Children's materials

Folding Books [Video – 2:53] (2009)

This video shows how to make a small book by folding a large sheet of paper several times, then making a single cut with a pair of scissors.

The blank pages can then be filled with drawings, text, or clip-art pictures.

The video is part of a series showing various ways to make books.

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2012-04-02

Making a Quick Book [Video – 3:24] (2009)

This video shows a quick method for making a small book out of paper, yarn or string, and a drinking straw.

Once the book is made, an adult can fill the pages with words and drawings on a specific theme, like shapes, colours or numbers. The blank book could also be given to a child so he can write his own story.

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2012-03-26

Making Books Introduction [Video – 2:26] (2009)

This brief video explains why making your own reading material can help small children become enthusiastic about books. It introduces a series of videos that focus on making different kinds of books, including accordion books, foam books, and folding books.

The video shows a mother reading the book she has made for her one-year-old daughter. Each page features a photograph of a member of the family, accompanied by some simple text.

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2012-03-19

Foam Books [Video - 3:12] (2009)

This short video shows an adult and a child making a book by using sheets of craft foam, regular paper, and paper fasteners.

The project is simple enough for a child to do with a little help. Adult participation would be required as one stage of the project calls for the use of a hot-glue gun.

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2012-02-14

Accordion Books [Video - 3:35] (2009)

This video shows how to make a small book that unfolds like an accordion. The project calls for materials that are readily available, including regular paper, index cards, transparent tape, glue and ribbon.

The pages of the book can feature a specific learning theme, like colours or numbers. The format can also be adapted to make a keepsake book of photographs or other memorabilia.

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2012-02-07

Family Literacy Day 2011: Have fun with words! (2010)

Tips and Activity Sheet for children

This one-page tip sheet contains fun ideas to help children improve their literacy skills. The ideas include researching a favourite animal; starting a weekly family game night; and using a recipe to make a treat.

The authors have also included a word search puzzle with a literacy theme.

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2010-12-17

How To Kit - 20 Fantastic Outdoor Family Literacy Activities (2009)

This How To Kit was developed to help organizations celebrate literacy in the Northwest Territories. It provides examples of winter activities that can be used to promote family literacy. Some of the activities include winter treasure hunts, cooking, science experiments in the snow, sliding and book parties as well as skating games.

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2009-12-30

How To Kit - TV Free from A to Z (2009)

In celebration of NWT Literacy Week, the Northwest Territories Literacy Council has declared October 1 TV Free Night and has put together a collection of ideas and activities to mark the special event. Families and communities are encouraged to participate.

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2009-08-21

Family Math Groups (2009)

An Exploration of Content and Style

In this literature review, the author outlines the relationship of family math and family literacy, explores the importance of play in developing early skills, and traces the mathematical development of early childhood. She reviews several large and small scale family math programs, and discusses common findings as to what makes these programs successful.

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2009-04-28

Let's sing together (2008)

This booklet is a collection of songs and rhymes that parents and children can enjoy together. By singing, dancing and playing with their child, parents help develop their child's language and help better prepare him or her for school.

When parents and children sing together, the child learns to listen; to wait for his or her turn; to imitate gestures, sounds and words; and learns new words and actions.

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2009-02-04

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