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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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
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
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
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
Bully Proof Your Child: Become a Solution-Coach
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Read the Fine Print
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Nicholas Carlisle, Executive Director of No Bully, works with parents of Alvarado Elementary School in San Francisco, California, to share information about bullying and to devise and practice strategies for bully-proofing their children.Mr. Carlisle begins by defining the repetitive nature of bullying and looks specifically at four different kinds of bullying: physical, verbal, social/relational, and cyberbullying. Identifies best practices and preventative measures to help prevent bullying.Mr. Broecker, principal, tells parents about a group at the school focused on addressing the subject of bullying at school. He urges parents to join teachers and staff at Alvarado Elementary working with a group called PEACE (Practicing Empathy and Caring with Everyone).Addressing the larger question of how parents might bully-proof their children is the focus of much of the discussion. Mr. Carlisle asks parents to become a solution-coach, balancing both the use of empathy and setting limits and establishing consequences so that students are better prepared to deal with bullying in their lives.In small groups, parents practice what they have heard by discussing bullying scenarios and how they would help their child in specific bullying situations. This is followed by group discussion where parents share ideas for certain scenarios.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Teaching Channel
Provider Set:
Teaching Channel
Date Added:
05/24/2018
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
Common Sense Media - Digital Citizenship Curriculum & EdTech Reviews
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*Digital citizenship (balanced usage)
*EdTech rating & reviews
*Expert advice
*Family engagement resources
*Free monthly webinars

*Digital Passport & Digital Compass games for students
*Videos, toolkits, lesson plans, posters, and more!

*sign up for the weekly newsletter for tips and advice

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Common Sense Media
Date Added:
12/11/2019
Computational Thinking Introduction for Teachers - YouTube
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"A Wonderville quick tips video on computational thinking.

In this video, learn about how to introduce coding and programming into your class by first adopting computational thinking practices. Discover what computational thinking is, it's benefits for your students, and examples that can give them the opportunity to practice this mindset and skill through exact instructions activities.

For more STEM related videos, games, and activities, head to: http://wonderville.org

And check out our other professional learning videos at: https://wonderville.org/professional-...

Related exact instruction challenge videos found here :
How to put on winter clothes- https://youtu.be/LquWGTgRS7U
How to draw a butterfly- https://youtu.be/5ttqUx5KS9A "

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Math
Coding
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Primary Source
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
MindFuel Canada
Date Added:
01/23/2020
Consider the Consequences of Vaping
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"Even though vaping is less harmful than smoking, there are still consequences for you to consider. Vaping can expose you to chemicals that could harm your health. We’re here to give you the facts about vaping so you can make informed choices about your life."

Subject:
Education
Health Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Service Canada
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Continuum of Learning For Parents Video & Discussion Guide
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This amazing video will clearly explain the PeBL philosophy at Sun West School Division. The who, what, when, where, why and how of PeBL are addressed and articluated clearly for the parent and community audience. Topics include the continuum of learning, transfer of responsibility, personalized learning, the three pillars of PeBL. This resource will clearly explain everything you need to know to get started embracing PeBL at home!

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Kelli Boklaschuk
Melissa Lander
Date Added:
03/13/2019
Conversations with Your Child
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230 conversation starters to get the conversation rolling!

The starters are for various ages and maturity levels. As the parent, you know your child best and we will leave it to you to select appropriate starters.

-getting to know your child
-your relationship with your child
-family
-blended and adopted families
-values and character
-school and learning
-emotions
-friendships and peers
-bullying
-drugs and alcohol
-consent, love, marriage and sexual preference
-body image and gender roles
-spirituality

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Aha! Parenting
Date Added:
04/07/2020
Crash Course Kids - YouTube
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Crash Course Kids combines the same engaging lecture-style content delivery with animated graphics that focus on grade school science.

Topics include Earth Science, Physical Science, Biology, Geography, Engineering, and Astronomy.

These videos are amazing!

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Crash Course Kids
Author:
Crashcourse
CrashCourse
Date Added:
12/12/2019
Crisis Text Line
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Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis. The service is currently available in the Canada via SMS at 686868.
There is also an opportunity to apply to be a volunteer crisis responder.

Subject:
Health Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Powered by Kids Help Phone
Date Added:
12/03/2018
Digital Citizenship Guide for Parents
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"Being a parent has never been easy, but it can be even more challenging once your kids are using the internet. Even if you're not up on the latest technologies and platforms, though, you have an important role — maybe the most important — in your kids' online lives. This guide will prepare you for the conversations you need to have with kids when they first start using digital devices, as they grow and their online activities change, and when things go wrong.
The guide is divided into three sections that each deal with a different aspect of digital citizenship, to teach your kids to Respect People's Feelings, to Respect Privacy and to Respect Property online."

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
MediaSmarts
Media Smarts
Public Safety Canada
Date Added:
03/13/2020
Digital Compass by Common Sense Education
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"Introduce students in grades 6–8 to Digital Compass™ by Common Sense Education. The award-winning game is an innovative way to give students the freedom to explore how decisions made in their digital lives can affect their relationships and futures.

Through the suite of popular choose-your-own-path games, students play through the perspective of one of eight main characters, each of whom is facing a different digital citizenship dilemma. The varied story paths and multiple decision points encourage students to play repeatedly in order to explore alternative courses of action. Games are also available in Spanish."

Students will be able to:
• Find facts and gather data for conscientious decisions
• Synthesize information and evaluate options
• Assess situations in order to make informed judgments
• Reflect on decisions and determine alternative choices
• Build interpersonal empathy by role-playing and taking the perspective of others
• Develop skill-based competencies through game-based learning
• Apply learnings to real-world situations

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Author:
Common Sense Media
Date Added:
12/11/2019
Digital Nation - Life On The Virtual Frontier
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Digital Nation is a new, open source PBS project that explores what it means to be human in an entirely new world -- a digital world. It consists of this Web site as well as a major FRONTLINE documentary to be broadcast on Feb. 2, 2010. Our production team is posting rough cuts and raw footage on the web, and gathering input, feedback and stories from users as we go.

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Computer Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Primary Source
Author:
PBS
Date Added:
01/07/2019
Doing Mathematics with Your Child (K-6)
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This resource from Ontario provides parents with information on how they can support Math learning and development at home.

Subject:
Math
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Government of Ontario
Minsitry of Education Ontario
Ontario Ministry of Education
Date Added:
02/07/2020
Download Healthy Kids Quest Materials
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The Healthy Kids Quest is a flexible program designed for grade 1 to 3 classes across the country. The program includes activity sheets and instructions on six themes, which have been split into sections to facilitate download.

Healthy Kids Quest introduction Includes an overview of the Healthy Kids Quest for teachers and group leaders, and the introduction documents to be sent home to parents/guardians

Program Kick-Off: Being Healthy Includes activities to help students understand how eating nutritious food and being physically active contribute to being healthy.

Topics Covered:
Water
Fruits and Vegetables
Whole Grains
Healthy Snacks
A Balanced Lunch Box
Physical Activity

Subject:
Health Education
Agriculture Studies
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Ingenium
Date Added:
08/11/2019
Effective Interventions for Struggling Readers
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This guide covers the age range 6 years to 18 years. It also encompasses all students with reading difficulties, including those who have specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) as well as those who have made generally poor progress in reading and may or may not have additional general learning difficulties. Information here can be applied to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, minority groups and to students with reading difficulties for whom English is not a first language. While the full range of literacy involves more than just reading, the focus here is particularly on reading skills: the ability to decode and understand text.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Primary Source
Date Added:
12/03/2018