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Bright ideas for back-to-school savings [Video - 3:35] (2012)

This document is housed on the Sun Life Financial server, under Brighter Life.

In this video, Amrita Singh of the Frugalista Files website offers advice for saving money on school supplies, clothing, and lunches. She summarizes her tips in the acronym TASKS: Take inventory of what you have; Avoid buying snacks from the store; Shop the sales; Know how to stretch bulk buys; and Swap items.

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2013-08-15

Financial Life Skills for Parents and Children (2010)

This fact-sheet offers tips to help parents teach their children money-management skills. The underlying principle is the need for both adults and children to balance income and expenses.

Tips include using a shopping list to reduce impulse purchases; tracking expenses to figure out where the money goes; and splitting income or allowance into categories of spending, giving, short-term saving, and investing.

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2012-01-24

Learning Disabilities: Dyscalculia and Dyslexia (2009)

Dyscalculia refers to a persistent difficulty in learning or understanding concepts related to numbers, counting, and arithmetic, while dyslexia refers to difficulty with respect to reading and writing. This brief document offers a description of the two learning disabilities and a discussion of strategies for dealing with them.

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2011-09-16

Child Rearing Manual (2010)

The purpose of this manual is to teach Inuit families about traditional Inuit child-rearing practices and show how these methods can be used today.

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2011-07-12

Talking Money With Your Kids (2009)

Prepared by Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, this booklet gives parents tips for helping their children develop sound skills for managing money.

The authors include information on allowances; teaching children about credit; encouraging children to earn their own money; and setting financial goals.

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2011-06-07

Information Sheet - Saving for your Child's Future (2010)

This document sets out, in chart form, programs the Government of Canada offers to help parents save for their children’s post-secondary education through a Registered Education Savings Plan. The programs are the Canada Learning Bond (CLB); the Canada Education Savings Grant – Basic (CESG – Basic); and the Canada Education Savings Grant – Additional (CESG – Additional).

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2011-06-03

27 Ways to Celebrate Family Literacy Day (2010)

This document uses Essential Skills as the basis for activities to celebrate Family Literacy Day, observed in Canada annually on January 27.

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2011-01-14

Family Literacy Day 2011: Play With Your Literacy Skills! (2010)

Tips and Activity Sheet for Adults

This one-page tip sheet includes ideas for activities to help adults improve their literacy skills. The ideas include sharing a bedtime story with a child; planning a family trip to the library; and writing down the directions for a favourite childhood game and playing it with the family.

The authors have also included a recipe that children and adults can make together.

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2010-12-17

Money Savers for New Parents: Tips for Raising Baby Without Breaking the Bank! (2009)

This is another in a series of free self-help guides prepared by Consolidated Credit Counselling Services of Canada. The authors focus primarily on the costs associated with baby’s first year, including buying baby equipment; comparing cloth and disposable diapers; and deciding on breastfeeding versus bottle-feeding.

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2010-03-03

How To Kit - Family Cooking (2008)

Cooking is great family activity. When parents prepare a recipe with their children, they are teaching the children not only cooking skills, but also literacy skills. There are several cooking and literacy extender activities included in this kit. However, preparing any recipe involves literacy. Any time spent talking and doing things together helps preschool children to develop language skills.

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2008-09-23

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