What is school like without a classroom?
French schools in the Atlantic region are finding out since COVID-19 closed them earlier on March. While awaiting further direction and resources from their provincial and school board authorities, Atlantic schools have taken to social media to share activities, information, and support with parents and families.
École Boréale, a K-to-12 school in Happy Valley/Goose Bay, NL is actively providing French-language resources on their Facebook page. These include creating a comic book, educational games, enrichment activities, videos, virtual field trips, and free book downloads.
École Évangéline in Abram-Village, PEI is sharing resources, positive thoughts, and jokes to cheer everyone up on their Facebook page. Since their school breakfast and lunch programs are closed, they recommend that local families in need contact the local Support for Families hotline.
École Belleville, an elementary school in Belleville, Nova Scotia, is sharing live storytelling sessions featuring French and Acadian songs on their Facebook page.
Ecole des Pionniers in Quispamsis, New Brunswick is offering daily storytelling videos and daily physical education activities for children on their Facebook page.
Finally, not an activity, but a cute story from the region:
Class 345 at the Centre éducatif l’ENVOL in Labrador City, NL held a fundraiser earlier this year to support Australia during their recent wildfire season. They raised enough money to adopt a koala and plant eight eucalyptus trees. The koala, Zenani, was burned in a 2013 wildfire and has been nursed back to health at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.
If you have children in school, I hope you are finding the help you need in light of the school closures.
Catherine Fisher, blogger