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MathConnects supporting CODE parent engagement with math

The Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) has an extensive  parent engagement page and that page includes a parent engagement math page.

From their introduction:

“Inspiring Your Child to Learn and Love Math is a tool kit for parents. It provides modules with simple, but effective methods and materials for parents. It shows you how to get involved in your children’s learning, and offers guidance for working with students of different ages.

This Parent Tool Kit was developed by experts in mathematics education, with input and advice from parents and students. When families and educators join forces, students of all ages can experience greater success in their learning.”

Didja know that they also have an associated  Twitter site called MathConnects.

Check it out! Rowan

January 24, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

EQAO video for parents on tracking child’s progress

The EQAO site includes a new video aimed at parents. Literacy (reading, writing) risk indicators are evident as early as the Grade 3 EQAO assessments and unless addressed, problems and deficiencies continue into secondary school. When action is taken by parents and teachers, these at-risk students can improve their outcomes. The lesson for parents is to:

  1. keep track of their child’s progress
  2. talk to teachers

This is not a video with spoken words and you have to be able to read quickly to follow this. You can’t argue with the facts, and it might be good to show on  “family literacy night” but personally, I found it a bit ‘strident’ in its tone. What do you think?

Check it out! Rowan

April 6, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Parents and the power of positive talk/rich conversation with children

Check out this article by Holly Korby (Mindshift/How we Learn, October 2015), titled What Parents can Gain from Learning the Science of Talking to Kids which is based on the book /research Thirty Million Words by Dana Suskind, see also the organization.

Korby’s article discusses the research and findings of Thirty Million Words, in particular the correlation between children’s language skills and school preparedness. Studies show that children living in poverty had fewer words in their vocabulary than their richer counterparts. “The truth is, much of what you see in children born into poverty is analogous to children born deaf,” Suskind said. “It’s a really important point. The most fundamental science shows that it’s really language, and all that comes with it, the brain-building aspect of things, that makes a difference.”

In addition to the book, Suskind is developing a home curriculum to share with parents. It is based on 3 Ts:

  1. Tune In (engage, play, invest the time )
  2. Talk More (rich vocabulary)
  3. Take Turns (child is a conversational partner)

A fourth T would be Turn off the Technology. Note that the Professional Library has a new book titles Tap, Click, Read; Growing Readers in a world of Screen

And for educators/librarians;

“She encourages educators to tell parents about the science of talking to children, and to explain that any opportunity, even the most mundane, is an opportunity to practice the Three Ts. Especially reading a book together.

“It’s really about having a conversation over the book,” she said. “You don’t have to read every word if the child doesn’t want to. It’s really about having a conversation, tuning in to what your baby is interested in, talking about the pictures.”

Check it out!

Rowan … with thanks from our fabulous reference librarian Lauren who is now a fabulous new mom to a baby boy!

October 22, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Parents Reaching Out Grants

On September 22nd, the Ministry announced that it was providing over 2,200 Parents Reaching Out Grants.

Selections are reproduced from the announcement

Ontario is helping parents across the province become more involved in their children’s education by providing grants for parent engagement initiatives.

The grants help parents identify and respond to important issues in their school community, including bullying, student nutrition, literacy and math.

Initiatives that are being supported this year include:

  • Workshops and parent resources on mental health and well‐being, cyber bullying and internet safety
  • Parent information sessions on math strategies
  • The Connecting First Nations Languages in Schools and Homes program to help revitalize the use of Oneida and Lenni Lanape languages
  • Family Science Nights to encourage parents to learn about science alongside their children
  • A Healthy Bodies, Healthy Earth! parent workshop to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Additional Resources

Check it out!


September 28, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Parents supporting their children’s mental health

PrevNet : Canada’s Authority on Bullying has posted a link to an article titled:  4 ways parents can support their children’s mental health. Originally posted on the Canadian Living site, here are the 4 tips – you will have to read the full article for the details:)

  1. Focus on resilience, regulating emotion and controlling overwhelming emotions.
  2. Find time to talk and have fun together.
  3. Stay positive and avoid being judgmental or harsh.
  4. [As parents you can] model mindfulness, kindness, empathy, healthy coping, healthy active living and overcoming adversity.

The article also includes a link to a video, 11 tips on reducing anxiety.

Check it out! These tips are great for teachers or anyone who works with children.


September 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

TDSB provides parent tips on starting the new school year

Click here and review some useful tips from TDSB on getting off to a great start this school year.

September 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Parents are partners in 21st century learning

A couple of months ago , I brought to your attention a blog for parents hosted by the organization C21 Canadians for 21st Century Learning and Innovation.

The American organization, Partnership  for 21st Century Learning, has created a web page for parents, and it includes a tip sheet titled Parents Guide for 21st Century Learning and Citizenship: Tips and Strategies for Families. It includes content under the following headings:

Make 21st century citizenship a topic of discussion at home

  • current news & events
  • community participation
  • make responsible digital practices together

Highlight your owns 21st Century Practices

  • be active in elections
  • discuss your own role in the community
  • share you priorities within the community
  • set an example for collaboration and compassion

Get hands-on with at-home and local activities

  • maps
  • world cultures
  • think globally, act locally
  • set expectations
  • use you knowledge (volunteer, mentor)

Support 21st century education at  your child’s school

  • get involved
  • make connections to after school activities
  • learn another language
  • create consistent digital policies
  • stay connected

Back in Canada, the Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) has for some time made available a parent engagement tool kit and some of the topics  include:

  • BE A COACH: includes specific suggestions for providing at-home help for success at school
  • BE A MENTOR: includes suggestions for helping with homework and the supportive role parents can play
  • BE AN ADVOCATE: deals with parent-school communication and ideas for helping students present themselves well
  • STAY INFORMED: deals with reinforcing classroom learning at home
  • FITTING IT ALL IN: provides tips to help with at-home organization that supports success at school
  • THE TEENAGE YEARS: focuses on talking to your secondary school student about school and provides tips for raising responsible digital citizens

Check them out! They are all online resources.


May 29, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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