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15 Picture Books for Lunar New Year

lunar-new-year-picture-books (1)Usually we talk about Chinese New Year but did you know that many other countries celebrate the new year at the same time? In Vietnam it is called Tết and South Korea it is known as Seollal. These new year celebrations are based on the lunar calendar which is calculated using the movement of the Earth around the Sun and the Moon around the Earth.  Because of this, lunar new year is celebrated some time in January or February.  This time of year is a time when families gather, share food and many local traditions. Continue Reading

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Research Skills: Text Features

How often do you give your students a book and they can’t find any information in it? It seems if a page isn’t blinking and flashing they can’t seem to work it. Explicitly teaching text features can help your students understand how to process information better. This won’t just help with their reading, but it will help with all of their research, following directions and locating information quickly in all their subject areas. Continue Reading

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Research Skills: The Library

When you want to do research in your school library do you often find your school just can’t afford the resources (or even the librarian) you need? This is why so often we take our students online to do research. In doing this, we often teach students that libraries are not a valuable resource because nothing could be further than the truth.  Continue Reading

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We are Thankful

Pausing and thinking about what we are thankful for reminds us of how lucky we are. It began with a pairing up to share a class without really knowing each other and turned into a great friendship and business we love to grow.

We are also thankful that we have such easy access to books. We like big books and we cannot lie.

Ninja #1 is thankful for the Hardy Boys series. There were so many to pick from growing up that there never seemed to be an end to the choices.

Ninja #2 is thankful for The Dot by Peter Reynolds. No explanation needed, but it’s great for any age.

What book are you thankful for? Do you have a favourite book that you love to share with your students? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

 

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Books for Ramadan

Reading is a huge part of our classroom and it’s important to us to make sure the books and characters reflect all aspects of the lives of our students. That includes books about and including different faiths, backgrounds and cultural beliefs.

Ramadan is an important part of our classroom culture so we searched high and low to find books that our students could use to learn from and reflect on. Here are some of the titles we found and thought you should check out yourself. Continue Reading