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Boom in Kids Hair Care Provides Economic Opportunity to Canadian

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The global kid's haircare market is anticipated to rise at a considerable rate during the forecast period, between 2023 and 2030. In particular, specialty services and natural products geared toward children and their families living with autism or dealing with head lice have proven a successful business investment. Franchises, Lice Squad.com and Superhero Kids Hair…

Lice Squad

What Is The Progression Of Writing In The Montessori Classroom?

6 min read

Did you know that in Montessori classrooms the preparation for writing starts long before we ask the child to hold a pencil?  Learning to write in a Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten (Casa) classroom offers an important and enriching experience that lays a solid foundation for a child’s educational journey.   The Montessori Method of education, developed…

North Star Montessori

North Star Montessori Student

Our Educational Journey with School Is Easy

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To embark on this educational journey, I reached out to School is Easy, a reputable tutoring organization renowned for its expansive network of tutors, including those adept at online instruction. Given my daughter's comfort with online learning and our physical distance from most tutors, it was the logical choice for us.

Carlie Parkinson

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Vancouver’s New After School Program Offers Kids The Benefits of

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Creating an After School Program requires many elements to come together in order to appeal to the kids who are registered in them which is why our program offers a wide variety of age-appropriate activities and a welcoming and inviting environment that considers each child's personality type and possible areas of interests. At Asland Academy,…

Lorrie Holmes

Children exploring nature with magnify glass

What Are The Benefits Of A Montessori Education?

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"An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live."Dr. Maria Montessori Even though I’ve worked in preschool classrooms and after school programs for over a…

Lorrie Holmes

IS THE PROJECT BASED LEARNING (PBL) MODEL THE WAY OF

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As Swiss Psychologist, Jean Piaget, once stated, “Knowledge is a consequence of experience.”  There is a lot of truth to this statement and as education continues to evolve, Project-Based Learning (PBL) has become more recognized. In fact, many schools have actually taken on a Project Based Learning Model in offering their students the opportunity to…

Lorrie Holmes

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How Important Is Play In The Development Of Our Youngest

10 min read

We have recently spoken with three child development experts about this question, beginning with renowned counsellor, scientist and storyteller, Dr. Deborah MacNamara, along with early childhood education college instructors, Candiss Brown and Nika Jibrael. According to all three, play is where it all begins.

Lorrie Holmes

Two boys playing outside at blue table.

BOBS & LOLO – Share The Gift Of Friendship This

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This year on Valentine’s Day, we decided to focus on the gift of FRIENDSHIP and are so excited to be featuring this dynamic duo – Bobs & Lolo.  Their partnership did not begin as a business arrangement but rather, blossomed from a lifelong friendship that started at the tender age of eight, when these two…

Lorrie Holmes

ASLAND ACADEMY OFFERS THE PERFECT BLEND OF REGGIO AND EARLY

6 min read

The first thing that struck me when I entered through the front doors of Asland Academy in Vancouver West, was the combination of warmth and organization. The structure of an early learning academy was definitely there though it was offered in a way that was inviting to the children, and myself. When I was first…

Lorrie Holmes

Since the 1960s, VAMMR has given a second chance to

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Internationally renowned for it's groundbreaking stranded marine mammal response program, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Society (VAMMR) responds to over 300 marine mammal emergencies annually and runs Canada's only dedicated marine mammal hospital facility. Over the 60 years in operation, VAMMR has successfully rescued and rehabilitated over 3000 marine mammals.  It's estimated that more…

Lorrie Holmes

Creative Play Outdoors Is Magic For Kids!

5 min read

A day in the life of a little Sapling is one filled with joy, connection, and so much imagination. HEADING OFF FOR SOME DRAMATIC OUTDOOR PLAY! We head off to the forest with our packs loaded up with snacks, water bottles, and extra gear. The supplies we bring with us depend on our group and…

Shannon Emery

Snail play in nature

Report cards are coming and they look different?!

8 min read

The first report card is coming in December. If your child is in Grade 5 or higher, it’s going to look quite different because letter grades will no longer be given for children in grades K-9 and will only be given out in grades 10-12. We reached out to the Ministry of Education and Child…

Angela Wanja

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School Open Houses – What Can You Learn From Them?

6 min read

Attending a school's open house is a valuable experience that goes beyond the customary tour of classrooms and facilities. It is a window into the educational ecosystem, offering parents, students, and educators a unique opportunity to connect, communicate, and collaborate. The importance of attending an open house extends far beyond the initial impressions, providing a…

Carlie Parkinson

Westside Montessori Academy opens beautiful new school in Vancouver.

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Westside Montessori Academy is making its love of learning available to even more elementary-age students at our beautiful new school in Vancouver. For 15 years, Westside Montessori Academy has been serving families from their space at Vancouver's Italian Cultural Centre. Now, for their 2023-2024 school year, they’ve brought their unique, creative teaching style to spacious classrooms…

Lorrie Holmes

Reading Buddies in library at Westside Montessori Academy

WHAT IS THE BEST FIRST MUSIC INSTRUMENT FOR CHILDREN?

7 min read

The time has come. Your child sings and hums all the time, dances around the house and expresses themselves with music everywhere they go. As parents, we want to encourage this, so we think – music lessons, and music instruments! The best time to get a jump start on music is when the child is…

Doug Beer

Collage of music instruments.

Can All Kids Become Musical (How Can We Best Support

12 min read

As each child is unique, exposing them to explore many genres of music and types of instruments in the early years can play an instrumental role in sparking that connection for them to music.

Lorrie Holmes

Music instruments

Education Issue is here!

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In this issue, we have provided more information about what these report cards will look like. The BC government has made some changes and the new format has been updated to better encourage our children’s learning. We have also included information about various learning approaches—critical thinking, project-based learning, music, and of course play and its…

Carlie Parkinson

Education issue cover

Academic Anxiety In Our Children Can Be Managed When We

7 min read

Understanding The Feelings Of Our Children Is Key To Guiding Them Towards Success When They Are Experiencing Academic Anxiety. Written by Marcus Lau, Cowritten by Rhiannon Lewis As parents and educators, we hold key roles in the beautiful journey of our children’s growth, from their early years to adolescence. This time in their lives is…

Marcus Lau

academic anxiety

Introducing Vancouver’s First & Only Dedicated STEM High School

5 min read

In order to tackle the large issues we are facing in today's (and tomorrow's) world, STEM skills are needed more than ever, and benefit everyone. Thriving in work and in life requires computer and data literacy skills. It's a given that future researchers and scientists will rely on these skills. Imagine a world though where…

Lorrie Holmes

visst

What are the different types of Independent and Private Schools

7 min read

With all that’s going on in our ever-changing world, so many families seem to require extra support these days in their children's education. Luckily our province is rich with options for both private and independent schools that look and function in many different ways. Students who attend these enriched schools can be more academically challenged,…

Lorrie Holmes

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Find what you are looking for at Mulgrave School!

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Mulgrave School’s mission of Inspiring Excellence - the pursuit of personal best - in Education and Life is one that rings true in its holistic approach to education for every student from their wee preschoolers to the Grade 12s who are ready to spread their wings. With the IB programme at its core, Mulgrave offers…

Carlie Parkinson

child at Mulgrave School

How to Help Your Child Become a Reader Using Their

6 min read

Using a child’s passions brings out their innate genius. Assigned school subjects are not usually what children are interested in, but parents and tutors can help a child to use their hidden passions when an assignment is given and I know how to help your child read.

Dr. Victoria Waller

reader

Building Bridges: Communicate and Connect with Your Child’s Teacher

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Do you feel intimidated when you think of talking with your child's teacher? What if your child complains about problems with his or her teacher? What do you do then? I'm a parent and a teacher, so I've been on both sides of the teacher's desk. Here are some tips to help you communicate and…

Janeen Lewis

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