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…

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,…

Connecting the Community, Family and School

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….

Making The Transition To Daycare

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…