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Making Education into a Game

Pop quiz: What is more fun, studying vocabulary or playing a game? How about learning addition or playing a game? Memorizing historical dates or playing a game? Odds are you answered playing a game each time. Playing is an integral part of childhood development. You play games in the car to pass the time on […]
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Review: Zonia’s Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal

Most of us, as least in North America, have never ventured into the rainforest. What animals might we find there? What plants bloom, what birds sing, and what bugs crawl through the trees? Dive into Zonia’s Rain Forest and explore the mysteries of the Peruvian Amazon through the eyes of a curious young Indigenous child. […]
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Introduce Kids to Politics Now and Prepare Them for Their Futures

Your kids probably aren’t worried about the economy. They likely don’t care who the provincial leader is. And they are definitely too young to vote. But none of this means you shouldn’t introduce them to political topics at a young age! For adults, politics are everywhere and play an important part in our daily lives; […]
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Review: A Mother’s Day Surprise by Lindsay B

When it comes to family, nothing is more important than love and mutual respect. In Lindsay B’s A Mother’s Day Surprise (available in French as Joyeuse fête des Mères!), little Rainbow reaches out to family and friends for help planning the sweetest Mother’s Day surprise for her two wonderful mothers. When the celebration doesn’t go […]
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Diving into Science, One Story at a Time

Why does a loaf of bread rise? How do the tides change? What makes a tornado move so quickly? How did the black widow spider get its name? Children ask a lot of questions, sometimes too quickly to even hear the answers. With a natural curiosity and a keen interest in how things work, kids […]
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Better Behaviour: A Learning Journey with PJ Wright

Tackling tough topics with kids, either as an educator or a parent, is never easy. But with the help of the Better Behaviour series by PJ Wright, those heavy conversations are a lot easier to approach. These 12 little books inspire reflection, discussion, and self-improvement. Find out why this talented author created the series! What […]
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How to Publish a Book

Dreaming of seeing your name on the New York Times Bestsellers list? Hoping your words will hit the bookshelves with a bang? Don’t know where to even begin? Check out our tips for aspiring authors! Find an idea. Historical fiction? Sparkly vampire romance? There are so many books out there already that finding a unique […]
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Who Needs Children’s Poetry?

First, one line, a fleeting thought Then, a verse! I take my shot Soon, a stanza—four whole lines My words make a poem that shines! While there is no shortage of children’s prose, finding poetry that is both accessible and meaningful for young readers is a bit more challenging. Often, kids grow up with a […]
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The Importance of Music in Education – Interview with Two Talented Ottawa Artists

From car salesman jingles to holiday tunes, from live performances to campfire songs, music is all around us. Several studies have shown the benefits of introducing music in classrooms. But you don’t want to hear it from us! Find out what real musicians think about music in education. First, tell us a bit about who […]
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From Physics to Children’s Lit: An Interview with Publishing Director Meizhen Dang

Read an interview of Meizhen Dang, publishing director and owner of a children’s book publishing agency in downtown Ottawa, Canada. How has your career path changed since your post-secondary education? It was an interesting one.  I didn’t expect myself to be a book publisher till very late. After I graduated from the University of Ottawa […]
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Boundless Creativity: Q & A with Illustrator Erin Mercer

By now, you’ve fallen in love with Erin Mercer’s work on Recess in the Dark. Soon, you’ll be moved to laughter and even a few tears by the beauty of her pictures for the upcoming One Story a Day for Science series. But professional illustrators go way beyond sketches and colouring books. So what is […]
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Talking to Kids about Mental Health

When I was little, we didn’t mention words like depression or anxiety. We didn’t talk about learning disabilities or mental illness or substance abuse. Any questions kids had about those topics were met with “Shush!” and “Don’t ask about those things!” And honestly, I was little not THAT long ago. Nevertheless, we’ve come a long […]
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Designing an eBook Reader for Mobile Platforms

By Ji Ho Oh Are there key elements to consider when creating an eReader for mobile devices? What even is an eBook, and how are they formatted? What are the pros and cons of HTML and EPUB, and what are the additional considerations for creating an eReader mobile application? If you’ve ever pondered these technical […]
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When Passion Meets Talent: Q&A with Canadian Author and Editor Leonard Judge

After decades of writing, teaching, editing, and mentoring, how could Leonard Judge not have interesting things to say about his illustrious career? Now more than ever, through advances in technology, we can share wisdom with people across the world in a matter of minutes. And who better to unveil the secrets of a successful writer’s […]
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Learning in the Age of the Coronavirus

The world is slowly awakening from the coronavirus pandemic. Social circles are expanding, and face-to-face contact with others beyond our immediate families is underway. It feels good to see our friends, even two metres away from us. During the first phase of the pandemic, schools across the globe were closed in an abundance of precaution. […]
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Udderly Unacceptable: Emooly Murphy on Gender Equality

Disclaimer: this blog post contains 12 cow puns. It’s inconceivabull to me that men and women are still, in the 21st century, part of a global hierarchy in which women are paid less, worth less, and told their concerns are an attempt at reverse sexism. Coming off Black History Month, a time to celebrate black […]
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Logico: The Perfect Learning Game for Kids 3 to 12

Playing is fun. Reading is often fun. Eating dessert is lots of fun! But studying? Not as much. Of course, there is more than one way to learn. You learn from random Google searches, Scrabble games, school, work, and a million other places that allow people to share knowledge. But for some people, and especially […]
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An interview with Canadian author Oksanna Crawley about children’s story book Super Hammy

An interview with Canadian author Oksanna Crawley Oksanna Crawley reads from her book: Super Hammy Can’t Find His Hat
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Black History Month: Celebrating Centuries of Achievements

Most of us are familiar with names such as Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Michael Jackson. But black history extends far beyond 20th and 21st century North America. Since 1926, February has been a time to reflect on the incredible contributions people of African descent have made to the arts, the […]
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Is Online Learning Right for Your Kids?

Not everyone learns the same way. Some people are visual learners, while others need a more hands-on approach. As technology advances, so do learning methods. We are no longer limited to pens, papers, and printed books. Now, there is a whole new way to learn: online. We have a universe-worth of information accessible with just […]
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A Story-Time Adventure that Will Actually Get Your Kids Reading

Many children’s magazines claim sitting your children in front of the TV when you need a break makes you a bad parent. They say you should be reading to them, playing games, engaging them in meaningful conversations… But even superhero parents need some time off now and again. However, if you still feel guilty over […]
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Merry and Bright: Six Activities for Families with Young Kids

WRITE. Between cookies and candy canes, presents and snowfalls, kids are sure to be full of energy around the holiday season. But if they ever do get tired of running about, chasing the cat up the tree, and stuffing their little faces with chocolate, writing short stories or poems might be just the right activity […]
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The Colour of Your Fur

Look outside your window. Is it sunny? Raining? If it’s snowing, you can be certain Sam HusGee is out training for the dogsled competition out in Yukon, Canada. But this husky’s journey has been a difficult one. Never mind the weather, challenging training, and stiff competition—Sam can mush through all of that. The real issue […]
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Sing, Dance, Learn, and Grow: Educating Kids Through Music

We sing in the car. We sing in the shower. We sing our ABCs with our kids. Let’s face it: music is everywhere. And thank goodness it is! Where would we be without our concerts, our playlists, our late-night serenades? Kids are naturally inclined to wiggle, make silly sounds, and skip about when it should […]
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Fighting for Financial Literacy with the Three Little Piggy Banks

To quote American businessman and author Dave Ramsey, “You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.” Many people live in poverty, not just in developing countries but in Canada and the U.S. as well—the problem is that we don’t talk about it and we don’t do much […]
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How to Write a Scary Story

My hot chocolate sits abandoned on my desk. My laptop warns me its battery is low. My head hangs defeated, staring at the blank screen. I need to write a scary story before class tomorrow, and I have no ideas! What would scare a bunch of 7th graders who walk around a dark forest for […]
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Local Control of Education in the North

I worked in Canada’s far North for six years in the 1980s, first as a teacher in a fly-in village in Cree territory, then as a teacher and curriculum developer in Algonquin territory in northern Quebec. During this time, the First Nations were slowly and surely taking back control of their education systems from the […]
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Language Learning Tips for Older Kids

So, you’re learning a new language. You’re highly motivated at first but soon realize it isn’t as easy as you thought it would be. Slowly, you stop opening your language app, and the words you’ve learned in your target language begin to fade. Why does it have to be so difficult?! Good news: although learning […]
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Hitting the Books Again

The summer is over. Long carefree days of sun, beaches, and vacations are coming to a close. It’s not just a changing of the season. This time of year, as children head back to school, there is often a changing of mindset as well. This shifting mindset can bring some anxious moments for many children. […]
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Recess in the Dark: Students in a Special Place

Recess. The word itself brings back memories of primary school and those dreaded middle school days. Canadian young adults are likely reminded of hours spent climbing over the snow piles left by the plows, pretending to be astronauts or huskies or famous explorers. Alas, the snow would melt, and kids would move on to games […]
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DC Canada’s Best Educational Gifts for Enthusiastic Kids

Birthdays, holidays, end of year parties… With so many occasions, it’s difficult to buy creative, useful gifts for the child that has everything! Trying to find something enjoyable yet educational, engrossing yet evergreen, well, it takes a lot of thought. But gift-shopping doesn’t have to be all that difficult! Our books, games, and music will […]
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Writing Tips for Young Authors

Everybody knows the great writers whose renown transcends generations: Shakespeare, Vernes, García Lorca, Tolstoy… How could a kid like me ever write something that compares to their literary masterpieces? Why can’t I be the next J.K. Rowling? If you’ve ever felt this way, you aren’t alone; it can be intimidating to reflect on the piles […]
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Teach Kids to Read with Best Reading! Phonics

If you’re like me, you probably learned your alphabet by singing along with Elmo. You may even have struggled with that Q to W section that always caused me problems. But if the ABCs are usually considered the first step towards deciphering books… how can you teach kids to read without memorizing an overwhelming 26 […]
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Three Cheers for Canada!

Ah, Canada. Land of Sorry, Eh, and Timmies. Did you know Canadian mothers drink maple syrup during pregnancy to ensure their child is super Canadian? Oh, and we’re born in igloos and ride our first moose by age 9, if you hadn’t heard. Well, some of those might be exaggerated. Or invented. But I won’t […]
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100% Human: Celebrating Pride with DC Canada Every Month

DC Canada Is Always Celebrating Pride! Gay, straight, tall, blind, red-haired, overweight, Jewish, able-bodied… No matter our differences, we’re still human. So why should some have to live in fear? Why do some have their rights debated? Why are some told that they shouldn’t exist, or worse? DC Canada wants to highlight the bravery and […]
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The First Flock: Celebrating Indigenous People’s Wisdom and Traditions

From Disney’s Pocahontas (1995) to Little House on the Prairie (1935) by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Indigenous people have appeared in cinema and literature shrouded in stereotypes and romanticized to no avail. On June 21st, National Indigenous Peoples Day, let’s celebrate our country’s native inhabitants and forget any biased perspectives the media may have highlighted in […]
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Reading, Writing, and Really Talented Kids

DC Canada’s Writing Contest for Kids Highlights the Literary Prowess of Canada’s Youngest Authors Each time you pick up a pencil or sit down at your computer, you’re about to create. Maybe it’s a perfectly penned email. Maybe it’s a letter to your future children. Maybe it’s the next Harry Potter. No matter what you’re […]
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Super Hammy French Release!

Super Hammy is available in French (Super Hami)! Now, children aged 4 to 6 who want to learn French and start reading books by themselves have a great resource with which to begin.
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The Road Map to Reading

Have you noticed your four or five-year-old recognizing letters or common words? Maybe they’re pretending to read to their siblings or friends? You’re now wondering if it’s a good time to start teaching your kid how to read… The answer is yes! If you’re not sure where to start, this post compares two resources from […]
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Happy New Year 2018!

We're getting ready to release three new resources for early childhood education.
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Spark the Natural Curiosity of Kids with ‘Into Math with Imagination’

Mathematics is defined as “a boring subject that has nothing to do with real life and is developed just to torture every student for eleven years of school.” * Just kidding! Math can be as fun and imaginative as any other subject in school. Galileo Galilei described mathematics as the language of the universe, which […]
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Playwise Wins 2017 Game of the Year

Playwise is so much more than a fun game.
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LES GAGNANTS DU CONCOURS LE PETIT GRAND PENSEUR 2017

Félicitations aux gagnants de notre concours annuel Le Petit grand penseur 2017 et merci à tous ceux qui ont participé! Chaque année, nous invitons des enfants âgés de 5 à 11 ans à répondre à une des 4 questions philosophiques posées dans n’importe quel format dans lequel ils se sentent à l’aise afin d’avoir la […]
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Canada Learning Code Week

From June 1 to 8, more than 10,000 kids across Canada will take part in Canada Learning Code Week, an educational program that combines history and literature with a simple programming tool called Scratch.  These are beginner lessons for kids who want to learn the basics of computer programming. No experience necessary! We’re very proud […]
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The Winners of the Little Big Thinkers Contest 2017

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Little Big Thinker Contest and thank you to everyone who participated! Every year we invite students from ages 5 to 11 to answer a philosophical question in any format they prefer for a chance to win books and games for the class. This year we were bombarded with […]
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The Olympiades Apprenti-Sage!

Here’s a fun and brainy weekend activity for families in Montreal, Quebec: the Olympiades Apprenti-Sage, which is taking place on April 8th, from 3pm until 5pm for ages 6 to 11. For ages 11 to 16, another tournament will take place from 6pm until 8pm. All ages are welcome to play from 9am until noon. […]
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Les Olympiades Apprenti-Sage!

Voici une activité plaisante et instructif pour un samedi: les Olympiades Apprenti-Sage arrive le 8 avril de 15h à 17h pour les enfants âge 6 à 11. Pour les enfants de 11 à 16 ans, un deuxième tournois aura lieu de 18h à 20h. Tous sont invités à participer! Pour les nouveaux joueurs, il ya […]
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Le concours Petit Grand Penseur!

Faites travailler votre matière grise, les enfants! Les écoliers de Jardin à la 6ième année, vous pouvez gagner des livres et des jeux pour votre classe lors du concours Petit Grand Penseur de cette année en répondant à une des quatre questions suivantes et en nous envoyant votre réponse avant le 15 Mai 2017 : Peux-tu imaginer ce […]
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The Little Big Thinker Contest!

Put your thinking caps on kiddos! Students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 can win books and games for the classroom in this year’s Little Big Thinker Contest by answering one of the following four questions and sending it to us before May 15th: Can you imagine what would happen if no one went to school? Imagine a […]
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Here Comes Super Hammy – A First Time Reading Series

Good news for kids who are learning to read! Super Hammy and his friends are here to make it easy and fun. The new series is written and illustrated by Oksanna Crawley, a retired Reading Recovery teacher and already the author of well-known storybook, So, You Be Keon and I’ll Be Mahovlich, about a young […]
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Here Comes Super Hammy – Une série pour lecteurs débutants

De bonnes nouvelles pour les enfants qui apprennent à lire! Super Hammy et ses amis sont ici pour rendre la tâche facile et amusante. Cette nouvelle série est rédigée et illustrée par Oksanna Crawley, une enseignante de rattrapage en lecture et déjà auteure d’un livre d’histoire populaire, So, You Be Keon and I’ll Be Mahovlich, […]
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The 2017 Little Big Thinker Contest

The “winding down” days at the end of a school semester are anything but. Classes may be about to end, but for kids the summer season is full of potential and the fun is really just beginning. Teachers are full of inventive ways to channel a classroom’s energy into creative projects for these final days. […]
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Notre Concours 2017 ‘‘The Little Big Thinker’’

Les derniers jours à la fin d’un semestre scolaire sont importants. Les cours peuvent être sur le point de se terminer, mais pour les enfants la saison estivale est plein de potentiel et le plaisir est vraiment juste à son début. Les enseignants utilisent pleins de moyens inventifs pour transformer l’énergie d’une salle de classe […]
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10 First Week of School Activities

S. Evelyn Cimesa | August 22, 2016 | Classroom Activities The first day of school – the alluring, exhilarating, and exhausting adventure that carries us through the school year. It’s the day that teachers are waiting for; the summer of preparation is over, and now it’s time to tackle your classroom with the enthusiasm you’ve reserved […]
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All in a Day: Visiting the Winners of The Little Big Thinker Contest

S. Evelyn Cimesa | July 4, 2016 | Events In June 2016, DC Canada Education Publishing announced the winners of The Little Big Thinker contest. Two students, Mattie Azizan and Autumn Weiss, placed 1st and 2nd, respectively, in The Little Big Thinker contest. They were part of the class that won the participation prize: Mr. Clarke’s grade 5 class, at Elizabeth Park […]
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Tout en une journée: la visite des gagnants du concours “The Little Big Thinker”

S. Evelyn Cimesa | 4 Juillet 2016 | Événements En Juin 2016, DC Canada Education Publishing annonçait les gagnants du concours « The Little Big Thinker ». Deux étudiantes, Mattie Azinan et Autumn Weiss, s’étaient méritées les positions 1 et 2, respectivement, du concours « The Little Big Thinker ». Elles étaient dans la classe qui a gagné le prix de participation : […]
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Announcing the Winners of DCCED’s The Little Big Thinker Contest

S. Evelyn Cimesa | July 4, 2016 | Contest The Little Big Thinkers of Ottawa Back in April 2016, we featured an Ottawa-based contest, titled The Little Big Thinker Contest, for students in kindergarten to grade five. Students were asked to answer one or more philosophical questions from the My Little Book series, published by DC Canada Education Publishing. Participants did […]
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A New Way to Teach Children the Canadian Charter

S. Evelyn Cimesa | April 21, 2016 | Products We’re excited to announce the release of La Charte pour les enfants, the French edition of Canadian bestseller series The Charter for Children. This collection of witty, illustrated stories introduces children to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
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Creating Digital Autonomy

Gamification experiences are growing in popularity within the educational system.
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L’Éditeur Local DC Canada Education Publishing Lance La Collection Francophone La Charte pour les enfants

(Ottawa, ON – 14 avril 2016) — Êtes-vous prêts à rencontrer l’activiste Alexandre le Grand et la féministe Émeuly Meuphy? Ou à être témoin d’une course de luge électrisante du Yuko, ou à ressentir votre cœur se briser pour une envolée d’outardes dépossédées alors qu’elle font leur  voyage traditionnel entre leur domicile au nord du […]
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Local Publisher DC Canada Education Publishing Debuts French Collection La Charte pour les enfants

(Ottawa, ON – April 14, 2016) — Are you ready to meet activist Alexander the Grape and feminist Emooly Murphy? How about witnessing the thrill of a Yukon sled race, or feeling your heart ache for a flock of dispossessed Canada geese as they make their traditional journey to and from their summer home in […]
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Play-based Strategies to Get Youth Learning

S. Evelyn Cimesa | March 18, 2016 | Play-based Learning Play is one of the most effective methods of engaging youth. It promotes social and emotional learning, provides opportunities for challenges and perseverance, and children are natural experts at it. Children connect with the world through play. They attribute meanings to words as they explore their surroundings, […]
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Building Community in the Classroom

S. Evelyn Cimesa | February 11, 2016 | Social and Emotional Learning   For young children, the classroom is a second home. They spend up to 30 hours a week in this space with peers and teachers, and have access to a plethora of learning resources, art supplies, games, and toys. Every child brings something new […]
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Easy Christmas Crafts for Children

S. Evelyn Cimesa | December 18, 2015 | Crafts   It’s that time of year. The trees are adorned in twinkling lights. Little snowflakes are dancing in your hair. Christmas music hums outside of every store. And there are parades and parties and presents galore. But it’s still early, and we haven’t finished our advent calendars yet. And […]
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Five Ways to Encourage Creative Thinking

Leonard Judge | December 11, 2015 | Creativity Defining creativity is not as straightforward as one might think. What is it really? Where do we begin and what are we aiming for when we attempt to encourage creative thinking in children? A common definition for creativity is simply to use one’s imagination to think about and develop original ideas. […]
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4 Ways to Encourage Creative Writing in the Classroom

Scott Paterson | December 4, 2015 | Creativity   “But I hate writing stories!” If you’ve heard this from your student, don’t despair. You may even identify with them. Perhaps you hated creative writing in school or felt you had nothing to add. Creative writing can be really difficult for students if they have a lack of inspiration. Here are […]
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4 façons d’encourager la création littéraire dans la classe

Scott Paterson | 4 Décembre 2015 | Créativité « Mais je déteste écrire des histoires! » Si vous avez déjà entendu ceci de la bouche de vos étudiants, ne désespérez pas. Il est même possible que vous vous identifiez à eux. Peut-être méprisiez-vous la création littéraire à l’école ou peut-être sentiez-vous que vous n’avez rien à ajouter. La création littéraire […]
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