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Embracing Winter with Inuit Games & Activities

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Settling into the winter months here in Southern Ontario means we try to enjoy some outdoor activities in the snow, as well as finding ways to reclaim the warmth when we come back inside. With my family, this means good novels and board games, with my students it means books to engage our imaginations and activities to keep us moving.

In my classroom, we have been learning about some of the ways that communities in Canada embrace the winter months. Learning about the rich history of Inuit games and activities enjoyed by the communities across Nunangat has inspired my students to want to know more. I knew exactly how I could satisfy their curiosity.

I was fortunate enough — and thrilled — to be one of the teachers who won the 49th Teachers/Inhabit Education Nunavummi Reading Series giveaway. I received a box of gorgeous books. In the box, were books that I knew would be the perfect additions to the collection of books that I use to integrate Indigenous histories and perspectives into my classroom program. One, in particular, had a special role to play.

Last week, I gathered my students on the carpet an …

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5 Essential Things the Elder Caregiver Needs to Know

Book Cover Caregiver's Guide to Canadans

The leaves are changing colour, there’s a chill in the air and you have probably scraped frost from your windshield. With the winter season fast approaching, we are reminded that life itself comes with its own seasons, and that our senior years can be life’s winter. At this time of year, caregivers helping seniors will need to become more aware and take more precautions. Rick Lauber, author of Caregivers' Guide for Canadians, has provided us with a list of five essential things the elder caregiver needs to know, based on his own experiences as a co-caregiver. 

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Take care of yourself: Granted, this advice pertains to caregivers year-round; however, caregivers need to more health-conscious during the winter. With all the running around caregivers can do, it’s easy to get run-down. When the body is tired and weak, a person is more apt to become sick. The standard advice of eat well, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep all applies here. If you do get sick, stay away from your loved one to avoid spreading an infection. 

Dress your loved one for the winter: When taking Mom or Dad outside, remember to clothe them appropriately for the cold. Layers, along with a longer parka (extending past the waist), work well to keep one warm. Button/zip-up sweaters wil …

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