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Children in the Willows forest nature program in the Humber Valley in west Toronto are drawn to water and sticks, simple materials for exploring and investigating. Here the children explore water accumulated from spring rains. (Louise Zimanyi)

Wonder and wisdom in a children’s forest nature program

When parents walk in the forest with their children and us and see how children are drawn to spiral snails, together we see how connections with the land are critical for the Earth's future.
Encourage children to think about where they are in space: if they’re looking at a map of the zoo, ask them where they are in relation to the kangaroos or lions. Shutterstock

Five things parents can do every day to help develop STEM skills from a young age

Early STEM skills are as important as early literacy skills. Parents can help their preschoolers develop STEM skills by working these simple techniques into everyday activities.
Research shows play-based programs for young children can provide a strong basis for later success at school. Shutterstock

Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond

Research shows play-based learning programs enhance children's learning outcomes and teaches them skills relevant to the 21st century, such as problem-solving and creativity.
Jazz in the classroom not only teaches children to play instruments; they may also learn a range of essential life skills. Reuters/Carlos Jasso

From the club to the classroom: all that jazz is good for the kids

Many middle-class parents buy classical CDs because it is supposed to make their kids clever. But a jazz-loving academic has started using her favourite genre in early childhood learning.

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