Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This is my first V-day with a preschooler and we wanted to do something fun for her class. Although baking is a favourite bonding activity of ours, my daughter has a tree nut allergy and her preschool is a nut-free facility so food was not an ideal option.… Continue reading Easy Peasy Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids!
The temptation to interact with screens around the home is inescapable. They are everywhere; in our kitchens, our living rooms, our playrooms and even in our bathrooms and beds. With the convenience of digital streaming programs like Netflix and You Tube and the portability and accessibility of iPads, Smart phones and Smart TVs, we are… Continue reading Toddlers vs. TV: Less is best, but not necessarily realistic
Mamma mia! Everyone is going crazy for kale. The leafy green is chock full of fibre, and according to Medical News Today, eating kale is beneficial for maintaining healthy skin, hair and strong bones, as well as helping with digestion and lowering the risk for heart disease. Adding kale to meatballs ups the nutrient content and… Continue reading Quick Italian Kale Meatballs
While studying for my teaching degree in London, England, we were re-educated on how the “empty vessel model” of student knowledge acquisition was no longer valid or relevant. Historically, students were perceived as empty glasses or “vessels” and it was the job of teachers to “fill” them with “knowledge”. Lessons involved a scripted delivery of… Continue reading Student Learning Styles: One size doesn’t fit all
One flu, two flu, Me flu, you flu. We’ve all got it, woo hoo! One sick, two sick, Me sick, you sick. Everyone has been bloody hit! One spy, two spy, I spy, you spy. Now Daddy’s got blinkin’ pink eye! Is it summer yet?
‘Tis the flu season at chez Pragma Mamma. Last week my preschooler succumbed to the respiratory influenza virus and this week my usually rambunctious toddler has fallen victim to the nasty bug as well. Being at home with sick kids is NOT fun. In addition to the mountains of mucousy tissues, increased irritability and lack… Continue reading Quick Creamy Asparagus, Leek and Potato Soup
It’s true. I don’t want my daughters to be popular at school. And here is why. It is something I have been debating internally for years now, even before I became a teacher or had kids of my own. I used to daydream and wonder, if I had kids, what would their personalities be like? Would they… Continue reading I Don’t Want My Daughters to be Popular at School
I just love baking with my daughter. As soon as she could stir a spoon, a chair has always been dragged over to my kitchen counter, her tiny frame poised over the large mixing bowl. Cooking with kids is such a great experience – not only does it create food to be consumed, but it… Continue reading Maple Banana Flax Whole Wheat Muffins
Parents are constantly bombarded with safety warnings on toys, information on child-proofing your home and recalls about kid-related products. In fact, it can often be overwhelming. Scouring the internet for safety tips, watching the news about updates in toy safety, researching product reviews and recalls is time-consuming. The rise in social media and the Web… Continue reading Button Batteries are Bad News for Our Kids
As we start yet another year and head back to school after the holidays, it is important that kids, just like their parents, set goals or ‘new year’s resolutions’. Goal setting isn’t just for grown-ups! Every January before students return to the classroom, I e-mail my clients and encourage them to sit down with their… Continue reading Student Goal Setting: A smart idea for 2016