Happy New Year! What to watch for in 2018

Happy new year everyone! We’re getting ready to release three new resources for early childhood education. Two new books to help kids learn the alphabet, and a third addition to our One Story a Day collection that we hope will inspire parents and their children to read together every day.

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The world of Super Hammy and friends is still growing! The original collection, published last spring, is now available in French. The new Super Hammy ABC activity book, like the ABC poster, provides a handy visual resource for kids while they learn their letters.

Both the French and English collections of Super Hammy – My First Reading Series are on sale now!

 

 

 

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Next, let me introduce you to The Alphabet Family. Mr. and Mrs. Alphabet have 26 wonderful children and every one of them, from Adam to Zoe, is special and unique in his or her own way. Madia loves math and wants to visit the moon. Raoul loves running and listening to the radio. Quinn and Utah are inseparable, and once they met the Queen! Read the book aloud while matching the illustrations to keywords in the text.

One Story a Day for Beginners is our third collection of stories from all walks of life and for every occasion. This mix of facts, fables, and heartwarming narratives will inspire curiosity about the world and bring you closer as a family every day.

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The publication dates are still to be determined. All the best for 2018!

“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can. I wish you Happy New Year and diary full of best stories ever written in your life.”
~Lao Tzu

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New Reviews for Three Little Piggy Banks and Super Hammy – My First Reading Series

It’s been a year since the publication of Three Little Piggy Banks, the financial literacy story book that teaches an easy way to manage money at any age. The author, Pamela George, has become recognized as a local authority on financial wellness! She was featured in a CBC Ottawa special, the Big Owe, putting Canada’s addiction to credit cards in the spotlight. She is also hosting workshops to share the wealth of her experience as a credit counsellor who has seen it all. Here is another great review of Three Little Piggy Banks:

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Looking for an easy way to teach kids about money? 

Our most recent publication is Super Hammy – My First Reading Series, by Oksanna Crawley, a former Kindergarten and Reading Recovery teacher. This collection of levelled readers has now been approved by Fountas & Pinnell! Fifteen books in three levels of difficulty will help struggling or first time readers grow accustomed to sentence structure and common words. The set comes with an audiobook CD voiced by the author/illustrator’s daughter, a professional voice actor. See what teachers are saying about Super Hammy:

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2 - posterLooking for more resources to help young readers? The Super Hammy alphabet poster is a great tool for kids who are learning to recognize and write the letters of the alphabet. The new poster features more funny and original artwork by Oksanna Crawley to give kids a visual memory anchor for the sound of each letter.

 

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The entire series has recently been translated into French ! Super Hami is available for pre-order today and will begin shipping in December.

 

Do you have feedback about any of DC Canada’s books? We would love to hear from you! Write to us at info@dc-canada.ca, follow us on Facebook, or tweet to us on Twitter!

Spark the Natural Curiosity of Kids with ‘Into Math with Imagination’

Mathematics is defined as “a boring subject that has nothing to do with real life and is developed just to torture every student for eleven years of school.” *

Just kidding! Math can be as fun and imaginative as any other subject in school. Galileo Galilei described mathematics as the language of the universe, which is very elegant but he forgot to mention that it helps us do cool stuff! Math is all around us every day. How can we help students who are reluctant to embrace this message and seem anxious learning the material?

To help students who struggle or lack motivation in mathematics educators have turned to the discovery method as a support or alternative to rote learning of arithmetic. Discovery learning exercises give students the benefit of seeing mathematical concepts applied directly to their favourite subjects and activities. These exercises use arithmetic to develop the underlying skills that support competency in math, especially logical reasoning and the ability to discuss ideas.

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A good mathematical education begins with arithmetic, but the objective of discovery math is to prepare students for real world experiences by mastering the skill of solving problems. This is the reasoning behind Yasmina Roberts’ discovery learning series: Into Math with Imagination. These three storybooks combine mathematics, fiction, and non-fiction to give kids a chance to explore mathematical concepts in different settings. Readers will discover math in these stories the way they encounter it in real life, and hints embedded in the story will guide them toward the correct manner of solving the problem.

Antventures, the first in the series, is for children in Grade 1. The story follows Limpo, a young ant who decides to skip school and observe the adult bugs working in his community. Already, it doesn’t sound like your typical math book!

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Mystery in the Sea is for students in Grade 3 and up. Oct is a fastidious young octopus who enjoys collecting and exploring. He’s lived his entire life on the 4th layer of the coral reef, or the 7th depending on whether you count from the top or bottom. This time he’s taking on the mystery of the missing Blue Diamond, which was stolen from Queen Snake.

Logic Land is also for students in Grade 3, but you’ll find more than math to puzzle you here. Logic Land is a world of wizards who would rather use math than magic! Yes, the power of human logic is their go-to method for solving problems.

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Yasmina Roberts has a Master’s degree in mathematics from the University oToronto and has taught math in both public and private schools. Her love of puzzles is second only to her love of the natural world, and she hopes to pass on this joy through her series, Into Math with Imagination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The preface to Logic Land, by Yasmina Roberts

Three Little Piggy Banks

November was a special month for DC Canada and a passionate local financial planner, and author, Pamela George. The 5th was the official release of Three Little Piggy Banks, a personal finance storybook for ages 4 to 8. Both the author and illustrator Meredith Luce received congratulatory plaques from Mayor Jim Watson whom called the book a “must read” and “fun teaching tool for young readers.”

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Twins, Ella and Andy each receive three piggy banks for their birthday when they already have their hearts set on a camera and a bike. Why three piggy banks? Their clever parents have a much bigger gift in mind: a lesson in financial wisdom and a plan to set the twins up for a life of financial security.

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It’s really that easy. Three dollars a week and a handy pull-out tracking sheet that comes with the book will give young readers a solid foundation of financial literacy that can improve their lives immeasurably.

We had the chance to talk to kids about piggy banks at Chapters-Rideau on November 12th.  It was no surprise that when we brought up the subject of saving, many kids told us about their dreams for the future and their heart’s desires. They know the exact amount they have saved in a piggy bank or their bank account, and often they know exactly how they plan to spend it. One boy claimed his $350 of savings would be spent on exactly 350 ice cream cones. Others had more practical goals in mind.

With a bit of guidance, youngsters will take on the responsibility of managing an allowance of any size with a lot of enthusiasm. Three Little Piggy Banks is a great tool for starting this conversation and illustrating the necessity of living within one’s means. Pamela George believes it is never too soon to start learning about money and how to manage it, so pick up a piggy bank, or two, or three! Start a conversation about personal finance with your kids today.

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Novembre était un mois spécial pour DC Canada et pour une planificatrice financière locale, et auteure, Pamela George. Le cinq novembre marquait le lancement de « Three Little Piggy Banks », un livre d’histoire sur les finances personnelles pour les enfants entre quatre et huit ans. L’auteure et l’illustratrice Meredith Luce ont reçu des plaques de félicitations du Maire Jim Watson qui a déclaré le livre « à lire absolument » et qui l’a qualifié « d’outil d’apprentissage amusant pour jeunes lecteurs ».

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Les jumeaux Ella et Andy ont reçu trois tirelires pour leur anniversaire alors qu’ils désiraient à ce point faire l’acquisition d’une caméra et d’un vélo. Pourquoi trois tirelires? Leurs parents, futés, avaient un cadeau beaucoup plus important en tête : une leçon de sagesse et de sécurité financière à vie pour leurs jumeaux.

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C’est réellement aussi facile. Trois dollars par semaine et une feuille de suivi détachable accompagnant le livre offriront aux jeunes lecteurs des bases solides d’alphabétisation financière qui pourront améliorer leurs vies de façon incommensurable.

Nous avons eu la chance de discuter avec des enfants au sujet des tirelires à la boutique Chapters Rideau le 12 Novembre. Ce ne fût pas une surprise, une fois le sujet des économies soulevé, de constater que plusieurs enfants aient naturellement des profonds désirs et rêves à partager quant à leur futur. Ils savaient exactement quelle somme ils avaient économisé dans leur tirelire ou dans leur compte, et ils savaient souvent exactement sur quoi allaient le dépenser. Un garçon a prétendu avoir 350$ d’économisé et qu’il allait le dépenser sur exactement 350 cornets de crème glacée. D’autres avaient des buts plus pratiques en tête.

Avec un peu d’orientation, les jeunes prendront la responsabilité de gérer leur allocation quelle que soit sa taille avec grand enthousiasme. « Three Little Piggy Banks » est un excellent outil qui permet d’amorcer ce sujet de discussion et d’illustrer la nécessité de vivre selon ses moyens. Pamela George croit qu’il n’est jamais trop tôt pour commencer à apprivoiser l’argent et la gérer, alors équipez-vous d’une, de deux ou de trois tirelires! Entamez une conversation au sujet des finances personnelles de vos enfants dès aujourd’hui.