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Taking the First Step

When a baby takes its first step, everyone holds their breath. I remember our oldest son took his first step on the ferry going to Prince Edward Island.  He was so excited to walk, he almost ran on his wobbly feet, back and forth between our arms. When a junior kindergarten student takes his or […]

Reading Fluency: Is it at Risk Or Even Endangered?

The World Wildlife Federation sends me literature on animals at risk or endangered. Recently I read that the little Brown Bat and the Blanding’s Turtle, both located in Ontario are endangered due to loss of environment and disease. The increasing network of roads across southern Ontario is isolating the turtle and destroying its natural habitat. Action […]

Exploring New Vistas: Going for the Gold!

Life is all about learning! The annual conference for NILD Canada held on April 22 and 23 at Tyndale University College was an amazing event! Educators, educational therapists, parents, administrators and others interested in education met together to learn and share, focusing on the theme “Neuroplasticity: The Basis of Education”. Dr. Steve Sider (Associate Professor at […]

March Mania: Read, Rhyme and Write

In the book I Can Read with My Eyes Shut, Dr. Seuss wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more things that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” March is a month of change. The weather changes as the cheerful robin returns to build her nest, marking the arrival […]


February is a short month, but it’s a punchy one! It is filled with special days to spark interest in learning, in the classroom, the special education room, or at home. It starts with the wily groundhog, coming out of its burrow on February 2 to predict how soon spring will come. Who, but the […]

Board Games: Not bored at all!

Board games help develop teamwork, life skills, and flexible thinking while having fun! In this era of high tech games on tablets, computers and phones, is there a place for the humble board game, or is this outdated? Do board games help in inquiry based learning? Do they make learning more relevant? What are the […]