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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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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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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
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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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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Jul
24

Writing with our latest addiction: Wordle

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Recently, my kids introduced me to Wordle.  Type in any text or URL, and voila! An artistic word cloud emerges that you can personalize with fonts, colours, and orientations. Here’s what Wordle spewed when I entered the URL for Educationdiva.  Neat! When it comes to word games, I occasionally have to check myself into Rehab. …

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Jul
16

We had a picnic – INDOORS

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In theory, I love the idea of going on a picnic.  In reality, the thought of schlepping all that food and getting eaten alive by mosquitoes is not so appealing. So, on a rainy day this week we went on a picnic: On the floor of my dining room.  I laid out a cute plastic …

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Jul
10

ARE WE THERE YET? Unplugged entertainment for your road trips

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If you’re hitting hitting the road this summer or even if you’re zipping around the city, you may want to try these unplugged games for the whole family.  Sure you can turn on the DVD player or the DS, but it’s also nice to mix it up and play together. Print off these six activities …

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Jul
04

Picasso is a pig and Matisse is a bull: Your kids will love this book!

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It’s not easy to find a book that is at once silly, clever, attractive, and educational. When Pigasso Met Mootisse paints Picasso as a diva pig, and Matisse as a feisty bull. At first, the two artist-animals are friends, but eventually jealousy leads to rivalry.  Pigasso doesn’t understand Mootisse’s “MOOsterpieces,” (haha) and Mootisse doesn’t get Pigasso’s …

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Jun
28

Exciting news for Education Diva!!!

I am so thrilled to announce that I will be the new “Kiducation” blogger on Erica Ehm’s YummyMummyClub website.  You probably remember Erica Ehm back from her days on MuchMusic. Yummy Mummy Club is a dynamic online magazine that features real issues relevant to  Moms today: Health, finance, education,fashion, and much more. Watch for my posts …

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Jun
27

Hollywood actors read stories to your kids while you…

Elijah Wood reads “Me and My Cat” to my son while I get dinner ready.   On the drive to school, Jason Alexander reads “Dad are you the Tooth Fairy.” Yup, I have CONNECTIONS!  Actually, no.  The truth is I discovered this fabulous website called, “Storyline Online,” a program of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. …

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Apr
30

Education Diva Makeover!

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Sometimes a woman just needs a change, which may explain why I almost crashed my site for a new look. I won’t bore you with my hair-raising technical nightmare, since the point is by some miracle (and thanks to GoDaddy) the site is back up. There are still a few glitches to work out,  but …

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Apr
04

Hunger Games: They’ve read the book, but can they handle the movie?

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Like many tweens, my daughter devoured The Hunger Games trilogy.  Twice, maybe three times.   When the movie was released, she couldn’t wait to see every scene and character acted out on the big screen.  Today, we saw the film together.  Many of her friends had already seen the movie, so she was getting desperate. …

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Feb
10

Blogging break

I will be taking just over a week off, and will be back pumped with new ideas and resources for you! Have a great week, Ruth – Education Diva

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Feb
07

Charles Who? Celebrate Dickens’ 200th birthday with the kids.

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  Is it possible to share some Charles Dickens with the kids? Isn’t he too, um, Victorian for children? In honour of Charles Dickens 200th birthday, I look at ways to introduce and share some of his works with children. First, a brief introduction to this incredible novelist: Although Dickens lived in the vastly different world …

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Feb
06

Books for Your Budding Artist

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Even Picasso needed a dose of inspiration now and then. We know it’s important to let kids experiment without structure, but it’s also a good idea to expose them to new technical and artistic ideas.  Creativity shouldn’t be stunted by reading a “how to” book, or by looking at famous artists’ work.  On the contrary, …

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Jan
25

One product, infinite possibilities.

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Looking for an inexpensive educational product that will appeal to a variety of ages? Looking for something that offers practice in math, reading, composition, and penmanship all in one place? How about a product that  is environmentally friendly, and can be used at home or on the go?  I have found it!  Don’t worry, it is …

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Jan
23

“Comics are books,” and other lessons from kids on reading.

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Reading doesn’t always go the way I pictured. Well, it does have a lot of pictures, but that’s not exactly how I imagined reading.   “Reading,” according to me,  means curling up with a good book and becoming immersed in its words.  My kids would beg to differ.  Problem is we don’t always agree on …

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Jan
20

If your child “can’t do math”: JUMP

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For some kids, math just comes easy.  Throw any drill or problem at them, and they take on the challenge with vigour. For other kids, math is fraught with wrong answers and frustrations.  Those kids would rather be eating chopped liver than doing math. “Mom, I just can’t do math!,” claim  kids who often feel …

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Jan
09

How to encourage imagination and creativity

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Zipping between school and the next extracurricular activity has become a way of life for families today.  Perhaps we need to iphone-schedule unstructured time for imagination and creativity. Allowing the brain time to wander stimulates critical and lateral thinkers, who are able to play with ideas and imagine several possibilities and outcomes.  Research shows that …

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Dec
27

Don’t miss these MET opera productions for the family: Wed. and Thurs. at a movie theatre near you!

You don’t have to live in New York to catch the MET’s phenomenal operatic productions. “Front Row Centre Events” by Cineplex Odeon is the greatest invention since sliced bread.  Anyone near a North American city can watch operas from the MET, live theatre from Royal Albert Hall in London, live symphonic performances from the best …

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Dec
24

Music to warm your winter holiday: Top 5 picks

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Winter holiday music need not be confined to Christmas carols  and Hannukah songs. Much as I enjoy the melodies of those holidays, by the time December rolls around I’ve more than had my fill.  Rather than stuffing my ears with cotton buds, I decided to create my own mix of music. While none of the …

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Dec
17

Math education isn’t adding up

Math classes today certainly look very different from when I was a kid. For one thing,  students are out of their desks touching stuff.  They handle lego, blocks, and coins in various parts of the classroom, and work together in groups solving problems. When I was kid, we rarely got out of our desks, let alone touched anything in …

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