Parent Resources

This is a collection of resources that parents may find useful. 

Please note that ANY resources in The Sun West Resource Bank can be useful to parents as well.  Items in this collection have been specifically marked as higher interest to parents.  

If parents are searching for resources to support their child with his or her learning, they should complete the search.  If they wish to, parents can use the filters on the left side of the screen and select "Primary User" and "Parent" to narrow their search if need.

Training on how to use The Sun West Resource Bank is available HERE. The "Learn the Basics" section will teach you how to make an account, search and find items and save them.  The "Go Further" section will teach you how to add resources and use the Groups feature in the resource bank. 

If you find there are too many resources to sort through, you can filter the results using the “Filter Resources” area on the left side of the screen.  Select “Education Level” to narrow your results to a specific education level.   (Please note - for the purposes of this site these "Education Levels" are used when filtering - Lower Primary = K-2, Upper Primary=3-5, Middle Years=6-8, High School=9-12).

You can also filter the results using the “Filter Resources” area on the left side of the screen.  Select “Subject Area” to narrow your results to a specific subject.

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10 ways to improve students’ long-term learning – Ditch That Textbook
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What can students do to make learning really stick?

Cognitive science tells us it's NOT to re-read our notes or textbook.

Instead, practice "retrieval" -- recalling what we've learned out of our brains, not our books.

This post outlines 10 simple tips and strategies you can use in class to make learning long-term, including:
1. Brain dumps
2. Two things
3. Retrieve taking (instead of note taking)
4. Student-produced quizzes
5. Guided conversation
6. Now, then, and way back
7. Self testing
8. Recall information visually
9. Retrieval mapping
10. White board exit ticket

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Ditch That Textbook
Date Added:
04/13/2021
20 Perfect Anchor Charts for Teaching Phonics and Blends
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Phonics charts and blends charts are a great way to teach difficult concepts to beginning readers. Keep them around the classroom (or accessible at home), and your students will be able to use them independently for increased confidence and learning!

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Stacy Tornio
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
77 Simple STEM Activities for Families
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This excellent list from "dailystem.com" will give you plenty of fun and educational STEM activities you can do at home with your family.
Enjoy!

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Chris Woods
DailyStem.com
Date Added:
01/07/2020
AboutKidsHealth
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This site includes resources on how to support your child's mental health and general wellbeing through physical activity, sleep, nutrition and learning.

Subject:
Health Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
AboutKidsHealth
Sick Kids
Date Added:
01/25/2021
Action for Happiness App
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The Action for Happiness app is based on the themes and actions from our popular monthly calendars and aims to give users a couple of friendly "nudges" each day - firstly that day's action in the morning and secondly an inspiring message towards the end of the day.

The app is like having a little personal action coach in your pocket who:

Gives you friendly 'nudges' with an action idea each day
Sends you inspiring messages to give you a boost
Helps you connect & share ideas with like-minded people

Download the app from The Google Play Store or the Apple Store.

Subject:
Education
Mental Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Action for Happiness
Date Added:
09/22/2021