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How to use this site:

A comprehensive guide on how to use the early learning site - whether you're a parent, a teacher, or a daycare / day home operator.

A quick, one-page guide for the Early Learning website.


Assessment: Learning cannot take place without assessment. It's especially important children are given opportunities to evaluate and participant in their own learning. This document lists what to look for in an early learning classroom.

Language and Literacy:

Learning A Second Language:
How can you create an ideal environment for learning another language? Also, find out why maintaining proficiency in the home language is key to a young child's success in school.

Literacy At Home:Create a learning environment that supports language and literacy development.


Math Landmarks: This document contains information about core math skills, such as compensation, patterns and cardinality. The skills are also identified in the math-related play outlined in the files below:

Jumping Frogs: Read how one child develops correspondence and compensation skills, thanks to a simple game of jumping frogs, rocks or marbles.

Marble Soup: Ratios are the name of the game when a young child decides to make "soup" out of different types of marbles.

Measuring Blocks: Mathematical reasoning and problem solving are just some of the math skills gained by playing with a simple set of blocks.

More Toast?: Breakfast time can be a great opportunity to think mathematically, as one mom and her son discovered.

Dice: A simple set of dice provides opportunities for numerical recognition, addition and subtraction.

The Sleepover: A simple bedtime story can open the door to another "what if" conversation that involves math.

A Remainder of One: Many children’s books address mathematical ideas in fun and interesting ways. Simply reading them, however, won’t instill deep mathematical understanding.  But when kids can model the stories and are encouraged to find ways to generalize the mathematical ideas the stories contain, books can provide great opportunities for deepening mathematical understanding.

Hungry Monsters: Embedding problems in a rich way is something many teachers struggle with. Find out how a good problem encourages students to reason about what can change, by how much, and what must stay the same in order to preserve certain aspects of the original problem.

Road side or trailer side?: Even a walk along and across a muddy creek can be explored deeply in a mathematical way.


Facilitating Children's Play:
Dr. Jane Hewes has tips on how you can create an environment that allows children to explore their environment and learn through play.

Object Play: Creating a play environment where children are encouraged to pick up, explore and manipulate objects results in endless learning opportunities.

Potions: Adding food colouring to water is not only a great way to explore different colour combinations, but to allow your child to systemically work through all the possibilities.

CMEC Early Learning and Development Framework: The framework presents a pan-Canadian vision for early learning that can be adapted to the unique needs and circumstances of each province and territory. It is designed to serve as a resource to support the development of policies and initiatives by ministries and departments of education and their partners that enhance the quality and continuity of the learning experience in the early years and beyond.