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Let’s Make It! – Big Science for Little Hands

Today we are welcoming Wendy Lorch, an Early Learning Specialist from Science World, as our guest blogger. She’s sharing sample activities for preschoolers from the Science World website. Are you looking for some fun science activities that connect to making things? Science World’s website offers a library of fun, hands-on, cool science activities for all… Read more

Making Memories—In the Kitchen!

Today we’re pleased to welcome Joel Barohn, a registered dietitian and chef from the BC Dairy Association, as a guest blogger. He’s sharing ideas for making things together in the kitchen. Looking for a healthy habit for you and your family in the new year? Try spending more time cooking with kids in the kitchen…. Read more

Read it, then make it!

Today we’re welcoming Francesca de Freitas, Children’s Librarian at the Vancouver Public Library, as our guest blogger. She shows us how a storybook can inspire making. The Vancouver Public Library is celebrating Family Literacy Week with a full week of special events. Can’t make it to the library? Or want to mark this special day… Read more

LEGO Lovers Learning Literacy

It’s Family Literacy Week! This year’s theme is Let’s Make It! Today we’re pleased to welcome Chrisy Hill, Community Literacy Coordinator for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Elk Valley, as a guest blogger. Chrisy shares a family literacy resource using LEGO for fun and learning. LEGO has been a kids’ favorite since 1932. … Read more

Let’s Make It! with STEAM

Looking for inspiration on things to make as a family? Sometimes a little browsing together through a book of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) projects will spark an idea. And, the projects aren’t just for older children. Here are some of the things you can find: 25 cardboard engineering projects for makers in… Read more

Literacy Lost

Literacy Lost: Canada’s Basic Skills Shortfall is a new report from the Canada West Foundation. Written by Janet Lane and T. Scott Murray, this report uses PIAAC data to describe the shortage of literacy skills in Canada and why that matters. Here’s the introduction: Workplaces are changing quickly. Machines or algorithms are replacing some tasks,… Read more

Let’s Make It! Makerspace at Home

What is a Makerspace? Basically, it’s a space where people get together to make things. You may have seen them in your school or community. Often they’re designed for older schoolchildren or young adults and contain technology and interesting equipment to share. There are also makerspaces for younger children. They are places that encourage discovery… Read more

Study Techniques – What’s Effective?

Do you ever use a highlighter when studying? You might want to rethink that. What are good ways to study? To learn more, read: Learn How to Study Using… Retrieval Practice Learn How to Study Using… Spaced Practice Learn How to Study Using… Elaboration Learn to Study Using… Interleaving Learn to Study Using … Concrete… Read more

Let’s Make It! Music for Babies

In our Let’s Make It! Babies activity sheet, we’ve outlined some of the things that parents can ‘make’ with babies – smiles, conversations, games, and traditions. While we focused on the tradition of reading aloud, another popular tradition is singing. Many parents sing to their babies. And, lullabies are a popular bedtime tradition. Did you… Read more

Let’s Make It! with Paper

One of our Family Literacy Week activity sheets this year is Let’s Make It! with Paper. It has activities for a range of ages, including early school years. The suggestions are only the tip of the iceberg. Here are some more ideas for things to make with paper. Let’s start with a puzzle you can… Read more