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Sara Christle

How Meaningful Screen Time Enhances Learning

When it comes to screen time, it can be a pretty hotly debated topic amongst parents, caregivers, and educators, with everyone having their own strong opinions and justified concerns. The one thing we can all agree on, though?

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From “Learning to Read” to “Reading to Learn”: Exploring The Fourth Grade Reading Slump

You may have heard of a phenomenon in the education world known as the “fourth grade reading slump”. This refers to when students, who seemed to have previously been on par with their peers, begin to lag in their reading progression around the fourth grade. It’s a real issue that has been shown to negatively impact children’s later academic success across content areas, so it’s one to be wary of if you have any (soon-to-be) school-aged children. 

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9 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Social Wellbeing

When it comes to your child’s success in school, their sense of belonging and social wellbeing is just as important as their academics. In fact, succeeding socially can be a huge part of why a child succeeds academically. 

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Self-Care During the Holidays

The holidays can be a really stressful time for you and yours. There are end-of-term recitals, hockey tournaments, swimming wrap-ups, school concerts, bake sales, fundraisers, and endless holiday events, on top of the added stress and anxiety that can come with family obligations and pressures at this time of year (did anyone else get palpitations just reading through that list?!). Then, on top of all of that, we’re being bombarded with images of how perfect our holidays are “supposed to” look from social media, Pinterest, and all the cutest new Netflix and Hallmark Channel holiday specials (and like, we know they’re not good, but they’re weirdly addictive!). Not to mention the added financial demands! It’s a lot, and being a parent or caregiver is already a lot. Regardless of what you celebrate, chances are that you and your littles are feeling a variety of all the stress, anxiety, excitement, exhaustion, and pressure that comes with all of the above. Even though it may seem impossible during this busy season, this, of all times, is when you need to make sure you and your kiddos are getting in some self-care.

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Strategies to Tackle Homework

The start of a new school year can bring with it a lot more demands on our lives. From signing up for swimming lessons on time, to making sure the school supplies are bought and labelled, to making sure everyone has lunches made, it’s busy! Then, on top of coordinating pick-ups and after school activities, there is…. ugh, homework

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Should Your Child Read Graphic Novels?

If you are a parent or an educator, you have probably noticed the rapidly increasing popularity of graphic novels. They seem to be everywhere all of a sudden – in full display in popular book stores, at your local library, and, likely, coming home in your child’s bag. As a teacher, I can also tell you that they are the most requested and shared books in my classroom library. They are constantly being passed from student to student and often we even have to make a waiting list for many of the different graphic novels. Honestly, I can barely keep up with the demand – which, as a literacy teacher trying to get as many books into the hands and hearts of my students as possible, actually feels like a pretty awesome problem to have. However, with that popularity, I get a lot of questions and concerns from parents about why their child isn’t reading a “real” book. 

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Preparing Your Child For School

It’s that time of year when the days are full of sunshine, sticky fingers from cold treats, splash pads, camping trips, and later bedtimes. For a lot of us, it’s an extremely busy time of year and, because time goes by so much faster when you’re having fun, it goes by in a blur! Before we know it, it will be time to start thinking about getting ready for school again. 

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Reading And Responding to Report Cards

The day the report card comes home can bring a mix of emotions for everyone, with a range of everything from celebration and pride, to stress and disappointment. Unfortunately, there can also be a lot of misunderstanding about what exactly the report card is saying.

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Four Ways to Beat The Summer Slide

It’s getting to that time of year where summer is so close, I can practically taste it! It tastes of sunshine, cold sweet treats, play, and a renewed sense of energy. I don’t know about you and your family, but I am beyond over the snow, the constantly dirty car, wearing all the layers, and basically hibernating. Lately, in our schools, from the kids, to the teachers, to the custodians, to the parents at drop-off or pick-up, there is a shared feeling of hardly being able to contain our excitement for summer – especially after all those months of indoor recesses!

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