Category Archives: Resources

Share and Take Turns

Share_book.jpgA resource for parents and children to promote positive social interactions. This book is written from the child’s perspective in simple sentences for children to understand. Multicultural pictures show every day preschool and school age activities where sharing and taking turns is common. It includes what ways can we share, and what we can say and do if we don’t want to share. Continue reading

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness

TheEndOfAverage.jpg“Only equal fit creates equal opportunity”. This is the conclusive statement that Todd makes in his book. It takes the concept of equal opportunity for all, to a place of understanding the benefits of how we recognize a person’s potential. Then changing the environments we learn, work and play in, to maximize that potential to everyone’s benefit.

“If the environment is a bad match for our individuality…our performance will always be artificially impaired. If we do get a good fit with our environment – whether that environment is a cockpit, a classroom, or a corner office – we will have the opportunity to show what we are truly capable of.” Continue reading

Little Monkey Calms Down

LittleMonkey.jpgLittle Monkey Calms Down is a colourful picture book that easily describes the actions that young children express when feeling frustrated or angry. In short simple phrases, the Monkey explores concrete strategies to help himself in calming both his mind and body. The phrases are short and easily relatable for preschool aged children. This book is the perfect tool to support teaching of emotions; children often enjoy sharing this book with a friend who may be feeling this way. Little Monkey Calms Down is the perfect addition to any calm down area. Continue reading

Screen time in Young Children: Information for Early Childhood (0-6) Professionals

Target Audience: This article is for professionals in child care, health, education looking for information about overuse of technology in young children (aged 0-6).

Dave’s Story, Part 1

Owen_1Dave is a 5-yo at your childcare centre. He can be very gentle and kind at times, but lately he’s been aggressive and wanting to fight with the other kids. You suspect he watches a lot of superhero movies, and he often comes in dressed like a superhero.

You can see that he has a lot of technology in his life. When his dad picks him up, you see his dad on his cellphone in the car prior to coming in. When dad comes in, Dave wants his dad’s cellphone, which dad gives to him on the way out. In the parking lot, you see that Dave is going to be watching videos on his way home…

How would you help Dave’s dad, in order to help little Dave?

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Just Take a Bite – Easy, Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges!

JustTakeABiteMany parents and child care providers have struggled during meal times. Unfortunately, some of us dread meal times on a daily basis. This may be due to a child’s aversion to specific foods; sensory and/or motor based eating challenges, behavioural implications and many more factors. Parents and child care providers can feel overwhelmed, pressured and at a loss on what to do. Our cultural roadblocks, expectations and lack of awareness on various potential reasons for such eating difficulties can create negative meal time environments which further strengthen its history. Continue reading