|Our research goals are to support young children’s oral language and writing through play and to build teaching capacity in northern rural communities. Our focus is on children, educators, families and community caregivers in northern rural and Indigenous communities from Alberta in the west through to Ontario in central Canada. An extensive network of partners and collaborators working together to address the need for theoretical, empirical and practical work in the area of young children’s oral language and writing development.
The overarching objectives of the partnership are to:
Ndoo-ndagkenjige dibaamjiganinaanin aawnoon saw ii- aasgaabwitongig binoojiinyag giigidowaad miinwaa dazhbiigewinwaa epiichi damnowaad miinwaa wii-aasgaawitamaang kinoomaadwin giiwednong dazhiikewinan. Nginwaabmaanaanig binoojiinyag, ekinoomaagejig, ngodoodegizjig miinwaa dazhiike naagdawendjigejig oodi sa giiwedinong oodenaanswining miinwaa Shkwanganing oodi Epangishmog nikeying Alberta ezhnikaadeg piish manpii nikeying Ontario ezhnikaadeg naanaawiying Canada. Niibna e-maamwewzijig nyaadmaadjig wiiji-nokiimdiwag wii-wiindmaagewaad nonj nikeying menwezing nokiiwin wi sa nikeying binoojiinh wii-giigidowaad miinwaa wii-maajii-zhibiigewaad.
Nonda dash andawenjiganan etemgag omaa wiidookodaadwining aawanoon:
EXEMPLARS booklet is here! See how children expand their abilities as they practice letters, with teacher, assistant, and parent encouragement.
The NOW Play Publication’s Second Volume of Activities is Here!!
About the book:
Drawn from our NOW Play action research projects with educators who work in northern rural and Indigenous communities, this book offers 19 of their collaborative, creative, curriculum activities (CCCAs). We define CCCAs as learning activities where small groups of children play with materials/objects, as well as with ideas and narratives from various texts, to create written, digital, dramatic, dance, musical, visual arts or other types of products together. In the process, they learn content-area curriculum concepts and solve problems that arise in playing with objects and ideas, and playing alongside one another. CCCAs are authentic learning experiences that build on what children know and can do, and contribute to learning that extends far beyond the curriculum expectations for each grade.
- NOW Play Publication releases a booklet of exemplars of children’s writing and drawing. Get your FREE copy here!
- NOW Play Publication releases second volume of Creative Collaborative Curriculum Activities (CCCAs). Click here for a FREE digital copy!
- Read the newly posted research summaries to understand the scope of NOW Play Project’s research contributions
- NEW publications listed about: play across three continents; children using facework during interactions; and developing a multimodal observation tool with classroom teachers.
- Soon Young Jang, Jade Kim, Audrey Madsen, and Shelley Stagg Peterson presented at the Literacy Research Association annual conference in Palm Springs, CA at the end of November in the panel entitled “The Power of Play.”
- Christine Portier, Shelley Stagg Peterson, and Nicola Friedrich presented at the SIG Writing annual conference in Antwerp, Brussels at the end of August. They shared initial analysis of the huge data collection of over 150 writing samples from young northern Canadian children.