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Transitioning to French Immersion – 5 Things To Know

French Immersion

Should you enroll your child in French Immersion?   It can be a big decision for many parents with students going into kindergarten or starting elementary school.

With close to 15% of Canadian students enrolled in French Immersion and almost 30% enrolled in a second language program the demand has continued to increase.

Before enrolling your child in French Immersion there are number of considerations worth discussing:

1) Future Benefits: Graduating bilingual from high school can have tremendous benefits.  With careers, speaking a second language can increase opportunities particularly in areas of government, law, sales / marketing and travel and tourism to name a few.   Also being able to speak  French opens opportunities to work or travel in other parts of the world.   French is one of the top 10 most spoken languages in the world.

2) Supporting Your Child Outside of the Classroom: If no family members speak French, consider how you will be help them with school work.   Also learning a language inside the classroom is often only the beginning.   Think about who in your network of friends and family your child could speak French with outside of the classroom.   Also, are there any trips you could take to French speaking areas like Quebec to immerse your child in the language?

3) Doing Research on Schools:  Understand what school your daughter / son would attend.  Often times it is different than if they were in the English stream.  The TDSB has a helpful French Program Finder based on your address and / or local school.   It is also helpful to consider the private school option.   Several French Immersion private schools include: The Giles School and Toronto French School.  To learn more visit Our Kids for a full list of private schools.  Finally, consider if you have children in different schools and how to manage their various schedules.

4) Students with Learning Disabilities: If you child has a learning disability, English programs have significantly more special education support than in French.

5) Transitioning Back to English Stream:  Learning a second language may not be for every child.  A question parents should ask is what happens if French Immersion ends up not being the right program for my child?   Would it be more challenging for the student to continue moving forward with the program or switching back to a new program and group of students in the English stream?

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Integra Workshop Series – Fall 2015

The Child Development Institute’s Integra Program is proud to present the following spring workshops primarily designed for parents/ caregivers of children with LDs.

The Child Development Institute’s Integra Program is proud to present the following fall workshops primarily designed for parents/ caregivers of children with LDs.

Walk a Mile in my Shoes (Thursday September 17)
This experiential workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of the challenges of having LDs through engaging in a series of activities. Participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of LDs and a practical understanding of how they may affect mental health and everyday life at home and at school.

Accessing School Supports (Thursday October 1)
This workshop will explore strategies for building a team of support within the school system. We will explore both formal and informal ways of communicating with the school and focus on understanding the process of getting help in the classroom or school system. Attention will also be paid to relationship development and team building.

All About Moods: Understanding Anxiety, Depression, and LDs (Thursday October 8)
In this introductory workshop, participants will gain an understanding of anxiety and depression, when to be concerned, approaches to treatment, and the connection between LDs and moods.

Bullying and LDs: Building Your Tool Box to Support Youth with LDs (Thursday November 5)
In partnership with COPA (Centre Ontarien de Prevention des Agressions), this workshop examines the specific factors that put children and youth with LDs at greater risk of being bullied and bullying others, and how adults can help support them. A large portion of the workshop will incorporate experiential exercises, role-plays, and practical tips from COPA’s “Tools Not Rules” workshop to support children and youth with challenges related to bullying.

Introduction to Executive Functioning (Thursday November 19)
This workshop provides participants with an understanding of the nature of executive functioning (higher order thinking skills including organization and problem-solving) and difficulties children with LDs/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may have in regulating themselves. Suggestions on how to support children and youth with executive functioning challenges will be introduced.

To register or see more details on the Integra Workshop Series, click here

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Integra Workshop Series – Spring 2015

The Child Development Institute’s Integra Program is proud to present the following spring workshops primarily designed for parents/ caregivers of children with LDs.

Walk a Mile in my Shoes: Language-Based LDs (Thurs. April 16)

This experiential workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of what it may feel like to have LDs through engaging in a series of activities. Participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of language-based LDs and a practical understanding of how they may affect mental health and everyday life at home and at school.

Walk a Mile in my Shoes: Visual-Based LDs (Wed. April 29)
This workshop will use a similar format to the above session with a focus on visual-based LDs.

Introduction to Executive Functioning (Wed. May 6)
This presentation provides participants with an understanding of the nature of executive functioning (higher order thinking skills including organization and problem-solving) and difficulties children with LDs may have in regulating themselves. Suggestions on how to support kids with executive function difficulties will be introduced.

Understanding Anxiety and Learning Disabilities (Wed. May 27)
In this introductory workshop, participants will gain an understanding of anxiety, when to be concerned, approaches to treatment, and the relationship between anxiety and LDs.

Managing Change and Times of Transition with Children/Youth with LDs (Wed. June 3)
This workshop looks at possible stressors related to change and transitions for kids with LDs, including changes in classrooms, teachers or schools. We will explore strategies to help ease tensions and to prepare individuals and systems to respond and to accommodate to change.

To register or see more details on the Integra Workshop Series, click here: http://www.childdevelop.ca/programs/integra-program/about-workshops

 

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Integra Foundation – Spring 2014 Workshops

We are excited to partner with the Integra Foundation to post their Spring Workshop schedule.  The Integra Foundation is dedicated to helping children and adolescents who experience social, emotional and behavioural problems related to their learning disabilities.

We would encourage parents / caregivers of LD children along with teachers, counsellors and community members to attend any of the following workshops at the North Toronto Community Centre from 7:00 to 8:30PM.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes - Thursday April 24, 2014
This is an experiential workshop that is designed to give participants an understanding of what it
may feel like to have a Learning Disability (LD) through engaging in a series of activities.
Through these exercises, participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of
LDs and a practical understanding of how they may affect mental health and everyday life at
home and at school.

Understanding Anxiety & Learning Disabilities - Thursday May 1, 2014
In this introductory workshop, participants will gain an understanding of anxiety, when to be
concerned, approaches to treatment, and the relationship between anxiety and Learning
Disabilities (LDs).

An Introduction to Executive Functioning & Learning Disabilities – Thursday May 8, 2014
This presentation provides participants with an understanding of the nature of executive functioning
(higher order thinking skills including organization and problem solving) and difficulties children with
learning disabilities may have in regulating themselves. Suggestions on how to support kids with
executive function difficulties will be introduced.

Tips for Supporting Kids with Executive Functioning & LDs: Advanced  - Thursday May 22, 2014
This presentation will build on the information covered in the Introduction to Executive Functioning
& Learning Disabilities workshop by exploring tips to help support kids with executive functioning
difficulties at home or school. It is strongly recommended that participants have attended the
Introduction to Executive Functioning & Learning Disabilities workshop prior to attending this one.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes for Siblings (for children & youth ages 10 – 18 years) - Thursday June 5, 2014
This is an adaptation of Walk a Mile in My Shoes, the experiential workshop on LDs designed to
increase knowledge and understanding about how it may feel to have LDs. This version is
designed for siblings of children with LDs, or other children and youth who could benefit from
understanding more about LDs. Participants should come with an adult (there is no charge for the
accompanying adult).

Managing Change & Times of Transition with Children/Youth with LD - Thursday, June 12, 2014
This workshop looks at possible stressors related to change and transitions for kids with LDs. As
the school year comes to a close and plans for summer and upcoming changes in classrooms,
teachers or schools in the fall are made, we will explore different strategies to help ease tensions
and prepare individuals and systems to respond and to accommodate to change for successful
outcomes.

To register for any of these sessions, please call Integra at 416-486-8055 or click here to register online

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Integra Foundation – Winter Workshop Schedule

We are excited to partner with the Integra Foundation to post their Winter Workshop schedule.  The Integra Foundation is dedicated to helping children and adolescents who experience social, emotional and behavioural problems related to their learning disabilities.

We would encourage parents / caregivers of LD children along with teachers, counsellors and community members to attend any of the following workshops at the North Toronto Community Centre from 7:00 to 8:30PM.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Language-based LDs - Thursday, January 30, 2014
This experiential workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of what it may feel like
to have a Learning Disability (LD) through engaging in a series of activities. Through these
exercises, participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of LDs with a focus on
Language-based LDs and a practical understanding of how they may affect mental health and
everyday life at home and at school.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Visual-based LDs and NLD - Thursday, February 6, 2014
This experiential workshop will use a similar format to the above presentation and aims to give
participants an understanding of what it may feel like to have a visual-based LD or on Verbal
Learning Disability (NLD) through engaging in a series of activities. Through these exercises,
participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of LDs and a practical
understanding of how they may affect mental health and everyday life at home and at school.

All About Moods: Anxiety, Depression & Learning Disabilities - Thursday, February 13, 2014
In this introductory workshop, participants will gain an understanding of anxiety and depression,
approaches to treatment, and the relationship between mood disorders and Learning Disabilities.

Executive Functioning & Learning Disabilities - Thursday, February 27, 2014
This presentation provides participants with an understanding of the nature of executive functioning
(higher order thinking skills including organization and problem solving) and difficulties children with
learning disabilities may have in regulating themselves. Suggestions on how to support kids with
executive function difficulties will be discussed.

ADHD & LDs in Teens: Supporting Self-Reliance - Thursday, March 20, 2014
This workshop will look at how ADHD may affect teens at school and at home and look at
a specific approach that will show parents and teachers how to support a teen to learn to
gradually become more independent.

Understanding Social Success in Children with LDs/ADHD - Thursday, March 27, 2014
In this workshop, participants will explore the developmental skills necessary for children
under 12 with ADHD and LDs to be socially successful and competent. Strategies on
how to understand and support your child’s needs will be offered.

To register for any of these sessions, please call Integra at 416-486-8055 or click here to register online

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