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…

Make A Recycled Placemat

This is a simple activity idea for use either at home or the centre, have kids collect and bring in any recycled greeting cards they may have received over the Holidays and use these to make recycled placemats! A great way to develop and build on fine motor skills would be to have the kids…

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,…

Easy to Make Halloween Pumpkin Craft

To date, this is probably one of my favourite Halloween craft ideas. It’s quick and easy to set up with minimal clean up, making it ideal for use at home or the centre. It’s also easy on the budget and great for all ages and capabilities. You’ll need several sheets of tissue paper, we choose some…

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…

DIY Backyard Games

Looking for a quick and easy DIY backyard game for kids of all ages to enjoy throughout the summer months? How about a fast paced game of Tic-Tac-Toe?! I put this one together last year and it’s held up pretty good ever since. I mainly used items I had around the house such as leftover tiles…