Early learning

Reading to Your Baby [Video – 2:47] (2009)

In this video, a mother talks about the benefits of reading to children, even to newborn babies.

Reading teaches language skills and helps children learn about things in the world. It also offers parents and babies an opportunity to form strong bonds.

The mother notes that a baby may be overwhelmed by the words in a book but will enjoy the pictures.

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2012-03-12

How to Kit: Reading to your child [Video – 11:30] (2009)

This video offers tips for encouraging a love of reading among children from babyhood through the school years.

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2012-03-05

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

Families Learning Together: Tips for Winter (2012)

This document is filled with suggestions for learning activities that parents and children can do together during the winter months.

One activity is a family sing-along, with new winter-themed lyrics for favourite songs. For example, “The Hokey Pokey” becomes “The Winter Pokey” and “Jingle Bells” gets a new set of lyrics about a funny little snowman.

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2012-02-10

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

Learn anywhere [Video – 0:30] (2011)

This short video is designed to raise awareness of Family Literacy Day, observed annually on January 27.

The video shows a little boy and his father, moving their arms like airplane wings as they walk in the woods. When they reach a clearing, the father pulls an inflatable couch out of his backpack and the two snuggle together to read a book about airplanes.

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2012-01-20

Prenatal Caring Circle: Promoting family literacy, bonding and well-being before and after birth (2011)

Pregnancy calendar

This calendar is part of the Prenatal Caring Circle, a program that helps expectant mothers and the important people in their lives learn about family literacy and about nurturing both mother and child before and after the birth.

The calendar is divided into sections for each of the nine months of pregnancy, with additional sections dealing with labour and delivery and with the first three months after the birth.

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2011-04-27

Prenatal Caring Circle: Promoting family literacy, bonding and well-being before and after birth (2011)

Pregnancy Guide

Prenatal Caring Circle is a program for expectant mothers and the important people in their lives. The goals of the program are to help participants learn what family literacy means; how to strengthen the bond with their baby before and after birth; and how to nurture their own and their baby’s well-being before and after birth.

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2011-04-27

State of Inuit Learning in Canada (2005)

This document was written to provide a perspective on the Inuit context for the Canadian Council on Learning’s (CCL’s) Knowledge Centres, with particular focus on the Aboriginal Learning Centre.

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2011-03-01

State of Métis Nation Learning (2005)

The author of this document provides both historical and current contexts for the Métis Nation, a distinct society within the Aboriginal peoples of Canada, and outlines a strategy for educational change.

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2011-03-01

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