A Word About Word Walls

Displaying a word wall in your classroom creates a fun learning atmosphere. A place where students can practice and be supported in their demonstration of speaking, reading, writing and spelling skills! Here are some suggestions for making the most of your word wall. Making your wall Word walls should be supported in a prominent place in the classroom where students …

Skill Building Play: The Benefits of Creative Play

Your child is a treasure trove of imagination, engaging in creative play will allow them to express their creativity. Creative play is unstructured, self-guided play that encourages the development of your child’s thinking skills, social skills and strengthening of fine motor skills. [1] While creative play can encompass any form of play that does not require instruction or even parental …

Three Steps to Easy Lunch Packing All Year Long!

1. Make it part of your family’s regular school night routine!  I encourage families to make it part of a visual routine (see www.EasyDaysies.com for an example) then kids can see and know when it is going to happen as part of the evening bedtime routine.   Make mornings stress free by having lunches and school bags packed for tomorrow.  Lunch …

Teachable Moments: Using Quality Time Fillers

Here are some ideas to help you effectively use those precious 5-20 minute bits of time during a school day, weekly, or unexpected moments for purposeful and effective learning. Why are these bits of time important? 1. Educators can use bits of time to recall prior knowledge, build on previously learned skills, or apply concepts already learned—all important to retention …

Child Development: Four Benefits of Learning an Instrument

Whether singing their favourite songs, making music with a pot and wooden spoon or learning a new instrument, music is a wonderful tool to aid in your child’s development. Some of the areas in which music can promote your child’s development are in their concentration, hand-eye coordination, patience and perseverance, as well a great way to boost your child’s confidence in themselves …

Tips for a Successful Back-to-School Night

Back-to-school night tips: Create a sign-in sheet and a parent volunteer sign-up sheet for specific responsibilities that haven’t been filled. (See sample sign-in form.) Create an agenda, print copies, and make them available for parents at the sign-in table. Your professionalism and organizational skills will impress parents. (Provide pens and paper for note taking, too!) Compose your introduction to parents and …

Classroom DIY- Manipulatives Tool kit

We’re going to talk about two of my favourite things-DIY and manipulatives! Manipulatives are great tools that can enhance learning and provide children with concrete materials to relate to taught concepts. Here is a storage solution using something you might not have ever considered using…a Rainbow Loom storage box! I took this…. And turned it into this! I used the …

Roaring Fun with Blends and Digraphs

The new Discovering Dinosaurs theme from Trend is a roaring fun theme to go with in the class! If you are not committed to it as a theme though, here is a fun idea for turning two sets of accents into a game to practice blends and digraphs! The thrill of the hunt is on! Products Used: Trend Classic Accent …

Why You Should Plan a Yes Day!

Can we have ice cream for lunch? Yes! Can we go to the beach? Yes! Can stay up late and watch movies? Yes! We love the idea of celebrating your child’s birthday, or any special day, with a YES DAY! Choose to say “yes!” to (almost) anything your child desires.  Celebrating your child’s day with a Yes Day is inspired …

The Question of Homework

We know that there is a positive correlation between homework as a learning tool and student achievement. While some educators argue that the effects of homework are seen more in secondary students compared to elementary school students, nevertheless, we know there are measurable gains at both levels of schooling. What are the benefits of homework? It helps develop good study …