What Matters For A 5 Year Old?

It started early on and it’s been pretty consistent – and often feels like it’s been relentless – every since. All those nattering comments about helicopter parents, pressure today, over achieving parents etc. that we hear about, in the news and in our personal conversations, can go straight to the rubbish bin. Because it’s not me tightening the screws.

Writing Competition for Older Teenagers

Following in the footsteps of the Keats-Shelley Prize, Young Romantics is a new competition available for writers between ages 16 and 18 who would like to enter their poems and short stories. (Maximum 20 lines for poems and 1,000 words for short stories.) Each work should be inspired by the Romantic poets and refer to the theme this year – Lost Angels.

Is Your Child Ready to Launch?

I can’t say that I expected the BC Teacher’s strike to be over by September. Yet I also can’t reconcile myself with the fact that negotiations hadn’t reached a point where mediation was possible by the end of the summer. Based on what I have read and heard, my instinct tells me that one side dug in their heels and became immovable.

From Norway to Coquitlam

It started with a short film on Vimeo about children exploring the outdoors in Norway. Since then I’ve been catching bits and bytes about the forest kindergarten/outdoor education programmes around the world on blogs, newspaper articles, Facebook and even Twitter.

Lean 30: 10 - Do You Support Pink Day?

This week as British Columbians took part in Pink Day, I noticed a stream of Pink Day photos in my social media accounts. People sported pink shirts, black shirts with pink writing or talked about their experiences on that day. There was even a Pink Day related flash performance involving 30 schools, 3,000 participants and the Vancouver Giants hockey team. Despite all of these efforts, there was discontent about how the day went down.

Lean 30: 9 - Parents and School Choice

Pamela Chan, BCFamily.ca/Editorial Lean 30 : 30 days of keeping it lean and old school online. More This year my family took part in the kindergarten registration process in our local school district.  Individually, as a couple and as a family, my husband, two children and I attended information sessions, met with our neighbourhood school [...]

Lean 30: 3 - Between Good and Good

Pamela Chan, BCFamily.ca/Editorial Lean 30 : 30 days of keeping it lean and old school online. More As my children grew into being toddlers and then young and older preschoolers, I started to look, observe and ask questions in my local community of teachers and parents.  I found it to be very helpful to visit [...]

Outdoor Living: A Child in Nature

Pamela Chan, BCFamily.ca While observing elders in my family who immigrated from Eastern Europe in the early 20th century, I have witnessed their deep rooted love for the land.   I was not surprised when I read that Russian film makers like the late Andrei Tarkovsky have been known to take a high perspective when filming [...]

A School Dances

Recently a local public school in Coquitlam held a dance performance event that involved students and teachers performing dance routines.    The teachers spent two days learning how to perform a Gangnam style dance for the students.  It was a high energy performance that was well received.  The event also included a performance by Now or [...]

Social Justice and Youth

Recently a woman who was a student in the 1970s told me about her memories of female teachers who wore their hair long, sported long flowing skirts and ran across the playground bra-less. Aah the ’70s. The young teachers in the 1970s were university students during the turbulent late ’60s and have either retired in [...]

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