Posts from the category: Play and Learn

9 Calm Down Ideas Poster Update

The original 9 Calm Down Ideas poster for managing big emotions has been in circulation for some time now and I have received feedback from a small number of readers to say that they are uncomfortable with one of the original poster suggestions - punch a pillow. I completely understand. Directing a … [Read more...]

Best Picture Books for Teaching Multiplication

Picture books are a fabulous tool for engaging children with mathematical concepts. By capturing a child’s imagination, picture book stories make the process of learning about abstract math concepts, such as multiplication, more interesting, relevant and meaningful. The books in this list all … [Read more...]

Creating Edible Art: Making Matisse Cookies

Edible art is one of my favorite things.  Combine food, art, and children's literature and you have a triple treat.  Today, we are combining the art of Henri Matisse with cookie decorating, and the book, Henri's Scissors.  Let's get artsy. Let's Read and Learn First, grab a copy of Henri's … [Read more...]

9 Ways to Develop Emotional Awareness Through Play

It had been a long, boring day and by 3.30 both of my children were having arguments and getting emotional about the smallest upsets. We were venturing into melt-down territory. I had several deadlines to wrap up before close of business and I was frantically trying to pack for a camping trip. … [Read more...]

10 Wonderful Ways Families Can Connect Outdoors

There’s mounting evidence that time in the outdoors is good for your kids, but did you know that it also builds family bonds and creates deep connections? When families are outdoors they work together to achieve moments of discovery and investigation. Here are 10 ways families can connect in … [Read more...]

My #1 Tip for Connecting With Kids

I’m excited to be participating in this thoughtful series on connecting with your children by Childhood 101. As a craft blogger, when Christie asked me if I wanted to take part I initially tried to think of a specific project which would foster a connection through crafting. However, the more I … [Read more...]

Reclaiming Storytime: 3 Strategies for Reconnecting with Read Alouds

When I was pregnant with my first child, one of my favorite parenting fantasies was about snuggling up and sharing my favorite stories with my growing family. As a longtime teacher and lifelong book lover, I just knew that I was going to raise a brood of little readers. Three years, three kids, and … [Read more...]

Creating Family Connections: Our Family Appreciation Plate

Our home is always noisy and slightly chaotic, but we really savour and protect our family dinner times. It is such an important time to come together. While everyone may not always be at their best after a long day, we still gather and because of this alone, it is worth it. I am always on the look … [Read more...]