Resources to Support Parents and Caregivers with Health and Physical Education at Home
Alongside Ontario's teachers, Ophea has put together a collection of our health and physical education content to use with your kids to stay healthy and active at home. These resources can be used to continue learning while at home and are appropriate for parents and caregivers and as part of your child’s teachers’ health and physical education lesson planning. This collection includes:
- Dance activities
- Health and financial literacy activities
- Internet Safety
- Mindfulness activities
- Physical activities
- Physical activities with math
- Puberty and health activities
Power Up with Ophea and TVOkids
As part of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Learn at Home program, Ophea has teamed up with TVOkids to develop a series of Power Up physical activity energizer videos. By getting your kids active not only are you promoting healthy living, you are supporting them to prevent and manage anxiety, increase memory, build problem-solving skills, and boost self-esteem.
Let’s get moving!
Prior to any physical activity it is important to address the elements of risk of the activity and safety measures that need to be in place for safe participation.
The following is a sample checklist for you to consider prior to your child(ren)’s activity when using these Ophea resources:
- Is the activity age appropriate for my child(ren)?
- Is the ‘home’ equipment being used in the activity safe for my child(ren)? (e.g., no objects with sharp edges)
- Is the surface where the movement activity is to take place a non slip surface? (e.g., remove area rugs)
- Is the space where the movement activity is to take place large enough for the number of participants and required movements?
- Is the space where the movement activity is to take place free of obstacles? (e.g., tables, chairs, outdoor furniture)
Physical Distancing Considerations:
Physical distancing is not a safety factor as activities should be conducted with siblings who are all in close contact with each other throughout the day. When participating in activites in a community setting (e.g., public park) please consult your local public health unit’s information on social and physical distancing.