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  • Bullying Awareness Week: Learning Resources Bullying is a serious, and far too prevalent problem. Each November, Bullying Awareness Week kicks off a campaign to help teach kids how to handle bullying in their schools and community. Here are some resources to help with anti-bullying lessons. 1. BullyingAwarenessWeek.org This is where it all started and where the main hub for the week is based. Originally created here in Canada, Bullying Awareness Week has been spreading quickly. The site has daily plan: Monday: Get the Facts Tuesday: It’s a Community Issue Wednesday: Stop Cyber-Bullying! Thursday: Be the Change Friday: Blue Friday There are suggested activities, resources, and printables, plus you can order bracelets, and listen ... Read more
  • Sex Education Resources Teaching kids about how their bodies work and having the discussions around sex and reproduction is an important, though sometimes challenging, task. Here are some sex education resources to help you with this series of lessons: Teaching Sexual Health – created by Alberta educators and health professionals, this website includes complete lesson plans for Grades 4 – 12, including some in French, which cover topics such as puberty, reproduction, relationships, anatomy, abuse, STIs and more. There is also a parent portal with other great information and printables. SexEd Library – a resource site compiled with links to lesson plans sorted by subject. Each lesson is ... Read more
  • Teach Your Kids About … Dental Health Teach Your Kids About Dental HygieneTeeth. They grow in, they fall out, they chew, they need to be brushed, they get checked by the dentist, and grow in again. Learning about taking care of teeth is important, especially since you need them for your whole life, so here are some resources to learn more. Lesson Plans Oral Health Curriculum – from the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry. Lesson plans for K through 8 to co-ordinate with the government curriculum outlines for Ontario. Dental Health: Kindergarten Lesson Plans – from the Northwest Territories. 4 part lessons covering 2 sets of teeth, functions of teeth, oral hygiene, and good/bad foods for ... Read more
  • Food Journal for Kids {Printable} Are you learning about the Canadian Food Guide and/or nutrition? Want to apply that learning to your life? Here’s a food journal for your child. Use this book to keep track of everything you eat and drink in a week. Pay attention to what food groups you are eating. Do you eat a balanced diet with moderation? Or are you finding that you really eat one group more than you should? Do you think that the food guide gives you good advice on how to eat healthily? How much water should you drink in a day? Did you know that juice can have a ... Read more
  • How to Assess Your Child’s Physical Literacy Active for LifeAs homeschool parents, we want to make sure our children have a good grasp on the basics they will need in life. Usually, this means we focus on maths and reading – but have you thought about how motion and movement is a basic skill that they need? This post written by the AFL Team Does your child have physical literacy? Should you care? If you want your child to have the best opportunities in life, then yes. What is physical literacy? Simply put it’s a collection of basic movement and sport skills such as running, jumping, skipping, catching, throwing and kicking. The earlier ... Read more
  • Beyond Images beyond imagesEating Disorders  Awareness Week was actually last week (Feb 2- 8), but it is a subject that should be spoken off more often than one week a year. The National Eating Disorder Information Center (NEDIC) has put together a series of curriculum materials and lesson plans to help teach kids about body image, media, friends, and self-esteem. This curriculum is called Beyond Images, and is completely free when you register on the site. Designed for use in a classroom of students in Grades 4 through 8, each level has four separate lessons. From the lessons I looked over, it seemed like ... Read more
  • KidActive Active for Life This week, we’ve been looking at glimpses of various ways that homeschooling families across Canada include physical education to their days. There have been some great photos of various sports teams, and creative ideas like trampolining, going for walks, and more. But, what ELSE can we do to get our kids (and ourselves!) moving. Introducing Active For Life, a Canadian site that is aiming to help promote and encourage “physical literacy” for kids. What is physical literacy? So, how can we, as homeschooling parents/teachers, encourage our kids to become physically literate? The Active for Life website has some great suggestions and ideas ... Read more
  • Play it Safe! The tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson in 2009 was a major wake-up call for a lot of people. Ms. Richardson was skiing on a beginner slope in ideal skiing conditions. She was participating in a private skiing lesson with a professional ski instructor. She was laughing and talking after the accident. When she was asked if she wanted to be taken to the local hospital for a check-up, she allegedly declined. How could have such a “small” accident have caused the severe brain damage that led to her death? Would Natasha Richardson still be alive today if she had worn ... Read more
  • Chalkboard Publishing I recently went to the local teacher supply store and wandered around with a pen and paper, on the search for Canadian publishers and materials, games and toys. I was sadly disturbed by the lack of these products, but I did find a few great discoveries that I will share with you over the next little while. The first of these is Chalkboard Publishing. They use the title “Canadian Curriculum Teaching Resource” for their books.  This company publishes Canadian content books full of master copy worksheets, activities, and more for a huge variety of subjects and grades. Their website not only shows ... Read more
  • Peppermint Stick Learning Co. One of my readers recommended this company and after some research I’m excited to bring to you a Canadian curriculum company called Peppermint Stick Learning Company. Based out of Bracebridge, ON, this homeschooling family of 6 children ranging from infant to jr. high, has developed a curriculum based on the needs of their children and the homeschooling community. Joy, the author, told me: “I do write Canadian-based curriculum with the goal of meeting or exceeding Ministry of Ed. standards here and do so from a Biblical perspective when issues arise (such as creation/evolution, ethics, values). “ From their catalogue “About Us”: “We provide Canadian-based academic resources. Our ... Read more
  • Emergency Preparedness There’s a lot of great emergency preparedness material available from many different Canadian resources – such as the government and the Canadian Red Cross. The Government of Quebec’s Civil Security for Youths has a great site for both Teachers and kids – which explains a variety of natural disasters, what you should put into an emergency kit and some games to play. The Canadian Red Cross has a program called Expect the Unexpected which has a great educator resource in the form of downloadable activity booklets and facilitator guides for a wide variety of ages. You can also download a parental guide. Co-ordinating with ... Read more
  • The Physical Activity Guide SoccerJune 2013: It looks like this has been changed to tip sheets for various age groups of ideas on how to get fit and have fun.  When you don’t have mandated recess periods or phys.ed programs, it can be hard to remember to put in at least 60 minutes of physical activity into your day. Especially since homeschooling means you can all wear your jammies all day long anyway, if you want to! Here’s some great resources from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Divided into 2 age groups, 6-9 and 10-14 – you can download or order copies of the Physical Activity ... Read more
  • The Canadian Food Guide The various departments of the  Canadian government offer a huge selection of informative and educational materials to the general public. Some we are all mostly familiar with – such as the Canadian Food Guide, which I will feature right now. Let’s face it, it’s not always easy to teach kids about proper eating habits. Thankfully, there is the Canadian Food guide, which helps to visually make nutrition understandable. You can download a copy or order a printed edition. Health Canada also offers an Educator’s Resource booklet, which expands on the basics of each group and provides more in-depth information on the food ... Read more
  • For Canadian Hockey Fans HockeyHockey Canada has a website specifically for children. You can check it out at : www.hockeycanada.ca/kids The whole website is mascoted by a polar bear named Puckster and offers children the chance to learn more about hockey in Canada. On the site, kids can: Design their own hockey cards. Play online games like “The OneTimer Challenge” and a skills challenge. Watch videos from hockey players with tips of the game. Download an activity guide, which is more like a small magazine. It’s full of games, pictures of tips, facts, and puzzles. Download a copy of Puckster and Pals – a small comic series about the website ... Read more