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Have a GREAT Summer


Have a GREAT Summer!

We hope your summer is filled with fun, and many happy and tranquil moments. We're still here for you, and we will continue to keep this page updated with resources for you and your family. 

UPDATE JUNE 24 - Research shows that children who read over the summer maintain or improve their reading skills. Summer reading helps children feel confident and ready for September!  

Some ways parents and guardians can make reading fun over the summer are posted below, including the 2020 BC Summer Reading Club, the schedule for the Bright Red Book Bus, and online book resources. 




Parent Resources

Summer Reading Information for Parents *NEW*

Research shows that children who read over the summer maintain or improve their reading skills. Summer reading helps children feel confident and ready for September! Parents and children might wish to try these ways to make reading fun.


2020 BC Summer Reading Club 

The BC Summer Reading Club is a free literacy program offered through public libraries to children ages 5-14. This year’s theme is Explore Our Universe and the program is online. It includes:

● digital badges for reaching reading goals 

● live events and video demonstrations, including crafts and experiments 

● weekly stay-at-home activity packages 

● a certificate of completion


Bright Red Book Bus 

The Bright Red Book Bus will be visiting Kamloops schools and parks in July and August. This year a “take out” menu will be posted by the bus with popular daily reading “specials.” Children, accompanied by parents, may choose a special title from the menu - which they will receive to keep! See Facebook for the schedule and updates. Health and safety guidelines will be posted and followed.


Online books 

Online books work well when children are on the move, and they can be engaging. Here are some resources that share books for free:

Oxford Owl is an eBook library for ages 3-11. Titles come from Oxford’s popular Biff, Chip, and Kipper Stories and Project X, and they include an audio option. Registration is required but free.

Unite for Literacy is an eBook library for early readers. These books are about real-life experiences and have photograph illustrations. All books are in English, but they can be listened to in many other languages, including French. Registration is not required.

TumbleBooks is an eBook library with both English and French titles. It has been temporarily opened up by the vendor until August 31st. No registration or public library card is required at this time.

Wonderopolis has short, interesting nonfiction articles about all sorts of scientific wonders older children may have. Each wonder has a brief, engaging video to introduce the topic. Registration is not required. Happy Summer Reading!

 Bright Red Book Bus Summer 2020 Schedule *NEW*

Bright Red Book Bus 

The Bright Red Book Bus will be visiting Kamloops schools and parks in July and August. This year a “take out” menu will be posted by the bus with popular daily reading “specials.” Children, accompanied by parents, may choose a special title from the menu - which they will receive to keep! See Facebook for the schedule and updates. Health and safety guidelines will be posted and followed.


The Bright Red Book Bus is coming to neighbourhood schools and parks this summer from June 29 to August 14, 2020.


Here is the schedule:



Arthur Hatton Elementary 10:00 AM - Noon

Centennial Park 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM



MarionSchilling Elementary 10:00 AM - Noon

McGowan Park 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM



Westmount Elementary 10:00 AM - Noon

Riverside Park 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM



Parkcrest Elementary 10:00 AM - Noon

Pineview Park 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM



South Sa-Hali Elementary 10:00 AM - Noon

John Tod Centre 1:00 PM 0 3:00 PM


Ministry of Education Resources for Parents 

Emergency Management BC:

Helping Kids Learn about COVID-19

Educational Videos with Questions from Kids:

Classroom Learning Activities:

COVID Colouring Contest - Kids across BC, and those young at heart, can choose a colouring sheet and enter to win a 4-person emergency kit and a set of walkie-talkies

Learn more about the WE Well-being program:

Learn more about the WE Schools @home program:

EASE at Home offers helpful tips for parents, like how to teach children calming breathing techniques or use structured games like scavenger hunts to build routine in a way that’s fun:

The Ministry of Education’s Erase strategy was expanded to include mental health:

For more information about available child and mental-health supports and contact information, visit:

The Ministry of Education has posted Keep Learning - a resource for families with ideas for everyday educational activities, links to free learning resources. There is information about how to help children learn and ensure their wellbeing while they’re at home. Even so, the ministry reminds us that teachers and schools still have primary responsibility for continuous learning.

Here is the news release:

Here is a letter to parents and caregivers from Education Minister Fleming and the BCCPAC

 SD73 Suggested Wellness Links for Parents  

Emergency Assistance

  • If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call  9-1-1  

  • BC Suicide Line: If you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may be, please call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or visit the Crisis Centre FAQ page.

  • Kids Help Phone - Immediate support and information and if necessary referrals to community services agencies

  • KUU-US Crisis Line Society (24Hour Crisis Line for Aboriginal Adults/Elders & Youth) Toll free 1.800.588.8717

  • Native Youth Crisis Hotline (24 hour crisis line available throughout Canada) 1.877.209.1266

  • ERASE- Expect Respect and a Safe Education Reporting Tool

  • Ministry of Children and Family Development

    • If you think a child or youth under 19 years of age is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker. Phone 1-800- 663-9122 at any time of the day or night

Health and Wellness

Financial Resources

Ministry of Education

Parenting Support Resources

Recommended Apps 



SD73 Resources for Parents   

Easing Your Children’s Anxiety

Anxiety, worry and concern are all normal human emotions and it is natural for them to increase during times of uncertainty. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Children and Family Development created a new teacher education program to provide age appropriate tools for children and anxiety management called EASE - Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Teachers. It has been very well received throughout the province and in this district.

In response to the current situation and with parents and guardians so involved as active daily supporters of kids in our more socially isolated COVID 19 world, the EASE materials have been adapted for your use.
These fun, easy activities and resource links are designed to be helpful in providing some ideas to support the emotional well-being of all children. You can try one idea or engage in the full set and they are beneficial to every child.
Go here to access either the Kindergarten to Grade 3 ideas or Grade 4 to Grade 7 resources.

SD73 has created this companion resource of some of our teachers reading stories that help kids understand their worries, feelings, and thoughts to go along with the EASE resources. 


Our staff are working hard to collect, vet and curate resources for parents. Here is an Elementary Parents Support Resource site that you can subscribe to, and receive updates as they are posted.

And here is a Secondary Parents Support Resource site, that you can subscribe to, and receive updates as they are posted. 


 We are including this link in two places -- you will see it under support for children and teens and we are including it here too, because it is prepared by SD73 staff - We know everyone is affected, and the way adults respond will affect the way children feel about what is happening. Here is some helpful info. 

Support for Children and Teens 

Movies, Books, Videos, Podcasts 

Indoor Games and Activities to Get Children Moving
Go on an Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

Make a poster with the alphabet and have your child search for items that begin with each letter.

Play Hopscotch in a Hallway

Use any paper you have on hand (or cardboard) to cut out shapes. Use double-sided tape to place the shapes on the floor to begin your game of hopscotch.

Create an Obstacle Course

Use items around your house (pillows, pool noodles, baskets) to create a fun obstacle course.

Play the Floor is Lava

Decide which furniture is ok to jump on and considered safe. Set a timer. Players take turns calling out where the lava is. All players must get to the “safe” spot before the time runs out.

Go on an Animal Safari

Draw or print different animal shapes and have your child color them in. Hide them around the house for your child to find.

Play I Spy Cleanup

Set a time to put away as many items until the clock runs out. Call out an item for your child to race towards, grab, and put away.

Play a Flashcard Hide and Seek

For younger children, hide flashcards of letters and numbers around the house. Have your child find the cards and tell you the letter or number they found. For older children, hide word or math fact flashcards and have them tell you the answer when they find them.

Play Hide and Seek

One person counts and covers their eyes for 20 seconds while everyone else finds a place to hide.

Dance Your Heart Out

Have a group video call with friends and do a virtual dance party. Use tools like Skype or Zoom.

Play Twister

Dig up your old Twister game and teach your kids how to play. If you don’t have one, cut out different color circles, tape them to your floor, and create a simple spinner.

Play Follow the Leader

Have your family take turns being the leader. The leader gets in front of the line with everyone else behind them mimicking the leader’s actions. Get creative with your movements. For example, wiggling your arms, marching, hopping.

Write the Room

Hide sight words (letters, numbers, spelling words, etc.) around the room or house and have children find and record them using clipboards.

Play Simon Says

A person named Simon is the leader and gives out commands. For example, "Simon Says run in place. Simon Says crawl like a bear." If Simon doesn’t start the command with “Simon Says,” the players to follow the command are out.

Create a Safe Physical Activity Space

If you have an open space like a basement, take an old mattress and place it on the floor for gymnastics or wrestling.

Play Red Light, Green Light

Choose a start and finish line. Have everyone line up against a wall. Red light means stop, and green light means go! One person will yell out either command as everyone races to the finish line.

Do a Deck of Cards Workout

Assign each shape a different exercise. For example, Hearts: running in place, Diamonds: jumping jacks, Spades: push-ups, Clubs: sit-ups. Take turns flipping the cards. For each number, that’s how many times you have to do the exercise.

Play Charades

On pieces of cut-up paper, write down phrases or words to act out. Take turns pulling a single paper out of a container and have fun acting out the description.

Learn a Dance Routine

Create your own or find a tutorial for your favorite dance routine and practice.

Play Musical Chairs

Place a couple of chairs back to back and turn on some fun music. Players move around the chairs and when the music stops, the last one not sitting in a chair is out.

Play Balloon Toss

Throw a balloon in the air and don’t let it fall to the floor.

Play Freeze Dance

One person is the DJ and in control of the music. When the music starts, start dancing but be ready. As soon as the music is paused, freeze.

 Online Resources 

 I’m Bored – Things I Can Do By Myself

  • Read or listen to a book
  • Journal
  • Make a fort
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Create an “All About Me” board
  • Colour
  • Write a letter or draw a picture to mail to someone
  • Draw or paint pictures and host an art show
  • Make bead or foil jewelry
  • Make clay sculptures
  • Create leaf rubbing art
  • Learn a magic trick
  • Create a spaceship out of a cardboard box
  • Create paper dolls and houses for them
  • Put together a puzzle
  • Create a city with blocks
  • Create an imaginary creature and write its story
  • Paint
  • Write and illustrate a book
  • Do a photoshoot for my stuffed animals
  • Act out commercials
  • Play with toys and figurines
  • Make clothes for my dolls and toys out of scrap fabric
  • Play Cat's Cradle
  • Write a letter to my penpal
  • Go on an alphabet scavenger hunt
  • Create shadow art
  • Make my own magazine
  • Make paper flowers or snowflakes
  • Create affirmation or kindness rocks
  • Build with LEGO bricks
  • Play Mad Libs and word searches
  • Learn to juggle
  • Make a Rube Goldberg machine with household items

 I’m Bored – Things I Can Do With a Sibling

  • Play hide and seek
  • Have a figure skating competition in our kitchen
  • Journal together
  • Create our own magazine
  • Play dress up
  • Play a board game
  • Make up silly songs
  • Create art and hold an art show
  • Create a play to perform for our family
  • Play school
  • Read to each other
  • Use socks as puppets and have our own puppet show
  • Make paper airplanes and see which one can fly the farthest
  • Play I Spy Make up a secret language
  • Create an indoor “camp out”
  • Host a radio show
  • Play store
  • Build a house with cards
  • Play library
  • Draw cartoons or comic strips
  • Play superheroes
  • Make up a funny skit
  • Play a card game
  • Play the ABC game Pick a theme (animals, food) and take turns naming an item that starts with each letter of the alphabet
  • Use items in your house (pots, pans, boxes) to make your own instruments
  • Play charades
  • Create a blanket fort under the dining room table or on your beds
  • Play Simon Says
  • Design a board game
  • Sing karaoke
  • Do a science experiment
  • Put on a shadow puppet show using a flashlight

 Activities for Teens – Things I Can Do

  • Learn a new skill (coding, origami, animation, instrument)
  • Learn a new language
  • Learn magic tricks
  • Replicate famous art
  • Paint or draw a self-portrait
  • Draw cartoons or comic strips
  • Publish a newspaper or magazine
  • Write or draw a letter or an email to a penpal or relative
  • Video chat with a friend
  • Make friendship bracelets
  • Do a puzzle
  • Solve a crossword or Sudoku puzzle
  • Play Solitaire
  • Journal
  • Write and illustrate a short story
  • Write a play
  • Write and direct a short film
  • Write a song or a poem
  • Make a music video
  • Fix something that’s broken
  • Clean out your closet and put together a bag of items to donate
  • Redecorate or organize your bedroom
  • Host a fashion show in your room
  • Research your family tree
  • Look through photo albums
  • Create a video using family videos and photos
  • Put together a time capsule
  • Make tissue flower bouquets
  • Make paper beads from magazines
  • Create dough art
  • Make pressed flower cards
  • Crochet or cross stitch
  • Create a collage
  • Collect quotes that inspire you
  • Cook a new recipe
  • Bake a treat
  • Start a blog
  • Start an Instagram account for your pet
  • Create a vision or dream board
  • Make a bucket list
  • Design your dream house
  • Plan your dream trip
  • Research a country you want to travel to
  • Take virtual museum tours
  • Take an online class
  • Watch a documentary
  • Learn about constellations and locate them at night
  • Research and create a video about a person you admire
  • Design a board game
  • Make a list of my business ideas
  • Start a business Build a website
  • Learn to dance following a Youtube video
  • Take an online exercise class
  • Do yoga

 Activities for Teens – Things I Can Do with a Sibling

  • Play a board game
  • Cook or bake together
  • Read to each other
  • Hold an art show
  • Make up a play to perform for our family
  • Journal together
  • Take silly selfies
  • Paint pictures or affirmations on rocks
  • Go on an indoor scavenger hunt
  • Build a volcano out of paper māché
  • Create a board game
  • Play balloon volleyball
  • Have a Jenga tournament
  • Sing karaoke
  • Make a movie
  • Make a music video
  • Write and direct a short film
  • Play a card game or learn a new one
  • Play charades
  • Exercise
  • Cook a new meal
  • Have a spa day
  • Design a board game
  • Do a science experiment

Template for Daily Learning Projects

 Set this up in your Journal, or create a special page, to help plan your day.


Title: My Daily Learning Projects (Or, make up a creative title of your own)

Date: Put a space in for the day’s date, ____ / _____ / _____   and include space for what day of the week it is.


Make three columns on the page: One thin column, one wide column, and another thin column, and a wide single space at the bottom, like this:








(Make as many lines for things you want to schedule as you like)












One great thing that happened today






Make a schedule for each item you plan to do, and write the time you plan to do it. As you complete each item, mark it done. At the bottom of the page in the space assigned, make a note about one great thing that happened during the day. 

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