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Dec
14

Four Educational gifts adults and kids will love

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If you’re looking for a gift that is brainy and entertaining, here are  four  recommendations for a variety of ages that are sure to please. WISE ALEC. I love Trivia games, but it’s difficult to find one that levels the playing field so everyone in the family can play. Wise Alec makes it easy to …

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Dec
05

Get the craft outta here!

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In almost every preschool, crafts are an important part of the daily learning activities.  We’ve come to expect that early childhood education necessarily includes cutting, pasting, and colouring to produce: Voila!  The four year-old’s masterpiece craft! Now, I have no doubt that crafts are a lot of fun for some kids.  I also understand that …

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Nov
27

Guest posting today! on Family Fun Calgary.

I’m over at Family Fun Calgary today with a review on Kuniko at Vertigo Theatre. Click  to the view the full post: Kuniko enchants young audiences with tales and traditions from Japan. A beautiful flower transforms into a colourful ball.  In a moment, Kuniko throws the ball up and suddenly lovely butterflies  float down the stage. …

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Nov
25

10 Days in Asia: Play the game. Have fun, and learn!

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My 11 year old and I just had so much fun planning a travel itinerary around Asia! Okay, we’re not actually getting on an airplane.  We just played 10 Days in Asia. Using the map of Asia as a game board, we each had to chart an itinerary by train, airplane, ship, or on foot. …

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Nov
23

The weird, eccentric, and multi-talented Salvador Dali captured in a book for kids and adults. Just in time for “Movember!”

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Salvador Dali’s surrealist paintings are eccentric, puzzling, and magical. His wildly inventive and humorous images inspire our imagination, and invite us into the artist’s world of dreams.   Instantly recognizable by the whacky incarnations of his waxed mustache, Dali’s face alone is enough to inspire conversation. Multi-talented, Dali also contributed to theatre, fashion, photography, writing, …

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Nov
22

Dear Teacher, Please don’t coddle my child. (A commentary.)

Dear Teacher, Please don’t coddle my child.  When my daughter hands you an  illegible assignment in horrible handwriting running along the margins, please make her redo.  If my son composes one word answers, please make him rewrite in full sentences. If my dear daughter doesn’t read the instructions on a test and consequently messes up, …

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Nov
18

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match! How to find the best music teacher for your child.

Friends will often ask me for advice about finding the perfect music teacher for their child.  It’s a pretty stressful experience for many parents, especially if they are not musically trained.  Experience has taught me that finding the right teacher for your child is like playing matchmaker. Unfortunately, there is no “eHarmony” for music teachers …

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Nov
15

The other F word in education: Finland. (But, only because we’re jealous.)

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  What comes to mind when you think of Finland?  Saunas?  Dark days? Nokia phones? Until recently, I would wager that most North Americans hardly gave that country much thought.   Now, “Finland” is on the tip of the tongue of many educators and politicians.  What’s all the buzz about?  Finland’s schools have been ranked …

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Oct
22

Quick art history clips on Khan Academy!

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  Because it wasn’t enough for Khan Academy to draw millions of students to their math lessons, they have also included clips on famous paintings.  It looks like the project is not 100% complete yet, but getting there.  Collaborating with “Smart History”, the lessons are organized by paintings categorized under various themes and periods.  In …

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Oct
17

Because learning makes me hungry.

I have mentioned Cookie and Kate in a previous post.  She combines her passion for photography and food in a beautiful blog, which always makes me want to run to my kitchen and make something.  Or  just eat.  I couldn’t resist posting this link to her pumpkin bread recipe.  I can smell the cinammon, ginger, …

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Oct
17

Awesome board games that educate and entertain.

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We’ve all heard: “The family that plays together stays together.”  Our family is obsessive about board games, so I hope we’ll stay together a long time! Here is a photo of our games room:   We owe most of this collection to my husband, who is a regular on boardgame geek. Many games come from …

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Sep
21

Apostrophe neglect

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Last night my daughter received an evite to a birthday party.  She was very excited, but I cringed inside when I read the invitation.  ”YOUR INVITED!”  Is it my invited?  His invited?  Our invited? Of course, I didn’t react or mention anything to my daughter.  Inside, I was cringing and itching to scream!   Poor …

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Jun
30

Education diva: Because learning never goes out of style!

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