First published in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore Magazine, November Edition

The Pandemic has taught us to value many local resources we may previously have taken for granted. We have been forced to shop local, eat local and enjoy the hidden gems in our community. These experiences have also provided a great opportunity to pass these lessons on to our children. Here are 3 ways to bring local gems into learning at home…

1. Exploring new local educational resources and curricular program providers (like Oak Learners). Many of these establishments are run by members of the community and provide a tailored learning experience for children both online and in small pods.

2. Make mealtime special by picking up meal kits from local restaurants (ie. Revolver Pizza, or Mooring Eats) that you can make together as a family. Many local restaurants are using kits as an affordable way to stay afloat during these times. Kids can learn about Math through measurements and quantities, they learn about Literacy through reading recipes and menus and they naturally learn about nutrition and meal planning by experiencing new dishes.

3. Local scavenger hunts are a great way to teach children about local geography and history. Our students at Oak Learners love games where they can map landmarks in the community and discover new ways to get places. Word games with store signs and street signs are a fun way to make local errands more exciting too.

The lessons that 2020 has provided will be everlasting if we take time to listen and learn together.

Kelly Farrell

Kelly Farrell is the Founder and Director of Oak Learners. She is dedicated to supporting learners of all ages and abilities reach their goals and love the learning journey. Kelly’s philosophy of education is based in the understanding that every child has the capacity to excel and succeed when they are given the tools and taught the skills to help them on their journey.
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