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5 Great Tips to Help Teach Babies and Toddlers to Talk with Books

Here are five elements to help parents choose and use books to successfully to support communication development in infancy and toddlerhood (or at any point in early language learning):

4 Ways to Become The Math Expert Your Children Can Rely On

As parents, it’s natural to want to help, but sometimes it is difficult to know how exactly to, or you’re short on time, or simply can’t find the right words to make math make sense. It can feel incredibly challenging to explain concepts from your child’s curriculum and at their level in an easy and approachable way.

Teaching kids healthy financial habits

A good lesson for children to learn early on is the power of saving. That $20 bill Grandma gave them can supplement their allowance, allowing for a bigger purchase in the future if they save it now. To help demonstrate the benefit of saving, brainstorm some ideas with your child about what they might want to save up for. Remembering to keep things fun will yield the best results when teaching young children about money. 

5 Great Tips to Finding the Right Tutor for Your Child

There are many reasons for a child to fall a bit behind in one school subject or another. Maybe your family moved and the new school does things differently, or maybe your child is operating on a different developmental clock than the curriculum.

Whatever the reason, being behind other learners is never a happy situation for your child. You may be able to do extra work at home to catch up, but often a tutor is the best way to help a child make great strides in learning.

Hiring a tutor is a serious venture. You don’t want to risk adding more stress to your child’s life and the additional expense can be a strain on your budget. You definitely want the dollars spent to bring positive results.

Maker-Minded: Raising DIY Kids

The Maker Movement is a quickly growing culture that embraces the idea that learning is done best through doing. It includes do-it-yourself individuals and groups that create things, and its members are producers more than consumers, says Irm Diorio, executive director of a maker space. While some makers work in maker spaces, others tinker in their homes and garages.

Why parents choose private school

Some features parents look for when they turn to the private system include a specific educational approach, such as Montessori or Waldorf; a particular religious or cultural setting; a strong academic setting or a program for children who are gifted; the ability to accommodate special needs; the flexibility to accommodate special scheduling required by art, music or sports training.

Mydoh helps children manage their finances

If you’re looking for a helpful app to get started check out Mydoh, powered by RBC. It is a helpful tool to educate and show your children the comings and goings of their money while learning how to make smart money choices. It’s a money management app and Smart Cash Card (which includes a digital and physical Visa Prepaid Card ) that helps kids make their own earning and spending decisions — instilling values that help build a strong foundation for the future. Kids can learn responsibility, earn money through tasks and allowances, and spend responsibly using the Smart Cash Card. 

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5 Useful Tips to Help Your Child Transition Back into the School Year

It’s August and the Back-to- School commercials have begun! The discussion about September is underway and...

6 ways to foster curiosity, build confidence and instill a love of learning in children through STEM

Humans are born curious. Our curiosity helps us make sense of the world and encourages us to learn through observation, play, and exploration AKA STEM activities. As we continue to grow, our curiosity and thirst for knowledge contribute to our ability to learn, build foundational skills and cultivate a love of learning that translates into future success.

The pandemic has proven to affect our children’s ability to learn, remain curious and maintain a love of learning. Here are 6 tips to help parents and educators continue fostering curiosity, building confidence, and instilling a love of learning in children.

Talented, Budding Young Author Discovered in Vancouver

100% volunteer-run charity, Ripple Foundation, announced Cora Arvidson, a seventh-grade student from Vancouver’s Sir William...

8 Common Successful Life Mistakes

etting a great mark, and forgetting everything you learned after a few days. The status quo is only focusing on getting great marks, but not looking ahead at how to prepare for a changing world. Here are 8 common successful life mistakes.

3 helpful tips to speak to your children in more than one language

When my wife and I first met a family who spoke more than one language to their toddler, we were intrigued. Was that possible? Would it be healthy for our children?

5 great ways to get through homeschooling again!

We've been asked to start homeschooling again. It is short-term and hopefully only until January 10th. Here are 5 ways to help get through this chaos.

7 Simple Tips for Finding the Perfect Preschool

We were running errands when one of my teenagers shouted and pointed, “Look! It’s our old preschool!” Soon my other two teens were chiming in, “I loved it there!” and “That was my favorite school. Do you remember when…” And just like that, we were walking down a memory lane of craft projects, field trips, and even that time when the teacher helped with a loose tooth that just wouldn’t budge.
It made me happy that my kids remembered their days there as fondly as I did. Finding a preschool may seem stressful but when you focus on the right things, you can find the perfect place for you and your kids.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race - 10 Strategies to Success!

10 Strategies to Success The following are strategies that have proven successful in helping students reach (and exceed) their goals, regardless of the child’s circumstances!

22 Questions to Ask Your Child to Sharpen Critical Thinking Skills

enhances critical thinking for kids. And why are critical thinking skills important? Critical thinking gives your child the confidence to power through academic and general life challenges smoothly.

Future of Learning: personalized learning, the key to student success

The pandemic has disrupted our lives in many ways. As a result, many parents, teachers, and students can’t wait to get back to “normal” school. Many that fall into this camp discuss the lack of community along with the lack of face-to-face interactions with teachers and peer groups when not learning in person. However other parents, teachers, and students fall into another camp. This group likes digital learning models because students can go at their own pace and set their own times for study. Learning online allows for more personalized learning and time for experiences and projects.

10 Helpful Tips For You and Your Child with Back-To-School Anxiety

September is known as a very stressful month for parents and kids, so let’s make a plan to reduce the stressors and lower the anxiety in your home. Here are 10 tips to help your children get over it.

Exciting - a new IB school is coming to Richmond

The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, designed for students in grades 11 and 12, is growing in popularity in high schools around the world, but the IB also offers programmes for younger students, the Middle Years Programme. The International Baccalaureate first introduced the Middle Years Programme in 1994 and has since been adopted by more than 1,300 schools around the world in more than 100 countries, and we have a new one coming to Richmond, BC!

5 ways to prevent the summer slide

Most people will agree that the summer slide is real, and something that all parents and caregivers should try to avoid. This year is no different; in fact, this summer it is even more important than ever to ensure children retain the skills they learned throughout the school year, as the worries associated with COVID-19 may have been a distraction.
Continuing educational activities over the summer months is one way to combat the “COVID Slide” and ensure your children are fully prepared for the school year in September. Here are 5 ways to continue your child’s learning over the summer while keeping it fun.

Exciting Climate Change Education

This Earth Day, it will be easier than ever to arm the next generation of youth climate activists with facts and give them hope with the new and free online Climate Restoration Course. This course, created by the Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR), is specially designed by teachers for students in grades 3-5. Start the course here.

Incredible program for high school students in Vancouver - Deadline: April 5

We just learned about an incredible extracurricular program for high school students and wanted to share it with parents in Vancouver. The Knowledge Society (TKS) is a 10-month innovation program for students ages 13-17 who want to solve the world’s biggest problems. The program is modeled after curriculums from Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, and designed to replicate the learning environments of Google and Facebook. They’ve also been recognized by organizations like the World Economic Forum.

Pear Tree Elementary expands to include middle school!

In September 2021, Pear Tree Elementary will expand the school to include a Middle School Wing for students up to Grade 9, as part of their longer-term expansion to offer up to grade 12 in the coming years.

10 Home Learning Success Tips for Parents and Caregivers

Anyone can become a resourceful teacher. Although we may not all be professional teachers, with a little creativity, we can make use of everyday opportunities and common materials to create fun and educational experiences for our children. By doing so consistently, we can create and sustain an enriching home learning environment for our children. Here are 10 home learning success tips.

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