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Turning Behaviour Around ~

Why on some days children walk through the door at FERN and we know intuitively and instantly how our session is going to run? Part of the reason is that we have become energy readers, understanding what a “collective calm” means, understanding how others are reading us.  Sounds funny, but it’s true. True to […]

By |December 12th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

REFLECTIONS – GUEST BLOG

Being a part of the Building Relationships program has been the most fun and humbling experience. To get to know these kids through their interactions with myself, each other, and the arts has been a gift. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these two amazing groups of children.

I could tell […]

By |December 1st, 2016|Blog, News & Events|0 Comments

Beeswax, Baking & Beauty…Oh My!

Have you ever been to Cedar Valley?

It’s a wonderful community tucked away between the trees north of  Stouffville and it’s where I found myself with long time FERN member Jennie M. last week. We were on our way to visit the Holy Theotokos Convent where preparations were well underway for their Holiday Season Sale. […]

By |November 30th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

“FAMILY TALKS” SURVEY

At FERN  we strive to meet our community’s needs. Collecting data and looking for direction is important to us. “FAMILY TALKS” is a monthly support group for our parents. In November we examined IEP more closely with a past member of the TCDSB. Below you will find the results of our survey:

“FAMILY TALKS” Survey […]

By |November 30th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

“FAMILY TALKS” SOCIAL

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"FAMILY TALKS" Social

Surround yourself with FERN family !

Food and refreshments served

Thursday December 8th @ 7:00pm

 

Please RSVP by Monday December 5th

email or call 905-927-9276

 

By |November 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

“FAMILY TALKS” -NOVEMBER 2016 MEETING

We had a lively discussion this month. Thank you for everyone who came out to join us. Special thanks to educator Rose Diamante who was a wealth of knowledge and understanding.

Minutes of the meeting are below:
“FAMILY TALKS” (“FT”) @FERN
THURSDAY NOV. 10TH, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Welcome to group and introduction of special guest Rose Diamante past […]

By |November 21st, 2016|Blog, Parent Initiatives|0 Comments

Homework Battles

 

HOMEWORK BATTLES AND WHAT IT MEANS TO “DIFFERENTIATE”

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The homework is increasing, kids are frustrated, families unravel in the evenings. How can we make homework and our evenings less complicated. There are many ways.

Remember, if you have any type of assessment, this is helpful. Figure out what the assessment uncovered about your child’s learning, it will give you clues to supporting your child at home. But, the assessment does not reflect the context of the classroom or the home. Different settings = different stressors.

Next, start with strengths. It’s that easy. Think about what your child is good at. Let’s start with me. When I was in elementary school, I could not follow the teacher’s VERBAL lesson or ORAL DISCOURSE – I was a “day dreamer” and I was anxious. Listening was challenging, I would tune out, I would miss many important items. I than struggled to do any independent work in the classroom or at home, related to that specific lesson. But, if I had a textbook, worksheet, lesson plan in front of me – I dived into the lesson easily. It was visual, it was chunked, no interactional stressors...my understanding and learning was solid.

You get the idea, right? So begin to deconstruct your child’s strengths and weaknesses.

Think about “learning channels” – how the information gets received or “inputed” and what is required for “out-put.” Again, with the above example- “hearing- doing” was challenging for me. But ‘seeing-doing” was much easier. So, your child may have questions to answer from a passage. What is easier for your child? To “read passage -- write answers” or “read passage--say answers?” Your child may have math problems to complete, should this homework be “see problem-write answer” or “see problem- say answer” (the parent writes the answer).

Homework is for practice- so keep it short. Really short! If your child needs to learn math facts, then 2-3 minutes with the 7x tables is enough.

If you are spending most of your time teaching concepts, you have to ask WHY. Speak to the school.

Every child should be reading in the evenings. And this means reading anything. Graphic novels and Holiday catalogues count. If your child is reluctant to “see text-read out loud”, then turn the reading into “hear story- follow along”. Differentiate!

There are 100’s of ways to “differentiate” homework. Think about strengths and capitalize on these strengths. Your child will be more willing and happier!

Empower, engage, educate.

Laura

By |November 5th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

NEW PROGRAMS @ FERN

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: AN AFTER SCHOOL COMMUNITY GROUP

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MOVEMENT, MUSIC AND BREATHING: AN AFTER SCHOOL COMMUNITY GROUP

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By |September 16th, 2016|News & Events|0 Comments

A peek into our community :)

 

By |August 31st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Family Talks (FT) @ FERN – July 14th Minutes

THURSDAY JULY 14TH, 2016 @ 7:00pm

Dr Laura introduces group to “FT” & Kay Goodnough as FERN Parent Liaison -Kay speaks about shared experiences & FERN as a home.
Kay’s daughter speaks about her experiences at FERN and support she gets
Dr Laura asks group to put ideas on post it notes: Self – […]

By |July 27th, 2016|Events, News, Parent Initiatives|0 Comments