The All-Important First Day of School

This excerpt from the book, How to Plan Your School Year, may reduce the first-day-of-school jitters and help you establish routines and rules that work for the entire school year. Make the first day of school one that students will remember! Greet the Class Welcome your class warmly and let them know that you are looking forward to a year …

Comment Puis-Je Aider? How to Help Your Child Succeed in French Immersion

Parents and guardians have a vital role in their child’s learning. Today, more than ever before, parents have access to information on how to effectively support their child’s education through books, pamphlets, speakers, workshops, the media and the Internet. The following are suggestions for parents and guardians with children in the French Immersion program. Be positive. Just a little work and …

The Attraction of Magnetic Construction Toys

Magnetic construction toys, such as MagSnaps and Magformers are the best 3D toys for children’s creativity and brain development. Sensorimotor Stage (Birth to Age 3) In this period, 80% of brain development is formed. The brain and nervous system’s development are accomplished through sensory stimulation activities and the movement of the fingers. Learning Effect of Magnetic Construction Toys at This Stage: Stimulating visual sense with …

Calendar/Morning Meeting Essentials

For many teachers, morning meetings are essential, and something the entire class looks forward to. It also seems to be the kids`favourite way to start the day! Although this part of the day might be quick, there is so much that your students can learn. Here are some important elements to consider having in your calendar/morning meeting area to help maximize …

Take Three: Name Plates Three Ways

Name plates are both useful and decorative. Carry your classroom theme onto student desks for a cheerful addition, label and organize your classroom, or use for lesson plans. The possibilities are truly endless. Here are our top three favourite ways to use name plates in the classroom. Old Faithful Make every student feel special with stylish desk nameplates. Students will …

Pete the Cat: The Purr-fect Learning Companion!

Learning just got a little groovier! Pete the Cat®, star of the eponymous New York Times best-selling book series, is helping kids develop early learning skills necessary for school success. It’s time to get groovy and have fun learning a variety of subjects such as reading, math, science, social studies, and key learning skills such as visual discrimination, fine motor, …