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Copyright in Canada

Part of World Book and Copyright Day is increasing awareness of copyright and the protection it offers to creators of literary, dramatic, artistic and musical works. How can Canadian teachers use copyright-protected material in education? The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada has created some resources that offer guidance. Copyright Matters! has user-friendly information on… Read more

World Book and Copyright Day

Today is World Book and Copyright Day! This year’s theme, Reading, It’s My Right!, honours the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Books are at the intersection of some of the most essential human freedoms, primarily freedom of expression and freedom to publish. These are fragile freedoms.” — Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of… Read more

The Roots of STEM Success

Even before a child’s first birthday, she is capable of making inferences, drawing conclusions about cause and effect, and reasoning about the probability of events. These roots, which lay the groundwork for later abstract reasoning, must be encouraged through engagement and play in order for inherent tendencies to develop into lifelong STEM thinking skills. (The… Read more

Earth Day

Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22nd. The 2018 theme is End Plastic Pollution. Plastic objects that we use once and discard, or single-use plastics, are a growing problem. To learn more about plastic pollution, its harmful effects and what can be done about it, read the Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit. And, to… Read more

Talk With Our Kids About Money Day

Today is Talk With Our Kids About Money Day! Financial education of children should start early, but it’s never too late to start. Looking for resources to support talking about money? The Talk with our Kids about Money website has a wide variety of free material for parents and teachers. The activities cover ages 5… Read more

Prevention of Violence Against Women Week

April 15th to 21st is Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in BC. Violence against women affects us all by affecting the safety and well being of our mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, partners and friends. The Prevention of Violence Against Women Week annual campaign recognizes that violence against women happens too often in BC… Read more

Speaking of volunteers …

Today we are pleased to welcome Chrisy Hill, Community Literacy Coordinator for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Elk Valley, as a guest blogger. She describes and acknowledges the work of a special volunteer tutor in her community. Did you know that volunteering is a responsibility as a Canadian citizen? We don’t often think… Read more

National Volunteer Week

It’s National Volunteer Week from April 15th to 21st. “Volunteering is often seen as a selfless act; a person gives their time, skills, experience, and passion to help others, without expecting anything in return. And while volunteering is a form of service, many volunteers will tell you that “you get more than you give”. From… Read more

Let’s Talk About Math

When you think of math, do you think of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers? The Let’s Talk About Math videos from Zero to Three show the everyday math experiences of young children. And, as a bonus, there is a downloadable activity handout accompanying each video. Everyday Fun with Spatial Awareness Everyday Fun with Shapes Everyday Fun… Read more

Give a Man a Fish …

Today we are pleased to welcome Elaine Yamamoto, the Literacy Outreach Coordinator in Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows/Katzie, as our guest blogger. It’s tax time and she shares what the literacy committee in her community is doing to help people with tax filing. The Canada Revenue Agency. The name alone will cause many to break out in… Read more