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Educationdiva

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Date registered: June 24, 2011

Biography

Educator, mother of three.

Latest posts

  1. Talk with kids about values and ethics by using philosophy! (With the help of these 2 books.) — June 17, 2013
  2. Tips To Get Kids to Practice Their Instruments. — April 16, 2013
  3. 5 Cures for the winter back-to-school blues. — January 8, 2013
  4. 3 realistic resolutions to inspire more reading in the new year. — December 31, 2012
  5. Do NOT go to the mall. 5 cool websites with original stuff for kids. — December 4, 2012

Most commented posts

  1. Laugh out loud books for children and tweens. — 9 comments
  2. The Composer is Dead: Fantastic for all ages! — 8 comments
  3. Perfect fall activity: Rock hounding — 8 comments
  4. Top 5 movies based on books that won’t disappoint. Is that possible? — 7 comments
  5. Project #4: The Mother-Tween Book Club — 7 comments

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Jun
17

Talk with kids about values and ethics by using philosophy! (With the help of these 2 books.)

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I’ve always thought it would be pretty neat if I could have philosophical discussions with my kids. Why? Because my kids are constantly coming up with important  life questions that I, being a mere mortal, cannot answer. Questions like, “What is love?”; “Is it always wrong to lie?”; “What does it mean to be fair?” …

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Apr
16

Tips To Get Kids to Practice Their Instruments.

We’ve had ups and down through nine years of music lessons. We’ve changed teachers a few times, and even changed instruments. There have been a few tantrums thrown along the way, and not only by the kids. Nevertheless, all three are still playing and doing quite well. This year has gone particularly smoothly. Less nagging, …

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Jan
08

5 Cures for the winter back-to-school blues.

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Winter break was fabulous! We languished in pyjamas and played board games, watched movies, and read books. We played tourists in our own city, exploring new sites and catching events downtown. So, no one was happy about going back to school this morning.  Since it’s going to be a rough week, I thought why not …

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Dec
31

3 realistic resolutions to inspire more reading in the new year.

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I am NOT going to resolve to declutter my house this year.  Instead, I’m going for three resolutions I know my family and I can keep.  None of the resolutions are inconvenient, expensive, nor demand changes in personalities. Even though we are a family that reads, I feel like there’s always room to be more …

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Dec
04

Do NOT go to the mall. 5 cool websites with original stuff for kids.

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Many people don’t realize that I have two superpowers: Laziness, and Money spendingness.  I know, this doesn’t make me Superwoman. It just means that I like to stay home in my PJs. It also means I spend too much money.  Thanks to advancements in technology,  my two powers in combination have become highly useful. While …

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Nov
26

SpellTower word games are spellbinding. Resistance is futile.

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First there was Boggle, which led the family on a frenzied search for words. Then, there was Tetris, possibly one of the most addictive puzzle games ever. Now there’s SpellTower: A word game that fuses elements of Boggle with Tetris. It’s a lethal combination, but if controlled, delivers a powerful force for kids’ brains. What …

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Nov
16

8 movies you and the kids will love together.

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You would love to snuggle up with the kids on the couch and watch a movie, but you can’t bear to sit through another inane cartoon.  Your kids aren’t ready for Woody Allen yet, so how can you please everyone on family movie night? I’ve put together 8 films that EVERYONE in the family will …

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Nov
05

How celebrities are getting kids to think reading is cool.

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According to a study recently conducted in the UK, one of every five children would be embarrassed to be seen with a book.  For many kids reading isn’t cool, and it’s no wonder. Kids look at successful pop stars and professional athletes in the media, and they don’t exactly see a bookish image.  Reading a …

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Oct
25

Opera for kids? Si si! Thanks to Cowtown Opera.

Last week, my kids sat through an entire opera production of Hansel and Gretel. They loved it – for real. It helped that they sat on a mat with other kids right at the front, and munched on popcorn while they watched. On our way out, the kids were handed some delicious cookies and cake …

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Oct
21

5 books my 6 year old son loves

Before I had kids, I wasn’t a big believer in “boy books,” and “girl books.” Still not a believer, but I have to admit my son’s tastes are very different from my daughters’ at his age.  Yet, not all his books have to be about monster trucks. My son enjoys silly humour, adventure, puzzles, and …

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Oct
16

How to talk to your kids about bullying? Start with these 6 fiction books.

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Talking to our kids about bullying isn’t always easy.  Sometimes kids don’t want to share information, and sometimes parents don’t like to talk about their own painful experiences. It may seem counterintuitive, but delving into fictional books about bullying is a great springboard for meaningful conversations. Great books demand that we delve into the psychological …

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Oct
12

Quality university classes from your own home for free. For real.

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What if you could learn from outstanding professors in a class with students from all over the world, without ever leaving your home?  Even while wearing  pyjamas!? If you’ve been itching to further your education, but can’t work campus into your busy schedule, then you’ll be excited about Coursera.  Read on about this new wave …

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Oct
10

Perfect fall activity: Rock hounding

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Fall is my favourite season.  Warm colours are all around us, and there’s nothing like a walk in the crisp autumn air. Here in Alberta autumn tends to be brief,  so all the more reason to savour the season by getting outside with our kids.  Plus, there’s no better teacher than nature herself. A few …

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Oct
05

4 awesome math resources to use when homework is a nightmare.

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  Don’t let math homework bring you down! I’m back, and I have some great math resources for you to share with your kids. Whether you’re a math wiz or math-challenged, you CAN help your kids when they’re frustrated in math.  Check out these 4 resources I posted on Yummy Mummy Club.  Stay tuned for …

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Sep
13

When Mom goes back to school: 5 things I learned about life.

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Kids weren’t the only ones in my house who went back to school this September.  I didn’t get a new backpack or a new pair of jeans (yet), but I did get the first-day jitters. Going back to school at – well, let’s just say a “Mom” age – gives you some unexpected perspectives on …

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Sep
07

8 Unusual Strategies to Get Your Child To Love Reading

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Lots of kids go through phases where they refuse to read. It’s not that they can’t read, they just don’t want to.  If you’re a parent who loves books, this can be especially difficult to take.  What to do? You can’t order your kids to love reading, or else! Besides, that would defeat the whole …

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Aug
28

Savour the final days of summer with these 10 easy-breezy activities.

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We’re down to the final week of summer, and I’m kind of sad.  Carefree days will soon be replaced with early wake-ups and busy routines.  Let’s not even think about the cold. So, I made a list of 10 easy summer activities I really want to squeeze in before it’s too late. Some things we’ve …

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Aug
25

Loveable Grover reads “The Monster at the End of the Book.” – on ipad.

“WHAT DID THAT SAY?  Oh, I am so scared of monsters! Please, please, don’t turn the page!”  Poor Grover. Kids have loved turning the pages of the classic book since its release in 1971.  So, how does a classic whose theme is turning pages in a book translate onto ipad? Don’t be scared to click …

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Aug
23

Love word games? You and the kids will flip out over “Letter Flip.”

I have an addiction to word games, so I get more than slightly excited when I find one for the family.  “Letter Flip” levels out the playing field between me and the kids, so my words are more difficult than theirs. Nobody gets bored, and everyone has a chance of winning. “Letter Flip” builds spelling …

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Aug
21

Everything kids love and hate about life at school : Top 8 books

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Life at school has its ups and downs, and is rarely predictable.  A nice teacher turns mean.  A friend becomes an enemy. The “dumb” kid at the back of the class is actually really smart. No wonder when we ask kids what they did at school, the answer is often “nothing.”  It can be pretty …

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Aug
18

How you can sabotage the parent-teacher relationship – or NOT!

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All relationships require work, but the parent-teacher relationship can be particularly challenging.  What if you think your child’s teacher stinks? (Not literally, but that can happen too.)  What if you don’t agree with the way math is being taught? Well,  you can’t just throw a tantrum and tell the teacher what you really think of …

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Aug
08

Relive your childhood: Disney’s Read-Along Adventures are back!

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Remember the days before DVDs and VHS players?  The only way to watch your favourite movie again was to go to the cinema. Or, you could follow along in a book as you listened to a reenactment from “Read Along Adventures.” Disneyland Records produced many well-loved classics, from The Love Bug to Star Wars to …

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Aug
03

Music videos get kids excited about history

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Kids love music, but they find history boring.  So, what do you get when you mash up Lady Gaga with Marie Antoinette, or Gwen Stefani with the Black Plague?  Music video spoofs that make learning history fun. Quirky, catchy, and educational, the videos are the brainchild of two talented history teachers.  They are successful: Lady …

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Aug
01

Your kids can bake this: Two minute chocolate mug cake

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Up until I discovered this recipe, baking with three kids was a test of their patience. Taking turns measuring and mixing into one bowl can get boring, lengthy and messy.  So, I was excited for my kids to try out this recipe for Microwaved Chocolate Cake in  Mug.  They each made their own batter right …

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Jul
25

Awesome free app: Memory Matches 2

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Test your memory by flipping cards to reveal a matching pair.  Sound familiar?   Yes, it’s the traditional, well-loved memory game for the ipod/ipad. Playing “Memory Matches 2″ on the ipad means cards never get lost, and players can customize their boards and matches.  Choose from 4X4 to 10X10 boards to suit players of all …

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