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COVID 19 - Online Resources
We have compiled online activities, videos and resources to help your family stay home, stay occupied and stay safe.
Chestermere Parent Link Centre
As a reminder, the Parent Link team is available to offer support/resources to parents with kids ages 0-6 via phone (403) 207-7050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chestermere Public Library
Chestermere Library is posting story time online! www.chestermerepubliclibrary.ca
- Online Interactive Sessions for Young Children and Teenagers - iCampC. ’iCampC’ is a program that we are launching on Wednesday April 1, 2020 at 11am! The program is targeted towards 5 - 10 year olds. We want to bring the experience of Camp Chestermere into your home through Zoom! Sessions will include things like sing alongs, cooking and baking sessions, book readings, art projects, physical activities and more. Check out this link for more info and to register! Registration is FREE! If you end up missing a session or something goes wrong along the way, know there will be future sessions coming - you won’t miss out.
- Virtual Prayer and Faith Services: Camp Chestermere has launched an email whereby people can contact Camp Chestermere for emotional and spiritual support. People can email in to email@example.com and they will be contacted by Camp Chestermere staff. Our staff serve as mentors to many campers throughout the year and, in some cases, to their families as well. This is a specific way that youth, young adults, parents and seniors can connect with someone in the community for emotional or spiritual support.
A children’s play therapist has developed a free booklet to help children under 7 work through their emotions about coronavirus. This downloadable book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. You can print this material so children can draw on it.
Audible is offering free streaming for kids content! www.audible.ca
NEW* Carla Sonheim
Carla offers some free drawing lessons perfect for older kids who enjoy the challenge of trying new techniques. https://www.carlasonheim.com/product-category/classes/free-classes/
Cosmic Yoga is a great kid-friendly online yoga channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Debbie Doo Kids TV
Debbie has awesome, colorful and musical videos that are sure to entertain! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMyyXCurk6jXXOWt2eKyCgg
Ever Active Schools
A selection of free resources to support children and families during the COVID-19 response with activities to keep them engaged. The resources can be accessed here: https://everactive.org/
Glenbow From Home
While the museum may be temporarily closed, Glenbow is offering opportunities for you to experience art outside of Glenbow’s walls. https://glenbow.blog/glenbow-from-home/
Go Noodle offers active and educational videos for kids of all ages. https://family.gonoodle.com/
Hip Hop with Benjamin Allen
A collection of fun, easy to follow, dance workout videos. If you have 5 - 10 minutes in your day, try putting these routines into your daily schedule. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC2C841486EB885F1
International Children’s Digital Library
This is a huge library of digital children’s books from across the globe. http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
Jack Hartmann Kids Music Channel
Dance, sing and learn with Jack Hartmann! https://www.youtube.com/user/JackHartmann
National Orchestra of France: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj4pE_bgRQI#action=share
Boston Symphony Orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/bostonsymphony
Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall: https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/home
Learn something new about space from NASA! https://www.youtube.com/user/NASAgovVideo/videos
See which museums are providing virtual tours. https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
Explore what museums, zoos and theme parks are showcasing. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tours/
PBS has some education games your kids are going to love! https://pbskids.org/games/
Check out the reading resources and activities offered by Scholastic Books. www.scholastic.ca and https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/student-activities/
Check out Amy Poehler’s resource for older kids, with fun activities and information about inspiring women. https://www.youtube.com/user/smartgirls
Storytime from Space
Watch astronauts reading stories from space - https://storytimefromspace.com/
The Houston Zoo has some amazing videos about our favorite animal friends! https://www.youtube.com/user/houstonzo
TED-Ed offers ’lessons worth sharing’. https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDEducation
Telus Spark is offering fun learning programs and activities online. https://sparkscience.ca
BBC Earth Kids: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO_DaPp4ifhMAmiyybSLx9w/about
Wizarding World: https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home
Youtube App for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/kids/
PBS Science Games: https://pbskids.org/games/science/
A Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus: http://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/zQiC5uQqBYwwaioqGXTX7n/live-science-ultimate-kids-guide-to-coronavirus-covid-19.pdf
The Solar System for Kids: https://www.youtube.com/user/minutephysics
Try some fun at-home science experiments with Whizkid! https://www.youtube.com/user/WhizKid8881
Seniors and Caregivers Resources
Please be advised that Senior’s Week is currently on hold due to the COVId-19 crisis.
A variety of resources geared towards seniors and their caregivers are listed and linked below.
Staying active is so important during this extended closure of the Chestermere Whitecappers facility. To that end our fitness guides, Karen McKee with Walk-Fit and Carol Gardner with Chair Yoga have selected 4 YouTube videos for those seeking activity.
For walk-fit followers:
To find a family doctor near you who is accepting new patients, Primary Care Networks and the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta offer online tools:
Resources for Caregivers
Caregivers Alberta offers supports to all caregivers, including those who might be experiencing heightened feelings of stress, anxiety, and isolation. The organization has closed its office to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but continues to offer support through its Caregiver Advisor and online programming. Visit the Caregivers Alberta COVID-19 Resources website or connect with the Caregiver Advisor by calling 780-453-5088, toll free at 1-877-453-5088, or by email.
In emergencies like this, dishonest groups or individuals often try to take advantage of our fear and uncertainty.
Deceitful individuals who may pose as door-to-door salespeople, telemarketers, collection agents and, sometimes even distant relatives asking for help, can target vulnerable individuals, especially seniors.
If you have a parent, grandparent, vulnerable family friend or neighbour, please watch out for them. Offer to be their buddy, someone they can check in with before responding to matters involving money. A calm, informed person can advise a senior in their life about a caller or salesperson who is legitimate or a scammer.
Please, do not respond to requests for personal information or immediate payment. Take a moment to call a person you trust.
Government of Alberta Resources
To provide immediate essential services to Canadian seniors impacted by COVID-19. The Government of Canada will contribute $9 million through United Way Canada for local organizations to support practical services to Canadian seniors. These services could include the delivery of groceries, medications, or other needed items, or personal outreach to assess individuals’ needs and connect them to community supports. You can find information in the links below:
Social Supports In Your Community
There are a range of services avaliable to help you navigate many types of situations. See the links below for more information.
Alberta Health Services - Mental Health Help Line - 1-877-303-2642
Alberta Health Services - Text4Hope
- Free text messaging support during uncertain times.
- To subscribe: text COVID19HOPE to 393939.
- Fees may apply. Visit the website for more details.
Seniors’ Centre without Walls - 780-395-2626
- Free phone-based program that offers recreational activities, health and well-being topics, or friendly conversation for older adults.
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