August 26

Back-to-School Jitters

With the new school year just around the corner, it’s a good time to highlight some of our favourite books to ease back-to-school jitters. Reading about and discussing a character’s nervousness or anxiety can help ease a  child’s worries during this new and exciting time.

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Back To School Tortoise by Lucy M. George It’s time to go back to school. But Tortoise is worried. What if he falls down? What if he doesn’t like lunch? What if the kids are mean to him?  The perfect back-to-school book about being brave, with a surprise at the end! Continue reading

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June 13

Maker Social-Emotional Learning Resources

MakerSpaces can be a great catalyst for the growth of social-emotional learning.  Facilitating a maker culture can give students a venue for the development of the tools they need to recognize, understand and manage emotions and to make the responsible decisions that are critical to being a successful learner. These life long skills must be clearly articulated and deliberately discussed so that they become an intrinsic foundation for the emotional health of the student.

There are many excellent social emotional learning titles that can be used to encourage SEL development. However, a few of these also blend very well with a Maker mentality and build on some important tenants of social and emotional well being.

Take a Chance and Take Pride in Beautiful You

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If I Never Forever Endeavor by Holly Meade. Take a chance, dare yourself, trust yourself, try it…and you can fly. (2011) Continue reading

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April 29

Celebrating Diverse Families

As Mother’s Day approaches it’s a good time to celebrate all of the families and caregivers in our school community. Family love comes in lots of different shapes and sizes and it is important to honour all of the supportive people that nurture and care for our children.

The Georges Vanier Learning Commons has a great selection of titles featuring diverse families. The newest addition to our collection, “Stella Brings the Family” by Miriam B. Schiffer celebrates the parents, extended family, friends and neighbours that support one little girl. ‘It is about love, acceptance and the true meaning of family’

sp5Here are some other favourite books that celebrate diversity amongst families in our school and community…

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April 23

#KindnessCounts designs

This week in the Learning Commons some classes have begun to experiment with our new button maker. This was purchased with greatly appreciated funds from the GVPAC, the school and with profits from the Book Fair. It has been a great success and we can see lots of possibilities. The students are designing smiling faces to help us remember to smile as we pass each other in the hallways.

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“So Cool!”

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April 20

Picture Books that Teach Compassion

Check out these wonderful books that have a powerful message and beautiful illustrations. All of these great titles are available through the Vanier Library Collection.

1. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts.  Jeremy learns that the things he has, including the chance to help a friend, are worth more than the things he wants. Video: ‘Those Shoes’ Read Aloud
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