Grande Prairie Family’s COVID-19 Resource Guide

 

The last several weeks have brought panic, worry, uncertainty, fear, and confusion. We’re in an unprecedented time, with school closings, border closings, public space closings, work closings, and a whole lot of unknowns. We’ve compiled a list of reputable resources that you and your family may find helpful during this time. As always, please let us know if there’s something we missed at info@gpfamily.ca.

 

A few important notes:

  1. As of March 16, there are NO CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN GRANDE PRAIRIE. There is now 1 in the North Zone, which covers the entire area north of Edmonton.
  2.  This is a great time to take care of each other. Check in on your elderly neighbour, the family with a newborn, or anyone with physical or mental health challenges. If you have more than you need, consider donating to those who don’t. Stay calm and promote others do the same.
  3. Social media can be a great tool for getting information and staying connected, but it can also cause unnecessary fear and spread rumours. Be sure that you only c0nsume news from verified, reputable sources.
  4.  Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, store clerks, retail managers, teachers, and administrators are all on the front lines and doing the absolute best they can with the limited resources they have. Show them patience, compassion, and some extra support.
  5.  This time of closures will be especially painful for small businesses. Support local, if you’re able!

 

Please use the links below to find the information you need.

News

Click the links below to read the latest COVID-19 news.

  1. CBC News
  2. Global News
  3. Globe and Mail
  4.  Daily Herald Tribune
  5.  Everything GP
  6. My Grande Prairie Now
  7.  CNN
  8.  BBC

 

Local

Click the links below for the most up to date COVID-19 responses from local authorities.

 

  1. Government of Alberta
  2. Alberta Health Services
  3.  City of Grande Prairie
  4.  County of Grande Prairie
  5.  Grande Prairie Public School District
  6.  Grande Prairie Catholic School District
  7.  Peace Wapiti Public School Division

 

Health

Click the links below for trusted health information related to COVID-19.

  1. COVID-19 online self- assessment (from AHS)
  2. AHS COVID-19 FAQs
  3.  CDC COVID-19 homepage
  4.  World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 homepage
  5. Government of Canada
  6. Alberta Emergency Management

Mental Health

This is a scary time, and people may feel additional stress and anxiety. Click the links below to access mental health resources.

  1.  AHS Mental Health Resources
  2. “Mental Health and Coping with COVID-19”– CDC
  3. “Talking with Children about COVID-19”– CDC
  4. “How COVID-19 May Impact Mental Health”– Psychology Today

Understanding COVID-19 and Protective Measures

There is lots of misinformation floating around out there. Click the links below to educate yourself on COVID-19 and social distancing.

  1. “Why Outbreaks Like the Coronavirus Spread Exponentially, and how to Flatten the Curve”– Washington Post
  2.  ” The Exponential Power of Now”– The New York Times
  3. ” What is Social Distancing? Here’s How to Best Practice it as Coronavirus Spreads”– Time
  4.  “The Dos and Don’ts of Social Distancing”– The Atlantic
  5.  “Your Guide to Understanding COVID-19”– PBS
  6. “Know the Difference: Self-monitoring, self-isolation, and isolation for COVID-19”– Government of Canada

 

Free Educational Resources

News that schools are indefinitely closed hit lots of families hard. Here are some free educational resources to keep your kids learning. Don’t forget, your child’s teachers are working very hard right now to provide get information and resources to you, so be patient. Also, you don’t need to print out worksheets and have your child sit quietly all day to learn. Read as a family, cook, play, get outside, do puzzles, practice a foreign language or a musical instrument, make art- all of these are learning experiences, too! Click the links below to access free educational materials.

  1. Khan Academy
  2.  Future Learn
  3. Scholastic Learn at Home
  4. PBS Kids
  5. The French Experiment
  6. IXL Personalized Learning
  7. Fun Brain
  8.  Starfall
  9.  123 Homeschool 4 Me
  10.  National Geographic Kids
  11. Math Score
  12. Storyline Online
  13. American Chemistry Society
  14. Click Schooling
  15. Bedtime Math
  16. Into the Book
  17. Big History Project
  18. Biology Simulations
  19. Boddle Learning
  20. Bunk History
  21. CanFigure It Geometry
  22. Music Lab
  23. CK12
  24. Classroom Cereal
  25. Club SciKids
  26. CommonLit
  27. CountryReports
  28. MysteryScience
  29. Curriculum Associates
  30. Curriki
  31. Delta Math
  32. Discovery K12
  33. TED Ed
  34. DuoLingo
  35. The Kids Should See This
  36. Crest Awards
  37. Geography Games
  38. Everyday Earth
  39. Fluency & Fitness
  40. HippoCampus
  41. Science Podcasts to Listen to with Your Kids
  42. Art of Problem Solving
  43. Inner Body
  44. Banzai Financial Literacy
  45. Weather Wiz Kids
  46. Brainscape
  47. Songs for Teaching
  48. Learning A-Z
  49. What was There?
  50. Google Earth

 

 

Virtual Field Trips/Tours

We’re stuck inside in the cold, but there are lots of places that are offering free virtual field trips or tours, including zoos, museums, national parks, and even the Mars Rover! Click the links below to access virtual field trips and tours.

  1. San Diego Zoo
  2.  Yellowstone National Park
  3.  Mars
  4. Canadian Farms
  5. The Louvre
  6. The Great Wall of China
  7. The British Museum
  8. Alaskan Wildlife Cams
  9. Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari
  10. Smithsonian Museum
  11. Guggenheim Museum
  12. Discovery Virtual Field Trips
  13. Metropolitan Museum of Art
  14. Canadian History Hall
  15. Churchill, Manitoba

 

Ideas to Keep Busy

Here are some things you can do to keep busy at home. Click the links below for ideas.

  1. Indoor Activities for Busy Toddlers
  2. Switch Zoo Animal Games
  3. Seussville
  4. Kids Network
  5. ABCya
  6. Arcademics
  7.  Highlights Kids
  8. Breakout EDU
  9. Maker Stations
  10. Dog on a Log
  11. Squiggle Park
  12. Nature Detectives
  13. Red Ted Art
  14. The Imagination Tree
  15. Go Noodle
  16. Funology
  17. Crazy Games
  18. Sanity Saving Ideas for Families

Financial/Support

Need financial support? Click the links below for information.

  1. COVID-19 EI Benefits
  2. Emergency financial assistance
  3. Alberta Supports

 

Resources for Moms

  1. Grande Prairie Drive Thru/Delivery Options
  2. Six Ways to Practice Self Care for the Busy Mom
  3.  Playful Living: Joy in the Little Things
  4. Guide to Winter in Grande Prairie ** while most places have closed, there are still lots of outdoor options
  5.  Unschooling Diaries
  6. How to Remember that You’ve Got This (Even When You Don’t)
  7. The World of Play

 

As always,  we’re here to help. If you need assistance, please reach out to us at info@gpfamily.ca. If you have something we should add to our list, please let us know. Stay safe, remain calm, take care of yourselves, look out for each other, and reach out if you need help!