Apps and websites, Events, Social-Emotional, Uncategorized

Novel Effect App, and Books About Anxiety

There are some great fiction and non-fiction books to help talk to your child about their anxiety and worries.  I hope that some of these can be helpful for you:

(This one also has information for how to create a calm-down kit)



I would also like to introduce you to a really fun reading resource- the Novel Effect App!  This free app is easy and so fun to use.  You can also subscribe to a paid version for more options. As you read a fiction book, non-fiction book, or poem in the app’s collection aloud, the app follows along with your voice and plays sound effects and music that matches the different parts of the story!  Recently I read “The Day the Crayons Quit” with the app and it added an imaginative dimension to the read aloud.  The Novel Effect app has a good selection of books that are available to read with sound effects.  I found it really added to the enjoyment of the story and with keeping the children’s attention.
Moose facts of the week:
Moose live about 15-20 years in the wild.  They weigh about 1,800 pounds on average.
Building Belonging- diversity, Digital Literacy, Events, Uncategorized

Upcoming Book Fair, Common Sense Media, and Books About Thankfulness

If you haven’t seen these pictures of the display at the front entrance of the school yet, please enjoy.  The writing prompts were “children felt… at residential school” and “children should feel… at school.” This was an amazing school-wide application of the students’ knowledge and feelings about Orange Shirt Day.  Thanks to Mrs. S. for organizing this project and to all the teachers and students who participated!

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Learning Disabilities Month, and Author Spotlight on Eric Walters

Hello HHCS! October is Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month.  I hope you will try out some of these books with your children!  It is important for children to see themselves reflected in literature as well as to look out into the world and learn something new about other people or places.  Whether learning disabilities are something your family is very familiar with, or a subject that is new for your kids, some of these books would be great to use as either a “mirror” to reflect themselves or a “window” to look out and learn something.  Check out the link at for more.


Best Children’s Books With Characters Who Have Learning Differences (Disabilities)

Author spotlight:  Eric Walters.  

Canadian author Eric Walters has written over 100 books for young readers ,middle grade readers, and young adults.  I introduced his book “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”, written about a group of students during the Covid pandemic, to several of the classes I teach at school.  I also showed them a video interview with Eric Walters and talked about his impressive catalogue of books that he has written.  Check out his work at

Moose information of the week:

Moose are usually very peaceful animals.  Only male moose have antlers.

black moose on green grass

Book quote of the week:

“Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. “ – Anna Quindlen


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Orange Shirt Day, and Netflix Series- Bookmarks



Moose information for the week- check out Moose by Robert Munsch!  You can listen to the read aloud at his website, listed above.

Netflix has  a new series highlighting Black authors and children’s stories called Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices. It features “Black celebrities  reading children’s books from Black authors”. The show will cover topics about “identity, respect, justice and action.” Some of the read alouds so far are books like I Love My Hair, Sulwe, I am Enough, I am Perfectly Designed, The Day You Begin, and Let’s Talk About Race.  You can also access some of these read alouds on the Netflix Jr. Youtube channel!


This week we observe Orange Shirt Day at HHCS.  I have purchased some new books for our school library on this specific topic and also about First Nations in general,  and many of the teachers including myself will be using them in their lessons this week.

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CBC books

A Stranger At Home - A True Story

Have a great week HHCS!

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Books About Back to School, Dot Day, and Winnie the Pooh


Hello HHCS Community!  As you will have seen on Sycamore News Nuggets, Sept. 30 we will be observing Orange Shirt Day.  Teachers will be talking with their classes at different age-appropriate levels about Canada’s history of residential schools, and about reconciliation.  Students will learn that “Every Child Matters” and will participate in creating a school art mural.  Please prepare for your children to wear an orange shirt on that day.  If you would like to purchase an official Orange Shirt Day one like above please visit

brown moose on brown grass during daytime

Moose fact of the week:

Moose are the largest of all the deer species. Males are immediately recognizable by their huge antlers, which can spread 6 feet from end to end.

HHCS, have you been spotting our various moose and moose tracks around the building?  Bruce the Moose is on the loose!

The Winnie the Pooh exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum is scheduled to be open until January 17!  Royal Ontario Museum Exhibit -Winnie the Pooh

Have you seen these books about the true story behind the “world”s most famous bear”?

Finding Winnie


How has your child’s start to school been?  In the primary level grades that I teach we are looking at some books about the beginning of school:

We also did activities for International Dot Day when we read The Dot by Peter Reynolds and learned a song about it by Emily Arrow.

International Dot Day

Have a great week HHCS!

“When I say to a parent, “read to a child”, I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.”
― Mem Fox, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever

Digital Literacy, Uncategorized

Welcome Back to School HHCS!


Welcome back to school, Halton Hills Christian School community!  It was so great last week to see the students come back to class after 6 months of being away for distance learning and summer break.  I am Mrs. Baillargeon and I am the HHCS Teacher-Librarian.  I am excited for a new school year and I am looking forward to writing this blog!

Here throughout the year you will find:  resources for helping your children to find books that they will love, information about various authors, information about what is happening in the world of children’s literature, pictures of school reading events and classes, articles about digital and media literacy, and more!  Please feel free to comment below and I look forward to being a support for all of our school families.

You’ll notice the “moose” theme on this blog- last spring we were excited to premiere HHCS’s new school mascot- Bruce the Moose!

black moose lying on field during daytime

While we cannot do our regular school library checkout this year, we have adapted our routine for 2020/21.  Homeroom teachers will take bins of books that they have chosen for their classroom, and then the students will be able to choose and read from that limited selection.  Please refer to your child’s homeroom teacher for the exact specifics.  We will be running the AR program this year but will adjust the settings so that students can read from a more broad reading level range, since our access to books will be more limited this year because of Covid.

I will be teaching in some of your children’s classes.  For the classes involved, I am teaching a class that I am calling “Information Literacy“.  This class will look slightly different at each level but in general this class will be a combination of 4 different areas:

library skills and special topics (taking care of books, parts of a book, how to find books in the library, Dewey Decimal, book genres, Black History Month, Women’s History month, etc)

  • research skills (creating inquiry questions, plagiarism, note-taking, using reliable websites, effective search terms, graphic organizers…)
  • digital literacy (finding balance in using technology, digital footprint, cyberbullying, credible news)
  • media literacy ( bias, Purpose and audience of media texts, interpreting messages, media conventions and techniques, produce and reflect on a variety of media texts)

As we come back to school in this time of Covid, I will be spending some time in class with read-alouds on this topic.  I thought that you as parents might be interested in looking for some of these books to have at home:



I hope that you found some of this information here helpful!  Looking forward to this new school year with our UNSTOPPABLE GOD!  You will see this theme often in our school communications this year!

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” — Kate DiCamillo


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