Olympics At Home

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Much of the world is getting excited about the Tokyo Summer Olympics, delayed from last year and meant start this month on July 23. It’s an exciting time for the world’s best athletes to compete on a global level, and it’s an inspirational time for our own young athletes at home.  Here are some Olympic-sized activities to try out with your kiddos at home. 

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Teddy Bear Picnic Day

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If you go down in the woods today, you’d better go in disguise. We’ve put together a Take & Make Kit: Teddy Bear Edition so that you can join in the fun! The kits are available from July 19 – 24 at KPL Central Library, Mill Courtland Community Centre and Chandler Mowat Community Centre (while supplies last!). In this kit, you’ll find supplies to make a set of teddy bear ears for your child, perfect for participating in the City of Kitchener’s Teddy Bear Picnic Day on Saturday, July 24th! Here’s how to make them: 

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Early Literacy

We often don’t think about the importance of teaching our children to read and write before Grade 1. We tend to leave that learning for their Grade 1 teacher. I’m here to tell you that it starts way before school and with these 3 steps you will be setting up your child for the best possible outcome when they begin school. 

Research shows that good emergent literacy skills are likely to enhance children’s school experiences and help them get started on the path to reading success. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write.  Early literacy skills are the roots of reading success — and it is never too early to plant the seed! 

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Let’s Read Across Canada!

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Summer has arrived!

School’s out, the weather is scorching, and it’s the perfect time to take a road trip! A reading road trip that is! While vacation plans may be up in the air for many of us this summer, books allow us to travel anywhere, anytime.

This week, join us as we journey across Canada via a wonderful selection of books filled with Canadian content. Whether it be a Canadian author, a Canadian setting, or Canadian attributes and traits, the books below will take you across our vast country. From the east coast to the west, the plains to the territories, great lakes to the great north, Canada is full of great reads for all ages!

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Crafty Magic Tricks

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Magic tricks are pretty cool, but a magic trick that is also a craft is a great boredom buster, and we can never have enough of those for our kids. Here is a simple crafty magic trick that you can make with your children to keep them occupied for a good afternoon. I learned how to make this in grade school, but was reminded of it by Maggy from Red Ted Art. She has a short video on how to do this craft on her website, so check it out if you get stuck.

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David A. Robertson: Talking to Children and Youth about Residential Schools

KPL Kids would like to thank David A. Robertson for guest writing this blog post on the importance of teaching Indigenous history and reading Indigenous stories at home. David is an award-winning Cree author from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is the author of numerous books including When We Were Alone, The Reckoner, The Barren Grounds, On the Trapline, Back Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory. A recommended reading list follows David’s message for parents, teachers and the entire library community.

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World Refugee Day

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World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives.

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Pride Month: Proud To Be Me!

June is Pride Month! Pride Month is a time to learn about and celebrate the whole LGBTQ+ community. People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary and more celebrate being who they are and being proud to be themselves in a world that doesn’t always accept them. During Pride Month we see all different kinds of families and love and they all deserve to be recognized and celebrated! Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and other people in the community often feel scared that family and friends won’t accept them for who they are. Some people even try to take away some of their rights! That is why it is so important for all of us to make sure everyone knows they are loved for being exactly who they are and to celebrate all the progress that has been made and remember the work we still have to do.