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, in the classroom or centre. Use it as an extension activity to … Continue reading What’s In A Tinker Tray?
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 … Continue reading The ABC’s on IEP’s
A few weeks ago I uploaded an article entitled: Navigating Life With A Learning Disability with Shakira Rouse. If you haven't already done so, scroll down to read it now. We got the message 'out there' and now it's time to keep the convo going! By keeping the convo going on learning disabilities (LDs) we … Continue reading Let’s Keep The Convo Going!
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 … Continue reading Creating Invitations to Play
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, … Continue reading Navigating Life With A Learning Disability with Shakira Rouse
Families and children stand to benefit the most from a partnership like this, gaining access to much needed support, education and services within their community. So how can we successfully connect these three in order to create a learning environment that is conducive to the individual needs of each child whilst supporting the family unit. … Continue reading Connecting the Community, Family and School
For some the transition to daycare is never an easy one, it can be tough on everyone, both the parents and child. Everyone might be experiencing just a bit of seperation anxiety right about now. Work together with the staff at your child's centre to create a plan that works best for you and your … Continue reading Making The Transition To Daycare
A simple blog can be a highly effective tool when used as part of your marketing strategy, it builds that sense of trust amongst your readership, it shows parents the expertise and professionalism amongst staff and your ability and willingness to stay current within the field. Whether it be leaving a comment, gaining a new … Continue reading Starting A Blog For Your Centre
During the summer months I love to freshen things up around the house and that sometimes means a coat of fresh paint! When you're all done choosing colours don't throw out the paint chips, upcycle them! You can teach anything from math to literacy skills and the arts. Need more paint chips? It's easy to … Continue reading Upcycling Paint Chips
With summer just around the corner most families are starting to think about and plan summer activities. You've got your day trips, play dates, special excursions and your road trips, I love road trips! The planning, the packing and then there's the whole plotting of places to see and things to do along the way … Continue reading Planning A Road Trip