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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Cliques already in Kindergarten??

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Having a little girl, I worry about her hitting her teenage years as she tries to find herself and the issues with peer pressure that affects all kids.  As soon as Ella started to show her personality as a toddler, we could see that she was very aware of others and what people thought of her.  She continues to look for approval to confirm that what she is wearing or how her hair is done up makes her look “pretty”.  We were shocked that this started so young for her! (more…)

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Homework Already in Kindergarten?

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Ella started junior kindergarten in September and I am surprised that they already get homework!  Not sure if this is normal but I don’t recall this being the case when I was a child.  Of course I welcome the opportunity for her to learn but I wonder if this is too much too soon?  This also increases the expectation for parent participation since she’s too young to read the instructions which means homework for me as well!  (more…)

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All for French Immersion – is it worth it?

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This past January, I like many other parents had to register my little one for JK.  As I prepared to have Ella get ready to enter “real school”, I started to hear more and more things about French Immersion (FI).  Yes, French is a dying language that is not as useful as say Mandarin around the world these days, but I figured it would be “included” and they had to go to school anyways so it couldn’t hurt – right?  Also, now that we’re starting to look forward to retiring one day (yes – we are getting old), the perks of a government job  with their retirement packages seemed to be a choice I wanted Ella to have down the road.  It’s crazy that at 4yrs old, I’m thinking about her retirement!

So I started to make a mental list of pros/cons to confirm my feeling that I was going to put her into the French Immersion stream. (more…)

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