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Teacher Talk


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Read books. Books have always been the one constant in my life. I am a voracious reader. Over the years, books have even gotten me into trouble. I have missed deadlines because of books, I have missed trains and planes because of books, and I have even, during my college years, found myself in debt […]

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Summer Learning

by Penny on June 28, 2010 · 0 comments

It’s summer time, and for most of us, we hope that the ‘livin’ will be easy. The long summer vacation in Canada is a tradition that goes back to the time when farms were central to life, and it is a tradition none of us really want to give up. My memories of childhood summers […]


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