Education

Teaching Social/World Issues With Children’s Books: My CHEX Daily Segment and Book Lists

Last night on CHEX Daily I chatted with hosts Teresa Kaszuba and Mike Judson about using children’s books to explore social and world issues with kids. The titles I brought tackle subjects like bullying, learning disabilities, race, homelessness, natural resources, poverty, war and education. In the second segment, we’re joined by one of my PVNC […] Read more…

Out of the September Haze

It’s October 15th, and I think I’m finally coming out of the September haze. (I’m blaming the delay on the late Labour Day.) The start of the school year always takes its toll on me. While I thrive on routine, getting both a household and a classroom back on board isn’t always easy (I’ll spare […] Read more…

Home/School Communication Tips – My CHEX Daily Segment

Last night on CHEX Daily I chatted with hosts Teresa Kazuba and Mike Judson (who always does a great job keeping the mood light!) about ways to establish strong home/school communication – and why it’s so important! Something I didn’t mention: don’t forget to keep the school/teacher informed about changes in your child’s life (medications, […] Read more…

How Much Should You Help With Homework?

For the “Touchy Subject” in the latest Parents Canada magazine, I answer this question with: “not very much”. See my reasons why (as well as a counterargument) here: http://www.parentscanada.com/school/touchy-subject-is-it-ever-ok-to-take-over-your-kids-homework P.S. As a primary teacher, I don’t believe in assigning very much homework at all, nor have either of my daughters ever brought home an unreasonable […] Read more…

Family Fun at Medieval Times

I know you’ve heard about Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, where guests journey back in time, enjoying a four-course medieval feast (eaten only with the hands, of course) while taking in games of skill, falcon and Andalusian stallion performances and the main event: the jousting knights! This week, we visited the Toronto Castle (the only […] Read more…

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