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
Activities for kids learning from home.
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Discover activities for preschool to grade 12.
*Daily plans
*Social Studies
*Reading & Writing
*Emotional Well-Being
*Math
*Arts
*DIY
*Science
*Fitness
*Life Skills
*Family Fun

Subject:
Arts Education
Educational Technology
Language Education (ESL)
English Language Arts
Health & Fitness
Math
Life Transition
Science
Social Studies
Emotional Wellness
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Common Sense Media
Date Added:
05/25/2021
Agriculture Bingo
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CC BY-ND
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Learn about agriculture by playing Bingo on your next road trip with these fun colouring pages! Grab some colouring supplies and hit the road for an epic game of agriculture bingo.

Subject:
Agriculture Studies
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Author:
Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba
Date Added:
05/10/2021
Aha Parenting
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Whether you’re wondering how to handle a specific challenge, just figuring out your child-raising approach, or ready to tear your hair out, you’ve come to the right place.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Aha! Parenting
Date Added:
01/07/2019
Behaviour Supports for Teachers - PBISWorld.com Home Page
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Select the student behaviour to begin. Then you will work through a series of descriptions and suggestions for what you can do to help that student.

You can look at interventions for Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3.

Each intervention suggested for a behaviour is then "clickable" and more information is provided on why to use this intervention, and how to do it.

This site is amazing!

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
PBISWorld
Date Added:
09/05/2019
Best 4th Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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Fourth graders are independent explorers, full of ideas and opinions. They have an impressive skill set and are ready to go deeper. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some just for fun! This list of 4th grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best 5th Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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Fifth graders are on the brink of adolescence. They are curious, capable, and ready to tackle the world. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help them build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some just for fun! This list of 5th grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
The Best Books To Teach Kids Self-Control, Mindfulness, and Regulation
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This is a fabulous list of 21 books to teach students about everything from self-regulation to patience.

These books would be a wonderful addition to any classroom library or library and would be excellent as read-aloud stories for students, followed by discussion.

These books are all connected to 21st century skills - especially self management or character/self-regulation.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Health Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Reading
Author:
Ashley Soderlund Ph D
Timmee Whitmore
Date Added:
11/27/2019
Best First Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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First grade is an adventure! Kids are excited to learn and always ready for more. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some that are just for enjoyment. This list of first grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We are teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best Second Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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Second graders are full of curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Parents can supplement any education with these amazing second grade websites and activities kids can enjoy at home with their families. (They won’t even know they’re learning!) These learning links and fun activities will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus we included some that are just for enjoyment.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Best Third Grade Websites & Activities for Learning at Home
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Third graders are curious, capable and eager to share their ideas. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together learning links and fun activities that will help kids build skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies—plus some just for fun! This list of third grade websites and activities is something kids can easily do at home with their families.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Elizabeth Mulvahill
We Are Teachers
Date Added:
10/01/2020
Book A Day Calendar: A Month Of Family Reading Suggestions
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You know that if you can foster a love of reading in your children at a young age, they’ll have skills and insights that will last them a lifetime. The good news is that there are so many fantastic options when it comes to children’s books, from old classics to new hits. That’s why we’re here.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Huffington Post
Date Added:
12/07/2018
Book Sharing
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Book sharing is an activity that is enjoyable for all age groups. Reading, looking at and talking about the pictures, and making up a story to go with the pictures are some ways to share books with children. Here are some helpful tips to use when choosing or sharing a book with your child.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Saskliteracy.ca
Date Added:
12/05/2018
Building Math Success: Parent Pamphlets Grades 1-9
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A series of pamphlets has been developed with the goal of supporting parents and caregivers as they promote positive math thinking in the home. The printable pamphlets, developed in collaboration with sector partners, also provide an overview of what students will be taught in school in each of grades 1-9, based on Saskatchewan curricula.

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Government of Saskatchewan
Date Added:
08/21/2019
Caring for Kids - COVID-19 and your child
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This site developed by the Canadian Pediatric Society explores COVID-19 and your child. It includes frequently asked questions and regularly updated information for parents from Canada's pediatricians.
Topics include:
-What are the symptoms?
-I keep hearing of an inflammatory illness possibly linked to COVID-19 in kids. Should I be concerned?
-How can I protect myself and my child?
-What should I do if I think my child is sick?
-My child is due for vaccines. Is it safe to be immunized during the pandemic?
-Will a visit to my health care provider increase our risk of being exposed to COVID-19?
-I just had a baby. Can people come visit?
-When will there be a COVID-19 vaccine for children?
-How can I talk to my child about COVID-19?
-Resources you can trust

Subject:
Health Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Canadian Paediatric Society
Date Added:
01/25/2021
Carmen Sandiego
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Lead the new generation of curious explorers!

Create a well-rounded education with free lessons, activities, games and more! From social studies to world languages to SEL, Carmen Sandiego inspires curiosity in every subject.

Lead students through over 100 classroom activities inspired by the new Netflix series.

Travel the world with Carmen and our partners at Google Earth and Google Expeditions.

Resources, lessons, games and activities!

Select Resources and then you can filter by grade K-12 or activity type!

Subject:
Arts Education
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Date Added:
06/25/2019
Charades Ideas Generator for Kids
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This is a word guessing game, perfect for children! A child acts out a word or phrase (for example a movie or a book), while other kids guess the word or phrase. Choose from the following categories: Actions, Animals, Books, Movies, Places, TV Shows.

Besides "Charades for Kids", the site also includes "Charades Ideas Generator" (for older students/adults), "Christmas Charades Ideas", "How to Play Charades" and "Resources".

If you're looking for some printable charades ideas for kids, you'll find those here too.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Game
Author:
getcharadesideas.com
Date Added:
04/29/2021