The Happiest Kids Aren’t Here (And We Can Learn From That)

The Happiest Kids in the World: How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids* by Doing Less *and Themselves by Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison It seems that the happiest kids aren’t from North America. We should be concerned about the…

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Sarnia Park Tour – Blackwell Glen

This is an amazing park that has some challenging obstacles and a high tube slide. It is located in a small suburb in Sarnia. There is a small trail around a duck pond as well. These tunnels are an interesting…

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Thomas the Tank Engine – DIY Play Mat

My son loves Thomas the Tank Engine and we have been collecting tracks and trains for a little while now. In fact, the set-up is starting to take over the basement. We have several boats and a crane that can…

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Young People Can Change The World

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner “My advice to students—and to my own children—is to study what interests them the most; to excel in fields in which they have the most…

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Sarnia Park Tour – Grace Park

I randomly picked a park from the master list of 95 parks in Sarnia to visit today. This is Grace Park and it doesn’t have much to offer. But it does have sand. So you can bring a shovel and…

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Sarnia Park Tour – Len Park

My toddler and I love spending time outside at the local park. We bring a blanket, some books, and a few toys and can camp out for hours. We pack all of that into one gym bag so it is…

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Teach So Your Children Can Thrive

Here are a few questions that we should all ask as educators and parents . . . “How do we create environments in which children thrive? How do we help them find, and keep, the sparks that kindle deep interest…

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The Estimation Jar Is So Much Fun

Last week, I reviewed a book entitled Messy Maths that encouraged parents and educators to get outside with their preschoolers. Here is a great idea from its pages. Remember the estimation game? I’m sure you played a variation of it…

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Get Messy With Math

Children today have less time outdoors than ever before, with fewer opportunities to try out experiments and play with numbers and mathematic expressions. So it’s more important than ever to take learning outdoors, allowing children to build their foundation of concepts and language naturally and confidently.

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Getting Books in Their Hands . . . Affordably

In our house, there are books in every room. And we’ve rarely paid full price for any of them. Some were even free.

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