Canadian Elementary Social Studies Links

There are literally hundreds of Canadian social studies websites, each of which can be of tremendous value to the elementary social studies teacher who is looking for lesson plans, activity ideas, and resources for units in social studies, history, and geography. Presented in no particular order, the list of websites below include some of our favourites:  The official home page …

The Importance of Developing Effective Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills refers to the ability to use the small muscles that control the movements of fingers, hands and wrists. Acquiring fine motor skills is necessary for learning how to properly use writing tools, scissors and for the ability to throw and catch objects. In order to develop effective fine motor skills, the child must also develop the ability …

Lesson Plans for Earth May

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, but don’t let the learning stop after this day! Enrich your May curriculum with fun hands-on science activities that are sure to get students excited about learning! Here are 5 awesome lesson plans to celebrate the earth any other day of the year! *Please note- these lesson plans are posted on the Eco …

The Role of Visual Discrimination in Your Child’s Classroom

Visual discrimination is the ability to identify differences in visual images. Classrooms use visual imagery in many areas, including reading and writing, mathematics, social studies and science and social interactions. The Role of Visual Discrimination in Reading and Writing Children must be able to successfully distinguish between different letters in order to read and write words. If your child is …

Art in the Classroom

Why is art education important? Depending on whom you ask, you’ll get a lot of different answers. Some will tell you it’s because creative work improves overall achievement and raises test scores. Others will mention the development of 21st century skills and the need to produce a more competitive and innovative workforce. Then there are those who say we should …