Welcome to Kindergarten!

The MPSD StrongStart team has prepared a variety of fun and easy learning activities families can do at home.

Each of the activities is related to a Welcome to Kindergarten theme and several have links to short, engaging videos.

Have fun and see you in September!

Creative Exploration:

Healthy Choices:

Music and Movement:

Noticing Print:




Social and Emotional Learning:

Talking and Reading Together:

National Indigenous History Month

Local Kwantlen Elders: (Part 1 & 2)

Virtual Ways to Participate:

  • Fry Bread Friday Videos:
  • Government of Canada Learning Resources (English) (French)
    • Includes activity guides and posters
  • Canadian Encyclopedia Article (English) (French)

Educator Guides:

  • NIMMIWG –Their Voices Will Guide Us:  Student & Youth Engagement Guide (Early Learning – Gr.12) (p.1 to p. 19 for K to 5)
  • Walking Together: First Nations, Metis and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum  The digital resource Walking Together: First Nations, Métis and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum was designed to help teachers understand the holistic nature of First Nations, Métis and Inuit ways of knowing; to provide opportunity for Inuit, First Nations and Métis peoples to share their perspectives on topics important to them; and to demonstrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives in teaching and learning experiences.
  • The Secret Life of the North (CBC):How has the North been impacted by forces of colonization and why have many Canadians not known about the history, geography, and society of the Inuit? This episode explores the history and geography of the North; examines the distinct culture, language and politics of the Inuit; and recognizes the impacts of colonization on the Inuit.Possible teaching connections include Geography, History, Social Studies, Indigenous Studies, Civics, and Anthropology.

FVRL 2020 Summer Reading Club


Explore our universe! Discover the great unknown this summer when you join FVRL’s 2020 Summer Reading Club. There is a club for everyone!

  • Read To Me (0 to Preschool) Share stories, record reading, collect stickers, win prizes and get a medal.
  • Kids (grades K to 6) Collect a reading record, enter prize draws, come to fun shows and earn a medal. Just read every day!
  • Teens (grades 7 to 12) Read. Record. Repeat. It begins when you sign up online for a SRC reading record. Includes chances to win fantastic prizes.
  • Adults Sign up for a reading record and mark your reading to enter prize draws. The more you read, the more chances to win.

How do I join? Sign up starts June 12 and continues throughout the summer.

How does it work? You and your family members can sign up online and download a reading record! Record every day that you read for fifteen minutes or more! You can read anywhere! Once you have recorded seven days of reading, you can enter our online contest for great prizes!

Programs and Events

It wouldn’t be Summer Reading Club without a great lineup of events throughout the summer. We have virtual storytellers, puppet shows, parties, awards ceremonies and more! Check out our spectacular guest performers.

  • Norden the Magician: Norden is back with a magic show full of amazing tricks and wacky gags. Be prepared to join the fun!
  • Puppets with Elspeth: Master puppeteer Elspeth and her puppet friends present rollicking fun stories and songs that will help unlock new discoveries as we explore.
  • Panagaea Arts: Panagaea Arts presents Stories on Wheels. Based on Kamishibai, a traditional form of travelling street theater from Japan. Tales are brought to life by high-energy comic performance, music, and dramatic action.
  • Music with Marnie: Discover the fun of music with Marnie. Sing along and dance as Marnie presents old favourites and new original songs. The music will make you move!

A full list of the SRC 2020 virtual events will be listed on our Events page soon!

Accessible Summer Reading Club

Find accessible Summer Reading Club titles through NNELS. FVRL also has ebook and audiobook formats to better serve customers with perceptual disabilities. Ask library staff for more information. (Source: FVRL, June 2020)

Ready to get reading!  FVRL Express is up and running!

Beginning June 1 you can start picking up library holds using our FVRL Express – Click, Pick, Go. The new contactless service offers customers a physically distanced way to pick up library holds and return items at all 25 locations.

Click on the image below for more information:

Virtual Field Trips


A Journey into Time Immemorial:
Created by the SFU Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology with active participation from local Stó:lō Elders and knowledge keepers, this interactive website allows students to explore a pre-colonial Stó:lō community and listen to Elders being interviewed on many topics such as weaving, First Salmon Ceremony, Welcome Song, and more.
*Update: this site no longer exists, but Siwal Si’wes Digital Library has preserved some of the content and videos.
Back to Batoche:
This is an interactive tour on the colourful history and culture of the past and present Batoche. The website features video interviews with elders, video and photo highlights from the annual Back to Batoche festivals, Métis music, games, quizzes, photo albums, virtual tours, hundreds of pages of text to learn from, as well as a series of interactive personalized guided tours.
Canadian Farm and Food Tours: many types of farms to choose
Canadian Museum of History: online exhibitions
Canadian Museum of Nature: Explore Nature
Includes mobile apps, websites, blogs, videos and multimedia presentations.
Hauyat: Explore Our Territory:
Discover ancient clam beds, archaeological digs and more in this virtual tour of Hauyat Territory, located on Hunter Island in Queen Charlotte Sound, BC.
Iningat Ilagiit:

Iningat Ilagiit, means “a place for family.”

Inuit artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset) have created thousands of drawings. Almost 4,000 of these drawings, as well as 250 photographs, are available online here.

Not only can you browse the collection, but you can also build your own collections of favourite artworks in order to create your own virtual exhibitions to share with others.

Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset:

Canada’s national collection of Inuit prints from Cape Dorset – the birthplace of Inuit printmaking. Offered in French, English, and Inuktitut.

Iqaluit, Nunavut : Virtual visit to the Canadian Arctic
Living Traditions: The Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch on the Northwest Coast

Since time immemorial, the Kwakwaka’wakw have hosted potlatch ceremonies, and potlatching continues to play a central and unifying role in community life today.

The repatriated Potlatch Collection at the U’mista Cultural Centre tells an epic story of the resistance and resilience of the Kwakwaka’wakw. Learn more through film clips, incredible 3-D photographs, and Kwak’wala audio clips. A series of curriculum-based lesson plans is also available, to help you share this fascinating story with your students.

Morning Star:

Explore Alex Janvier’s masterpiece Morning Star, painted on the dome of the Haida Gwaii Salon in the Museum.

National Gallery of Canada: Online Exhibitions
Nature Lab – Virtual Field Trips:

Virtual field trips allow students to travel the world and explore natural environments without leaving the classroom. Each virtual field trip contains a video, teacher guide, and student activities. Spotlight: View from a Canoe

One Mind, One Heart (MOA):

Learn more about the fierce opposition by the Heiltsuk Nation to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and oil-tanker traffic in their ancestral waters. One Mind, One Heart features films, photos of Heiltsuk territory, and community protests during the Project Review Panel’s visit to Bella Bella. The MOA installation shows the ancestral guardian of the undersea world, ’Yágis, swallowing an oil tanker trespassing in Heiltsuk waters. ’Yágis, the mask was created by Heiltsuk artist ’Nusí to invoke ancient Heiltsuk teachings and the law of Káxláya Gvi’ílás in order to protect their land and seas for the future.

Parliament Hill: 

Thanks to Google, we are able to do a “walking tour” through the Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa just by clicking our mouse. The tour allows you to wander through the hallways and many rooms of the buildings, including:

  • the Peace Tower Observation Deck
  • the Memorial Centre
  • the House of Commons
  • the Prime Minister’s Office
  • the Library of Parliament
  • a Meeting Room
The Raven’s Call:

“The Raven’s Call” is the most comprehensive website dedicated to the life and work of Bill Reid.

Royal BC Museum: First Peoples, Indigenous Peoples

Online exhibits about local plants, residential school and reconciliation, living languages, and archaeology.

Royal BC Museum Learning Portal:

“This well-designed and engaging site focuses on BC culture and history. It allows students anywhere in the province to take a virtual field trip to the Museum. Each exhibit on the site features ways to listen, watch, and read, and also showcases the people behind the scenes who develop the collections and exhibits. Useful teacher guides and resources help link the exhibits to the curriculum.”(Gr. 5+) (Focused Education Review)

Royal Tyrell Museum:

This museum in Alberta is all about dinosaurs. Thanks for Google Maps and their streetview camera, you can wander around the museum as if you were there.

Shake it Up (MOA):

MOA’s exhibition, Shake Up: Preserving What We Value, explores the convergence of earthquake science and technology with the rich Indigenous knowledge and oral history of the living cultures represented in MOA’s Northwest Coast collection. You can explore the exhibit virtually.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour:
Visit galleries at the Smithsonian Museum.Choose where you want to go, places for close ups and enjoy a 3D view around where you stand.
Sq’éwlets: A Stó:lō-Coast Salish Community in the Fraser River Valley:

Kwelches – Welcome! Our Old People tell us we have always lived in S’ólhTéméxw (Our Land). We are Stó:lō (People of the River), a nation of tribes along the Fraser River. As Sq’éwlets, we are one of 30 Stó:lō communities. Sturgeon is our ancestor and we live where the Harrison River rounds the bend and flows into the Fraser River. This website shares our journey from ancient times to the present. Join us as we tell you our sxwōxwiyám (origin stories) and sqwelqwel (personal stories), through our own words in video, song, vision and memory

Thalit Sqwelqwel – Stories of Truth:

Locally developed Residential School Curriculum Website for students and teachers from Kindergarten through to grade 12.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada presented its 94 Calls to Action in December 2015. Call to Action #63 (i) included: Developing and Implementing Kindergarten to Grade Twelve Curriculum and learning resources on Indigenous Peoples in Canadian history, and the history and legacy of Residential Schools.  This website is a direct result of this call to action. The goal of this effort is to build student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect. Please visit https://greatspirithand.com and continue your journey towards Reconciliation today!

Virtual Museum of Canada:

The largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations.

Virtual Museum of Metis History and Culture:

This website provides a detailed look at Metis history and culture sharing Metis stories, interviews, photographs, and various archival documents.

Voices of the Canoe:

Learning about the canoe traditions of the Fijian, Squamish, and Haida helps us understand the historical and ongoing importance of canoe culture for these Indigenous peoples.

This website presents a range of evidence – photographs, maps, interviews, historical texts and short films – to assist educators and students in understanding the importance of canoes for the Fijian, Squamish, and Haida peoples.

Welcome to Naikoon Park:
An interactive website that allows students to hike Naikoon Park, located in the traditional territory of the Haida Nation.
Whose Land:
Whose Land is a web-based app that uses GIS technology to assist users in identifying Indigenous Nations, territories, and Indigenous communities across Canada. The app can be used for learning about the territory your home or business is situated on, finding information for a land acknowledgement, and learning about the treaties and agreements signed across Canada. Educational videos are available to watch that will give you a better understanding of why land acknowledgements are important, and the way Indigenous people view their relationship to land.