FOUR PRIMARY KINDNESS COUNTS BOOKS

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What Does it Mean to be Kind? 2015 Rana DiOrio

With simple, straightforward text and adorable illustrations, this book is a great go-to resource for parents and caregivers to help young children easily understand what acts of kindness are all about.

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How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends? 2016 Jane Yolen

Do siblings in your home ever fight over a toy? Do good friends at school ever push or call names? And do buddies also know to share, give cookies, and apologize? Come along and laugh as little ones make friends and stay friends…the dinosaur way

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With a Friend by Your Side. 2015  Barbara Kerley

Help kids develop skills essential to their social and communicative development, and create a sense of belonging and security. A comprehensive afterword details the backstories of the incredible photos, which feature children and animals from around the world.

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Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy. Acts of Kindness for Kids 2014 Bernadette Russell

This book is jam packed with awesome activities for spreading joy and kindness throughout the land, with an extra helping of magic and mischief. Are you sneaky enough to pull off a reverse robbery, by sliding a treat into someones bag or pocket? Have you got the guts to undertake a serious smile collection mission, and smile at every stranger you see all day long? Or perhaps you could brighten up a friends day with a Happy Un-birthday card…

Creating a Gender Inclusive School

Here are some of our collection’s great resources supporting Love is Love: Creating a gender inclusive school and celebrating diverse families.
Also check out the TeachBC Resource. The Gender Spectrum: What Educators Need to Know by Glen Hansman
Here are a few of our favourites…
Red is miserable. He just can’t be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He’s blue! This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self can be read on multiple levels, and it offers something for everyone.
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Continue reading Creating a Gender Inclusive School

Celebrating Diwali

Cross-curricular explorations and building connections during Diwali. Useful links to information, activities and videos to help your class celebrate the Festival of Lights. Diwali in 2017 is on Thursday, October 19, 2017 and will continue to Monday, October 23, 2017.

STEM ideas and activities which can be linked to Diwali including: investigating shadows, creating shadow puppets, using spectroscopes and colour wheels to study light and colour, exploring electrical circuits and making lava lamps.

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Rangoli

A rangoli is a colourful design made on the floor near the entrance to a house to welcome guests. At Diwali, people draw bright Rangoli patterns to encourage the goddess Lakshmi to enter their homes.

Group Chalk and Sand Project. Social Emotional Learning – cooperation, planning, inclusion, critical thinking. Continue reading Celebrating Diwali

Create vs. Consume

Choosing apps for school iPads can be a transformational task that might encourage discussion on learning goals and school missions. There are many great apps available but there are a few things to consider.

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Begin by clarifying your vision for the use of the devices. What are your objectives and goals, the ‘why’. Look at apps that help you meet those goals.

Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 7.39.19 AMLook for apps that are used to create rather than consume. Continue reading Create vs. Consume

Together We Are a Masterpiece

Check out our school community building project. Students who came to the Learning Commons all contributed to a wonderful hall display. Our goal is to celebrate our differences and to recognize that all together we can create great things. Read on for instructions on how to create your own school Masterpiece.

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I painted the tree after school to give it time to dry.
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Coloured pencils were sorted into 6 shades. I drew around a couple of mugs and a small glass for circles.

Continue reading Together We Are a Masterpiece

Check out these Music Resources

Get your toes tapping and take a look at some of these music resources available in the Vanier LC. Learn about the lives of musicians, styles of music, inspiring biographies, musical jobs and enjoy some great lyrics and picture books.

61FP59QVp3L._SX493_BO1,204,203,200_Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler. The most fun you’ll have reading a story aloud. Great rhythm and fun rhymes encourage children to join in this classroom favourite.  Continue reading Check out these Music Resources

Apples for the Teacher

Nothing says Fall like a crisp red apple and it’s a great welcome back-to-school theme. Check out these ‘applicious’ resources available in the Vanier Learning Commons.

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Apples, Apples Everywhere! by Robin Koontz Autumn is apple harvest time. Come along on a trip to the apple orchard. Find out how apples are picked and stored. Learn which apples are best for munching. But watch out for the apple worms! Continue reading Apples for the Teacher

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