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Changing Schools – Who’s more stressed the child or parent?

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Ella recently started grade 1 a few weeks ago and because she’s starting French Immersion she had to switch schools.  That meant leaving some of her friends behind, starting to take the school bus and a whole new environment – just as she was getting so comfortable with her current school.  I spent countless hours worrying about the transition.  It didn’t help that Ella was really upset at the end of June (both she and her teacher shed tears on the last day of school) and she specifically told me she didn’t want to change schools.  That threw everything into a whirlwind, making me second guess the whole reason I uprooted our family to move to a new school district in the first place.  For months leading up school starting I worried (but of course trying to keep a cool exterior).  So many questions kept running through my mind.  (more…)

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Preparing for GR1 Reading Requirements and a Reading Light Review

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I am very surprised at the expectation for reading coming out of Kindergarten these days.  Not sure if my memory is failing me in my old age, but I recall kids eating glue and maybe being able to read a few simple words such as cat or dog when I was in Kindergarten.

In preparing for Grade 1 this September, we went to a parent’s meeting a little while ago to ensure we were informed about what to expect since it was a fairly big transition for most kids.  There was a focus on what reading level they should be at by that time – level 6.  I had no idea what level Ella was at and went home and asked her.  She told me she thought she was at level 2 which put me into worry mode thinking she might be behind!  I later found out from asking her teacher that she was at level 4.  Funny thing is that I thought she was reading really well for a child in Kindergarten and would have guessed that she was ahead of where she needed to be not behind.  The reality was much different from my assumptions! (more…)

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A Day at the Zoo in the middle of Winter!

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February 27th is International Polar Bear Day I recently learned so we decided to go to the zoo and give Ella her first chance to see a live one.  Along with her cousins, we bundled up and made a day of it.  It’s often hard to find additional activities during the winter to do with Ella so this was a nice option.  Plus she just completed a unit at school about polar bears so the timing was perfect. (more…)

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Tips to SAVE Money on Kids’ Clothes

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When I was pregnant I went nuts with researching and buying baby stuff.  Once we knew we were having a little girl, I became obsessed with all the cute baby clothes out there!  I purchased items and didn’t care if she was only going to wear them for a short time.  I figured we were having only one child so why not!?!  And then the bills came in and I quickly realized that a couple hundred dollars doesn’t go a long way these days and of course the cuter the outfit, the more expensive it was.  So despite my pregnancy hormones overwhelming me with the need to buy adorable little outfits for my precious little bundle, my bank account forced me to reconsider.

So I approached baby clothes as I did with planning anything else to do with my little one.  I quickly discovered that with three steps, I could save hundreds on my clothing bill for Ella. (more…)

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I no longer JUDGE other parents!

So the saying “you can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes” is definitely something I would say rings true for me now that I’m a parent.  I have always been a control freak when it comes to anything in my life.  Luckily I have a job that allows me to exercise that controlling need but when I’m at home all bets are off.  I never thought that using the same principles that work so well for me at work would be an utter fail for me at home.  It sounds so silly that I ever thought that way but in my own naive way I thought it was logical and would work! (more…)

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