The new Animal Crossing: New Horizons update, which brings the game up to version 1.2.0, is live now. It’s a big one–it expands the museum and brings new vendors to your island. If 1.2.0 does not automatically download, you can search for a software update from the main Switch menu by pressing the + button while the cursor is over Animal Crossing.
Redd is coming to the island with his art trawler, where you’ll be able to buy art and sell it to the museum–but you have to watch out for fakes and replicas. Leif, meanwhile, will sell new gardening items, including beautiful shrubs to plant all over your island.
There’s no guarantee that either figure will appear in your game today (personally I just have Label, who gave me a vampire outfit today), but be on the lookout for them once the update has downloaded. Blathers will now express an interest in art if you go and talk to him, too.
Upon downloading the update, you’ll receive letters from both Nintendo and Tom Nook. The letter from Nintendo will come with a World Map, while the letter from Tom Nook will have a Bell-Bag Rug attached. Interestingly, the letter from Nook also tells you that bank interest rates have been cut on your island–even Animal Crossing can’t escape the global economy, it seems.
The Nature Day event is also now in effect, meaning that you can earn additional Nook Miles each day by completing a nature-themed task. Be sure to check them out on your Nook Phone each day until May 1.
As players are finding that their Nook’s Cranny is updating, as enough time has passed, this could be a major week for the game.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been an enormous success for Nintendo, setting franchise records and achieving huge sales figures. Full patch notes for version 1.2.0 are below.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Patch Notes – 23 April 2020
- Added Leif with gardening shop and Redd with Jolly Redd’s Treasure Trawler.
- Added seasonal events.
- Addressed issues to “further ensure an enjoyable gaming experience.”
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Saint John Kindergartners Head To Super Mario World – country94.ca
Two kindergarten teachers at Hazen White-St. Francis School earned an inclusive education award for turning their classroom into Super Mario World.
Ellen Higgins and Rhonda Magee based their lesson plan on the popular Nintendo video game franchise. They work with students to set individual goals, then the five-year-olds watch as their characters progress along the board as they meet their learning goals.
The pair were among 13 recipients of the National Inclusive Education Award presented by the New Brunswick Association for Community Living.
Higgins says rather than earning a reward for topping the class, the purpose of the game is to encourage students to move forward at their own speed.
“We have five-year-olds running into the class, begging to work on their goal and move up a level, which we’ve never seen before,” she said. “They truly have developed a growth mindset and are in charge of their own learning. It’s really exciting.”
The classroom has done away with prizes and stickers. Instead, the game is built to motivate children to learn, as opposed to providing a reward at the end of the class.
She says by not rewarding students there is no jealousy or hurt feelings. The children are equally excited by their friend’s progress as their own.
“With this system, everybody feels success and pride in themselves, which is paramount to viewing yourself as a lifelong learner,” said Higgins.
“They’re not relying on getting a toy, or extra recess time. They do it because they want to do it. It really creates great habits for them.”
The Saint John region was well represented among the 2020 award winners. Sheryl Titus in Quispamsis, Wanda MacDonald at Champlain Heights School, and the welding faculty at NBCC Saint John were also recognized.
Teaching at a high priority school like Hazen White, Higgins says it’s critical for teachers to ensure their students’ diverse needs are met in the classroom.
“It’s really up to teachers right now to make sure that everyone’s needs are getting met,” she said. “Involving the students in that is the best way to do it.”
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Vancouver's Cibo Trattoria and UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar announce new head chef – Eat North
After weeks of planning and anticipation, Vancouver’s Cibo Trattoria and UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar recently announced the addition of new head chef Jesse Zuber, and are both set to reopen their doors for dine-in services today.
Chef Zuber, best known for competing on Top Chef Canada and helming the kitchens at Ayden Kitchen and Bar and Saskatoon’s Little Grouse on the Prairie, has developed new dinner, lunch, and weekend brunch menus for Cibo that embrace the restaurant’s traditional rustic Italian cuisine, while maintaining the B.C.-born chef’s affinity for seasonality and local ingredients.
“It’s a bit of an odd time to start a new position, but I’ve been so impressed with the amount of passion on display here and the breadth of talent from the front of house to the kitchen and bar,” says Zuber. “I’m so thrilled to be a part of this amazing team and we can’t wait to welcome old friends and new acquaintances back to our dining room.”
At UVA, chef Zuber and his team will provide a select menu of bites and small plates to complement the downtown Vancouver wine and cocktail bar’s award-winning cocktail list and cellar of Old- and New-World wines.
Both Cibo and UVA plan to employ stringent health and safety standards, including the use of personal protective equipment and social distancing measures.
Reservations for Cibo can be made via OpenTable or by calling the restaurant, while UVA will accept walk-ins only based on availability.
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