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1 2 3 Kindergarten
Author: Barbara Allisen
Format: Paperback
, 2011
  • 1 2 3 Kindergarten is a down-to-earth, practical guide to help parents, caregivers and educators ensure children's readiness for kindergarten. Written by a kindergarten teacher and parent, this award-winning book, has tips, explanations, short-cuts and fun. It includes ideas that use resources already available at home or in child care centers and strategies to incorporate learning time into busy, active days. An easy-to-use developmental checklist and rating scale, guidance for the this-year-or-next-year debate, and suggestions for home-school transition make this a birth-to-kindergarten resource.

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Balanced and Barefoot
Format: Paperback
, 2016
  • In this important book, a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook shows how outdoor play and unstructured freedom of movement are vital for children's cognitive development and growth, and offers tons of fun, engaging ways to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adults.

    Today's kids have adopted sedentary lifestyles filled with television, video games, and computer screens. But more and more, studies show that children need "rough and tumble" outdoor play in order to develop their sensory, motor, and executive functions. Disturbingly, a lack of movement has been shown to lead to a number of health and cognitive difficulties, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), emotion regulation and sensory processing issues, and aggressiveness at school recess break. So, how can you ensure your child is fully engaging their body, mind, and all of their senses?

    Using the same philosophy that lies at the heart of her popular TimberNook program-that nature is the ultimate sensory experience, and that psychological and physical health improves for children when they spend time outside on a regular basis-author Angela Hanscom offers several strategies to help your child thrive, even if you live in an urban environment.

    Today it is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, or spinning in circles just for fun. We've taken away merry-go-rounds, shortened the length of swings, and done away with teeter-totters to keep children safe. Children have fewer opportunities for unstructured outdoor play than ever before, and recess times at school are shrinking due to demanding educational environments.

    With this book, you'll discover little things you can do anytime, anywhere to help your kids achieve the movement they need to be happy and healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

$23.95

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Celebrating the Great Mother
Format: Paperback
, 1995
  • Adults have a wide array of books to help explore earth-based spirituality. But what if they want to include their children? Here is a handbook to help parents, caregivers, teachers, and counselors create meaningful spiritual experiences that will inspire children of all ages. The ideas, suggestions, and activities collected here show how to bring children into rituals that celebrate seasonal cycles and help reclaim the spiritual roots of today's modern holidays. With surprisingly little effort, earth-centered activities and rituals can be incorporated into simple daily routines.

    Part 1, “Handbook for Earth-Connected Parenting,” gives techniques for developing a child's inner wisdom and sense of the sacred: dream journals, visualization, Tarot play, talismans, and interactions with the natural world

    Part 2 is a guide to the specific seasonal festivals, and offers a comprehensive collection of practical and enjoyable ways to celebrate the sacred days of our ancestors. Make a bean rune divination system, gather smudge sticks, grow grass pots, assemble a “dream pillow,” create altars the authors offer easy-to-follow suggestions.

    Includes suggested reading and resource sections for locating additional information and materials for creative projects.

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Child of Mine
Author: Carrie Hartman
Format: Hardcover
, 2007
  • A picture book to share—for parents of challenging children and for children who struggle with disorders, disabilities, or behavior issues. Parents will relate to the emotions Carrie Hartman expresses; children will welcome the message of hope for their future.

$13.95

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Childhood Vaccinations: Answers to Your Questions
Author: Katia Bailetti
Format: Paperback
, 2010
  • Few issues can cause such widespread confusion-and even panic-as vaccination. Childhood Vaccinations provides parents with clear answers to their questions regarding childhood vaccines.

    Bailetti puts fears to rest with up-to-date and reliable information about safety, side effects, and efficacy. This guide is an indispensible tool that will enable parents to make informed, empowered decisions about their child's health.

$19.95

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Choosing Life: Bobby's Story
Format: Paperback
, 2002
  • This emotional story is about an Aboriginal youth struggling with his friend’s suicide. It includes warning signs and information on what to do if you know someone who might be suicidal.

    A must have book for youth groups.

$14.95

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Fathering: Promoting Positive Father Involvement
Format: Paperback
, 2015
  • In the past few decades, researchers and practitioners have moved away from the idea of fatherhood as a single, monolithic concept. Examining the challenges of vulnerable fathers such as those in poverty or in prison, they have developed valuable new strategies for cultivating the positive involvement of fathers in the lives of their children.

    Drawing on the innovative work of Prospère, a Quebec organization that brought together fathers, university researchers, and health and social service practitioners, Fathering details innovative approaches that support positive father involvement. It provides numerous examples of strategies and interventions with fathers, lessons learned from these practices on how to better support vulnerable fathers and families, and in-depth information on ways of designing, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating the results of participatory action research (PAR) – a methodology which put fathers at the heart of the project’s decision-making.

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For the Love of Reading Books to Build Lifelong Readers
Author: David Bouchard
Format: Paperback
, 2004
  • What should we read to our children? Four experts share their favorite books.
    In For the Love of Reading, David Bouchard has teamed up with literacy experts Sally Bender, Anne Letain, and Lucie Poulin-Mackey to give lists of books to inspire us and our children. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, an administrator, an auntie, a grandpa or Mum's best friend, in For the Love of Reading you will find books to strike your fancy and the fancies of all the children in your life. Each author provides lists of books for all ages, as well as lists of seasonal books, resources, favorite strategies to encourage reading and those strategies to avoid. Lucie Poulin-Mackey's lists are of books in French. Indices are provided by author and title.

    David Bouchard has been a tireless champion of literacy for many years. A non-reader until adulthood, he fell in love with children's books one day when he was asked to read a chapter of a novel aloud.

    Sally Bender is a teacher-librarian who writes a book review column for the Brandon Sun. She brought the children's book section to her local teachers' supply store, Total Teacher, where she worked for several years.

    Anne Letain is a teacher-librarian, a consultant and the host of the website, The Reading Registry (www.readingregistry.com).

    Lucie Poulin-Mackey has been a teacher for almost twenty years. Lucie is now a literacy specialist for her French school board.

    Awards
    2005 CCBC Our Choice

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Give Peas a Chance: The Foolproof Guide to Feeding Your Picky Toddler
Author: Kate Samela
Format: Paperback
, 2013
  • Like every parent, you've probably...



    •Begged, "Please, just take one more bite"
    •Wondered if you should "sneak" nutrition into what you make
    •Worried that your child is picky, and just getting pickier



    A practical and easy-to-use guide from registered dietitian and pediatric specialist Kate Samela, Give Peas a Chance is everything you need to finally manage finicky toddlers at the table. You'll not only ensure that your child is getting good nutrition, but also promote a healthy relationship with food and expand the repertoire of even the pickiest of eaters!

    "Kate Samela provides an easy-to-understand, scientifically valid approach to feeding picky toddlers."—Jeffrey S. Hymans, MD

    "Kate Samela shows parents of toddlers that there's no need to press the nutritional panic button."—Lauren Slayton, MS, RD

$20.99

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Growing into Resilience: Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Canada
Author: André P. Grace
Format: Paperback
, 2015
  • Despite recent progress in civil rights for sexual and gender minorities (SGM), ensuring SGM youth experience fairness, justice, inclusion, safety, and security in their schools and communities remains an ongoing challenge. In Growing into Resilience, André P. Grace and Kristopher Wells – co-founders of Camp fYrefly, a summer leadership camp for SGM youth – investigate how teachers, healthcare workers, and other professionals can help SGM youth build the human and material assets that will empower them to be happy, healthy, and resilient.

    Grace and Wells investigate the comprehensive (physical, mental, and sexual) health of SGM youth, emphasizing the role of caring professionals in an approach that that recognizes and accommodates SGM youth. Throughout, the authors draw upon the personal narratives of SGM youth, emphasizing how research, policy, and practice must act together for them to be able to thrive and fulfill their promise.

    Both a resource for those professionally engaged in work with sexual and gender minorities and a comprehensive text for use in courses on working with vulnerable youth populations, Growing into Resilience is a timely and transdisciplinary book.

$34.95

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Healthy Pregnancy: Jenny's Story
Format: Paperback
, 2002
  • A young couple want to have a baby. They know that preparing for a healthy pregnancy is the first step. Jenny learns to stay healthy in all areas of the Medicine Wheel in order to give their baby the best start in life.

$14.95

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How to Raise a Wild Child
Author: Scott D Sampson
Format: Paperback
, 2016
  • From the beloved host of PBS Kids’ Dinosaur Train, an easy-to-use guide for parents, teachers, and others looking to foster a strong connection between children and nature, complete with engaging activities, troubleshooting advice, and much more
    This timely, significant work carries a far-reaching message for families and the planet."-Publishers Weekly

    "In a time when the connection between humans and the rest of nature is most vulnerable, Scott offers parents and teachers a book of encouragement and knowledge, and to children, the priceless gift of wonder."-Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle

    The average North American child now spends about seven hours a day staring at screens and mere minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors. Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat obesity, and boost academic scores. Most critical of all, abundant time in natural settings seems to yield long-term benefits in kids' cognitive, emotional, and social development. How to Raise a Wild Child is a timely and engaging antidote, offering teachers, parents, and other caregivers the necessary tools to engender a meaningful, lasting connection between children and the natural world.

    "With wisdom, intellect, and empathy, [Sampson] provides us with a bounty of simple yet profound ways we can enter this natural world, oftentimes starting in our very own backyards."-Lili Taylor, actor, mom, and board member of the American Birding Association

    "[Sampson] makes a cogent case for the importance of cultivating a 'nature connection' in children and offers thoughtful guidance on how to do so amid today's pressures of hectic, high-tech, increasingly urbanized life."- Scientific American MIND

$22.95

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I'm Adopted!
Author: Sheila M. Kelly
Format: Paperback
, 2012
  • Why does my sister look so different from me? Is it true that your new brother came from another country?

    This colorful, engaging look at adoption for parents and children features a perceptive text and dynamic photographs. The creators of this book demystify adoption for young children and celebrate the joy that comes with adding to a family.

$9.95

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Meet the Teacher: How to Help Your Child Navigate Elementary School
Author: Betty Borowski
Format: Paperback
, 2010
  • Two veteran teachers guide parents through the challenging waters of a child's elementary school years.

    Parents want their child to succeed in school. This book helps them promote smooth sailing for their child through all those important early school years, encouraging them to communicate with teachers early and regularly. The authors, two teachers who are also mothers, share ways to establish positive parent-teacher relationships and provide an insider's understanding of how schools actually work. Here is outstanding practical advice that parents need to help their child thrive in school.

    Tips for parents cover a variety of topics, including:

    * Establishing a positive relationship with teachers and the school
    * Managing homework
    * Interpreting report cards
    * Suggestions for successful parent-teacher interviews
    * Addressing conflict
    * How to prepare young children to enter school
    * Early reading and writing development
    * Effective home-school communication
    * Improving their child's study skills
    * Tips for parents who need to help their child deal with peer pressure and bullying

    Special chapters include information on the different ways children learn, legal and medical matters and special education concerns. There are also fun and educational activity pages for family-oriented activities that support school curriculum topics.

    Borowski and Mayne have extensive experience sitting on both sides of the parent-teacher conference table, and they offer valuable insights from both perspectives.

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Money Rules: Rule Your Money, Or Your Money Will Rule You
Author: Gail Vaz-Oxlade
Format: Paperback
, 2012
  • Gail likes to say that money isn’t rocket science, it’s discipline. But even she acknowledges that there are tricks to her trade and that making money decisions often feels more complicated than it should. So, where to start? With Gail’s Money Rules, of course—her essential rules for making your money work for you.

    Covering every topic under the financial sun—from TFSAs to taxes, borrowing to breaking bad habits, relationships to RRSPs—Gail tells readers that many of the rules they have been following might actually be working against their best interests. Some of her advice is, as she says, common sense (Rule #17: Needs Must Come Before Wants), some of it is surprising (Rule #222: Don’t Borrow to Contribute to an RRSP), and some is even counterintuitive coming from Gail (Rule #261: Take Pleasure from Your Money). All of the rules are delivered in digestible pieces that each give the reader a clear sense of what works and what doesn’t.

    For money-phobes, this book will be a kick in the pants; for money-minders, it will ease the worry that there might be a financial tone they’ve left unturned; for everyone else, Gail’s rules provide what it takes to build a strong financial foundation that will last a lifetime.

$21.99

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