The Indigenous Voice

I grew up living, learning and playing in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.  I saw Indigenous people but I did not hear their voices.  In school we learned about a culture that was part of our past.  Not our present. Definitely not our future. Continue reading “The Indigenous Voice”

Holiday Reading Extravaganza

At the Reading Extravaganza, gymnastics and yoga mats were pulled out and all children carefully removed their shoes before getting cozy on the mats. Benches pulled into shapes, lawn chairs and blankets were equally captivating spaces to read.

Superheroes Champion Syrian Refugees via CBC Podcast

It all started with a suitcase on Human Rights Day on December 10, 2015.  Tecumseh students were first asked to reflect on the Syrian Refugee crisis.  Students wrote letters to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressing their desire for Syrian boys and girls to live in a place without war where they could go to schoolContinue reading “Superheroes Champion Syrian Refugees via CBC Podcast”

Deborah Hodge Talks the Craft of Writing

There is nothing like the visit from a REAL author to bring to life the point that authors are real people, writing about their experiences or imaginings.  We are thrilled to welcome Deborah Hodge to speak to the Vancouver School Board.  Deborah Hodge will be joining administrators, librarians and two students from 55 Vancouver elementary schoolsContinue reading “Deborah Hodge Talks the Craft of Writing”

Moving Beyond Earth Day

  Earth Day has become an established part of the school calendar.  Every school district and most schools  focuses on taking care of the environment in one capacity or another. In some cases, the focus remains on garbage pickup and recycling.  In some cases,  it extends to gardening efforts, going outside for Physical Education andContinue reading “Moving Beyond Earth Day”

Kids’Lit Quiz Canada

HumpDayHighlight:  This featured blog post is intended to explore classroom practices and possibilities, including books and units of study. Hump Day Highlight #1:  Kid’s Lit Quiz Canada From the walls of Mabel’s Fables Bookstore in Toronto – Kit Pearson The Kids’LitQuiz is the brainchild of  in New Zealand’s quizmaster, Wayne Mills.  It started back in 1991Continue reading “Kids’Lit Quiz Canada”

   Welcoming Syrian Refugees

The conversation deepens, the project expands and the possibility for learning and caring expands exponentially.

Anne with an “e”

As a little girl, I do not have lots of memories of bedtime stories and being surrounded by books.  I had Beatrix Potter books from our dear friend, Mrs. Patrick and a collection of Little Golden Books.  I had a set of Children’s Encyclopedias with actual colour pictures of Pinky and The Blue Boy.  SchoolContinue reading “Anne with an “e””

“Norman, Speak!”

  Caroline Adderson welcomed student representatives from all of the elementary schools in the VSB to a celebration of literacy along with their librarians and principals or vice-principals.  “Norman Speaks” was the book selected by the Vancouver Elementary Principals Vice Principals Association (VEPVPA).   Each year the VEPVPA “Celebrating Literacy Committee ” selects a book.  Continue reading ““Norman, Speak!””