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Top 100 Finalists for Superpower your School Contest

Earth month

Earth Day Canada and Staples Canada have announced the top 100 finalists for their annual Superpower your School contest. Check out the list of 100 eco-conscious finalists from schools across Canada. Is your child’s school one of them?

The final judging, led by a panel of volunteer organizations interested in sustainability, is taking place in the weeks leading up to Earth Month. The ten winners will be announced in early April- five elementary and five secondary schools.

Common themes among last year’s winners include solving a community or environmental issue and environmental activism-view the eco-champions here. Deb Doncaster, President, Earth Day Canada, says, “Through projects and programs like these, we are getting closer to a safer and eco-friendlier environment, which in itself is something to celebrate.”

Winning schools each receive a $20,000 Staples shopping spree for new technology products. David Boone, CEO, Staples Canada says,“It’s a great pleasure for us to award the next generation of environmental leaders with the equipment they need to keep growing and learning to be environmentally responsible.”

We’re looking forward to viewing the winning innovative projects. Stay tuned!

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Homework Help – Tips from Our Tutors

One of the most common requests we receive is for our tutors to help with homework.  It can be anything from learning to read and write, helping with math homework or solving high school biology or chemistry problems.

We have reached our to our team of elementary and high school tutors to get their advice on succeeding with homework.

Here are some of our favourite strategies:

1) Set up a homework friendly area that limits distractions unless it is used as a homework tool.  Examples include cell phones and TVs

2) Stay in touch with your child’s teacher(s): Attend school events such as curriculum night and parent teacher interviews to meet your child’s teacher and know what is expected of them.

3) Make a daily schedule:  Have a regular study time that works well for your child.  Each child works differently and some children prefer to work right after school and others after dinner.  Ensure students take a break after a long day at school to decompress.

4) Prioritize: We find students can have very jam packed schedules with extracurricular activities.  It is important to ensure homework takes priority and students are not exhausted by the time they work on their academic exercises.  We would recommend using a family calendar, so you can work together to track everyone’s obligations and ensure no evening or weekend is too jam packed.

5) Ask for help: We recommend that students start their homework independently and then ask for help when needed.  Homework help can come from tutors, family members, homework clubs and teachers.

6) Try your best:  As students work through their homework, they should not get discouraged with questions they do not understand.  Highlight any areas they do not understand to show they need help.  It is better to attempt a math or science answer versus leaving it blank.

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6 Tips to Help Study for Math Tests

 

 

 

 

 

Your daughter or son has a math test coming up next week.   How can you help them build the right Academic Coaching skills to study and practice properly?

We asked our team of math tutors for their advice on building the right math study skills.   Here are some of their tips:

1) Start Studying Early: Plan ahead is a sure way to succeed when studying for any test.  Studies show that spacing studying sessions apart is far more effective than cramming the day before.  Break up the different math topics in the test into different study sessions.  This approach also builds a foundation for review closer to exam time.

2) Know Your Math Vocabulary:  Make sure your child knows all the key terms so when they read the test questions they are able to distinguish what type of problem it is.  For example they should be able to identify the difference between questions for a sum versus a product.

3) Understand and Practice the Format of the Test: Although students may know the math content, sometimes the format of the test can throw them off.  For example if the test has longer problems, work on practicing the steps required to answer the question.   For multiple choice, learn the process of elimination to get to the more likely answers.   Also practice in advance reading the directions of each question or section on the test.

4) Homework: Doing your homework regularly helps a student become familiar with basic math concepts and build a foundation for future grades.  It also helps in test situations where there is a time limit.

5) Practice Notation: Sloppy handwriting can lead to the wrong number reviewed by the teacher.  Be sure that your that a 9 does not look like a 4. Also when doing adding, subtraction, division and multiple practice lining up digits so they do not become misaligned.  For longer math problems, ensure the steps are neatly laid out and show the logic of how you got to your answer.

5) Be Well Rested and Healthy:  Eat well, have a good sleep and most important go into the test with a positive attitude!

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STEM Education Over March Break to Keep Learning Fun

With the March Break coming up fast, it’s time to start planning activities to keep your child engaged over the short break.

One of the best ways to pack some education into the spring break fun is to try STEM-related activities. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and focuses on combining these four areas into a powerful learning that connects to real-world experiences.

Our friends at Indigo make it easy to foster your child’s interest in STEM during March Break with blocks, books, and DIY activities that open up possibilities to budding inventors and engineers. We’ve gathered a few of our favourite choices, and Indigo is offering them all to one of our lucky readers!

LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox

With the LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox kids can customize and build their own talking robot friend named Vernie. An extra neat feature is that Vernie responds to voice with facial expressions that directly correlate to it’s mood. The LEGO BOOST is a great way to encourage your children to participate in STEM, as they complete fun activities and code their own robot friend.

Ultimate Slime DIY Tutorials

Making slime is all the rage these days, and this book that includes over 100 Slime recipes, that don’t use Bora, won’t disappoint sticky-loving kids. Creating slime is an amazing STEM activity that allows children to explore chemical reactions, different properties and perform tests. The Ultimate Slime DIY Tutorials book offers so much fun for over the March Break.

Ada Twist, Scientist

This wonderful book is about the inquiring minds of children and is a direct celebration of STEM. Follow along as Ada Twist and classmates open the conversation about gender roles and bring a very welcome perspective into women and science.

Klutz: Make Your Own Bath Bombs

Kids can scientifically transform their bathtime by learning the science associated with creating the best fizz-including chemical reactions. Using different molds, children can mix together ingredients to create colourful bath bombs.

Gumball Machine: Build a Machine that Really Works

Little engineers with a sweet tooth will enjoy the freedom to create their own working gumball machine using easy-to-follow instructions that show kids how parts work together to create a machine.

Iggy Peck’s Big Project Book for Amazing Architects

This is the ultimate STEM book for kids, with over 40 fun design and STEM projects, from doodling and drafting to blueprints and building. Iggy Peck takes little readers on a fun adventure with a unique mix of art skills, science and technology to create some stable structures. This activity book will give children the chance to invent new gizmos, design dwellings, imagine a new cityscape and more.

We’ve partnered with Indigo for #KidsBreak this year, with an #IndigoKidsBreak prize pack to keep kids having fun while they are off school. Value approximately $325.


Entering is simple. You can win the Indigo prize package of all our favourite items  by entering below! Contest is open to people living in Ontario, and ends March 8th.

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