education

5 Tips To Start Your Child Reading

You know I love a good guest post, and as a parent and kindergarten teacher I thought this topic, from these two authors, was very appropriate! ****   5 Tips to Start Your Child Reading By Michelle MacRoy-Higgins, PhD, and Carlyn Kolker As children approach their school years, parent begin to wonder how their child […] Read more…

Girl Power, Netflix Style

Studies have shown that girls as young as six are influenced by gender stereotypes, and that role models from the entertainment they choose can have a lasting effect. On this note, and in honour of International Women’s Day earlier this month, I’m sharing my girls’ (and my) Netflix choices for favourite role-model female characters. First, […] Read more…

Family Fun in Boston, MA

Some of our trips are planned months in advance (Nashville, Vancouver, Las Vegas, New York City, Jamaica), other mere days. Our recent on-a-whim trip to Boston, Massachusetts fits in the latter category…and we had a blast! Here are the highlights. Porter Airlines I’m going to save some of the details for now, as I have […] Read more…

Meanwhile, On Kate’s Instagram…

While I still love to delve into topics here on the blog, I also do a lot of “microblogging” on social media. I have the most followers on Twitter, but I’m finding almost zero interaction there lately (is it just me?) so I post a lot to Facebook and Instagram, where my followers seem much […] Read more…

Teach Kids To Fight Germs #SDMFluFighters

Not long ago, I wrote an article for Parents Canada magazine all about teaching young kids not to spread germs. I interviewed a doctor – more specifically a pediatric infectious disease specialist – who said, “The number one way to reduce bacterial germs in any environment is to vaccinate your kids. Not only are they […] Read more…

When to Keep Sick Kids Home – Plus $150 Shoppers Drug Mart Prize Pack Giveaway

“Mommy, I don’t feel well…” We’ve all been there (despite good hygiene, lots of sleep and vaccinations such as the flu shot), and many of us have struggled with staying home from work or arranging alternate child care for our sick kids. It’s not easy! According to a recent Shoppers Drug Mart poll, 30% of adults […] Read more…

Bushra Mdewaye: The Syrian Refugee Momterview

Syrian refugees: you can’t get a media (or social media) fix without hearing about them, but to most of us, the term is general and vague, not accurately representing the masses of individuals that it encompasses. Today’s Momterview may not be with a celebrity, but Bushra Mdewaye’s voice is just as important, and I am […] Read more…

Reflections of a New Kindergarten Teacher

To start, I should be clear that I’m not a new teacher. My 16 year resume in a nutshell: French as a second language, itinerant teacher of the gifted (serving 15 schools in the board), Grade 4/5, seven years in Grade 3, with some 2/3 and 3/4 splits thrown in there, and a great opportunity […] Read more…

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