Spring Break is a great opportunity for children to indulge in a little extra reading for fun, whether it’s reading aloud, silently reading together, or reading solo. With the focus on reading for enjoyment, being able to choose what to read is important. But, with so many books available, how do you choose? Here are… Read more
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Planet Nutshell has created NetSafe, a set of introductory videos on cybersafety. The 18 videos are organized by grade level (K-3, 4-6, 7-12) and cover topics like being kind online, understanding online ‘friends’, and protecting personal information. Here’s a sample. Thanks to Free Technology for Teachers for pointing to this resource.
Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators
Emotional resilience is the ability to adapt to stressful situations. More resilient people are able to bounce back after negative experiences. Emotional resilience helps prevent burnout at work. But, developing emotional resilience isn’t something usually taught to teachers alongside instructional strategies and techniques. Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Teachers is a resource that focuses on… Read more
The ABC’s of Reading to Your Child
Have you ever seen story time in a laundromat? Here’s your chance! How to Help Your Child Love Reading is an article that introduces The ABC’s of Reading to Your Child video. Is there a right or wrong way to read to your child? Should you spend 20 minutes a day with a book in… Read more
Talking about Race with Young Children
Today is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Babies as young as 6 months notice racial differences. Young children can display racial bias. Talking about race with young children is important, but many adults feel uncomfortable. The following links offer some guidance: Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young… Read more
World Poetry Day tomorrow
Tomorrow is World Poetry Day! “Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.” – United Nations TED-Ed has recently uploaded a video series that… Read more
Can you catch a ‘phish’?
Have you ever received a phishing email – an email that tries to trick you into giving personal or confidential information or access to your computer? This is a common cybercrime and phishing emails can be hard to identify. Here’s a decision tree to help you avoid phishing emails. For more tips and to test… Read more
During Spring Break, there might be time to have fun with a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activity or two. Here are six places to browse for some ideas: 37 Classic Science Experiments for Kids from Red Tricycle Elementary Activities from Tinkerlab Hour of Code Activities learnXdesign Online Science Resources from Science World… Read more
Self-regulation comes up often in conversations about parenting and education. But, what exactly does it mean? In the following video, Stuart Shanker explains his approach to self-regulation. What are some of the stressors that children might experience? The following infographic describes some of the emotional stressors. There are more visuals for the other four domains… Read more
Today is Pi Day! Every year March 14th honours the most well-known constant in math – the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter. Pi has inspired creative thinking. Here’s a way to estimate pi using toothpicks and a piece of paper. And the creativity isn’t limited to math. Did you know a writing… Read more
St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th. Here are five places to find ideas for teaching about St. Patrick’s Day: 5 St. Patrick’s Day ESL Activities Delivered Straight from the End of the Rainbow Free Resources for Teaching About St. Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day teaching resources The Best Sites for Learning about St. Patrick’s Day… Read more
How to Search the App Store Like a Pro
AlphaPlus has created an infographic guide on How to Find What You’re Looking for in the App Store. It has tips, hints and tricks on how to search smarter and faster for apps to use in your literacy program. This guide is designed for using the Apple App Store. A guide for using the Google… Read more
March is Nutrition Month! It’s a good time to review what you know and share about healthy eating. This year’s focus is on Unlock the Potential of Food. The Dietitians of Canada, who sponsor Nutrition Month, have developed five fact sheets:: The Potential to Fuel The Potential to Discover The Potential to Prevent The Potential… Read more
International Women’s Day
Today is International Women’s Day! This year’s theme is Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change. It explores the ways in which innovation can work for gender equality, boost investment in gender-responsive social systems, and enhance public services and infrastructure to meet the needs of women and girls. Some innovations that we take for granted… Read more
Conversations Build Brains
Simple, everyday conversations with children help develop their language skills. It’s not just the amount of language that a child hears that is important. Research indicates that interactive, responsive conversations with young children help build brains. And, the impact can be long lasting. For tips on talking with little ones, read: 5 Steps for Brain-Building… Read more