Posts Tagged ‘kidslink’

Posted June 4, 2013 by

The evidence is accumulating; good social skills may depend on the ability to decipher facial expressions, particularly expressions in the eye region (DeClerk and Bogart 2008). As parent s and educators, we may think that most kids are aware and understand the body clues of others. This does not appear to be the case. Kids […]

Posted March 19, 2013 by

In Tools for Life®, we often assist children to identify how they are feeling by sharing how big or small that feeling is, or by using visuals to concretely demonstrate how those uncomfortable feelings grow.  In the small groups that Early Identification Consultants facilitate within the primary grades of our schools in the Region of […]

Posted November 1, 2012 by

My Favourite Tool in Tools for Life Relationship-building Solutions Tool Box! The Problem Solving Key Chain is the greatest to facilitate on the spot teachable moments. Children’s problems don’t just happen when they are in their classroom or in the kitchen at home where the relationship centers are. They happen as you are going out […]

Posted July 10, 2012 by

A new girl walks into the “classroom” and sits on a chair. None of the chairs have names on them and there are no books on the table to indicate that this might be somebody’s “spot”.  A few minutes later, 2 more girls walk into the room and sit down.  They say “hello” to the […]

Posted June 19, 2012 by

“Dream Big, Dream Bigger” a quote overheard early in the formation of Stewart Avenue’s Parent Council Meeting!   Last school year, Stewart Avenue Public School had a parent council of 3. This year 8 or 10 parents gathered in the fall to create a working parent council. Over time, more parents came out and everyone was […]

Posted May 17, 2012 by

By Linda S. With all the media coverage on mental health in the last week, I hope we are beginning to normalize the term ‘mental health’. I think of mental health as a spectrum, much like other labels that we carry that helps others, and sometimes ourselves, define who we are. If you are familiar […]

Posted May 8, 2012 by

We have been overwhelmed, in my opinion, with the media encouraging us to ensure our children are physically active.  Our federal government provides a tax break for families that enroll their children in sports activities.  Yes, we need to ensure that each child’s basic needs are being met, nutritious food, adequate shelter, sleep, a healthy […]

Posted March 20, 2012 by

“The Ministry of Education has declared that students with ADHD/ADD and other neurological disorders that may impede or affect learning, are now entitled to specialized support and education at school. Ontario has been one of the few provinces in Canada lagging behind in the recognition of ADHD/ADD as requiring additional support.”

Posted March 8, 2012 by

According to Moises Roman from UCLA Early Care and Education, “a teachable moment is a learning opportunity for a child to acquire new information, values, morals, a new behavior or a new skill, or a new way of expressing and coping with an emotion.” (

Posted February 23, 2012 by

I enjoy taking a teachable moment when the opportunity presents itself, as it did in a small group of grade 3 students last week. A young man was standing with his arms crossed across his chest. I asked him what it meant when someone crosses his arms in front of his body like he was. […]

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