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…

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…

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,…

Upcycling Paint Chips

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…

Planning A Road Trip

Summer’s here and most families are starting to think about and plan summer activities. You’ve got your day trips, play dates and my personal favourite, road trips! The planning, the packing and then there’s the whole plotting of places to see and things to do along the way and once you get there, it’s the…

Not Just Another Pretty Face

There are many really great literacy programs available to us today and with so many choices, choosing just one can become quite overwhelming. Some things you may want to take into account before making your decision include: considering the needs of your child and your family. What is your child’s learning style? Do they need…

Learning Through The Arts

I’m always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to engage students. By doing so it enables us to reach the range of learning styles, interests, needs and capabilities of every child. “A child that is engaged will learn and an educated child is an empowered child.” One of my favourite ways to do so…