Education

KidloLand App Review

KidloLand App Review

*CONTEST!* Kids and technology. Whatever your thoughts on it are, it's part of our world today. I've just started introducing my kids to apps and had a chance to review this KidloLand app recently. Here is my review, and I've got a three month subscription to their service to give away this week too! 

Shell Scramble Easter Activity

Shell Scramble Easter Activity

This matching egg game is perfect for Easter and into spring and it has multiple levels of learning in it, but they'll never know! Colour identification, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, patterns, counting and matching are all at work here. Bonus: Makes an awesome quiet time activity!

Name Egg Puzzle: Easter Activity

Name Egg Puzzle: Easter Activity

Trying to teach your toddler or young preschooler how to spell their name? Yeah, that can be challenging, especially if their name has more than three or four letters *guilty as charged.* I came up with this fun egg puzzle to help my kids learn how to spell their names. All you'll need are some plastic Easter eggs, an empty egg carton, permanent marker, scissors and tape.

Homeschooling in Nova Scotia

I'm just shy of a year away before my oldest will be starting school. I've always just assumed that public school was the right choice for our family. After writing this article I learned a lot about what homeschooling is really all about, and how varied the people who do it are - varied in their lifestyle, their reasons, and their family values.

Three years ago Deborah Peddle-Hann’s eight-year-old daughter was attending public school, spending eight hours a week in gymnastics and another five hours a week in other activities. Peddle-Hann says her daughter would often get in the door from school and head right back out again, some days not returning until 9 p.m.
“As you can imagine, the 6:30 a.m. rise for school the next morning was not a pleasant one,” Peddle-Hann says. “Even simple reading assignments were not completed on these busy days and she was tired a lot of the time.”
She decided to try homeschooling and discovered when her daughter was well-rested and allowed to work at her own pace, she began to excel in subjects she had previously struggled with and there was still time for extra-curricular activities. Peddle-Hann, who also has two preschool aged children and runs her own business, enjoys the fact that life is more relaxed and she knows exactly what her daughter “did at school that day.”

You can read the full article by clicking here or picking up a copy of July's edition of Family Matters, free on newsstands around HRM.