Election Resources for Teachers/Parents

Election Simulation and Word Games

These resources are geared for students in grade 5 and up through to grade 12.  

It explains how to organize an election simulation for a class of students or a group of young people. It’s designed to help them learn about their right to vote and how to exercise it. These activities can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 70 minutes depending on students’  interest and the available time.

This is taken from Elections Canada Website :http://bit.ly/hZPPSB

Teaching Resources

Reading Logs


Teacher PlanningMake a lesson plan booklet for each child to be in charge of their own lesson completion. This will save you from constantly having to manage each child and it builds self-discipline and industriousness into your child.


See Donna Young’s free student planner you can customize online. Scroll down on the webpage to fill in the fields with the child’s name, grade, subjects etc. and generate a planner with all the pertinant information. Customizable planner

Other Planners: Highland Heritage Forms Photo by Mary Baxter. Retrieved from Flickr




Reading Lists – If I could do it over again!

We read SO many great books over the years but didn’t keep a thorough title list. I definately encourage you and your kids to do this!

Remembering favourite books is like chatting with old friends; those characters we love and identify with.

I love Lisa’s free printable Reading Logs. Add to each child’s reading list each year. Give rewards for numbers of books read.

One creative Mom is putting together a memory box for each child as a gift when they leave home. Special books will be part of the collection. What a GREAT idea!!!!
Photo by Adwriter. Retrieved from FlickR



How To Really Love Your Children


How To Really Love Your Children

My children are grown now, and successful young adults. As I evaluate what resources made the most impact on our family, it would be the writings of Dr. Ross Campbell, so I have featured these books this month.

I care about the next generation, and you, the parents who are raising these children so I am featuring these titles this month. Whether you get them from me, your local bookstore, or the church library, this practical advice could change your children’s future and your relationship with them.

Their greatest need….
Children, including teenagers, are constantly asking, “Do you love me?” The answer we give by our actions is critical to their well-being and development.

We can inadvertantly fail at giving our children the sense of love they need. Dr. Campbell’s wisdom in How to Really Love Your Child and How to Really Love Your Teen gives practical help so your child can be their best without putting additional stress on you.

These books made such a difference for us in parenting, and for who our children are today

Mayzie with Dad
Photo by John Carleton
Retrieved from Flickr
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Bedtime Huggy
Photo by Ken Calwell
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Two Moms comment on these books!
“My young daughter was difficult to put to bed, always jumping in and out and never settling. After reading How to Really Love Your Child I began to hold her at night instead of scolding. I learned how to fill her emotional tank. When I do this she settles without a whimper. This method is SO much better for her development. Thanks for letting us know about these books.”
“I watched a Mom and adult son in great conversation. I asked her what she had done to have such a great relationship into adulthood. “Love him” she replied. The mom and her husband had studied Ross Campbell’s books when raising their children. That convinced me there and then to purchase these books.”




Using The 5 Themes of Geography

Exercise the Five Themes of Geography:

Where are we?

Describes where a place is — its position on  Earth

Absolute Location: The exact location of a place using lines of longitude & latitude

o GPS Global Positioning System uses satellite signals to track the location or position on earth. www.geocaching.com (GIS Unit – hand-held)

o GIS Geographic Information System (i.e. Computerized Mapping).Relative Location: Location in relation of other places
i.e. B.C. is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Province of Alberta
How to use maps and other geographic tools. How to understand and describe distance and direction

What are the unifying features that describe this place?

Physical characteristics: climate, landforms, waterways
Human characteristics: language, religion, social activities

Human/Environment Interaction
What are relationships among people and places?

Describes how people change their environment or adapt to it
Natural resources: forestry, water, minerals, energy, fishing, farming

What are the patterns of movement of people, products, and information?

Describes the movement of people, goods, and ideas.
Migration, trade, and cultural diffusion.


How can the Earth be divided into regions for study?

Politically i.e. Province of Quebec
Physically i.e. Africa: jungle, savannah, and desert.
Culturally i.e. Muslim areas influenced by Islam
The Islamic World is a cultural region defined on the basis of religion. The mosque is one of the visible elements of the Islamic World’s cultural landscapes. Mapping out the distributions of mosques enables us to define the Islamic culture region.


Jumpin’ Geography Teaching Ideas

Jumpin’ Geography

Ø Exploit teachable moments
Ø Enjoy maps effectively, correctly, creatively
Ø Employ almanacs, geography-related novels
Ø Experience interactive online sites
Ø Exercise the Five Themes of Geography in planning (next post)

1. Exploit Teachable Moments:

Geography as the study of people and places is full of stories which interest everyone. With the stories use maps and the five Ws to discover the world around us.

2. Enjoy Maps Effectively, Correctly, and Creatively:

Maps are pictures. Things to look for:
§ Map Art: Easy to see for younger children, more detail for older children
§ Map Scale: How big are the countries shown and for what purpose. Is it too small for finding information?
§ Map Themes: Different kinds of maps: ie. political, physical, climate, vegetation, industry etc.
§ Map Indexes: Older children need a good index for researching locations
§ Canadian Content: Might need a separate Canadian atlas with provinces on full spread
§ Creative Maps: Use creative map ideas for great learning…see following.

Salt Dough Maps: Trace outline from atlas. Glue to cardboard. Shape dough to boundaries and then form landscape. Use twigs for tree forms, toothpicks with flags for names of places (push in before dried). Shape rivers with toothpick. Air-dry for several days or bake at 175 for 30 minutes. Paint. Substitute old coffee grounds for 1 c flour and/or cold coffee for ½ c water.Recipe: 2 c flour, 1 c salt, 1 c water

Chalk Map: Draw a driveway with chalk identifying capital cities etc.
Helium Balloons Map: 20-30 prestamped postcards saying:“This is a home school experiment. This card was released in a helium balloon from (name city). Please mail it back to us and tell us where you found it.” Mark locations on map.

Map Puzzles: Glue a coloured outline map on cardboard. Cut it in pieces to make a puzzle. Buy an old atlas from a used book store.

Scrap Maps: Cut map scraps from an old atlas, showing some key feature i.e. Bodies of water, major city and have students research to find the location of the scrap.

3. Employ Almanacs:

Almanacs are useful fact books for acquiring basic country information.
§ Online:
CIA World Fact Book website,
National Geographic Travel website
§ Books:
National Geographic Almanac of Geography (2005),
Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: Country Facts That Helped Me to Win the National Geographic Bee (2005)
§ Canadian Geographic Challenge

Employ Geography Related Novels:
Favourite Canadian Content Geography Novels:
§ Maple Dylan Series– Shane Peacock (note: contemporary content)
Mystery of Ireland’s Eye−NFLD
Secret of the Silver Mine−ON
Bone Beds of the Badlands−AB
Monster in the Mountains−BC
§ Survival: Jason’s Gold−Klondike
Indian Captive
With the Indians in the Rockies(1912 publication)
§ Bains Adventures
(8 book series with occupational themes) Shantymen at Cache Lake−logging
First Spring−fishing, and more..
§ Canadian Reference:WOW Canada, Crazy About Canada ,Kids Book of Canada

4. Experience Interactive Online Sites:

§ GEONET : Reinforces 5 Themes of Geo, Two Skill Levels, Many world topics
§ The Canadian Encyclopedia Interactive Sites – Canucklehead Quiz (many subjects, sound effects, fun, all Canadian)
§ Seterra : For those with slow speed internet, this fun program can be installed on your computer and you do not need to access the internet to play the games. Very educational.