Interaction Weekly
Sep. 24, 2014

5 fun activities to boost children's literacy
Vancouver Sun
Vancouver Public Library librarian Andrea Brown knows that when it comes to raising readers and building strong literacy skills, opportunities are everywhere, especially for families with young children. “Research shows that experiences in infancy and early childhood make a big difference,” says Brown, VPL assistant manager of early years programming. “It’s never too early to start reading and sharing literacy skills with your child.” Brown recommends five fun and simple activities that families can add to their daily routine.More

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New app keeps Durham parents in the loop while kids are at daycare
DurhamRegion.com
A new app is allowing Durham parents to share in their child’s day even when they’re not around. HiMama allows day cares to communicate directly with parents throughout the day by sending photo, video or memo updates that can then be shared with select friends and family.More

Education program shows results at Winnipeg day care
Global News
Story time in a day care typically consists of one staff reading to a group of children- but this isn't the case at Lord Selkirk Park Child Care Centre. The inner-city day care was selected by U.S.-based researchers to be a part of the Abecedarian program three years ago. The program focuses on language in the years leading up to kindergarten, starting at just 3 months old. One on one attention and engaging the children is a big part of it.More

Demand pushes day care expansion
The Gazette
While plans for town of Dollard-des-Ormeaux to construct a new building to house a day care in William Cosgrove-Centennial Park have been delayed, the Centre de la Petite enfance Les Bois Verts is moving to expand its current locale. Last year, Centre de la Petite enfance Les Bois Verts Inc. and Dollard announced plans for the bustling daycare to relocate into a new $2.4 million building near the Lake Ave. entrance of Centennial Park, a 48-hectare natural oasis in the heart of town.More

Minecraft: Why are kids, and educators, so crazy for it?
CTV News
In a mere three years, a simple little game called Minecraft has grown to become the third most popular computer game of all time (after Tetris and Wii Sports). And now software giant Microsoft has announced it's agreed to buy the game's owner, Mojang for a staggering $2.5 billion. With millions of copies already sold and the possibility for plenty of growth still, it seems Microsoft is tapping into something that thousands of school-age kids have known for a while: Minecraft is awesome. More

5 fun activities to boost children's literacy
Vancouver Sun
Vancouver Public Library librarian Andrea Brown knows that when it comes to raising readers and building strong literacy skills, opportunities are everywhere, especially for families with young children. “Research shows that experiences in infancy and early childhood make a big difference,” says Brown, VPL assistant manager of early years programming. “It’s never too early to start reading and sharing literacy skills with your child.” Brown recommends five fun and simple activities that families can add to their daily routine.More

North End Winnipeg day care changing lives, one young reader at a time
CBC News
A day care in Winnipeg's Lord Selkirk neighbourhood is changing preschoolers' lives — and the lives of their families — with one-on-one language learning. The Abecedarian program was developed in the 1970s in the United States and is known around the world, but in Canada it's offered at only one place: the Lord Selkirk Park Child Care Centre. The program launched there in 2012, and both staff and parents say they're seeing early signs of success.More

$1.4 million funding decrease will cost municipal jobs
Wallaceburg Courier Press
A $1.4 million funding cut for child care services has prompted Chatham-Kent's Children's Services division to recommend a new service delivery model to reduce costs. A report coming to council will recommend discontinuing the direct delivery of 125 child care spaces at Chatham's May Court Childcare Learning Centre and the Wallaceburg Childcare Learning Centre.More

New Brunswick kids aim elastic bands at academic journal
Metro
Shooting rubber bands may be a risky classroom prank. But discovering the principles behind aiming them accurately could be just the kind of science middle-school students are made for. A group of 10- and 11-year-old kids in Fredericton, N.B., are hoping that their work in tracking the trajectory of the common office item — resulting in a report called The Secret Behind Flinging Elastic Bands — could land them in the pages of an academic journal sometime soon.More

Study: Parents moving kids out of booster seats too early
Global News
Most parents are moving kids out of booster seats into a seat belt, too early, according to a new study. According to a recent study by Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of groups working to prevent accidental childhood injuries, 9 in 10 parents are moving their children from booster seats to a seat belt before they reach the recommended height, weight or age.More

Day care centres struggle to adjust to full-day kindergarten
Toronto Star
Ontario's child care centres are still adjusting to the dramatic change caused by the introduction of full-day kindergarten. This month, the final wave of 4- and 5-year-olds entered the all-day learning program, with its $1.5-billion price tag, that has been phased in since 2010. The universal program has forced some child care centres to adjust spaces while others, including home-based day cares, find it hard to fill spots due to age rules.More