Team Work Makes The Dream Work

EDTC 300

A huge part of teacher education is collaboration. Working as a team allows for shared ideas and resources. Throughout this class I contributed to the learning of others in many ways.

Twitter

Twitter allowed me to share, respond, and engage with many people. I used twitter to tweet, reply, use particular hashtags, retweet and ask questions.

Tweets: I tweeted numerous times over the semester; sharing articles, resources, ideas, thoughts and opinions.

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Responses: Throughout the semester I responded to others tweets to engage in conversation.

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Asking Questions: I used Twitter to ask others for help in my own work as well as for others to see as well.

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Blog: I tweeted throughout the semester regarding my blog posts and learning project.

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Twitter Chats: I participated in 3 twitter chats throughout the semester. Coincidentally, all three were completely different from each other.  Each twitter chat allowed me to share ideas and hear others perspectives on different topics, along with building my PLN.

#SaskEdChat was a prompt based chat

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#nt2t was a questioned based chat

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#kinderchat was a create and share based chat

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WordPress

A major component of this class was blogging. Blog posts included weekly prompts, learning project posts and building our blogs to represent who we are.

Responding to others: Along with our own personal blogging, it was important to share ideas, opinions, suggestions and comments on our classmates blogs as well.

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Educational Resources: On my blog, I also created a resources page. There isn’t much on there as this is my first year back at school, but I will continue to add content.

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I hope that my tweets, blogs, comments, etc. helped others learn as much as I learned others! I am extremely glad I took this class and had the opportunity to share, collaborate and build my PLN!

 

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Summing Up Our Learning

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Well, well, well, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

Here is mine and Courtney Hawkins summary of learning video that we’ve been eagerly waiting to share with the world…

 

When I entered #EDTC300, I had no idea what to except. As an early years pre-service teacher, I didn’t think this class would have much benefit to me BUT GUESS WHAT!!! I was completely wrong. This class was so fun and engaging. I ended up learning and growing my understanding of educational technology more then I ever thought I would. Before this class, I had no blog, no professional twitter profile and a very limited understanding to educational technology. This course allowed me to think outside the box, try new things and become more open minded in regards to technology in the classroom. I can’t wait to implement all of my learning from this course into my future classroom.

 Thank you so much Katia for everything you shared with us throughout this course!

“Cree” YA L8r

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Tansi Everyone!!!

It’s time I conclude my #LearningProject – Learning the Cree language. It’s crazy how fast this class and semester flew by! Or even this whole year!!! Last year at this time I was filling out my application to come back to University to pursue education, and now I only have a year and intership left!!!

When deciding what I was going to do for my learning project, it was a pretty quick decision for me. I had always wanted to learn Cree, therefore this seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Now lets take a look back at my journey through my learning project!

Week 1: Let the Language Learning Begin

During the first week, I set goals that I wanted to accomplish through this learning project. These goals included:

  • basic phrases for everyday life
  • counting
  • days of the week/months
  • songs
  • food
  • basic sentences (written/verbal)
  • read a children’s book

 

Week 2: Introducing Niya (Me)

Week two consisted of me searching day and night for language websites to learn Cree such as Babble, duolingo, and Rosetta Stone. I soon realized that I was in for a challenge in regards to finding online resources to learn the language. I will be a review of all of the online resources I did use at the end of this post.

During week 2, I learnt how to introduce myself in Cree; both written and verbal. Listening back to my first video that I introduced myself in is actually shocking!!! I have come along way with my pronunciation since then LOL!

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Week 3: NISTO (3)…NÎSO (2)…PÊYAK (1)…GO!!!

Week three is when I learnt numbers. This was one of my favourite leaning experiences from my learning project because 1. the numbers are simply to learn and 2. I can use this learning every single day!!! During this week, I also taught my preschoolers how to count in Cree and they LOVED it!

I will link the super fun and catchy Cree number song here!

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Week 4: Cree Colours

I will start by saying this was my LEAST creative title for a blog post LOL! Anyways, week four was learning all about colours. It was a bit confusing to learn due to me trying to understand the “inanimate” and “animate” ways of saying the colours. In order to understand, I used the following resources:

Cree Colours Song

Colours in Cree audio clip

Cree colour terms chart

I also shared a few children’s books for those who want to teach their students or children.

Black Bear, Red Fox

Brown Eagle, Brown Eagle, Where Are You?

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Week 5: Cree X Yoga

Remember when I said learning numbers was my favourite learning experience….well, I changed my mind.  Week 5 was actually my favourite part!!!

During week 5, myself and my classmate Courtney Hawkins came up with the brilliant idea of doing a collaborate of our learning projects. We simply meshed my language learning with her yoga poses.  It was so fun much fun to learn and teach each other about our projects!

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Week 6: Welcome to my Crib

During week 6, I decided to explore the Cree language inside the kitchen and cook some food! I researched and leant many new cree words.

This was by far the most challenging week because I wanted to document the video I created using full sentences. This was a goal for myself and at this point in my learning project I just wasn’t there yet. I openly discussed my struggles with trying to learn and understand Cree sentence structure. I was also having trouble with deciphering words and their dialects.

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Week 7: Story Time with Sarah 

During week 7, I made a trip to the local library in search for a children’s book to read. I ended up choosing a book that is local to Saskatchewan called When the Trees Crackle with Cold: A Cree Calendar. This book allowed me to learn about the Cree months, as well as learn and pronoun new words. I also used this Cree Months video to assist me with the pronunciation of each month.

Here, I will link a list of books written in Cree or include the Cree language.

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Week 8: Time to “Splice” it up!

Week 8 provided me with the opportunity to continue my language learning, while documenting it with a new tech tool while providing a review of the tool. I chose to document my learning using an app called Splice. Splice is a super easy to use, convenient video editing tool. One main reason I like this tool so much is because it can be used conveniently on my iPhone. I provided a quick overview video of me using the app when editing the video for my learning project.

For my learning this week, I learnt about the Cree syllabics and how to write them. For this learning, I used a Cree Syllabics tutorial video.

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Week 9: Hey EDTC…Introduce Yourself!

Week 9 was all about teaching others! I thought the most beneficial thing to teach my classmates about my learning project was a basic introduction about themselves. I created a simple video providing basic background knowledge about the Cree language, along with how to do a basic introduction – both written and verbal.

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Week 10: “Weather” or Not, Here I come…

My inspiration for week 10 was the beautiful Spring weather! I decided to learn about the weather and seasons using the Cree language. This week, instead of making a video, I created mini flashcards/posters while incorporating my bitmoji.

I also shared this online story which fits perfectly to this topic of weather and seasons.

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As I conclude my learning project, I think back and reflect on how far I’ve come throughout the semester and what helped me to get to this point. A major part of this project was learning through online sources. I listed a few specific videos and websites  in the above weekly categories, but now I would like to share the resources that helped me each and every week in learning the Cree Language.

  1. Online Cree Dictionary – Basically my best friend throughout this project. The Online Cree Dictionary allows you to look up words and also provides a converter from English to Cree and vis versa.
  2. FHQ Cree – This app was my other best friend throughout this project. FHQ offers learning, practice, games and quizzes in numerous categories in assisting with learning the Cree language. The app provides a picture, word and pronunciation for every word using the Plains Cree – Y dialect.
  3. Maskwacis Cree, ATC Cree, and Manitoba Cree were other apps that helped me from time to time. It’s important to know which dialect specific apps are using in order to be consistent with the language.
  4. Beginning Cree Textbook – Through this textbook wasn’t an online source, it really helped me ensure the words I was using on the app’s were in the correct dialect. The textbook also provides background knowledge about the Cree language.
  5. Cree Literacy Network, SICC, The Gift of Language and Culture are all great websites that offer a variety of resources in assisting with the Cree language and background.

 

In order to document my learning throughout this project, I used the follow tools:

  1. Splice
  2. iMovie
  3. Time Lapse on iPhone
  4. Adobe Spark

 

As this project was largely process orientated, I truly feel that I have growth so much throughout the Cree language learning and hope to continue on learning the language. I have enjoyed learning, growing, documenting and sharing my project with all of you throughout the semester. My goal was to learn the basics of the Cree language and be able to bring that into the classroom with me. I look forward to this opportunity in the years to come and hope that all of you have learnt a thing or two about the Cree language as well.

 

mwestas,

Sarah

 

 

 

 

“Weather” or Not, Here I Come…

EDTC 300, Learning Project

TANSI!

As most of you know, my learning project is not only for me to learn Cree, but to also take my learning an apply it into the classroom! My focus is in early education, therefore I have been focusing my learning project on topics that will be relatable to young students and that are suitable for me to learn as I am a beginner in learning the Cree language.

Because we are approaching the end of the semester, the days are getting longer and the sun is shining brighter (even though it snowed yesterday LOL), I thought it would be fitting to learn about the weather this week! This is something that is always being talked about in everyones day to day lives, and can be easily implemented into the classroom for all ages and grades.

For most of my learning project posts, I have made videos so this week I thought I would do something different. I have decided to make flashcards/mini posters, while personalizing them with my bitmoji.

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This week, I used the Beginning Cree textbook, Online Cree dictionary and the FHQ Cree app. I  found this online story for kids relating to weather and seasons, as well as this video  that fits perfectly with these terms!

I hope you or someone you know can implement this learning into the classroom or in conversation with others!

Thanks for reading!!

Coding ft. a Teacher & an Engineer

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This week was full of new adventures…I learnt how to code!!!!  …well, kind of!

I experienced coding using  Hour of Code on Code.org

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When I went onto Hour of Code, the first thing that caught my eye was Create your own Dance PartyI mean, who doesn’t like a good dance party! So, I gave it a try! Here is my very first coding experience.

Apparently my coding experienced looked so fun that my boyfriend also had to give coding a try! He is an engineer and a sports lover so this one was right up his alley. His first coding experience was with basketball! He found coding much more easier than I did!

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When I began learning about coding, I was very unsure. I have never been a “computer games” kind of person, and thats what coding came off to me as. After I tried a couple of coding experiences, my brain felt like mush. They really make you think…even the easy ones!!! My experience with Create your own Dance Party went fairly well. It not only made me think hard, but to also be creative and have fun. The first few levels went well; I felt pretty confident. Around level 5, I kept dragging the wrong code, therefore I got frustrated and quit.

I think coding has potential for great learning in everyones lives. Coding provides a great opportunity to get our brains thinking!!! For myself, as a future teacher (hopefully Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten) I wasn’t quite sure what I thought about coding for such young students.  I even found easy level coding games quit challenging; I have no idea how preschoolers would ever be able to do such thing. I initially thought coding would be a  great way to learn many skills such as math, science, critical thinking, etc. in older grades…but then I came across this website called Preschool STEAM. This article provides many resources in providing ways to begin coding with young students, such as preschoolers. 

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I look forward to learning more about coding and implementing it into my classroom some day, whether it be with middle years students or preschoolers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collective Digital Literacy > Fake News

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What is digital literacy you may ask? Digital literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, and compose clear information through writing and other mediums on various digital platforms. What comes with digital literacy though, is fake news. We cannot always trust what we see and hear online. Because of fake news, we must increase our collective digital literacy. What might this look like in the classroom?…Well I’m about to tell ya!!!

When I first entered the education program, I had limited knowledge on educational technology. I was also very closed off with the idea of involving technology into the classroom. I think this is due to my prior eduction and experiences. My focus in education is the early years (PreK to grade 3 specifically). I always thought that these young students were way to young to be using technology, that it has no benefits in regards to development and is basically ruining their childhood. I think this is a thought many others also have. My EDTC mentor Kylie and fellow classmate Lauren had a debate in regards to this topic of social media and childhood in their EDTC400 class. You can check it out on their blogs linked in their name.

When I decided to take EDTC300, my mindset changed completely. I am now open to the thought of using education technology…in moderation, and with a purpose. Educational technology can assist with many subjects in the curriculum, as well as provide new ways to communicate, collaborate and document learning and growth.

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Let’s talk about digital literacy in grade 3. In the grade 3 curriculum, there are numerous outcomes in which digital literacy can be taught as well as by integrating the NCTE Frameworks.

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Health Education 3:

DM3.1:

Demonstrate the importance of investigating information for making informed decisions related to healthy foods and physical activity, one’s “inner self”, helpful and harmful substances, healthy family and home, safety at home, and impact of violence.

Indicators:

(a) Critique decisions made by someone who did not investigate the information/facts before making a decision, and compare it to those made by people who did.

(b) Determine the kinds of information to gather and investigate for making healthy decisions.

(c) Examine sources of information/misinformation in the community.

For this outcome, in regards to digital literacy and safely, there is a great resource called Zoe & Molly Online from Canadian Centre for Child Protection: Helping Families, Protecting Children to assist in hitting outcomes and indicators relating to digital literacy and fake news.

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All the components of the Zoe & Molly Online website provide an engaging learning experience for students about internet safety. As the students progress through the website, their level of knowledge and safety confidence will increase. This recourse is great for many reasons, including that it’s Canadian based and FREE!!!

Zoey & Molly Online consists of:

A teacher kit, a comic, an interactive game and a “Guess What” quiz to assess what was learnt.

 

These lessons about digital literacy, safety and fake news for young students are critical. As stated in  The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy by Linda Jacobson, “Media literacy experts stress that children should begin acquiring these questioning skills long before they are old enough to use social media. Even in the early years, they can begin to question the messages in signs and TV commercials.” As teachers, it’s important to increase our own collective digital literacy to combat fake news, as well as educate our students for their own understanding and safety online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey EDTC… Introduce Yourself!

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Tansi

Let me start by saying that learning a new language has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding things I have done in my life. I decided to learn Cree not only for this #LearningProject, but to use this learning project as a starting point in my language learning. If I was to say I would be fluent in Cree by the end of my learning project, I would sound crazy! I have learnt a lot, but still have a lot more to learn.

Today though, isn’t about me…it’s about you! Today, I will help you learn what the Cree language is all about! I have created a short video using Adobe Spark, providing you with some background knowledge about the Cree language…but it doesn’t stop there! I have also provided you with a short explanation on how to introduce yourself in Cree!!! I thought this would be the most beneficial thing to demonstrate as we all use introductions almost every single day.

 

Basic Cree Introduction:

tansi ___________ nitisiyihkâson

(Hello my name is _________)

êkwa ____________ ohci niya

(and I am from ___________)

 

I hope this video helped you learn a thing or two about the Cree language. I also hope that you will all be able to use the basic Cree introduction when talking to others, or even teaching your own students!

For any of you who are interested in learning more about the Cree language, here is a list of resources to have a look at:

Apps:

Cree FHQ

Maskwacis Cree

Cree Online Dictionary

Websites:

Cree Literacy Network

Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre

The Gift of Language and Culture 

Courses:

University of Regina

First Nations University of Canada

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Time to “Splice” it up!

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Tansi!

Throughout the semester thus far, I have used a variety of ways to demonstrate my #LearningProject. Some of these ways include written work, pictures, time-lapses and videos!

To create my videos, I came across an app called Splice. I had never heard of this app before, nor have I used it until my learning project began.

“Simple yet powerful, Splice makes it easy to create fully customized, professional-looking videos on your iPhone, iPad. Imagine the performance of a desktop editor, optimized for your mobile device. Just tap to trim clips, adjust transitions, add slow motion effects and more to create beautiful videos you’ll love to share. It’s never been easier to edit like a pro on the go.” – Splice: Video Editor & Maker

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I enjoy this app because it is so convenient!! I always take my videos using my iPhone camera, therefore being able to also edit and finalize my videos using my phone is super helpful, time friendly and so easy to use!

Some of the tools Splice offers include:

For my #LearningProject post this week, I learned about Cree Syllabics – more specifically, I learned how to write them. I created a video this week of my process of learning, as well as a screen recording to demonstrate how Splice works in regards to editing/creating videos.

Check out my screen recording here: (This was a very quick edit but provides a basic visual of the app including adding text, cropping a video clip and choosing/adding audio)

Here is the final result of the video editing process using Splice:

This week has been super fun! Learning to write Cree syllabics brought some creativity into my learning – it kind of felt like writing out music in a way or some type of art. To learn the Cree syllabics, I used a variety of online resources. I used the Cree Syllabics Tutorial in order to learn and practice the different sounds. I also used this chart and keyboard from Online Cree Dictionary to assist with learning to write out each symbol.

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As the semester is coming to an end and with only a few more #LearningProject posts left, along with the Summary of Learning Video, I truly believe that Splice is an easy to use, accessible tool to document this learning. With that being said, I also want to expand the tools I use for video editing/creating. For my final project, I plan to use a new tool – something that I can use on my computer as it is a bigger project with more content. I have not yet decided which tools and resources I will use, but I have narrowed it down to two. I will link both tutorial videos here. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know!

  1. Adobe Spark
  2. iMovie

 

Until then, thanks for reading!

Will the Real Courtney Hawkins Please Stand Up!

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This week I had the opportunity to cyber sleuth Courtney Hawkins. When I began my investigation, I soon realized Courtney Hawkins is a Major League Baseball player. This was not the Courtney Hawkins I was looking for…

 

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Because this Courtney Hawkins was taking over my google searches, I narrowed it down to “Courtney Hawkins Regina“.

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As I continued my investigation, I ended up finding Courtney Hawkins on numerous web based platforms.

Facebook

Courtney’s Facebook revealed the city she resides in, gender, birthday, and education/work history.

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Twitter x2

I found that Courtney has 2 Twitter accounts. One being Educational which is open to the public and one that is personal and private. Her educational Twitter reveals she is a 4th year science teacher at the University of Regina, as well as a comedian and an animal lover. She also had the link to her word press account.

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Word Press

Courtney’s blog contains numerous things such as professional field experiences, classes and recourses. She also provides a wide variety of information about who she is.

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Instagram

Courtney has an Instagram account but it is private.

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VSCO

Courtney also has a VSCO account, displaying pictures of her day to day life. This account is not private.

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Through my CREEPING, I learned many things about Courtney as she has showcased many experiences through these online platforms.

Education

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Travel

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Experiences

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And last but not least, Courtney’s evolution of…

Selfies

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And this is where I will conclude my cyber sleuthing of Courtney Hawkins. Courtney is on many different online platforms. I believe that she shares an adequate amount; not too much, not too little. The accounts that she has made available to the public are professional and provide the basic information that people would need. Some of her other accounts are private, therefore people need to follow her and allow her to accept in order for people to gain that private information about her.

As I was cyber sleuthing Courtney, I often wondered what people would be able to find out about me in regards to my digital identity. In Monica Lewinsky’s Ted Talk: The Price of Shame, it truly demonstrates how powerful our technology world is. We need to use caution with the information and content we are putting online and who has access to it. She discusses how her private words, actions, conversations and photos were made public without consent. The consequences of posting one wrong thing online can be detrimental.

In Nicole Lee’s article “Having multiple online identities is more normal than you think“, I found it interesting in how common it is now a days to have numerous online platforms and identities.. This article made a very bold statement:Screen Shot 2019-03-10 at 2.14.11 PMIn regards to myself, I can completely relate to this statement. I have multiple online accounts, with different audiences and for different purposes. For example, I have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat accounts to connect and share with my family and friends. These accounts are more relaxed and informal. I also have Twitter, WordPress, Pinterest and Instagram accounts to connect and share with classmates, teachers and educational organizations. These accounts are more formal and professional.

At the end of the day, my biggest take away from learning about cyber sleuthing is to think before you post!

 

Story Time with Sarah

EDTC 300, Learning Project

Tansi!

As some of you know, last week was a bit of a struggle for me in regards to my #learningproject. I was having trouble with creating full sentences on my own and the Cree dialects. To help me get over this hump, I decided to reflect back to my very first learning project post. Reflecting back reminded my of how excited I was to learn the Cree language and share my knowledge with others. I soon remembered that one of my goals that I had set for myself was to be able to read a children’s book in Cree…so to get back into the groove of things, I did just that!

As I didn’t have a specific book in mind, I did some research. I ended up coming across this very lovely list of children’s books that are written in Cree or include Cree. When choosing one specific book, I decided to go withWhen the Trees Crackle with Cold: A Cree CalendarI chose this book because its local to Saskatchewan and relates directly to the province. It is also written in the y-dialect of the Northern Plains Cree in which is what I am trying to learn.

I wasn’t able to find a read aloud or an e-book, so I searched the Regina Public Library website, and sure enough there it was!

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As you can see, this book is mainly in English, with Cree words throughout. I was able to become familiar with the months in Cree, using online resources for pronunciation. I used this Cree Months video, as well as the FHQ Cree app. The book also contains helpful resources at the back as well.

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I look forward to reading more children’s books in Cree and sharing them with my students!