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The Kitchen Table Classroom

A series to support learning from home.

Welcome to The Kitchen Table Classroom

Through a series of webinars, Library resources and book recommendations, The Kitchen Table Classroom helps parents and caregivers with tips and tools they can use to support learning from home. Understand reading levels, get infrequent readers in middle grades excited to read, prepare younger kids for kindergarten, and much more with help from The Kitchen Table Classroom. Education specialists provide advice through online programs (you can register for the latest through our online events calendar) and the articles and resources on this page provide guidance that you can always come back to.

The Kitchen Table Classroom: A Series to Support Learning from Home is a partnership between Calgary Public Library and Edmonton Public Library.

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Upcoming Programs

The Alberta COVID-19 Student Well Being Study and Back to School

In a 2021-22 partnership with Edmonton and Calgary schools, 2000+ teens were surveyed. Dr Kelly Schwartz, Werklund School of Education and Cheryl Shinkaruk, Edmonton Catholic Schools will discuss the results within the contexts of learning, mental health, and resiliency. Learn tips to support your child to return to school after a disrupted year.

When: Tuesday, September 21, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Register now

Diverse and Inclusive Books

10 Ideas for Kids to Learn More about Treaty 7 and Métis Culture This Summer

This list of recommended books, videos, backyard adventures, and more will help kids enrich their knowledge of Indigenous culture and history.

How to Use Children's Books to Talk to Your Kids About Tough Topics

These tips and book recommendations will help parents and caregivers through meaningful and age-appropriate conversations about complicated or upsetting topics like residential schools, racism, injustice, or changes in your family.

Slide into Summer Learning

Watch the Presentation 

Ever heard of the Summer Slide? It’s a slippery slope that can send your child’s learning progress backward during the summer months when school is out. Get tips for helping kids retain their learning progress all summer long with Kate Schutz from the Calgary Public Library.

Original session date: June 2021

Kindergarten Readiness

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Learn what to expect in kindergarten from experienced kindergarten teachers, Trisa Soroski, Diverse Learning Supervisor with Calgary Catholic, and an Edmonton Public teacher. Calgary Board of Education and Edmonton Catholic Schools join for the Q&A. 

Top Tips to Get Ready for Kindergarten
Get ideas for play-based activities that teach foundational literacy and numeracy skills, while fostering social and emotional development. 

Books to Get Ready for Kindergarten
Help prepare your child for kindergarten by talking, singing, reading, writing, playing, and sharing these books with your child.

Motivating Your Infrequent Reader

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University of Alberta Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of the Alberta Consortium for Motivation and Emotion, Dr. Lia Daniels, and Calgary Public Librarian, Mary Graham, discuss reading motivation, tips, and book recommendations. Original session date: January 2021

10 Tips for Motivating Your Infrequent Reader
Many children struggle with learning how to read. Some kids can read well but choose not to read. For others, learning disabilities can make reading more challenging. There are plenty of things to try that can make reading more interesting and exciting to kids.

Books to Hook Your Infrequent Middle Grade Readers
Fast-paced fiction, graphic novels, updated classics, and even a cookbook are on this recommended list of 25 books to get kids excited to read.

Understanding Reading Levels

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100L, H. 4.6...OMG! Understanding Reading Levels
With thousands of books in the children's collection at Calgary Public Library, it can be intimidating to choose books for your growing reader. Choosing based on reading level can help. We explain what reading levels are, where to start, and how to use them at home.

Browse the digital collection for kids
Search and sort children's books by reading level in our digital collection on Overdrive. Books are sortable by ATOS Levels, Lexile Measures and Text Difficulty. If you are visiting a library in person, our staff is always available to help guide you through book recommendations for every reading level.