First Bell: Winter 2015

By Our Children

Challenge yourself this winter!

The 60 Minute Kids’ Club Challenge is back on! Sign up your child or school this winter and improve your overall health by tracking your fitness, nutrition, sleep, screen time and more. The winter challenge starts January 15. Or look ahead to the spring challenge, which runs from April 15 to June 1. Parents are encouraged to sign up, too, and make this a family challenge. It’s a great way to kick start your family into healthy habits. For more on the 60 Minute Kids’ Club, visit

Our Children editor, Suzanne Rent, and her daughter took part in the fall challenge. Suzanne blogged about the process, detailing what they learned about each health factor they tracked.
Read her story here.


Author school tour a huge success

This past fall, Halifax Learning partnered with best-selling author Vicki Grant to visit 12 schools across Nova Scotia. Designed to inspire passion for reading and writing, Vicki’s witty and engaging talks taught students that anyone with passion and patience can become a great writer.

Vicki’s tour was so successful, they’re already planning next year’s visits. Please contact them if you would like your child’s school to receive a visit this spring.

Halifax Learning also offers educational support in literacy and math. Their reading program SpellRead has turned nearly 3,000 students into skilled and confident readers.

To book a free assessment and learn how SpellRead will increase your child’s reading, writing, communication skills and confidence, call 902-453-4113 or email


We Day 2014

Students from around Atlantic Canada came together on November 28 to celebrate We Day, an event that encourages kids to be agents of change. Speakers and celebrities entertained and motivated the crowd of more than 8,000 students. Our Children was there to celebrate, too.