Focus on Education

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I’m with them

Membership in organizations and clubs often teach kids just as much as official school activities     When we think about learning, we may think about classrooms. But just as much of the childhood learning experience happens outside those four […]

Liam’s 11th birthday in Ottawa January 18, 2021. Included a magic set, books, Nintendo gift card, Red Lobster dinner, and a chocolate banana cake. Photograph by Blair Gable

Raising a reader

The experts agree – instilling a love of reading in your child early puts them on to the path to success   He was talking by 15 months, and recognizing words a few months later. Now, at age seven, Jennifer […]

Music education has all kinds of benefits for kids.

Take note

Music education teaches stress management, teamwork, enhanced coordination, self-discipline and more, Angela Counter reports     Playing a musical instrument is rewarding, but there’s more to music education than learning to keep a beat. Even if your child isn’t the […]

The pandemic is a tough time for kids, educators say.

Crime and punishment (and school)

During a pandemic, school officials need to consider the stress that students face during these unprecedented times, experts say.    Back in the 1950s, discipline in schools was strict and authoritarian. Corporal punishment was practised frequently. Schoolchildren were expected to […]