A Quick Guide to Preschoolers and Technology

It is a question almost every parent will ask themselves – should children be using digital devices during preschool years? If so, how and when should young children use technology? Information currently available to parents on this topic provides mixed messages.  On one hand, there is research that shows interactions with technology can support learning … Continue reading A Quick Guide to Preschoolers and Technology

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Encouraging literacy and a love of learning on Family Literacy Day – January 27th – and every day!

As the Executive Director of Calgary Reads (an early literacy initiative), a parent and former teacher, I’m often asked by families how they can help their young child build language skills—and, develop a love of reading. As we mark Family Literacy Day on January 27th (celebrated annually as a time to inspire families to learn together) … Continue reading Encouraging literacy and a love of learning on Family Literacy Day – January 27th – and every day!

PRESCHOOLERS AND FRIENDSHIPS:  A parent’s role to support, structure and shield

As a family counsellor, I’m often asked by parents about their preschool children’s friendships and how as parents we can help them to make and keep friends.  Parents are often worried that their child might be too shy, too aggressive or lack the social skills to make good friends.  I hear about the desire to … Continue reading PRESCHOOLERS AND FRIENDSHIPS:  A parent’s role to support, structure and shield

Recognizing the Importance of our Children on National Child Day, Nov. 20th, 2017

I am writing this message to you as an educator, advocate, and mother of young children. I feel privileged to work alongside so many brilliant and passionate Early Childhood Educators. I have spent many years advocating for more resources for vulnerable youth and families living in poverty. Five years ago, I was assigned the task … Continue reading Recognizing the Importance of our Children on National Child Day, Nov. 20th, 2017

HALLOWEEN TIPS FOR THE SENSORY SENSITIVE CHILD

Getting ready to trick-or-treat?  Candy, treats, parties, parades, costumes, masks, makeup…it all sounds like lots and LOTS of fun, but for the sensory sensitive child, it may feel like a challenge.   If your child has some difficulty with sensory processing (the interpretation and response to sight, sound, touch, taste, and perception of movement and position) Halloween may actually feel … Continue reading HALLOWEEN TIPS FOR THE SENSORY SENSITIVE CHILD