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Educationdiva

Author's details

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. Math with Khan Academy online: Believe the hype! — 13 comments
  2. Laugh out loud books for children and tweens. — 9 comments
  3. Top 5 movies based on books that won’t disappoint. Is that possible? — 8 comments
  4. The Composer is Dead: Fantastic for all ages! — 8 comments
  5. Perfect fall activity: Rock hounding — 8 comments

Author's posts listings

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
06

5 Ideas to Promote Independent Play this Summer

Are you finding it a challenge to carve out some “me time” with your kids at home this summer? My post this week on Yummy Mummy Club is about 5 ways you can nudge kids to play on their own.  Not only is independent play good for your kids’ creativity and self-esteem, it is also …

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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
29

Decisions, decisions: Kill Julius Caesar or become a poor farmer? Your kids get to decide!

One of the best ways to learn about history is to role play what it would be like to live in a different time and place.  My post this week at Yummy Mummy Club is about an interactive history adventure series, called “YOU CHOOSE.”     Kids don’t just read this series, they BECOME part …

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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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Jun
26

Surviving June: What to do with the mountain of papers and binders headed your way.

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  We’re officially into the last few days of school, so naturally my house is buried in mountains of papers and binders.  It feels like teachers’ revenge:  Hah!  We’ve had to put up with your kids’ mess all year, so now we’re sending it all home to you.  Have a great summer.  Hahahahaha! The binders …

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Jun
21

Memorization and recitation of poems to be compulsory for British elementary school students.

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“Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is….his house is….OH COME ON! Um, what’s the next line again?”    Don’t worry, you’ll only be docked a few marks for failing to memorize and correctly recite the poem in front of your classmates.  That is, if you’re an elementary school student in England. …

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Jun
11

Kids need spelling tests, not spellcheck.

What do CDs, personal mail, going to the bank, and pay phones have in common?  Relics from the pre-internet era that can make you feel oddly old and nostalgic.  Add one more to this list: SPELLING TESTS. Remember when you had weekly spelling tests at school?  I had them all the way from grades one …

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Jun
04

Best books to read out loud this summer.

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With the days warming up, I like to gather the kids on the lawn to share some books over cold treats.    Reading aloud is a great way to keep kids interested in reading over the summer.  Kids don’t like to sit for long,  so it’s important to pick books that pack some punch. (No …

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May
30

How to give your kids’ learning activities a summer makeover!

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  Ah, the lazy hazy days of summer. Picture it:  Games of badminton on the lawn, swinging in the park, swimming outside, sticky popsicles,  and: MATH ACTIVITY WORKBOOKS!  Ugh. I don’t think so. Let’s face it, workbooks have no place among summer activities.  Regular routines of instrument practice, reading exercises, writing, and math can become …

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May
09

Other must-read Maurice Sendak books

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By now, everyone has learned the sad news of the passing of Maurice Sendak.  Best known for his almost instant classic, “Where the Wild Things Are,” Sendak’s emotional and creative artistry left an indelible mark on children’s literature.  Sendak didn’t consider himself a children’s writer,  insisting that his books were  “about human emotion and life.” …

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May
07

Your car is your “classroom.”

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If you have kids and live in a North American suburb, chances are you spend a lot of time in your car. Oy, the agony of being stuck in rush hour traffic with three restless and squabbling children.  On the other hand, being “stuck” in the car has its advantages. Sometimes the best conversations about …

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May
01

The Kid Should See This!

Has your kid ever seen what an erupting geyser looks like? Or thought about  the size of an atom in terms of a blueberry? Seen Tito Puente play live? How about watched the School House Rock clip about the nervous system? The Kid Should See This is genius.  Curated by Rion Nakaya and her four-year …

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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
26

Thrilled to be guest posting on Imagination Soup!

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I’m just thrilled to have my post about “The Best Villains in Children’s Books” featured on Imagination Soup. Mwahahaha! (Evil laugh.)  Actually, I didn’t have to devise an evil plot to get on Imagination Soup, which makes it all the more thrilling for me. Imagination Soup is the brainchild of Melissa Taylor, a professional educator, …

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Apr
25

Foreign language learning at home with Rosetta Stone

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I was very lucky. As a child of immigrants, I was immersed in languages from an early age. I wasn’t even aware I was learning! Later in life, I chose French immersion and other languages. I’m sure I had a much easier time than my monolingual friends. My kids don’t have it as easy. They …

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Apr
23

Getting spring-crafty with coffee!

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Coffee makes everything better. To those who suggest I have dependence issues around caffeine, I say “Poo poo.”  My morning cup makes me  feel happy and energized, and I could care less that it’s caffeine induced.  Great for the mind and the body, it turns out coffee can even be useful for crafts. Who knew? …

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Apr
20

Instrument practice without tears – 5 Tips.

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My 11,9, and 6 year olds  play musical instruments.  That amounts to about eight years of wrong notes, mismatched teachers, screaming (mostly by me), and intense (ahem) coaxing.  Obviously, it hasn’t been all bad or we would have all quit long ago!   These years have presented a real learning curve – for ME. While …

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Apr
18

Christmas Lectures direct from London! (No, they are not about Christmas.) Curious? Hint: World-famous scientists, kids, internet, awesomeness.

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I know this makes me sound so old , but wonders of our internet-age never cease to amaze me.  Once upon a time, only  children living in London could attend lectures given by the world’s top scientists for children. Started by Michael Faraday in 1825, “The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures” have continued annually ever since, …

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Apr
16

Runny Babbit is geally rood!

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Our brains hurt, but we also laughed. Runny Babbit delivers Shel Silverstein’s signature silly poetry that kids love, but is also full of brain teasers. First letters of words trade places, therefore demanding good listening and decoding to understand the phrases.  Absolutely fantastic for stimulating attentive listening and reading skills, not to mention great for …

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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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Apr
02

Writing, camera, action! Easy spring writing activity.

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Finally, back to blogging again! Spring has finally arrived in our corner of Canada, and we’re kind of in sensory overload.  The kids were so excited to find lady bugs in the yard, and to splash around in the mud from melted snow.    I thought it would be great to turn the impressions of …

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