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When my sister started school, I was three, and devastated to be left behind as she headed off each morning I started ‘playing school’ with my dolls and stuffed toys, and eventually my little brother... (read more)

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How to Help K-3

by Penny on May 10, 2011 · 0 comments

If you think your child is struggling at school, and they are in K-3, what should you do? First, start with the school. If your child is minimally meeting or not meeting expectations in any area of the curriculum, make an appointment to meet the teacher. You need to find out if the difficulties are […]

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A reader reminded me I had promised to talk about this topic – thanks for keeping me accountable!  So, is your child struggling in school? How can you tell? Are they having trouble because they are ‘lazy’? Is it because they are disinterested? Are they clashing with the teacher? Low grades can be caused by […]

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SMART Goals

by Penny on March 20, 2011 · 0 comments

I know I have written about goals before, but I want to revisit how to set goals as it is such an important skill for kids to learn! We are 2/3rds of the way through the school year – with about 65 days left of class, so now is a really good time to sit […]

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So, it is report card time. Most of you will have received your child’s report card in the last two weeks. A few of you will receive it this week. For many parents and many children, report card time can be a time of stress and insecurity. For the most part, kids do want to […]

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According to Gordon Campbell one out of every five grade four students in BC is not meeting the basic expectations for reading, writing and math at a grade four level, furthermore one in three students entering Kindergarten do not have the basic ‘readiness’ skills for school.  Sadly, I wasn’t too surprised by these statistics. Whilst […]

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Full Day Kindergarten

by Penny on October 19, 2010 · 9 comments

I have been following the forum discussions about full day Kindergarten with interest. It seems that in the lead up to the current school year many parents had concerns and worries about the idea of a full day of school for five year olds, and others were very much in favour of the idea. Since […]

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Goals For Success At School

by Penny on October 13, 2010 · 2 comments

Some parents have already had their parent-teacher conferences, others have them coming up in the next week or two. Given that we are already six weeks in to the school year, the information that you gather from these conferences might be useful in helping you help your child set some goals for the rest of […]

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They come around regularly and regularly parents have little time to prepare for them, either because of a busy schedule or because their student has “forgotten” to deliver the notification until the last moment. The key to having a successful meeting with your child’s teacher is to know what the goal of the exercise is […]

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