I'M IN LOVE WITH MY CHILD'S TEACHERS
I have been a teacher for nearly two decades and I have always felt very priviledged of the relationship that developed between my students and myself. Now, I experience preschool through a new pair of eyes: that of my child. He is definitively in love with his teachers, and so am I. Here's why: they complete me in my parenting, they appreciate him for who he is, and they help him be a better person. And for all of that, I can't help but simply be thankful.
For the first time in my life, I'm on the other side of the fence, seeing my child develop in the care of others. Of course,...
November 14, 2016
LEST WE FORGET
Remembrance Day is always a difficult subject to broach with little ones. Yet, one that we don't really want to forego. As anticipated, my educators and I found ourselves juggling those two questions: WHAT can/should we share about Remembrance Day and HOW make an impact without making children feel scared or sad.
We decided to focus on the positive aspects that war has brought into their lives. We read age-appropriate stories about Peace, showed them photos of Poppies, and had a discussion. We talked about a war that occured a long time ago which has allowed us now to live in a pe...
November 7, 2016
Ask any preschooler what are healthy snack options and they'll tell you: fruits, yogurt, vegetables, cheese, and milk. But put it on their table and many will quickly run away! Feeding preschoolers can be a challenge. Young children are trying to gain control over their own little world, and being selective about what they will eat, is only one of their many ways to do it. By presenting good options that are varied and attractive, while remaining kid-friendly, children develop their taste for healthy choices. At V.I.K. Academy, we promote healthy eating habits through dietician-approved a...
October 22, 2016
BRIGHT & OPEN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Natural light plays a great role on mood, no matter the context. It is no different for learning spaces. We know that natural light positively affects our mood, and that positive moods have a positive effect on learning. In fact, it is easy to find tons of researches that are focusing on how to better design new schools in order to integrate as much natural light as possible. The effects of natural light seems to be at their maximum when the classroom has a view on green space, natural grass and natural trees, as it contributes to eliminate the feeling of being in a confined space. But one mu...
October 21, 2016
DOES GROUP SIZE REALLY MATTER?
Over the years, Alberta has seen group size slowly increase and reach such sizes that it has become challenging for teachers to manage their duties. In Calgary, Kindergarten classes can easily reach 25 or more, while the Albert Education recommendation is of 17 for grades K-3. We understand that this translate into a much larger work load for teacher, but how does it affect children?
For one, smaller class sizes create an environment where it is easier for teachers to get to know their students, and to develop a good relationship with them. Furthermore, it allows teachers to respond sooner t...
August 16, 2016