WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE! I’ve created this site in order to share some primary teaching materials that I’ve helped create over the years. I taught primary students for over 30 years mainly in the Victoria School District and for 17 years I taught at South Park Family School. (pictured above)  When my friend and primary teaching colleague at South Park Linda Picciotto retired, we wrote a book together about the history of  South Park School which took us over two years to complete. This book was awarded a Hallmark award in 2008.  After that we decided to write some learning resources together about programs we developed while teaching across the hall from each other.  You’ll find information about our books below with a link to sample pages and how to purchase e-copies of them.  If you’re interested in finding out more about South Park School, you can also download an e-copy of that book below.

Debbie Marchand

SOUTH PARK SCHOOL: Memories Through the Decades outlines the history of this 1894 heritage school in Victoria, B.C. Canada and gives readers a “flavour of the times” through photographs and, more importantly, memoirs written by former students, staff, and parents.

The book places the school’s history in a wider setting through the interesting and often-entertaining “Facts & Events” sections in each chapter.  Feature articles throughout provide readers with additional details about events that were significant in the evolution of the school.

South Park School: Memories Through the Decades

Click on the link below to view a PDF copy of the book.

South Park School: Memories Through the Decades

PRIMARY TEACHING RESOURCES

Teaching Geometry in the Primary Classroom describes the “station approach” my colleague Linda Picciotto and I developed to teach a variety of geometry lessons. We combined the students in our two early primary classes and they rotated between eight stations, a different one each week. They learned about geometry while participating in “hands-on” activities. A complete description of each of these activities along with recording and information sheets for each station is included, as are forms to help teachers manage the stations. The activities can also be used individually as whole-class lessons. To view sample pages and to purchase an electronic version of this book go to http://www.primaryteachersbooks.com/

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Teaching About Canadian Money in the Primary Classroom is similar to the Teaching Geometry book, except that the subject is Canadian money. There are a variety of games and activities to do at each station that help students identify different Canadian coins and bills and help them learn to count money and make change. Pre- and post-tests are printed in both the Canadian Money and Geometry books. To view sample pages and to purchase an electronic version of this book go to http://www.primaryteachersbooks.com/

 

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Favourite Math Lessons was also written in collaboration with my colleague Linda Picciotto. We assembled seven of the “hands-on” engaging lessons we found to be most successful in our classrooms over the years.  Each one is “ready to use,” complete with clear explanations, photos, and recording sheets for the students. The activities can also be used individually as whole-class lesson. To view sample pages and to purchase an electronic version of this book go to http://www.primaryteachersbooks.com/

Favourite Math Lessons

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