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What is Bannock and Books? It's an after school session that is hosted by elementary schools for their Aboriginal families. Its intent is to connect with our Aboriginal families in a fun and social setting. The session is partially funded by Aboriginal Learning but the primary responsibility for hosting the session belongs to the school. Aboriginal Enhancement staff can participate but schools should form a committee to organize their session. Nadine McSpadden will meet with schools and help with the planning. Please see attached documents for planning ideas.
In our sessions, we bring in protocols that are appropriate for a school setting. We feed our guests, we acknowledge the traditional territories in which the school resides and we have a give away.
The give away is a book bag. Each student gets a book bag with at least one book in it. The give away books, the read-a-loud books and all the learning stations are planned around a common theme. This year, the focus is a connection to land and place. One of the benefits of teachers being involved in the planning and hosting the event is that they get to see new Aboriginal resources. Nadine McSpadden also provides suggested learning activities that embed AWVPs.
Location, Location, Location
I strongly suggest you do not host your session in the gym if it is possible. It is not an intimate environment. It is difficult for parents to hear and does create quiet, intimate places for families, teachers and students to connect.
Many schools have hosted in the library and a classroom located near it. This is ideal.
Download the checklist
Download the Agenda
Download a letter and invitation
2:30 Snack and social time
2:55 Welcome from admin
3:00 Story time (primary/intermediate story stations)
3:10 Learning stations
3:55 Story read aloud by Admin
4:00 Give away
Some schools have asked a parent to open with drumming.
Some schools have had students do a short presentation.