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1 2 3 Kindergarten
Author: Barbara Allisen
Format: Paperback
  • 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.

$14.95

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101 Things For Kids To Do Outside
Author: Dawn Isaac
Format: Paperback
  • Let them go outside and play! More parents are heeding the advice of specialists who urge them to do just that. By playing outside with friends, kids learn valuable interpersonal and negotiation skills and how to make decisions. Outdoor play teaches about the natural world, fosters creativity, and encourages physical activity.

    101 Things For Kids To Do Outside is ideal for parents, teachers, and all those working with youth. This book is ideal for the children who like gaming, TV, movies, the soft couch, and even too many snacks. The kids who believe "there's nothing to do outside" can learn and be encouraged to experience the joy of outdoor play.

    Each activity is described in language easy for a 6- to 9-year-old and illustrated with engaging graphics. Younger children may need direction, at least the first time. Large pictures display all the fun to be had. The activities range from 10 minutes to hours and hours of fun. Some require creativity, make-believe or physical exertion but they are all outside. Perfect for rainy days, sunshiny days, even snowy days.

    Examples of the 101 activities are:
    Weave a bird's nest
    Set up a potion lab
    Make nature rubbings
    Build a crawl tunnel
    Hold a mini Olympics
    Build a human sundial
    Make a nature walk bracelet
    Capture animal tracks
    Fly a homemade kite
    Make a rain gauge
    Make a snow maze.

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    While the cover art is adorable, the photos inside are stunning! This book is full of creative, easy, and original ideas that your kids will adore.
    MaryAnne, Mama Smiles Blog

    Great gift for any child... Would also be resourceful to any parent, teacher or caregivers... Plenty of fun ideas not only for children, but for families to enjoy together. And the most important thing -- with 101 Things For Kids To Do Outside, your kids will never be bored again.
    Lily Zunic, Craft, Learn and Play Blog

    The hands-on guide, 101 Things for Kids to Do Outside, gives you more than enough activities, games and projects to get your children or students moving and learning in the great outdoors. Colorful illustrations and photographs combine with detailed and easy to follow instructions in order to spark lots of outdoor exploration... This book is great for parents and educators, but also for young people ages 5-12 to lead their own explorations.
    Raine Sillito, Green Teacher

    Additional Information
    224 pages | 8.25" x 8.50" | full colour throughout, line drawings, resources, index

$19.95

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Daughters Are Forever
Author: Lee Maracle
Traditional Territory: Salish, Sto:lo
Format: Paperback
  • This powerful novel about a woman's self-discovery reinforces Lee Maracle's stature as one of the most important First Nations writers in North America. The novel incorporates an innovative structure - one based on Salish Nation storytelling - to depict the transformation of Marilyn, a First Nations woman who is alienated from her culture, her family, and herself. By discovering her own culture's ways and listening to the natural world, Marilyn begins to heal her deep-rooted hurt and gradually becomes reconciled with her estranged daughters. Here is a moving work about First Nations people in the modern world, and the importance of courage, truth, and reconciliation.

    Additional Information
    206 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

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$19.95

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Families Change
Author: Julie Nelson
Format: Paperback
  • All families change over time. Sometimes a baby is born, or a grown-up gets married. And sometimes a child gets a new foster parent or a new adopted mom or dad. Children need to know that when this happens, it’s not their fault. They need to understand that they can remember and value their birth family and love their new family, too. Straightforward words and full-color illustrations offer hope, support, and coping skills for children facing or experiencing change. Includes resources and information for birth parents, foster parents, social workers, counselors, and teachers.

$14.95

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Meet the Teacher: How to Help Your Child Navigate Elementary School
Author: Betty Borowski
Format: Paperback
  • 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.

$19.95

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Relationships Make the Difference: Connect with Your Students and Help Them Build Social, Emotional, and Academic Skills
Author: Pat Trottier
Format: Paperback
  • As educators, it is important to take the time to get to know our students. Discovering what students are capable of and how they feel about things is the first step toward nurturing learning. Helping them develop their social-emotional skills sets the scene for academic growth and achievement. This book provides the scaffolding that teachers need to establish strong relationships with their students and create caring classroom communities that include relationships with parents, school administration and staff, and support specialists.

    Educator Information
    Grade Range: K-12

    Additional Information
    95 pages | 8.30" x 10.70"

$24.95

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Seeking Mino-Pimatisiwin
Format: Paperback
  • Historically, social work and psychology professions have pressured and coerced Aboriginal peoples to follow the euro-centric ways of society. The needs of Aboriginal peoples have not been successfully addressed by the helping profession due to a limited attempt to incorporate Aboriginal perspectives and practices of helping. Michael Hart briefly discusses colonization from an Aboriginal perspective, ontological imperialism, social work’s role in colonial oppression, and the dynamic of resistance. Seeking Mino-Pimatisiwin encourages Aboriginal concepts, values and perspectives to be effectively incorporated by helpers trained in counselling, supporting, and teaching disciplines.

    Micheal Hart uses his own personal and professional experiences and that of other Aboriginal helpers. Throughout the book he outlines ways of adopting an Aboriginal Approach to helping. The closing chapter examines one such approach, the sharing circle, and how it can be used to guide practice with individuals, families, and groups in several contexts.

$21.95

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The Garden Classroom: Hands-On Activities in Math, Science, Literacy, and Art
Author: Cathy James
Format: Paperback
  • Creative ways to use the garden to inspire learning, for kids ages 4-8

    Packed with garden-based activities that promote science, math, reading, writing, imaginative play, and arts and crafts, The Garden Classroom offers a whole year of outdoor play and learning ideas—however big or small your garden.

    Every garden offers children a rich, sensory playground, full of interesting things to discover and learn about. There's a whole lot of science happening right before their eyes. The garden can also be a place to develop math and literacy skills, as the outdoors offers up plenty of invitations to weave learning into everyday gardening. The garden classroom is a place where plants grow, and where children grow too.

$28.95

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What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?
Author: Trevor Romain
Format: Paperback
  • Helping children cope with death is never easy. When Trevor Romain’s father died, Trevor didn’t know what to feel, say, or do. Shocked, saddened, and confused, all he could say was . . . wow. As he started understanding what had happened, he began writing about his experiences and feelings. His new book—simple, insightful, and straight from the heart—is for any child who has lost a loved one or other special person.
    Trevor talks directly to kids about what death means and how to cope. He asks the kinds of questions kids have about death—Why? How? What next? Is it my fault? What’s a funeral?—in basic, straightforward terms. He describes and discusses the overwhelming emotions involved in grieving—sadness, fear, anger, guilt—and offers practical strategies for dealing with them. He also suggests meaningful ways to remember and honor the person who has died.

    When someone dies, adults are often involved with their own loss and grief and not as available to children as they might otherwise be. This little book, full of concrete advice and expressive illustrations, offers the comfort and reassurance that children need during these difficult times. Written to and for kids, it’s also recommended for parents and other relatives, educators, counselors, and youth workers.

    F&P: Gr. 3–4/Ages 5–10/P

$12.99

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