Summer Sanity: Mom’s Cooking Camp

This Guest Post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. Today’s Activity: Mom’s Cooking Camp  Last year I sent my two daughters to cooking camp. My then 8 year old learned an array of curse words, while my then 10 year old learned how to spread canned frosting on white bread. It cost me $587.60. This year I’m putting on my own camp. Mom’s Cooking Camp. I have four kids ages 11, 9, … Continue reading

Summer Sanity: Book Club Post #1 for 7-9 year olds

This post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. When I think back to my childhood and the summer, I remember reading! I read and I read and I read. Reading time in the summer was all about finding a cozy place to read while I lost myself in a book, letting my imagination run wild! This summer, I have a 7 year old who also loves to read. Here are some books … Continue reading

Summer Sanity: Hiking with Your Children

This Guest Post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. Today’s Activity: Hiking with your children. Warm, sunny days make me want to lace up my hiking boots and find a mountain to climb or a shady forest path to follow. Having children requires slightly more planning before embarking on such escapes, but both my daughters enjoy these adventures almost as much as I do. Here’s what I’ve learned about taking my children … Continue reading

#Free #Games to Keep Your Kids Sharp This Summer from @TVOKids

In today’s guest post, Pat Ellingson (TVO’s Creative Head of Children’s Media) explains how TVO’s new games help your children learn and tells you a few things about the public broadcaster that you may not know.Despite what some parents might think, not all of the apps and games our kids seem to be glued to are just time-wasters. New research done by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto shows that two new games from TVOKids can help increase a child’s capacity to learn. Hop, Frog, Hop! and Ribbit, Frog, Ribbit! are memory games … Continue reading

Summer Sanity: Scavenger Hunt and Treasure Hunt Ideas

This Guest Post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. Today’s Activity: Scavenger and Treasure Hunts.Summer holidays back on the farm I suspect, are quite different than summer holidays in the city. There were no playgrounds, libraries, movie theatres, etc. to entertain our young bodies or minds. There was TV but we were never huge TV watchers, we had an Atari but that can only keep you entertained for so long. There were … Continue reading

Summer Sanity: Beach Day Anywhere

This Guest Post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. Today’s Activity: Bringing the beach to your child! Summer brings thoughts of beaches, swimsuits, and sandcastles. Every child loves to play at the beach, but what do you do if a rainy day destroys your plans for a beach trip or if you live too far away to make it to the beach? Here’s a few suggestions for a Beach Anywhere Day. Backyard … Continue reading

Summer Sanity: Writing Activities for Your Children

This post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. Today’s Activity:Writing Activities for your Children The summer vacation is a long time for children to go without practicing their writing skills! There are many fun ways to get your children writing this summer, one idea is to set them up with a pen pal! This gives them a purpose to write, which should also provide them with some motivation to practise their skills. … Continue reading

Summer Sanity ~ Give Your Child a Play Garden

This Guest Post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. Today’s Activity: Give a kid some dirt and the hours just seem to melt away! This summer why not give your kids some space in your yard to play and explore by building a play garden. You may not need to buy anything for this project unless of course like me you live in a condo and your “yard” is a balcony (where … Continue reading

Summer Sanity ~ Reading Comprehension

This post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. Today’s Activity: Read a book with your child!  Encouraging your child to read every single day throughout the summer is so important! Reading is a skill that must be practised over and over and over again in order to gain new vocabulary, comprehension skills and to hopefully develop a love of reading. Here are some questions that you can ask your child about the … Continue reading

A Kindergarten Visit: Who Needs More Preparation? Mom or Child

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I took him to his school this morning for a 30 minute visit to his Kindergarten classroom. He was nervous.He was shy.I was nervous.I didn’t want to let go. He told me he was going to hide behind me and hide behind me is what he did. I told him that it was his job to stay and have fun in the Kindergarten classroom and it was my job to go to the Library and to pick him up when the 30 minutes were finished. I didn’t hesitate. I gave him a big hug goodbye.I made sure he had his … Continue reading