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Kids: Study at Home

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Are you bored? Fill your brain with cool fun facts! Play and explore on Britannica Library for Kids and keep up your reading with Active Reading or Tumblebooks. You can also check out some great external websites which are librarian approved.

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Homepage of Active Reading
A self-paced program designed to develop reading skills. The program has six levels from Elementary to Advanced, with 10 units at each level. Each unit focuses on a specific reading skill such as skimming texts, reading critically or vocabulary building,...
Notice: On December 13, 2019, our customers will be able to use Active Reading not only on desktops, laptops and tablets, but also on your mobile phones.
Britannica Library for Kids
Access thousands of articles that cover subjects for school and fun, from nations of the world to animals and sports.
Homepage of Encyclopædia Universalis Junior
Encyclopédie en ligne entièrement en français spécialement conçue pour les enfants et pour les jeunes adolescents.
Homepage for TumbleMath
TumbleMath is a comprehensive collection of online math, story and picture books that includes full narration and animation. Lesson plans and quizzes are available and specifically written to address math standards.

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Here’s some of the best resources from the web for home study. Please note that these are external links which will take you away from the Ottawa Public Library website.

  • Learn at Home (Ministry of Education)

    High-quality, made-in-Ontario math and literacy resources, created by Ontario-certified educators, in both English and French. Created by the Ontario Ministry of Education
  • The French Experiment

    Stories and language lessons for French Immersion students.
  • The Ultimate Guide for Working Home with Kids

    They asked parents around the country to submit ideas for enriching activities to keep kids engaged while parents are working. It’s for ages 0-18 (and beyond!). You can search it by age, parental involvement level, prep time, cost, whether it’s for a group or one child, whether it involves a screen or not, and more. You can also add the activities keeping your kids busy and happy to the list.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home

    Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Content is available from Pre-Kindergarten to grade 9.
  • Khan Academy | Free Online Courses, Lessons & Practice

    Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
  • Click Schooling

    ClickSchooling is a publication of the Homeschool Buyers Co-op,. Their mission is to help home educators provide the best possible education to their students. In support of that, they scour the Internet for the world’s best educational resources, and publish daily reviews on their website.
  • Abracadabra | A Balanced Reading Approach for Children

    A highly interactive, early literacy web-based tool that supports beginning readers through 33 engaging activities linked to 20 stories of different kinds.
  • EducArt | The Museum for All

    Designed by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts based on 350 works in its encyclopedic collection and aimed at Québec high school teachers, ÉducArt explores themes and social issues in different subjects, from art to science.
  • TVO Mathify | Free 1:1 tutoring

    FREE 1:1 online math tutoring for students in Ontario public schools in Grade 6 to 10.
  • National Geographic | Explorer Classroom

    Explorer Classroom’s live video events connect students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents to bring exploration to life. Every weekday at 2:00 p.m. EDT.