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Lunar New Year Books

Today marks the beginning of the New Year on the lunar calendar. Since the holiday is traditionally celebrated for about 2 weeks, there’s plenty of time left to share picture books about  Lunar New Year with toddlers and preschoolers. Here’s a sample: Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin This story follows one family’s… Read more

Measuring What Matters

Educational Leadership is a magazine of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development).  Published 9 times a year, it covers high interest topics for educators. Each issue has a theme. The latest issue has the theme of Measuring What Matters. While some of the articles are available only to subscribers, the unlocked articles… Read more

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians. The theme for 2018 is Black Canadian Women: Stories of Strength, Courage and Vision. Viola Desmond was a Black Canadian woman who made history. Her image will be on the new Canadian $10 bill being released in 2018. Read… Read more

The Temple of Knowledge

Today is International Book Giving Day (as well as Valentine’s Day). We are encouraged to give a book to a child in recognition of the importance of books for children. It’s a fitting day, then, to watch The Temple of Knowledge, a new Storycorps animated video, that underlines the power of access to books. Ronald… Read more

Security Planner

Security Planner is a guide with expert advice on staying safer online. It provides recommendations on basic online practices and directions on where to go for more advanced help. It’s quick to use and easy to use. To start, you answer the following questions. Security Planner then provides you with security tips on browsing, your… Read more

International Book Giving Day

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is also International Book Giving Day? The purpose of International Book Giving Day is to get books into the hands of as many children as possible. Here’s how you can participate: Gift a book to a friend or family member Leave a book in a waiting room for children… Read more

Winter Family Fun

What are you doing on BC Family Day this coming Monday? If you’re looking for ideas for winter family fun, here are some links to visit: 19 Ideas for Outdoor Winter Play – from CBC Parents 40 Winter Activities for Toddlers and 28 MORE Winter Crafts For Kids– from Hands On as we grow Make… Read more

Winter Olympics 2018

The PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 starts tomorrow. Are your students interested? For information about the Winter Olympics and ideas for teaching about it, here are some resources: 8 Ways to Celebrate the Winter Olympics in the Classroom – from We Are Teachers Canadian Olympic Team Official Website – learn about the sports and the athletes,… Read more

Global School Play Day

We know play is important for children. But, sometimes the opportunities for unstructured play decrease as children get older. Here’s one way to promote more free play. Today is Global School Play Day! Created in 2015, Global School Play Day is a campaign that encourages schools to plan for a day of free, unstructured play… Read more