The Summer Setback

Some call it the summer slide, summer learning loss or the summer setback, these are all terms commonly used to refer to the learning loss some students may experience during the long summer months, kids can typically lose up to three months of academic progress they made throughout the school year. Research shows that by…

The Picky Eater

A short while ago I wrote a focus article on the picky reader. This time around we’ll take a look at the picky eater and what you can do to encourage your child or children at the centre to try new foods. There are many reasons young children may not attempt to try new foods…

Designing Childcare Spaces

Whether redesigning your space or setting up a new one, there are many things you’ll want to consider in order to create a safe and nurturing environment that caters to the growth, learning and development of young children. The following are a few examples. Creating well defined boundaries within the room gives students a clear…

Makerspaces

Makerspaces are places designed for the purpose of innovation and creation. Easily accessible to all with no shortage of tools, equipment, and resources to make something new. Makerspaces provide the opportunity for everyone to engage in hands-on creative activities otherwise not taught in a traditional educational setting. Project ideas can vary and will often focus…

Take It Outside!

By now we’re all very aware of the many advantages of getting our kids to spend more time in the great outdoors. Maybe you read about it in a research article or heard it over the news, the message is clear, outdoor play aides in the healthy development of the whole child. Today we’re also…

When Learning Goes Beyond The Pages Of A Book

The Holiday season is such a fantastic opportunity to support growth and development in areas such as social emotional learning and diversity. There are so many great traditions and customs to be explored this time of season from all over the world and endless opportunities to learn more about them, from cooking a traditional holiday…

What’s In A Tinker Tray?

What exactly are Tinker Trays? A tinker tray is typically filled with easy to manipulate materials that kids can use to create, build or play. It is open-ended. Tinker Trays are ideal for all ages and stages and can be used at home or the centre. Use it as an extension activity to a science…

The ABC’s on IEP’s

A little while ago we posted an article on ‘Navigating Life With A Learning Disability with Shakira Rouse.’  To follow, this week I thought we’d talk more about IEP’s or Individualised Education Plans and what it means. This week I’m pleased to have Karen Loewen share her knowledge and experience of IEP’s with us. Karen hails…

Creating Invitations to Play

When we create invitations to play, we’re setting the ‘scene’, we present open-ended resources for children to discover, explore, manipulate and investigate, we allow them to be the director of their own play experiences. Creating these invitations to play is neither an expensive or difficult task and with some planning can easily be adapted for…

Navigating Life With A Learning Disability with Shakira Rouse

Each of our children have varying learning styles, needs and wants, learning to identify and better understand these are key in order to provide the right support and properly educate not only families, but those within the field. I’d like to introduce you to Shakira Rouse. Shakira is the creator and founder of Special Compass,…