It’s Freedom to Read Week from February 26th to March 4th. This is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and commit to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Every year schools and libraries receive requests to remove resources because someone has found them offensive or inappropriate…. Read more
Here’s an infographic with 14 reasons why you shouldn’t work on weekends and 10 suggestions for disconnecting from work. Click the image to be taken to the full infographic.
Puzzles and riddles are a fun way to practice logical thinking. Here’s one for you to try. As a wildfire rages through the grasslands, three lions and three wildebeest flee for their lives. To escape the inferno, they must cross over to the left bank of a crocodile-infested river. Can you help them figure out… Read more
Today is Pink Shirt Day . This year’s slogan is “Make Nice”. For resources to prevent and address bullying for children, teens, parents and teachers, visit PREVNet, Canada’s authority on research and resources for bullying prevention. For additional resources on cyberbullying, visit MediaSmarts.
Today is International Mother Language Day! UNESCO celebrates International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on February 21, 2017 under the theme “Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education”. To foster sustainable development, learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and in other languages. It is through the mastery of the first language or mother… Read more
Today is World Day of Social Justice! This year’s theme is “Preventing conflict and sustaining peace through decent work“. Literacy, Social Justice and Inclusive Practice is a free course offered through The Open University. It focuses on significant debates related to teaching the technical aspects of literacy and debates related to becoming a ‘literate person’…. Read more
STEM starts early is a new report that examines the state of STEM learning in early childhood. Researchers and educators agree – through their playful learning, young children demonstrate a readiness for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning. And, STEM learning should start early for greatest benefit. Young children are quite capable of doing,… Read more
Today is World Read Aloud Day! It’s a day to celebrate the power of words and emphasize the right the literacy. It’s also a good time to remember Mem Fox’s Read-Aloud Commandments. They focus on enjoyment, frequency and repetition. Please read aloud every day because you just adore being with your child, not because it’s… Read more
Building a Strong Vocabulary is a new series of books from New Readers Press to help student expand their vocabulary by using context clues to clarify meaning, analyzing words parts and word definitions, and practicing using words in a variety of exercises. Building a Strong Vocabulary for Life Skills (reading level 4-6) includes 12 units… Read more
Today is International Book Giving Day! The aim of the day is to increase children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. You are invited to: Gift a book to a friend or family member (great idea for Valentine’s Day) Leave a book in a waiting room for children to read Donate a gently used or… Read more