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40 Fine Motor Skills Activities

Before a child can learn to write they need strength in their hands and fingers and hand-eye coordination. Here are 40 fine motor activities for babies to five year olds that help to build these skills. These ideas are not only well-explained but are simple, open-ended and make use of art, sensory play and simple manipulative games.

WEBINAR: Trauma-Informed Early Education Classroom Design – Designing Spaces for Recovery from Trauma

This webinar is part of the Trauma Reduction in Early Childhood Series. Educators will look at creating spaces that support children who have been impacted by trauma. It’s an opportunity to look at play and space design principles for children who have experienced trauma and to brainstorm ideas for your program space. The webinar is 1.5 hours and there is a certificate of completion.

Quick Tip Video – Stop Sign: A Conflict Resolution Tool

In this 2-minute video, learn how and why to use a stop sign as a conflict resolution tool in your program!

60 Free Watercolours of Diverse Families

Painted by artist, Claire Fletcher, these beautiful watercolours show images of diverse families engaged in a variety of activities - going to the doctor, reading time, dads group, family games, hand washing and cooking together. They are free for non-commercial use, so you can print them to display in your program, or use them in parent newsletters/resources!

Video: Identifying Feelings

Through a read aloud, Jennifer Hawkins has her students identify and describe the feelings of fictional characters. Jennifer reads the book No David and asks her students to hold up face puppets that show the emotions of the characters in the book. Watch how this lesson helps students to develop empathy!

20 Short Videos Document Dual Language Learning

Teaching at the Beginning is dedicated to educators of young dual language learners. They have developed a series of videos that show language learning in action - from teachers learning the languages of the children, to children creating connections between languages! There's also a 45-page training guide that you can use with the videos as an individual, or with your team for professional development. It includes, questions and suggested reflections that allow you to really expand your thinking and knowledge of second language learning with children!

Bundle Up and Get Outside: Why is Outdoor Play Important in Winter?

In the winter weather, play is often limited to the indoors - especially for newcomer children! Adult fears about safety and negative attitudes towards the cold are often a barrier. But outdoor play shouldn't be restricted to warm weather - try these ideas to welcome the winter with a playful attitude!

Wouldn’t it be fun to sing O Canada with children in their home languages?

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra recorded our national anthem in 12 languages:  Arabic, American Sign Language, Cree, English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, and Tamil. This is part of celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday (sesquicentennial) starting in 2017.

Video: Building Emotional Literacy

Jennifer Hawkins teaches students to identify and describe feelings by reading Go Away Big Green Monster and engaging in related activities. In this video, we see students looking at themselves in mirrors and developing an understanding of what different emotions look like when expressed on faces.

Video: What is Challenging Behaviour?

Over 900,000 people have watched this quick video that explains the difference between behaviour that is difficult, but likely to improve, and behaviour that is challenging and likely to require intervention.