Fin's Friends frequently asked questions
What is the cost of the program?
Fin's Friends is completely free. We provide the Fin's Friends program to interested BC primary teachers and their schools absolutely free of charge with the expectation that they will complete the entire program over the course of the school year.
What is included in the Fin's Friends kit?
Each kit contains a hearty curriculum, developed by local teachers to fit the curriculum mandates or social responsibility in primary grades. It also includes 4 different children's books to accompany the curriculum, a plush Fin doll, a Fin puppet, class-set of book marks, and a class-set of certificates of completion. All of these items are contained in a custom Fin's Friends canvas zip-up bag.
I teach in a remote area of British Columbia, can I still be part of the program?
Absolutely! We'll even take care of the shipping costs to send your Fin's Friends kit directly to your school at the start of the school year.
How much time will this program take to complete?
We encourage teachers to find a pace that is appropriate for their classroom. Some teachers take 6 weeks to get through the program, others take 6 months.
Do I have to complete the entire program?
Yes please. A lot of time, money and resources have gone into the production and distribution of Fin's Friends. We ask that only teachers who think they will be fully dedicated to this program register. An important thing to keep in mind is that Fin's Friends will completely fulfill the Ministry-mandated social responsibility curriculum that must be taught in each primary classroom throughout the Province each year.
Will Fin visit my classroom?
We wish we could arrange for Fin to every Fin's Friends classroom, but with more than 1200 Fin's Friends classes throughout the entire province unfortunately it is not possible. Instead, we offer a contest every fall for classes in the Lower Mainland to enter to win a Fin visit. We draw a minimum of 12 classes to win a visit. All classroom visits take place in October, November or December each year.
I have a split-class. Can I have a kit for each grade?
Unfortunately, due to our limited resources, we can only offer one Fin's Friends kit to each class. Having said that, it is completely appropriate to teach whichever grade you select to your entire class, even if you have a split-class as the lessons and values are transferable and adaptable. When you register, please let us know which grade you prefer to receive.
Can I re-use my Fin's Friends kit next year?
Absolutely! In fact, we whole-heartedly encourage it! We provide Replenishment Order forms to top up your Fin's Friends kit before the start of each new school year. Items such as bookmarks and certificates can be sent to you each year at no cost.
I teach more than two different grades at my school. Can I have a kit for each grade?
Unfortunately, due to our limited resources, we can usually only offer one Fin's Friends kit to each class. Depending on the number of students in each grade that you teach, we may be able to bend the rules. Please let us know your situation in the ?Comments' section of the Registration process.
Can I have a kit for my pre-school or daycare?
Due to our limited resources, we can only offer the Fin's Friends program to Elementary school teachers.
I already have a Grade X kit for this year, but I'm changing grades next year. What do I do?
If you will be teaching a different grade next year, you need to register again for the new grade. We strongly encourage you to pass on your current kit to a different teacher who could use it. Please let us know who you've passed it on to in the comments section of your registration form.
Is the puppet or doll machine washable?
Yes - on the gentle cycle.