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Video Supports Dialogue Between Indigenous Peoples and Newcomers

Welcome to our Homelands is a seven-minute video featuring six Indigenous individuals extending a welcoming message to newcomers to Canada. The video provides a glimpse of aboriginal history in Canada including its more complex aspects, and reflects the wide diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada and their cultures, and introduces viewers – particularly newcomers – to the vast richness of Indigenous people’s values and views. The accompanying guide provides helpful information, links and terminology to increase awareness of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

7 Critical Components of Empathy

Empathy isn't something we are either born with or without, but a more complex way of being that is shaped by our experiences and relationships. Here are seven ways we can nurture empathy for the little ones in our lives everyday - both at home and in the classroom. After all, the magic of connection and learning happens when we are present for the little moments of everyday life.

VIDEO: This is Me ~ The Child’s Right to Play

The International Play Association (IPA) has developed this beautiful series of videos on the Child’s Right to Play... and they're now available in 15 languages!

Podcast: Teaching Early Childhood Multilingual Learners

In this episode of the Lifting Language podcast, three experts gather to talk about teaching multilingual learners in early childhood. They discuss the principles of early childhood education and the role languages play, families as resources, and best instructional practices. The podcast is sure to leave you inspired to try some new ideas!

Helping Every Child Unpack Their Emotional Backpack

This 4-part Housman Institute series focuses on how we can help young children unpack thier emotional backpacks, and help ourselves in the process. It provides us with the tools, language, and techniques we need to help kids through every part of processing their emotions, including: identifying what they are feeling, understanding them, expressing them appropriately, and regulating them when they are strong.

FREE COURSE: Protecting Children – Using Social Stories to Introduce Emergency Preparedness & Drills

In this free course, the Institute for Childhood Preparedness and Autism Little Learners teamed up to create a series of social stories to help children prepare for safety and emergency preparedness drills. The social stories are for all children to enjoy, but they are also aimed at helping children with Autism understand, learn, and communicate new concepts. This course can help you prepare all of the children in your program ahead of time for the changes in routine that come with performing safety drills.

Helping Newcomer Parents Start the School Year Strong

There are lots of multilingual resources on our website for you to share with parents to help start the school year strong!  We’ve compiled a list of our favourites.

Active Supervision

The most important way that caregivers can ensure children are safe is through active supervision. But what does active supervision actually mean?

Multilingual Trauma Resources from Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute has prepared free trauma resources to help parents, educators, and other caregivers. No matter how concerned or overwhelmed you may feel, as parents and caregivers you have the power to help children recover. Your comfort, support and reassurance can make them feel safe and secure, guide them through their fears and grief, and prevent them from suffering lasting effects. These resources offer simple tips on what to expect, what to do and what to look out for. There are general suggestions as well as age-specific information, and now they're available in 16 languages!

ONLINE WORKSHOP: Getting Ready for Gradual Entry

In this one-hour online workshop participants are provided with a gradual entry checklist to help them with their gradual entry strategy and process. They will also go through age, development, and group considerations to reflect on how they can best support a variety of children and families through the gradual entry process.