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  • 5 Oct 2019 3:14 PM | Sam Mills (Administrator)


    Akemi Ito's new show features a fairy door.  It makes us very happy to see all the inspirations and delights emerging in our neighbourhood around fairy doors, and to know that we have played a part in this web of community creation.  


  • 31 Aug 2019 3:19 PM | Sam Mills (Administrator)


    What will you learn this fall?

    Experiments! Getting outside! Seeing the world! Figuring out how things work! Making things transform! The Learnary has a big collection of books that inspire folks and families to do this! Come check them out.

    Here are some other things to explore and be amazed by:
    https://scaleofuniverse.com...See the relative size of most things! 

    Strange and beautiful things as seen through a microscope: https://www.theguardian.com/…/nikon-small-world-photomicrog…


  • 31 Aug 2019 3:10 PM | Sam Mills (Administrator)


    What will you learn this fall?


    School Years: A Family Keepsake of School Memories put out by Chronical Books. is a lovely little bundle with which to keep memories all in one place. For each school year, there is an enclosed envelope for paper keepsakes, as well as a place to note highlights of the year. A nice way to ritualize reflection and memory making. Available at The Learnary.

    On the topic of storing memories...so many of us in Vancouver live in small spaces with highly productive artists in the house. In this link, Rachelle Doorley of Tinkerlab, shares her recommendations for ways to store art. Tinkerlab provides some of our favourite curiosity based, open ended, creative activities. Her book is available at The Learnary.

  • 29 Aug 2019 7:34 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)


    What will you learn this fall?


    'Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation' by Monique Gray Smith. A compassionate look at the history and traumatic repercussions of colonization, as well as an inspirational primer for young and old who want to want to do good work towards reconciliation. Pitched at around a middle school age, it's a great resource for all ages. 

    "In this book, we are embarking on a journey of reconciliation. This isn't a read-and-do-nothing kind of book. It is an active exploration of Canada's collective history, our present and our futures. It's about how we grow as individuals, families, communities and as a country." (page 12). Available at The Learnary

    For more reading, we recommend Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. An important document to be familiar with. Http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

    Also, check out Reconciliation through Education, a free online course aimed at educators of all sorts. This is detailed and informative course. Sam took it earlier this year, and will likely take it again. Highly recommended! Https://pdce.educ.ubc.ca/reconciliation/

  • 28 Aug 2019 7:28 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)


    What will you learn this fall?


    We LOVE learning more about the world through math. At The Learnary, we continue to bring in materials that foster joy, nimbleness and skill building around math. Come check them out! 

    Did you know you can also consult with Learnary co-director Sam Mills for ideas about how to engage with math in your family?

    Math for Love, who makes the fantastic Tiny Polka Dot and Prime Climb games we carry, also has a Free Lesson Library on their website. Sam says: "This is a fantastic resource for classroom teachers, home learners, and folks that like to play with math. I have used many of the activities offered here with the students I work with, and strongly recommend them. One student I did the broken calculator game with reported she thought it was "even better than screen time""

    https://mathforlove.com/lesson-plan/

  • 27 Aug 2019 7:50 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

     

    What will you learn this fall?


    We have all sorts of kits and supplies to get working with textiles: Embroidery, Sashiko, Felting Kits, Sewing needles, Printing on Fabric, Dying Fabric, and more!

    Come learn at The Learnary: We have tones of workshops and drop in events based around textiles. One of our favourite is the Textile Fixary the first Sunday of the months (next one in October). Bring any textiles and learn how to fix them in community. A loved part of the Textile Fixary is the Stuffy Triage Station. 

    There are lots of layers of good meaning in a young person, learning from a neighbour how to mend their beloved stuffy.

    For those who have always wanted to know, here is a little tutorial on how to darn a sock!

  • 26 Aug 2019 8:33 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)


    What are you going to learn this fall?


    Sometimes it's about exploring early stages of writing. The Learnary shop has got you covered: double wide lined note books, gorgeous big pencils (better for holding and not snapping), pencil sharpeners for big and standard pencils that... actually.... work!!!   We also sell replacement blades which fit these and many standard pencil sharpeners, which may be the item in our shop that most delights us. 

    To get you in the mood of loving handwriting, check out the Art of Handwriting site as part of the Smithsonian Institute: look how marvellous it can be:  https://www.si.edu/spotlight/art-of-handwriting

  • 26 Aug 2019 8:30 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    What are you going to learn this fall?


    The Learnary has a lending library for people who have signed up to be "Friends of The Learnary". Great curiosity based math and logic puzzles are a big part of these resources. Come check it out.

  • 24 Aug 2019 9:06 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)


    What will you learn this fall?


    We have a nice collection of making supplies for all ages. 

    Check out this awesome building site recommended by one of our favourite toy maker suppliers, Derek Wulff of Pathfinders. It's great for all ages of people that want to be amazed by engineering. 

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/sitemap.html

  • 23 Aug 2019 8:24 AM | Sam Mills (Administrator)

    What will you Learn this fall?


    For those people who need something to fidget with when their bodies are asked to sit still: Pencil Pushers. They have lots of textiled, skinny things on the ends of them, and are standard sized in order to slip onto most pencils. They are low stigma 'cause they are cool.

    We are big supporters of letting folks who need to move, move. Now there are studies coming out demonstrating what we have long embraced: for some kids, the fidgeting allows information retention. It takes a lot of mental energy to keep your body still when it's wanting to move, energy that could be put into other things.  

    Here's a list of ways to support fidgeting in standard classrooms. We welcome more ideas here. One I've heard, which I am rather intrigued by, is a rebounder for sharpening pencils in the back of the classroom.  
    '10 Solutions for Students Who Fidget in the Classroom' by Anya Kamenetz, NPR.

    https://www.kqed.org/…/10-solutions-for-students-who-fidget…

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The Learnary is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. We are humbled by this history and grateful for our use of this land.

Phone: 778-802-3544

2643 East Hastings 

Vancouver, BC 

V5K 1Z5

Canada


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Free (2 hour) public parking is available 1/2 block north of Hastings between Penticton and Kamloops.

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Monday    Closed

Tuesday    11:00 - 7:00

Wednesday    11:00 - 6:00 

Thursday.    11:00 - 6:00

Friday 11:00 - 6:00

Saturday   11:00 - 6:00

Sunday      11:00 - 5:00


Special Hours:

Monday Dec. 23 11:00 - 7:00

Tuesday Dec. 24 11:00 - 4:00

Dec. 25 - Jan. 10 Closed for Winter Holiday

Accessibility

Accessibility is important to us. Please note, however, that we are in an old building with limitations.

The Learnary Storefront is on one level.

The front entrance door is 34” wide. There is a short slope outside the front door which rises approximately 5” over 13".

Our bathroom is approximately 57” x 60”.  To access, you need to pass through three doorways. The smallest has a width of 26”. The bathroom is non-gendered.

Our back door (private entrance) has five wooden steps.  

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