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Web Links
This page will be updated as new and interesting educational links are found. If there are any links you would like to see, please send me a message in your child's agenda.

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Literacy and Numeracy

ABC Ya | offers free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children's educational computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. All educational games are free and are modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn.
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Barrie Public Library e-Books |
E-books are electronic books that can be read by using a computer. You can search them, borrow, read, and return them, all via the Internet 24 hours a day, through the Barrie Public Library (BPL) Catalogue, as well as from home computers via the library webpage. Contact the BPL for more information or technical assistance.
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Book Selection Suggestions
For a list of great book choices, expert advice, and activities for beginning and independent readers, try any of these links: Back to Top

Fun Brain |
FunBrain provides online educational games for kids of all ages in the areas of math, grammar, science, spelling and history.
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Highlights Kids |
This site features animated stories, a poetry player, science experiments and arts and crafts to try.
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Into the Book |
Into the Book is a reading comprehension resource for elementary students and teachers.
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KidsSpace |
Check out these great sites to read and watch stories online. If you like stories, reading and games then these links are for you.
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Ontario Ministry of Education |
Here are some resources from the Ontario Ministry of Education you can use. Their publications include reading and math activities you can enjoy with your child. The websites listed on their site are designed with both parents and children in mind.
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Reggies Loves to Rhyme |
Children can play this interactive web game in which they must read and select rhyming words.
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Spelling City |
Practising spelling and vocabulary is easy with Vocabulary Spelling City! Students can study and learn their word lists using vocabulary and spelling learning activities and games. Students can take final or practice spelling and vocabulary tests right on this engaging site.
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Starfall |
A free website to teach children to read with phonics. For preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Exciting phonics games and online interactive books.
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Subitizing with Dot Cards
Want to practice subitizing with your child? This website has a great resource package!
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Barrie Public Library |
Visit your local library online. The BPL has links to useful research sites.
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This is a series of databases put together for students and teachers including:
  • Kid Search (Elementary School Research & Reference)
  • Searchasaurus-Primary Databases
  • Library Reference Centre
  • Science Reference Centre
  • Academic Research and Reference (Grades 10-12)
  • Student Research Centre (Grades 9-12)
PLEASE NOTE: EBSCO access is automatic when you access it from within the school. For home access, you need to enter a user id (smcdsb) and a password (research).
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National Geographic Kids |
Play games, watch videos, learn about animals, and places, and get fun facts on the National Geographic Kids website.
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Switcheroo Zoo |
Play animal games and learn about animals. Build six biomes by choosing the right combination of plants, animal, temperature and precipitation. Choose habitats and living conditions for five animals.
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Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit |
This site addresses a lot of questions, including those about head lice, flu shots, and general health. They also have a phone line to reach public health nurses from Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (705) 721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.

The following list defines some of the more common childhood diseases and how long your child should say home if s/he becomes ill:
  • Chickenpox:For 5 days after the rash begins or until all blisters have crusted.
  • Impetigo: Until the antibiotic prescribed by the doctor has been taken for at least one full day.
  • Pink-Eye: Until the antibiotic prescribed by the doctor has been taken for at least one full day.
  • Scabies: Until treatment has been given.
  • Scarlet Fever: Until the antibiotic prescribed by the doctor has been taken for at least one full day.
  • Strep Throat: Until the antibiotic prescribed by the doctor has been taken for at least one full day.
  • Fifth Disease: Even though this is not a communicable disease, it should be reported to the office because there is a risk posed to pregnant women.
For more information, please contact the health unit using the link and/or phone numbers listed above.

You can also click here for information about treating lice.
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