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Tips for A Successful School Year

At this point, the lazy, hot days of summer are a distant memory and the chilly winds of winter have blown right on in. School routines have taken the place of beach vacations and trips to the pool. Change is never easy, but there are some preparations and routines that can help your child experience as much success as possible this school year. 

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5 Ways to Help Kids Master Test Taking

While school testing can be an enjoyable experience for some, for other students (and parents too!) it can be worrisome and downright painful. I remember taking a standardized test annually and yet, it was one of my favourite weeks of the year! Testing week meant special snacks and any extra time was filled with drawing or reading. Plus, we often had extra recess. Of course, there were also weekly and monthly tests, depending on the subject. I didn’t care too much for those!

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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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How to Boost Confidence in Young Readers

When we approach the subject of motivating our children to embrace educational habits that will last for a lifetime, one can sometimes hear the collective groans arising from frustrated moms. Maybe using the term “motivation” is too cliché and we need to open the discussion by looking deeper into why humans make certain actions a habit. 

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Four Simple Tips to Ease The Back To School Transition

The start of the school year is a balancing act. For some families, the kids might be grudgingly smiling in those first day photos, after all, summer was great and now it’s over. While summer was also amazing for parents, you may find yourself holding back that “happy dance” in front of your kids. My youngest started Kindergarten this year and I felt a great sense of freedom when I walked out of her school on the first day. I knew she was just going to rock it, and I had no qualms (don’t ask me about dropping off my older daughter on her first day of Kindergarten. I was a mess!). It’s not all butterflies and rainbows though, and adjusting to new classrooms, teachers, and routines can be tough on the whole family.
 

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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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Screen-Time: We Give a Hoot – App Spotlight on Khan Academy Kids

A couple of months ago, we introduced a new series called Screen-Time: We Give a Hoot. This series highlights apps for children that are high-quality, safe, and fun. Each month, we will highlight a new developer, and learn about their apps, why they made them, and a bit about their companies.

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