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Where should we focus our learning?

The BC curriculum was re-designed in 2016 and consists of 3 parts for each subject: Big Ideas, Curricular Competencies and Content.

These activities will provide ways to keep learning in the areas of literacy and numeracy.  These are core learning skills which are embedded in all subject areas in the BC curriculum.  As students pursues activities at home to keep learning, these will apply to any course they are missing.  As you explore these activities, encourage your child to:

  • Have fun, be curious, be creative and talk about what they are thinking. 
  • Encourage siblings to learn together. This is a great opportunity for older kids to lead learning with younger children.
  • Encourage online collaboration with other students.  

If things get frustrating, it is okay to move on. Take a deep breath, keep your sense of humour and celebrate all successes often... no mater how small.

Literacy Skills


Engage in discussions where everyone in the family takes a turn to talk about what they’ve read.

  • Ask your child to review and create summaries of novels, picture books, games, movies or TV shows to read out to the family.

Storytelling is an excellent way for children to learn and develop skills.

  • Children learn by listening to stories being told or read to them.
  • Younger children could tell a story about what they did that day.
  • Older children could tell a story about an imaginary character.
  • Families can build stories together by taking turns adding to the story.

Make music: Sing alone or with others (in person or virtually)

  • Drum or play a musical instrument (alone or for others)
  • Set up a digital performance where everyone plays their part over Zoom or Skype
  • Watch a free concert online, have a family discussion about what you thought of the performance

Act and perform:

  • Play charades
  • Recite poems or texts with expression
  • Put on a play for family members

Daily notes to siblings, friends, or family (similar to ‘daily messages’ teachers write to students)

Numeracy skills

3Asset 5

Practicing helps you prepare for what’s ahead, consider these:

  • Plan and create a cost estimate for a dream vacation
  • Estimate your monthly living expenses if you move out after graduation
  • Make checklist of what features are important in a car, then find what cars meet your criteria
  • Calculate costs for maintaining a car (insurance, maintenance, fuel, etc.)
  • Investigate how to prepare and report income taxes
  • Research how to apply for a credit card, calculate how much more you’d have to pay if you don’t settle your balance at the end of the month

Teen Book Cloud

TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks and educator resources perfect for your middle school, high school, or public library.