Prekindergarten-Kindergarten

It will be important to stay connected with students and their families. Speak to your division about what may already be available, and check out the Teaching Remotely page for things to think about.

We have compiled a list of resources in Literacy: (click to expand)

  • Scholastic Reading and Learning at Home supports literacy instruction, and could be used in small-group or large group activities online, or to access independently with family members at home. The supplementary activities extend from the readings and are appropriate for early learners. The books can be read by family members at home, or can be read by the online narrator, which would support families learning English as an alternate language. The books are online, but not all activities are tech based, so printing for families with limited access to technology is possible.  Scholastic Reading and Learning at Home
  • Calldecott winning author Laura Vaccaro has compiled a free set of literacy resources to go along with her books which educators are free to print and share. These resources would support literacy in both reading and comprehending, as well as creating and responding to text. Most of the books are available to read online, or could be read aloud as part of a video shared with families. The resources to accompany the books are printable, so may be supportive of those families with less access or familiarity with technology.  Resources
  • Publisher’s Lunch is a listing of permissions and processes for posting live and recorded read-aloud videos and sound files. So far, official permission and guidelines have been issued by several publishing houses. This is informational for educators, not a resource per say, but impacts choices in terms of copyrighted materials and sharing online.  Publisher’s Lunch
  • Pobble 365 is a bank of rich visual images which can be used as prompts for writing, vocabulary extension, group story-telling, focused mini-lesson and more. This site also allows students read stories created by others and to post their writing for an authentic audience. The prompts and images are all online, so families with limited internet might need to have the items in an alternate format to engage.  Pobble 365
  • Epic Books is an online collection of over 40 000 titles of award-winning fiction, non-fiction, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), biographies, graphic novels, DIY (Do It Yourself) and more. Sign up as an educator and the account is free. Epic Books can be used by teachers and students for read-alouds, shared reading, and independent reading time. Read-to-me and audiobook functions allow for the listening portion of a balanced literacy program. Teachers can use these books as part of interactive small group instruction for specific skills or strategies. They can also assign certain books and tasks for practice to individuals or groups. You must set up the free account and add students to your classroom in order to get a class code to provide to families. Then when students have that code, they can log in from home with free access. This quick start information is helpful.   Epic Books
  • Littératout has access to limited free French literacy resources with other resources available for purchase, and offers thematic videos, books, and suggestions of activities to engage families in French activities.  However, it only offers one set of free thematic activities per age range. Littératout
  • Starfall Nursery Rhymes and Songs (2 sites) has online songs, chants, and finger-plays to support the acquisition of oral language, phonological awareness, and concepts of print. These could be used as part of an interactive, shared, or modeled reading mini-lesson; to target specific literacy or numeracy concepts; or as a movement break during the day.  The site is free to access and has many free songs, chants, and games. Note that there are some in-app purchases. 
  • Into the Book is an online site to practice reading and comprehension strategies in a fun game format.  This resource could be used as a supplement to comprehension mini-lessons, as part of independent practice, or small group practice for students.  Students will need to create their own player name and log-in information, which could be forgotten, as the teacher will not have a master list.  Into the Book
  • Dog on a Log has books that have predictable  text, images to support  comprehension and decoding and a focus on a  distinct  sound pattern, making them ideal for small group or targeted individual instruction. As these are free and available for teachers to print, they may support families with limited access to technology.  Decodable books are only one part of a balanced literacy program in early years, and should be provided in conjunction with rich literature to promote holistic language development and learning.  Dog on a Log
  • Storytime Standouts has illustrated songs, chants, and fingerplays to support the acquisition of oral language, phonological awareness, and concepts of print. These could be used as part of an interactive, shared, or modeled reading mini-lesson. They can also be used to target specific literacy or numeracy concepts, or as a movement break during the day. As these are free and available for teachers to print, they may support families with limited access to technology. Storytime Standouts

We have complied a list of resources in Numeracy: (click to expand)

  • Learn Alberta (French Resource) has math games and exercises that align with Saskatchewan curriculum strands: numeracy, geometry, operations, fractions. Measurement (money). Directions for students are read aloud. There is a glossary and guides for teachers and parents with suggestions for further activities.  Note that this site requires Flash Player (probably better with Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge). Teachers must log in as students, then select a specific outcome before they have access to the guide. Learn Alberta
  • Math at Home Toolkit by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEC) is an article with many suggestions of  playful ways to connect with math concepts using materials in the home and community. These activities could be used as a way to connect with early learners at home to encourage mathematical thinking and exploration of fundamental math concepts. These activities are not based on the use of technology, and may support families with limited access.  Some activities may need additional instructions provided by the teacher to ensure the connection to math concepts and vocabulary is explicit in the play of the parent with their child.  Math at Home Toolkit
  • Numeracy Tasks are designed to have students interact with mathematics in a way that is meaningful to them and that strengthens their understanding of mathematics and numbers in the world. These would benefit students by giving them opportunities to share and discuss their thinking in small groups afterwards. Numeracy Tasks

  • Mathology Little Books is series of little books for K-3 that allows teachers to match books to a child’s or group’s level of  understanding, which provides rich opportunities for teaching and learning. These resources are currently free online for families to access, and are aligned with the Saskatchewan curriculum in mathematics and literacy. There are only a few books in the set and only one for each teaching concept.  Mathology Little Books
  • Open Middle is a website and book with a collection of open problems for students to explore and extend their mathematical understandings. The flexible nature of these problems allows for enrichment of understanding. Students or families can investigate and play without additional instructions.  French resources are also available. Open Middle
  • Illustrative Mathematics is posting a daily picture accompanied with mathematical prompts for various grade levels/topics. Families or teachers are able to choose how they wish to engage with the photo, and where their learning takes them. There are many opportunities for cross-curricular engagement and for students to launch inquiry projects.  Illustrative Mathematics
  • Counting Collections is an important mathematical routine that students or families can do with very little guidance at home. Teachers could make kits with available resources for use at home, or send suggestions for commonly found objects that families could use for counting practice at home.  Counting Collections
  • Lamarr Oksasikewiyin provides traditional games for developing number sense with early learners. Lamarr created a series of Facebook videos with a focus on number games, number concepts, and traditional ways of knowing.  These videos and games could be shown in an online classroom format and then played at home with family. A Facebook account is not required to view. Instructions may need to accompany assignments.  Lamarr Oksasikewiyin

The following section will include subjects that are not literacy or numeracy exclusively, but will be useful resources for other subject areas and for integrating subjects. Other: (click to expand)

  • Media Smarts offers information and resources for families and educators about determining accurate information online, managing tech time, explaining news and media coverage to kids, and online games and media literacy lessons to learn about digital literacy topics like online privacy and verifying online resources.  It provides SK curricular connections to media and digital literacy as well as links to supporting resources and lessons for these connections and is available in English and French.  Media Smarts
  • PBL: Projects for Remote Learning is an online cache of resources for project-based learning. Offers many hands-on activities K-12. Exploring this website may offer ideas to encourage student-driven learning and offline opportunities for learning. For students with no Internet access, teachers could communicate by phone or by letter to monitor and encourage student inquiry-based projects. Students may need adult support in the home to find materials. Teachers will need to be monitoring and supporting student progress.  PBL: Projects for Remote Learning
  • TeachEngineering is an online STEM resource for teachers to provide students with hands-on STEM activities K-12. It is a great source of hands-on activities for students.  TeachEngineering
  • WE Schools @ Home Teachers can sign up for weekly lesson packages that include interactive and experiential curriculum-based resources, materials and lesson plans with an emphasis on well-being, social and emotional learning, service-learning and fostering resiliency, The website also provides issue-based discussion cards to support students in exploring local and global social issues. Each card has corresponding online resources where students can find more context, perspectives and statistics. A sign-up required to receive the free weekly lesson packages.  WE Schools @ Home
  • EMSB Virtual Library (English) or CSEM Bibliotèque virtuelle (French) is a compendium of bilingual Canadian resources that support learning across all subjects and grade levels. There is a large selection of nonfiction texts and videos to support curriculum.  EMSB Virtual Library or CSEM Bibliotèque virtuelle
  • North American Association for Outdoor Education offers a rich bank of resources to get students to interact with nature through art and science exploration.  There are many cross-curricular activities that can be done in students’ backyards. Some resources include printable material, while others have links to videos and detailed activity guides.  While this resource is North American, rather than specific to Canada or Saskatchewan, many of the activities align with Saskatchewan Curriculum.  North American Association for Outdoor Education 
  • Tinkergarten offers play-based outdoor activities that suit a wide range of ages.  These activities are purposefully designed to bring 3, 4, and 5 year olds together with their families to bond while developing problem solving and emotional skills, as well as learning how teamwork can be integral to group activities. Activities can be sorted by age, grade level, or by learning domain/content. Many of these activities align with the philosophy and beliefs in the Play and Exploration document, as well as the Essential Experiences documents from the Ministry.  The activities themselves are not technology based, so instructions could be printed off and sent home for families with limited technology resources at home, while still allowing them to participate in supplemental learning with their child.  Tinkergarten
  • Preschool Inspirations offers movement aids in self-regulation and supports the brain to be in the optimal zone for learning. Not all families may be comfortable with yoga for their children so consider offering more than one option for movement to promote well-being and learning.  Preschool Inspirations
  • Let’s Talk Science has a variety of ready-to-use hands-on activities to support science investigations at home. Let’s Talk Science is a Canadian company that aligns all of their resources to Saskatchewan curricula. It is a completely free resource (no sign-up) that teachers can use for technology supported or non-technology supported families. It has really great hands-on activities to do at home with household items. Let’s Talk Science