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Safety and Health Week

May 4th to 11th is Safety and Health Week (also known as NAOSH Week)! Celebrated in Canada, Mexico and the United States, this week focuses on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community. You can find an article about the week in the May issue of… Read more

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week starts tomorrow! This annual event celebrates Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. This year’s theme, Readers are Dreamers, underlines the magical escape that books give us. Thirty Canadian children’s authors, illustrator and storytellers will be doing readings in schools, libraries, community centres and bookstores across Canada.  Even if… Read more

Canadian Mental Health Week

CMHA Mental Health Week is May 6th to 12th. Mental health is a state of well-being, and we all have it. We might have a mental illness, and we might not. Either way, we can all feel well. We can all have good mental health. It is about having a sense of purpose, strong relationships,… Read more

The Westcoast Reader – May 2019

The May issue of The Westcoast Reader is available now! It contains articles about Safety and Health Week, a skunk being freed from a plastic cup, planting a herb garden, and more… You can find the Teacher’s Notes for this issue online. For subscription information, or to find out if your group qualifies to receive… Read more

BC Books and Authors

Today is BC Book Day! It’s a day to celebrate BC books and authors. Reading a book by a BC author is a great way to celebrate the day. Did you know that several of the short novels in the Good Reads series from Grass Roots Press and Rapid Reads series from Orca Books were… Read more

Screen-Free Week

It’s Screen-Free Week! Families, schools and communities are invited to put away entertainment screens for seven days. The focus is not on doing without – it’s on what you can do instead. Reading and outdoor activities can replace screen entertainment for the whole family. And, Device Free Dinners are always a good idea. Get more… Read more

Mud for Fun & Learning

As the weather warms up, there are more opportunities for mud play. Why should young children play in mud? Read about some benefits in Mud, Marvelous Mud! Squishing, digging, patting and stomping mud are all fun activities. But there’s so much more you can do. Find some ideas in: Dirt & Mud Activities for Kids… Read more

Safety and Health at Work

April 28th is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This annual event promotes safe, healthy and decent work. The 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) this year has inspired the theme of reflecting on progress in the past and continuing this work in the future with changing work environments.

Make Math Fun

Looking for ways to make math practice fun? Here’s a sample of online resources: 15 Fun Ways to Practice Math How Do You Make Math Fun? Math Fun: Kids won’t even know they’re learning math with these five new lessons! Math Playground There’s also fun practice available in the TED Ed Math in Real Life… Read more

Fair Dealing Decision Tool

Today is World Book and Copyright Day! This annual event organized by UNESCO celebrates reading, publishing, and copyright. Do you wonder about how you can use copyrighted work for teaching? The Fair Dealing Decision Tool is a Canadian online tool that guides teachers through the process of deciding if they can use print materials, artistic… Read more