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Partnering with Schools for Student Success: Effective Parent Advocacy

Parents in Schools

The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, in partnership with the Integra Program of the Child Development Institute, is presenting an online workshop for parents and those who are helping parents navigate the school system. The course is called Partnering with Schools for Student Success, and promotes a collaborative approach to advocacy, based on knowledge and understanding on both sides.

The seven units explore perspectives of parents and schools, promote an understanding of the needs of students and of special education and behaviour management processes in schools, and teach strategies for successful negotiation. Scenarios will be used to help illustrate the ideas presented.

The online course is offered in two versions:

  • Professionals, and others who are working with parents, will do assignments at the end of each unit, and submit a final case study, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.
  • Parents can choose to take the course for their own information, without submitting assignments or receiving a Certificate of Completion, for a reduced fee.

All participants will have access to a discussion forum where they can ask questions and share ideas.
The course will be moderated by Kate Cressman, and Diane Wagner, Public Policy & Education Consultant at LDAO. Kate is the Community Education and Engagement facilitator with the Integra Program of the Child Development Institute. She provides training and promotes collaboration between schools, students, parents and other helping professionals around children’s mental health and learning.

To learn more about the program and register, click here

Posted in: Community, Parent Education Resources, Special Education Tutoring

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Celebrating Children’s Literacy in Etobicoke

Bug in a vacuum

We are proud to feature a wonderful children’s book event for Melanie Watt’s Bug in a Vacuum this Saturday, September 12, 2pm at the Queensway Indigo.   This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children (ages 4-9) from The Kingsway and South Etobicoke areas to attend a fun event that promotes literacy.

To learn more about Bug in a Vacuum, click on the video below.

About Bug in a Vacuum:

A bug flies through an open door into a house, through a bathroom, across a kitchen and bedroom and into a living room … where its entire life changes with the switch of a button. Sucked into the void of a vacuum bag, this one little bug moves through denial, bargaining, anger, despair and eventually acceptance — the five stages of grief — as it comes to terms with its fate. Will there be a light at the end of the tunnel? Will there be dust bunnies in the void? A funny, suspenseful and poignant look at the travails of a bug trapped in a vacuum.

 

Posted in: Community, English Tutoring

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French Apps – Recommendations From Our Tutors

Child Learning French

For those of us who aren’t bilingual, teaching French can be tricky, particularly with French Immersion.  Fortunately, with the help of educational technology, learning a second language can be fun.   Parents and students can use apps to improve on their words, very conjugation and counting.

We’ve reached out to our French tutors to get their feedback on the best apps for children and parents to use.   Here are five of their favourites:

1) Learn French by MindSnacks:  9 games designed for essential vocab & conversation skills. The app keeps things interesting with rich and unique games designed to help memorize words, practice verb conjugation, and learn word gender. Plus, native speaker audio clips will help make those tough French pronunciations as breezy as a walk through Paris.

2) Lately Lily: Paris for a Day!: Pack your suitcase, hop on a plane and learn some French in Paris.  Includes 4 different activities to learn common words with unique illustrations.

3) Frenchie Teachie: Learn French the fun way: with easy and fun games. More than 230 words and their article in 12 different games.

4) Verb Trainer: Search any verb in French or English, choose a tense and you will get a list of conjugations.

5) Gus on the Go: French for Kids: Join Gus, the friendly owl, as he travels around the world and explores languages. Your child can learn basic vocabulary concepts with interactive visual and auditory lessons on numbers, colors, shapes and more. Each lesson review unlocks an exciting vocabulary game that reinforces what your child has learned.

 

 

 

 

Posted in: French Tutoring

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