While your child is learning and social distancing at home, it is expected that they will access more screen time. This creates worry for parents who are monitoring their child’s electronic use each day. However, not all screen time is created equally.  The content and purpose of the screen use can make a difference. It matters what is on the ...

Reading aloud to your child brings joy, engagement and emotional connection, as well as optimal brain development. It opens up a world of adventure, curiosity and imagination. Through the language of stories your child will develop empathy, vocabulary and concepts.  “The evidence is so overwhelming that researchers consider it one of the most important indicators of a child’s prospects in ...

Conflict can occur within families at anytime, but too much “togetherness” can really make things challenging on the home front. Whether conflict occurs between partners, parent-child, or siblings the sources of conflict typically arise from three main factors. Family members may differ in what they want to accomplish, in the ways in which they want to pursue their goals and ...

English Language Learners (ELLs) refers to a linguistically diverse group of students who are not currently proficient as English speakers and are in the process of developing their language skills. They may have recently immigrated to Canada or they may have been born in Canada and live in homes in which the spoken language is not English.  ELL is a ...

Learning is defined as the process of acquiring new, or modifying existing, knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences. However, it can be more than that because it is within a context of our relationships and the environment that we live in. It also includes looking for connections and meaning in our world and knowing how to navigate within our world. When ...

In times of uncertainty, your children are looking at you for direction. According to Tamar Chansky (2004), author of  Freeing Your Child from Anxiety,  no matter how you answer they actually want to know three things: Is it okay that this is happening?Am I okay? Are you there for me? Your emotions will be just as powerful as your words. Remember ...

Immersive Reader is a tool developed by Microsoft, designed to improve online reading for our students who struggle with reading, students with special educational needs as well as ESL learners.  Immersive Reader is a full screen reading tool designed to support students with dyslexia and dysgraphia in the classroom, but is a support for any student who wants to make ...

Why does it matter? Why set up a learning space during Covid 19? Without a clearly defined and organized learning space, your child can be easily distracted. Learning occurs best with routines, structure and a space that helps that to happen. Creating a learning space in your home sets up the learning experience and most importantly sets up your child ...