify as your personalized coach for math! Mathify offers free 1:1 math tutoring with an Ontario Certified Teacher of your choice for grade 6-10.

Virtual Manipulatives

Find a wide variety of virtual manipulatives (such as pattern blocks, geoboards, and spinners) available through 5 different websites: Didax, Math Playground, Mathigon, The Math Learning Center, and Toy Theater . These manipulatives support further understanding of a variety of mathematical concepts.

Math TV

Math TV offers free video lessons for a variety of math topics ranging from elementary to high school.

Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing

Provided by the University of Waterloo, the goal of this resource is to provide a wide variety of fun and educational ways to do mathematics and computer science while at home practicing social distancing!

Science and Technology

Science Reference Centre

Looking to do some research on your own? EBSCOhost’s Science Reference Centre has so many ideas and articles to explore. To access these materials, you’ll need your Library Card.

Pebble Go

This database, geared towards kindergarten and elementary students, provides fun and interactive tools to help emerging readers with reading and research!

TVO Kids

Check out these Government sponsored videos and games connected to science and technology.

Science.gc.ca

Developed by the Government of Canada, this website offers free activity books for elementary, intermediate, and secondary students. They are filled with experiments, activities, and games to promote a deeper understanding of science.

Let’s Talk Science

Try out some experiments on Let’s Talk Science! There’s full instructions with each experiment, as well as inquiry questions. Experiments cover a broad range of science topics from grades 1 -12.

Ontario Science Centre

Looking for DIY experiments? The Science Centre had easy-to-follow guides for a wide range of activities you can try at home!

NASA STEM

These Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math activities, all inspired by NASA, are great for families with children in primary grades! Find colouring pages, videos, activity guides, and more!

Social Studies, History and Geography

Global Road Warrior

Information on countries, including currency, recipes, politics, and much more – great for school projects or travel.

Wonderopolis

What are you wondering about today? Explore a world of questions and answers with Wonderopolis! Every question answered comes with key words and a quiz to test your knowledge of the meanings.

The Atlas of Canada

The Atlas of Canada features interactive and historical maps for students to explore.

Historic Canada

Discover more Canadian History. Here you’ll find CBC Heritage Minutes, “Think Like A Historian” challenges, and links to The Canadian Encyclopedia.