Erin Chawla: The Kiducation Learning Curve

Aug
27
2017

Toddler Time Versus Mommy Schedule: An Epic Battle

Why I'm losing at keeping my family on time.

For 40 years, I have been a prompt person. I prided myself on always being on time – often early for all of my appointments. And now, I have two young children and it seems a minor miracle if I make it out my front door in a timely manner.

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May
30
2017

It’s here, it's here! With the final toll of that gleeful school bell (is it my imagination, or is the last bell of the school year set at a more pleasant pitch than all the rest?) summer vacation has started. For many happy kids and a hoard of giddy teachers, a wonderful sense of freedom dawns on that first school-free Monday. Long, lazy summer days yawn before us and September seems a lifetime away.

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Mar
23
2017

New Moms, I Promise: One Day You Will Have a Shower

the early years aren't for the faint of heart

I will always remember the "incident." I share it here, in all its new-mom glory, not because I want the world to know the embarrassing details of my life, but because if another mom early in the journey recognizes themselves and sees some laughter and some hope, then it's a job well done.

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Feb
28
2017

Why I Appreciate My First World Pleasures

I truly appreciate the wondrous convenience of modern life.

I remember the first time I was truly blown away with gratitude around modern day advances making my life easier. Circa 2006, I was preparing for a trip to Cambodia and being on a budget, I had wrangled this ridiculous flight plan with a handful of layovers. I would be in solo transit for many hours both coming and going. As I packed my bags, I downloaded the first two seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and borrowed a travel-sized CD player to accompany me en route. I remember being completely astounded that such an option was available.

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Feb
16
2017

Are Teachers Becoming Obsolete?

Will your next Parent-Teacher interview be with a computer?

After 15 months of being off with my daughters, I returned to the classroom in September, to a new school, and - seemingly - to a new era in teaching. This school is outfitted with lots of technology, and armed with a bit of training, I was eager to try teaching in a new style.

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Jan
03
2017

Yes! There Are Doctors Who Do Still Make House Calls

A great service for our family's health

Housecalls from doctors

Like many families in our area, mine was fighting illness for most of December.

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These are the Secrets to Keeping Your Sanity When Travelling with Kids

Although we agree on the most important issues, my husband and I are sometimes complete opposites. When we differ drastically, I’m never sure if it’s an Indian thing, a Punjabi thing, or just a Chawla family thing. In any case, the way in which he and his kin approach travel is most definitely a THING.

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Nov
23
2016

Is "Play" the Next Subject on Your Student's Report Card?

What is the school's role in teaching your kids how to play?

Let the Kids Play

I don’t know how we got here. Many of us grew up roaming the woods or the streets, playing in the park until the street lights came on. We wrestled with our siblings, planned adventures with our friends and learned a lot about life away from the watchful eyes from adults.

And now, here we are, a generation or two later, and schools are now being challenged to teach students how to play.

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Oct
12
2016

You Don't Agree With Your Child's Teacher? You Need to Speak Up.

When is it time to challenge the teacher about what is going on in your child's class?

What to do when you don't agree with your kids' teacher

For awhile now, I’ve written from the perspective of a teacher and a mom of tiny, non-school-going humans. This year, I’ve hit a new milestone. I am now the mother of a school aged child and I see things from the parent perspective.

I’ve been blessed with a daughter with an exceptional gift for the gab and a very impressive memory, which means that when I ask my JK, “What did you do at school today?” she actually answers.

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Oct
11
2016

Why Your Kids Knowing "911" Isn't Enough

Have you taught your kids this extra lifesaving step?

teaching kids to use 911

This week was “Safety Week” in my daughter’s kindergarten. The students had a visit from paramedics, heard the siren and got to look around inside the ambulance. My daughter could hardly wait until I got home to tell me, “If someone is very hurt or very sick, you call 9-1-1!”

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Aug
24
2016

I'm a Teacher and I am Asking You: Please Judge My Teaching

5 Questions to determine if your child has a good teacher

5 Questions to determine if your child has a good teacher | YummyMummyClub.ca

As a teacher, I believe in assessment. I evaluate my students constantly to see what they already know, what they have learned and how they are growing. I use a variety of measures to help me determine their progress. But, who is assessing me?

If you are a parent of a kid in my class, I hope you are!

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Jul
28
2016

Changing the Toilet Roll Can Lead to a Better World

Consideration is a hundred little acts that show you are thinking about others.

Consideration is a hundred little acts that show you are thinking about others. | YummyMummyClub.ca

There are many skills I want to teach my children and my students. There are many characteristics I would like to foster in the next generation. Being considerate ranks at the top.

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Jul
06
2016

Is Suspending Kids from School Something that Actually Works?

Do the dreaded suspensions still have a place in our schools?

Are suspensions from school a valid punishment | YummyMummyClub.ca

Every child deserves to feel safe and welcome in their school. And yet, sometimes, the behaviour of other students threatens that safety. Traditional disciplinary action for kids that disrupt the learning and threaten the safety of others has run the gamut from corporal punishment (yikes) to detentions, suspensions and expulsions. Did you know that some school boards in Canada didn’t ban the use of the strap as a tool of discipline until the 1990s?!

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Jun
09
2016
Ways to Promote STEM Learning in Kids | YummyMummyClub.ca

Experts agree that our kids’ future jobs will require skills of innovation, creative  problem solving, understanding of computer science and the ability to get that ever-advancing technology to work for them. 

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May
09
2016

Producers of PAW Patrol: I Have Some Words For You

When your kids' passions drive you up the wall

PAW Patrol - Questions from a Parent | YummyMummyClub.ca

I had my sweet babies a little later than many of my friends and family.  While they were lamenting the annoying nature of Calliou and Max and Ruby, I just couldn’t relate. I remember thinking, “Oh, it can’t be that bad.”  That was then and this is now. 

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Apr
13
2016
A Day In the Life of a Teacher Mom Who Doesn't Have Time to be Sick

Like you, I'm busy. Life moves fast, and a I can't drop the ball. As a teacher and a mom, I’m surrounded by adorable, virus-laden sneezers 24-hours a day. Vicks asked me to share my experience of how I recently fought the phlegmy fight and won. Here's how my day played out. Can you relate?

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Apr
11
2016

Do Heavier Babies Make Better Grades?

A teacher calls hogwash on intelligence studies

birth weight and school performance | YummyMummyClub.ca

Like many people, I'm a fan of studies that support my choices in life. For example, I've chosen to be a great believer in the studies that claim two cups of coffee per day is healthy for me. And those studies which suggest I drink a glass of wine most nights? Thank you.

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Mar
09
2016

Is Your Family Really Immune to the Chickenpox?

What you need to know about the good, old chickenpox

Chicken Pox - Getting it TWICE | YummyMummyClub.ca

Way back in the late 1970s, my brother and I were riddled with what was known as the chickenpox, despite the infection having no relation to chickens. I was about three years-old at the time, so I have little to no recall of the event. My mom reports that we both suffered the usual fever, fatigue, and itchy rash. We spent four or five days splashing around in oatmeal baths and taking whatever fever reducer was popular at the time. We ran about slathered in calamine lotion, transferring the tell-tale bubblegum pink onto clothes and furniture. 

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Mar
02
2016

Are You An Ontario Teacher? Then You Need to Read This

Everything You Need to Know About Buying Back Your Maternity Leave

Are You An Ontario Teacher? Then You Need to Read This

Once upon a time, my body built a human being. While I was busy teaching, writing reports, and sitting through meetings, I was also forming tiny eyelashes, fingernails, and generating cells to give my baby a heart, lungs and other important body parts. I know, I’m awesome.

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Feb
29
2016

The Race to Begin Reading

Will teaching your child to read early give them an advantage?

 Forcing reading instruction too soon may actually have a harmful effect on your child’s literacy development. | Parenting | YummyMummyClub.ca

The importance of literacy is touted everywhere. The more literate a nation, the better they fare in the world market. International studies show that a positive attitude toward reading impacts student success in all subjects, and is a high predictor of future success.

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