Tennis – it’s all about the outfit!

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So in our attempt to give Ella a well rounded summer camp experience, I enrolled her for tennis camp.  Luckily there is one close to my work so I could easily drop off and pick up.  Ella never took a real interest in sports so I figured she took after me in this area and never really thought much of it.  Then my husband suggested after I signed her up for cheer camp, that we at least expose her to another activity that she could have a chance to make a career out of if she was good.  He was skeptical with the whole cheer thing so I figure we’d give it a shot and have her try “a real sport”.  Maybe she had outgrown her past history of running and tripping over her own feet and had some hidden athletic talent we hadn’t allowed her to develop yet!

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Kids Brains are Like Sponges….

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In one of my earlier posts, I ranted a little about Ella getting homework already in juniour kindergarten.  Now that I’m reflecting on the year as it draws to a close, I’m amazed.  We obviously moved this past year to get Ella into a better school district, but I had no idea how much she would benefit from it already in JK!

She has learned so much from the basics of learning to count, being able to do simple arithmetic, spell short 3-5 letter words (not all words spelled completely correct but I’m still impressed as there are lots that she can spell correctly!), read short books and sound out the words all by herself, create some great crafts and be exposed to some really great teaching methods!  Here are my top three favourite things her teacher incorporated in their learning this year:

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Summer Camps – babysitting or worthwhile?

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So like most working parents out there, the thought of summer break for the kids gets you planning WELL in advance as who gets two months vacation from work???  And even if I think Ella could probably survive taking care of herself at home or tagging along with me at work, option 1 will get me arrested and option 2 will get me fired so the planning begins.

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Practice = Progress. 5 Tips to keep up the Motivation.

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So I ranted a little while ago about our bad day and I’m happy to report that we had a breakthrough with her piano practicing.  She’s starting to read some of the notes and it’s no longer ground hog day with the flashcards!

I knew when we decided to start piano lessons that there would be ups and downs but never thought the motivational issues would start so soon and be so much work for the parent!  Especially at this young age where she’s not disciplined enough to go practice on her own or be able to read the written homework sheets provided by the teacher, I have to be very involved. (more…)

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Easy Solution for ALL those craft projects your child brings home!

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When Ella started nursery school, our “junk drawer” quickly got filled up with all those craft projects and drawings that she brought home each week.  We displayed a few around the house but there were just so many!  As I was not sure what to do with these precious creations, I continued to collect them and it got to the point where unless I threw some away I would have to dedicate a room to start storing them all.

After a couple of months, I came up with a solution that would allow me to keep all the precious memories without it taking over my house!

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