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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Authors: Chrissy Johnston, PK Teacher; Sarah Ivany, Grade 6 Teacher It is difficult to put into words what two weeks in the Masai Mara, located in the most rural part of Kenya, will do to change a person.  This past summer, we had the opportunity to visit Kenya and see firsthand the result of our school’s recent fundraising efforts.  Our school community enthusiastically embraced the Brick By Brick initiative and raised enough funds to build a school house in Kenya through the Free the Children organization.  We ...

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It seems that some parents have forgotten how to play!  Play can be acting silly, risk taking within a game, enjoying another’s company, and simply laughing and enjoying the moment.  Observe young children at play and notice how they can create new worlds with only their imagination.  Play can be spontaneous, or all about exploring something of personal interest, such as playing with a pet, running around the backyard or local park, or simply spending time watching a bug crawl across the ground. Some adults ...

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When children are unhappy, unchallenged, or perhaps struggling at school, they are asked to ‘try harder’.  When they are already putting forth their best effort, harder might not be the answer.  Perhaps the solution is to ‘Try Different’. For students who are finding that they are unable to achieve better results, something has to change if there is to be change.  Try switching the approach completely, which could result in: same student, same effort, and improved results. ‘Try Different’ - Consider ...

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School will soon be back in session and the excitement of a brand new school year is starting to build with ‘back to school’ planning.  For many, the smell of fresh crayons and crisp workbooks, combined with the anticipation of new friends and greater challenges in curriculum concepts, sets the stage for interesting opportunities and experiences, as well as the development of stronger interpersonal skills. The spirit of optimism is imbedded in new beginnings!  The following points will be instrumental in helping ...

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