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CODE NINJAS IS LEADING THE WAY IN OFFERING FUN AND

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Read more about our Managing Editor's visit to Code Ninja. "After spending a morning visiting one of these classes, it's no surprise to me that Code Ninjas is leading the way as the top franchise - globally - in offering coding programs for kids that are fun and educational. Across Metro Vancouver, there are 14…

Lorrie Holmes

NO TWO THEATRE CAMPS ARE EVER THE SAME AT LIGHTS

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No two camps will ever look the same at Lights Up Music Theatre Schools and that's why they are so well sought out! Mike Wight, Director Since 2006, 'Lights Up' has helped thousands of children to perform at a higher level on stage and in all aspects of their lives through training in performing arts;…

Lorrie Holmes

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5 Useful Tips to Help Your Child Transition Back into

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It’s August and the Back-to- School commercials have begun! The discussion about September is underway and you start to wonder how to prepare your child for the new school year. As a teacher and founder of the tutoring company Teachers to Go, I know that the summer can be a hectic time for parents, regardless if you are…

Julie Diamond

young girl smiling and studying for school

Fabulous Toy Drive Donations

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Today was a great day! I got to donate 3 boxes of toys to Vancouver Firefighter Charities' annual Toy Drive. It has been said that giving can actually make you happier than receiving and I would agree. It is such a joy donating and knowing that you will be making someone else happy. Your gift…

Carlie Parkinson

The Importance of Risky Play

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Risky play can be defined as a thrilling and exciting activity that involves a risk of physical injury, and play that provides opportunities for challenge, testing limits, exploring boundaries and learning about injury risk (Sandseter (2007; Little & Wyver, 2008).” But, and I want to be really clear here, it is not about encouraging or…

Jennifer Hood

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Arts Umbrella’s amazing new space unveiled

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A model for arts education across North America, the new facility significantly expands Arts Umbrella’s capacity to provide transformative experiences for young people in Metro Vancouver, across Canada, and around the world. Arts Umbrella serves 24,000 young people annually, and, within the next three to five years, the new building is expected to support 15,000…

Carlie Parkinson

Arts Umbrella

Spring Break is coming fast!

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We are now just over 5 weeks from Spring Break 2021. The usual routines have probably changed for you, I know they have for me, but there is a glimpse of normalcy on the horizon. How we all dream of days without masks, time with friends, trips to the movie theatres. With the vaccines on…

Carlie Parkinson

Spring Break

Physical Literacy – An Exercise in Learning

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Over the past few years, the concept of physical literacy has grown in popularity around the world. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t feel bad – but before you ask, it’s nothing to do with running and reading books at the same time!   According to the International Physical Literacy Association, “Physical literacy is…

Nic Enright-Morin

Physical Literacy

Demystifying Psychological Educational Assessments

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All parents want their children to thrive. From the minute they’re born, we guide them through a million milestones - and then we send them off to school. Most kids just get it - they breeze through the A, B, C’s, math equations, and general school structure without a backward glance. But every so often,…

Nic Enright-Morin

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Bracing yourself for bracing your kids

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As an orthodontist, I often come across two types of parents: one who assumes their kid's experience will be the same as theirs and another type of parent who doesn’t have the experience or knowledge they need to get the process started. No matter where you stand, I hope to ease your questions and concerns…

Dr. Fred Cheung

Child getting braces

Winter/Education 2017

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The school year is in full swing. Kids are busy learning, and we're busy helping them the best we can. One way to potentially help is by getting a psychological educational assessment, but what is that? Unsure what it is, or if your child needs one, read Demystifying Psychological Educational Assessments to learn more. Looking for…

Carlie Parkinson

Winter Education Issue

Interested in Private school?

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Whether your child is nearing school age or if they are already enrolled, parents cross fingers hoping their child’s educational experience will be a positive one. If you are in the midst of pondering your child’s schooling experience, take time to visit the Private School Expo on November 19th at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. Finding the best…

Carlie Parkinson

Our Kids Vancouver Expo

Spend an unforgettable day with your family at the 2017

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With so many places to eat, shops to explore, art to admire and wildlife to spot, a trip to Granville Island makes an unforgettable family outing or field trip. But did you know that it’s also the home of the Vancouver Writers Fest, one of Canada’s premiere literary events? This year, the Festival celebrates its…

Guest Author

Kids at Jennifer Gasoi Writers Fest

The Arts Umbrella makes a big SPLASH again!

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Experience the - power of creativity at Splash – Arts Umbrella’s 35th annual art auction and gala, presented by TD Bank Group. On Saturday, October 14, Canada's leading non-profit arts organization for young people will be hosting an unforgettable art auction and gala featuring close to 100 works by prominent BC artists. "Arts Umbrella is…

Guest Author

Children making art in class

Reclaim Your House After Kids Go Back To School

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year -- time to send the kids back to school and reclaim your household!  After a summer of camps and goofing around inside, your house may need a little tough love to get back into shape for the fall. Research shows that the average North American home has…

Guest Author

Kid's cluttered room

Aggressive driving in school zones is putting kids in danger!

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BCAA’s second annual School Zone Safety survey shows that driving in school zones has gone from bad to worse. In fact, this year’s survey shows a marked increase in concern across the board. Particularly alarming is that hostile/aggressive attitudes amongst parents such as honking or using profanities has jumped almost 30 per cent (51% to…

Guest Author

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Summer 2017

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In this issue, we’ve tried to pull together some resources to make your Summer experiences a little smoother. You’ll find our extensive camp guide, tips on how to entertain, tips on how to keep your young learners learning, and ways to make a holiday more achievable on a tight budget.

Carlie Parkinson

Boy drinking lemonade

Family Resource Guide 2017

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Looking for places to go, people to see, party places? Be sure to check out our comprehensive guide to Family Fun, Birthday Parties, Home, Education, Classes and Programs, Summer Camps and Family Health! All the contacts a BC parent needs to know for 2017. Read the issue here!

Carlie Parkinson

Resource Guide 2017 Cover

Connection Between Exercising and Education

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Move More to Learn More: The Connection between exercising and education As parents, we’re all well aware that the mind and body are undeniably linked. Any new mother who has endured a sleepless night thanks to her newborn may have issues instantly recalling her breakfast from the previous day or that upcoming doctor’s appointment next Friday.…

Guest Author

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Are you Suffering from sleep deprivation?

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Sleep deprivation can also be a serious health issue for parents. To get some help we asked Laura Rosin, Sleep Consultant from WeeSleep, to answer our top questions based on a Facebook Poll.

Guest Author

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Astronomy with your Kids

4 min read

Astronomy has fascinated humans for centuries, but it’s often the youngest of us who marvel at the galaxy’s oldest mysteries. If your child has recently shown a growing interest in astronomy, it’s time to take full advantage of it. After all, learning about astronomy is a rare opportunity to get your kid excited about science…

Guest Author

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Montessori then and now: still ahead the curve in education

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Our ever-changing world impacts us in many ways; even in the way, our kids are taught at schools. In recent years, the BC government has been rolling out changes to the education curriculum, which has meant big differences to the way our children are taught in schools. There are several key changes that the BC…

Nic Enright-Morin

Montessori

How to balance electronics and nature?

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So many parents today complain that their kids are always inside and plugged into their electronics, and never play outside with their friends like we used to when we were growing up. They are worried their young children are addicted to their Ipad and cell phone and wonder what to do. They have every right…

Brenda Fisher-Barber

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