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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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Most would agree that ‘initiative’ is the core value to be encouraged and rewarded. In today’s busy world, for parents and teachers, compliance is generally more highly valued as  it makes our lives easier, leads to predictable outcomes, and doesn’t interrupt the flow of activity.  It is interesting how adults unconsciously encourage compliance in their day to day interactions.  When a child proposes a new approach or initiative, 95% of the time, the answer will be NO!  A YES answer means that you have to ...

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We have the opportunity every single day to choose to be ‘extraordinary’ rather than ‘ordinary’ when making daily choices and decisions.  What would you choose?  From the moment we wake up each day, we are faced with a myriad of choices.  Each of these choices reflect the type of person we choose to be, how we choose to behave, and the projection of ourselves that we wish to present to our family, colleagues, and to the world. Do we choose to strive for the extraordinary response; for greatness, to reach ...

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The days prior to the beginning of a new school year can be a source of anxiety for many children.  The following are strategies that can help your child feel better prepared, resulting in a successful start: Set up a homework area at home, fully equipped with a fresh supply of markers, pencils, pens, crayons, paper, geometry set, scissors, tape, etc. Ensure that home computer programs are up-to-date and operational. This is also an ideal time to re-establish internet safety rules, texting and email etiquette, as ...

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When considering an alternative school for your child, one of the most effective ways to narrow down the wide range of options available is to reflect on what your core educational values are, and to list the academic and social objectives you have for the perfect educational experience.  This list will provide you with a solid framework to refer to as you evaluate and explore other school choices. Your values might include a caring, nurturing environment, high academic standards, strong emphasis on sports, innovative ...

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We have the opportunity every single day to choose to be ‘extraordinary’ rather than ‘ordinary’ when making daily choices and decisions.  What would you choose?  From the moment we wake up each day, we are faced with a myriad of choices.  Each of these choices reflect the type of person we choose to be, how we choose to behave, and the projection of ourselves that we wish to present to our family, colleagues, and to the world. Do we choose to strive for the extraordinary response; for greatness, to reach ...

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The New Year is well underway!  Many of us made resolutions with all good intentions, but have already given up on some of them.  This year, why not try something new?  Consider preparing a gratitude list for the many gifts you already have.  We should all be grateful and appreciate the good things in our lives, and remember that we are enough, and that we were born with enough of everything we need to succeed in life.  Realistic intentions to enhance the best of who we are can be as simple as deciding to make ...

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The junior years, Grades 4 and 5, are often a transitional stage for students.  Girls, in particular, are just steps out of their primary years, but on a steady journey to their teens.  The ‘tween years’ are a special time; when girls navigate through their own self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-confidence.  Sometimes overlooked, this time is crucial for girls establishing themselves in their evolving world.  Our 21st century girls know more, see more, and feel more than ever before.  At Glenburnie, 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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