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CMAS Webinar: The Art of Storytelling with James Funnyhat

In this new CMAS webinar, James Funnyhat, an expert storyteller and musician, shares some tips and inspiring ideas for capturing the imagination and keeping children's attention... even when the shows are online!

20 Canadian books to read for National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month. Celebrate by reading one of these books for young readers by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors!

7 Interesting Benefits of Water Play

Water is an important natural material that provides hours of absorbing fun and a multitude of wonderful development and learning opportunities. Here, you'll discover the benefits of water play and tips to easily incorporate it into your day to day play schedule.

How to Talk to Children About Racism, Prejudice, and Protests – An Age-by-Age Guide

The world has again been shaken by trauma. Many children will be distressed and confused by what they are seeing, hearing, or experiencing. This is the time to have the conversations that can build a more compassionate, kinder humanity, starting with the children close to you. If we want to raise children who celebrate diversity, and who feel empowered to call out injustice and prejudice in all its forms, we have to talk about what’s happening. First though, we have to help them feel safe.

Addressing Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion with Young Children

As we engage in conversations about structural racism, our children are watching and listening. They have questions and if they haven’t already, they will ask them. What they learn and how they think about topics like identity, race, differences, and racism depends on the ways in which we choose to engage with them. Here is a helpful compilation of resources specifically about engaging children in conversations about race, and resources to support your important work.

49 Fun Preschool Physical Activity Ideas

Children don’t just need a lot of movement, they also need a lot of variety of movement! So here's a list of 49 fun physical activities ideas that will help preschoolers get active and develop skills in a variety of ways.

CMAS Webinar: How the Environment You Create Affects a Child’s Behaviour

In this new CMAS webinar, Ann Hutchings discusses how the environment you create affects children's behaviour. She also shares lots of inspiring ideas for child-centred spaces that encourage creativity, learning and development!

Preparing for Re-Opening: The Administrator’s Role in Taking Control When Things Seem Out of Control

This webinar is an opportunity to hear about concrete strategies that can be implemented with little to no cost and will help you whether your program is currently shuttered or operating under new and changing guidelines. A wide variety of vetted resources will also be shared with participants.


31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

Research from Harvard University suggests that children as young as three years old, when exposed to racism and prejudice, tend to embrace and accept it, even though they might not understand the feelings. By age 5, white children are strongly biased towards whiteness. To counter this bias, experts recommend acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and as often as possible. Children’s books are one of the most effective and practical tools for initiating critical conversations about racism; and they can also be used to model what it means to resist and dismantle oppression.

Words That Help With Worries

Our words can hurt or our words can help. When kids worry, give them language to change their situations and outlooks, and to help keep worries at bay. Here's a list of words that can help children get past their worries.