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Check back regularly to find recommendations for events, books , blogs, articles and more. You'll find information about education (of course), creativity, politics, and well...just about everything!

EVENTS

APRIL 3RD - APRIL 29TH

VANCOUVER CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

It is an annual renewal that takes place both outside, in the canopies of our parks and avenues, and inside, in our bodies, minds and heart.

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival story is one of romance. It is an annual celebration that marks the reawakening in our community of all that makes us alive and human. We smile at one another. We take our lunches under the spreading blossoms. We spend the warming nights beneath illuminated clouds of flowers. We celebrate as men and women have celebrated since time immemorial, with poetry, music, dance, good food and drink, laughter, and love.


MAY 21ST

KIDS OF STEEL TRIATHLON

Is your child interested in multi-sport activities? Register them for their first triathlon! With three different courses in North Vancouver, specifically designed for children aged 5 to 15, this event is a great introduction to this type of athletic event. There's nothing more empowering and confidence-boosting than conquering a triathlon!


MAY 28TH - JUNE 3RD

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival inspires and motivates young minds with professional artistic experiences that transform a child’s understanding of the world around them and what is creatively possible.

Enjoyspectacular performances from around the globe for kids and families of all ages. Acrobatics, puppetry, theatre, music, and lots of arts activities.


RESOURCES

BLOG

GOOGLE FIND STEM SKILLS AREN'T THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILLS

Sergey Brin and Larry Page, both brilliant computer scientists, founded their company on the conviction that only technologists can understand technology. Google originally set its hiring algorithms to sort for computer science students with top grades from elite science universities.

In 2013, Google decided to test its hiring hypothesis by crunching every bit and byte of hiring, firing, and promotion data accumulated since the company’s incorporation in 1998. Project Oxygen shocked everyone by concluding that... Read more


ARTICLE

GAUGING HOW CHILDREN GROW, LEARN, AND THRIVE

A young child spends weekdays with her grandmother down the street while her parents work. Another attends an unlicensed day care centre run by a neighbour. A third is with his stay-at-home dad. A fourth is cared for by a private nanny in the comfort of her own house.

Researchers have long studied how small children grow and learn in formal, high-quality preschool programs, and have found that they develop better language, math, and literacy skills as well as stronger... Read more


ARTICLE

IS YOUR CHILD LYING TO YOU? THAT'S GOOD.

Should parents be troubled when their kids start to deceive them?

Odds are, most of us would say yes. We believe honesty is a moral imperative, and we try to instill this belief in our children. Classic morality tales like “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and “Pinocchio” speak to the dangers of dishonesty, and children who lie a lot, or who start lying at a young age, are often seen as developmentally abnormal, primed for trouble later in life.

But research suggests... Read more


ARTICLE

TEACHING EMPATHY: EVIDENCE-BASED TIPS FOR FOSTERING EMPATHY IN CHILDREN

Encouraging children to be kind has much more impact than just being helpful; research shows that kindness can have positive effects on health, self-esteem and even happiness. How do we teach empathy in our children? That might sound strange if you think of empathy as an innate, fixed trait – a talent that some people are born with, and others lack.

But empathy isn't an all or nothing proposition. It isn't something that unfolds automatically, in every situation. It isn't even a single ability or skill. Here are 10 evidence-based tips to help you foster empathy in your child. Read more



Archived Resources

25 Different Ways to Ask Your Child "How Was School Today?"

Most days you probably find yourself asking your children,'How was school today?' And most days you probably get an answer like 'fine' or 'good,' which doesn’t tell you much about their day. This list of questions will give you a wealth of options to spark an engaging conversation to help you gain insight on how your kids think and feel about school. Try them out tonight!

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WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW: 17 APPS AND WEBSITE TEENS ARE USING (OTHER THAN FACEBOOK)

While it may seem complicated to post photos on Instagram, share casual moments on Snapchat, text on WhatsApp, and check your Twitter feed throughout the day, tweens and teens love the variety.

You don't need to know the ins and outs of all the apps and sites, but this article is great for knowing the basics — what they are, why they're popular, and what problems can crop up when they're not used responsibly, which can make the difference between a positive and a negative experience for your child.

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Mindfulness App Mobilizes mental Health & Wellness for Youth

The simple act of taking a few deep breaths between classes, before the big game or while studying for a final exam can reduce stress, maintain focus and contribute to overall mental wellness of youth. The Breathr Mindfulness App is designed to help youth tackle every day stresses in their lives through practicing mindfulness.

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7 Myths About Kids, Concussions, and Sports

With more student-athletes participating in sports comes more sports-related injuries. This article highlights several common myths and misconceptions about youth sports and concussions.

If you're interested in learning more about identifying and treating concussions, check out the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport — a great resource for parents, athletes, and coaches.

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How to Teach Your Child to be an 'Includer'

While many bully prevention programs aim to put an end to negative behaviours in the classroom setting, teaching kids prosocial behaviours empowers them to make positive choices both in school and out in the world. It’s not enough to teach kids what not to do; we also have to teach them what to do to promote kindness and compassion among their peers.

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Photo of the week


TUESDAY, MARCH 13TH

Grade 11 student, Carrie, delivers a lunchtime lecture on hospice nurses as part of our Spirit Week 2018 activities.