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Have You Considered Registering for Online University Classes? #TRUOpen

| September 22, 2014 | 6 Comments
Have You Considered Registering for Online University Classes? #TRUOpen

Back in the late 1980s when I studied Business at Algonquin College in Ottawa, online courses were not offered to students. When I took a few in-room classes in the evening back in the 90’s to study in Nonprofit Management, I have to admit that being able to study at home would have been much […]

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What Does Conflict Over School Dress Codes Teach?

| September 15, 2014 | 14 Comments
What Does Conflict Over School Dress Codes Teach?

What is one of the most debated school related topics under the microscope right now? Grabbing major headlines across North America and overloading the parental plate? The dreaded school dress code. One of the most recent cases to grab international headlines is unfolding at Oakleaf High School in Florida’s Clay County School District. It’s Superintendent […]

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Back to School Kenya Style: Education Helping Build Self-esteem for Elimu’s Children in Kenya

| September 12, 2014 | 10 Comments
Back to School Kenya Style: Education Helping Build Self-esteem for Elimu’s Children in Kenya

It’s back to school in Canada and at ‘home’ in Kenya for Nina Chung, where the founder of Elimu (Canada) supports kids’ education projects. While you may be scrambling for last minute school supplies – Nina has to oversee getting together school fees, uniforms, back packs and school supplies for 15+ children in her charge […]

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Choosing French School

| September 2, 2014 | 10 Comments
Choosing French School

My daughter started Senior Kindergarten this Fall. Or, more specifically, because she goes to a French school: jardin. I remember the nerves when she started in French school. My nerves – as the English-speaking parent. My husband is French, and we’d made the decision from birth to raise bilingual children and send both our girls […]

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Ontario College of Teachers – A Valuable Resource for Parents

| April 23, 2014 | 2 Comments
Ontario College of Teachers – A Valuable Resource for Parents

The role of the Ontario College of Teachers is often misunderstood.  When you think of the College do you think of an organization exclusively for teachers? Well, you’re wrong. The Ontario College of Teachers is actually a valuable resource for parents as well as teachers. One of the missions of the College is to regulate […]

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How Is My Child Doing? 5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Child’s Teacher

| March 12, 2014 | 4 Comments
How Is My Child Doing? 5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Child’s Teacher

  How is my child doing? Is about the worst question you can ask a teacher. We hear it all the time. Usually, if there is some kind of issue with your child, or something they are having trouble with, you would have heard about it by now. At least for me, I view teacher […]

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To Tech or Not to Tech?

To Tech or Not to Tech?

So as parents I’m sure we have all come across this issue at some point in time: Whether or not babies and children should be introduced to technology or not. *** Just let me say that in this post, this is strictly my view on the subject, and in no way shape or form do […]

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Keeping Happy in the Winter (with kids): Visits to the Library

| February 20, 2014 | 12 Comments
Keeping Happy in the Winter (with kids): Visits to the Library

I can tell it is February, without even looking at a calendar. We are antsy. We have cabin feverish and are craving some summer weather.  My kids and I are running on empty. We are bored with our usual activities and need some winter spice to liven our days. I am constantly looking for local, […]

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Choosing the Right Registered Education Savings Plans for Your Child

| December 4, 2013 | 6 Comments
Choosing the Right Registered Education Savings Plans for Your Child

When my daughter was 4 months old, we started looking at our options to choose the right type of RESP for her.  We made an appointment with our bank representative to talk about different options for opening an RESP . We also invited different organizations that offer group scholarship plans to pay us a visit at home to […]

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Making Music Sharpens the Mind!

| October 15, 2013 | 3 Comments
Making Music Sharpens the Mind!

As a private music teacher, Kindermusik educator, and mother of three, I know that learning needs to be fun! During the summer I searched websites and blogs looking for new and innovative ways to teach music to children. Over the past several weeks I have been making more games for my private piano and voice […]

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DK Pocket Genius Books – Facts At Your Fingertips #Review & #Giveaway ~ CAN 09/29

| September 5, 2013 | 53 Comments
DK Pocket Genius Books – Facts At Your Fingertips #Review & #Giveaway ~ CAN 09/29

Where did the summer go?  It’s back to school and though most kids aren’t real happy about that, I am a little excited to get back into a routine.  The lazy days of summer are being replaced with backpacks and homework.  During the summer months bed and meal times are fairly relaxed around here and […]

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On The Fence About Junior Kindergarten?

| August 13, 2013 | 10 Comments
On The Fence About Junior Kindergarten?

So here we are just getting into August, the summer has blown by and school is right around the corner.  Some of you may have enrolled your four-year old for junior kindergarten in the winter and some may be on the fence about the whole thing.  I am sure you are conflicted with whether your little one seems […]

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Starting Kindergarten

| August 5, 2013 | 12 Comments
Starting Kindergarten

My little guy is starting junior kindergarten this September. We have some things to do to get him ready. I stay at home with my two kids – my almost-4 year old and my 2.5 year old – so we don’t have to transition my son out of daycare or look for before- and after-school […]

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Music Training and Reading

Music Training and Reading

You have probably heard it before – music helps kids improve in math and reading. A recent study (Rautenburg, in press) reviewed by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham shows a link between music training and reading. In Germany, 159 grade one students were part of an 8-month study. They found that music training in rhythm was […]

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End of School Year Teachers’ Gifts

| June 24, 2013 | 9 Comments
End of School Year Teachers’ Gifts

Time flies, I cannot believe it is almost officially summer.  This also means that the end of the school year is just around the corner. I give my sons’ teachers gifts twice a year – once around the holidays in December and once at the end of the school year. Around the holidays I usually […]

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Dreams: Are they real, a fragment of the imagination or simply a part of one nocturne life

| May 24, 2013 | 4 Comments
Dreams: Are they real, a fragment of the imagination or simply a part of one nocturne life

Ever wonder what dreams are all about? Are they real, a fragment of the imagination or simply a part of one nocturne life.  Dreams can be prophetic, funny, scary at times especially to a young child. Children dream as often as adults; parents will encounter a morning conversation full of details and with all the […]

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What do your kids know about money? ~ Tuesday Tips

| April 23, 2013 | 3 Comments
What do your kids know about money? ~ Tuesday Tips

Are you able to tell me how much money your parents made each year when you were ten years old? Probably not. I bet a lot of people couldn’t. Why exactly is that? For the simple reason that families don’t talk about money a lot, and they especially don’t talk about it with their kids. […]

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When should my child start music classes?

When should my child start music classes?

Now! Experts tell us that the younger a child is exposed to music and music-making, the better. All children are musical. The more musical experiences your child has before age three, the easier music is as they get older. Sing to your child. Listen and dance to a broad range of music from different cultures. […]

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April is Math Awareness Month – Some fun ideas to honor numbers and counting this month ~ Tuesday Tips

| April 2, 2013 | 4 Comments
April is Math Awareness Month – Some fun ideas to honor numbers and counting this month ~ Tuesday Tips

Did you know that April is Math Awareness month?  Math is fun, right? For me, it always has been. My 5 year old loves it too. The other day, I was on Google Analytics and he came into my office, looked at one of the graphs and remarked “That’s Cool Mom! You do connect the […]

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This is Mitten Weather!

| March 4, 2013 | 6 Comments
This is Mitten Weather!

Being a teacher I love bringing thematic learning to my classroom. This time of the year is tough, major holidays are over and spring is just around the corner but winter clothing still needs to be worn. During this time of year I would bring out my mitten unit for my primary students. I have […]

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Ottawa Network for Education – Feeding Kids the Most Important Meal of the Day

| February 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
Ottawa Network for Education – Feeding Kids the Most Important Meal of the Day

  We all know how our concentration, productivity and effectiveness suffers when we are hungry.  The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) realizes this and their School Breakfast Program is helping hungry kids get breakfast – the most important meal of the day. A study completed by the Toronto School Board shows that kids that participated […]

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March break at the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

| February 25, 2013 | 4 Comments
March break at the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

I love this time of year.  The temperature is gradually rising and the snow is beginning to melt. We’ve had a fun winter and enjoyed the snow, but I’m ready for spring. I can smell it in the air! Another reason why I’m excited is because it’s maple syrup time and time for our yearly family outing […]

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Kindergarten

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
Kindergarten

It’s mid winter and I’m dreaming of warm weather and sand between my toes. In reality I’m lugging the kids to playgroup and the library trying to keep my sanity during the long, cold days. On one such outing I drove past an elementary school. In front was a sign that advertised kindergarten registration. In […]

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