Early Years Resource for Ages 2 ½ to 4

Early Years May 6, 2020

Tools for Life is pleased to announce the launch of its Early Years Resource for ages 2½ to 4. The Resource comes packaged in a kit with an extensive educator’s manual and a variety of age-appropriate resources including hand puppets, …more

“Now I know what they were talking about!”

School Age December 6, 2019

Tools for Life is part of our Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy at Wellington Catholic District School Board, in Guelph Ontario.  In 2014, our Mental Health Leadership Team identified self-regulation and social problem-solving as an area of need among our young …more

Resilience, Self-awareness and Self-management

School Age April 1, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many stressors for students, parents, and teachers. Recently, I watched a talk show host interview a 3rd grade student. The student stated that she had learned to lock herself out of Zoom classes. Three weeks passed before anyone realized it was an intentional act. When asked why she would lock herself out of the classes, she replied, “I was tired of zooming for school.”


Family Storytime – the most important time of the day!

Families April 1, 2021

FREE Download… Tools for Life Family Storytime PDF

Adults are often reluctant to read to their children because they fear that they are not good oral readers. Don’t worry, your child can’t discern reading skills. The child just wants to listen to you read. Even if you just choose a book and talk about the pictures, it will be a great experience for you and your child.


Storytelling and Tools for Life are a winning combination.

School Age September 10, 2020

Storytelling and Tools for Life are a natural fit. What better way to illustrate social emotional learning than by the sharing of stories? Folktales, poetry, songs, and chants are all part of the storytelling world.


Strong interpersonal foundations lead to better futures.

Early Years August 12, 2020

Early Years, with Jan & Janet

When we accepted the opportunity to join with the Tools for Life team, with the goal of developing an Early Years Educator’s Manual to create a foundation for the elementary school resources, there was no hesitation at all.


Building Positive Relationships

School Age August 8, 2020

How often have you heard, “Students don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”? Every child is a unique individual; they are not one size fits all, and we cannot connect with them in that manner.  For the most part, teachers with high-quality relationships are aware of student needs, exhibit appropriate levels of guidance and cooperation and have fewer discipline problems. 


Gallery – Ideas for after class and in the office.

Gallery School Age July 27, 2020

Check out this great cart for after class use. If you have images, videos, activities and implementation ideas you would like to share please contact us.


Gallery – Tools for Life on display

Gallery School Age July 27, 2020

Check out how schools and centers are displaying the Tools and Posters. If you have images, videos, activities and implementation ideas you would like to share please contact us.


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