As both a teacher and a parent, it is undeniable that summertime is my favourite time of year. However, to go along with the fun times with my kids and the relaxing days spent outside, in past years I would also experience a lot of guilt throughout the summer. I tended to feel guilty about not being as productive as I should be and about not preparing enough for teaching in the fall. But the thing I felt most guilty about was not making my kids keep up with school work during their time off.Continue reading “Tips for Keeping up with Schoolwork in Summer”
Summers are amazing no matter where you live. Summer goes by so quickly so spending time wisely and having fun is a must. As Winnipeg is the only home I have ever known, below is the MUST to do’s in Winnipeg this summer. The options are vast and are adaptable to any family.Continue reading “Winnipeg Summer To Do List”
If you think back to a particularly challenging time of your life, the sort of life event where your community and your village needs to rally around you and provide support, what things do you remember? I remember the food.
I’m fortunate to not have experienced much tragedy or turmoil in my life, so my difficult periods are also happy life events, namely: having children. But this meal train how to will apply to any sort of life event where there are people who need help, and feeding them well might be the answer!Continue reading “Meal Train How To”
There is a common misconception amongst parents and students that when it comes to school, June is a write off. While I can’t argue that things definitely start to slow down during the last month of school, I still think that looking at June as a time-filler/killer isn’t the best habit to get into.
As students get older, the demands in June often get larger as they will soon begin to write exams and be required to complete year end assignments and projects. Quite often, these assessments are weighted quite heavily, so performing well on them is key to receiving a good grade. It is because of these increased expectations that I think its important that we don’t get into the habit of treating the month of June as a bridge to summer vacation.
Instead, June can be seen as a transitional period that allows students to look back and reflect on their school year while at the same time, look forward to next. As parents, we can help them to do this by providing some guidance and support in a few different areas.
1 – Help them to Reflect
Often times we start looking ahead way too quickly and forget about what our children have learned over the past ten months of school. While it is exciting to find out whose class your child will be in next year and which friends they’ll be with, we can’t forget to spend some time celebrating our child’s successes from the past year.
The kids had a day off from school a couple of months ago so I was home with them. My daughter had a friend over and they were making a fort in the living room and my son was busy playing. I took this time to clean the house and do laundry. I was about two and a half hours into cleaning the upstairs when the kids started yelling at me from the main floor (10 feet from the kitchen) for snacks and drinks.
I snapped…Continue reading “Printable Weekly Chore List for Parents & Kids”