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


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:
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




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 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.


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

A peek into our community :)


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


Family Talks

"If you are one of those parents that would do anything for your child, then it's time to do something for yourself. Have you have ever felt that you cannot relate to other parents, cannot find useful information, feel alone, frustrated and don't know where to go?
Come visit us at our "FAMILY TALKS" where you can identify with others who are all going through similar experiences."
Kay Goodnough
Parent Liaison

Join us for a series of informal talks in a supportive community:

  • Exchange resources & information
  • Connect with other parents
  • Identify & discuss common concerns
  • Share your experiences

What you need to know:

  • every month
  • 10761 Victoria Square Blvd, Markham
  • Free to FERN members

We’ve Got You Covered:

  • Qualified facilitators on hand
  • Childcare available-$10/child
  • Light refreshments served

A series of ongoing discussions. Join us every 2nd Thursday of the month.
Next "FAMILY TALKS" Saturday January 14th @ 10:30am

Everyone welcome.

If you are not a FERN member give us a call. Need more information about our community, please contact us:
Email: or Telephone: 905-927-9276


By |June 29th, 2016|Blog, News & Events|0 Comments


Synergy: “The interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effect.”

I have been pausing and thinking a lot over the last few months about FERN…

click link below to continue reading


By |May 3rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments


We have begun our social and interpersonal training with some of our students. This is a big domain that involves many component skills and self-awareness. We will build on these lessons throughout the weeks to come.
We will learn how to be mindful of our actions and words. We will learn about our feelings and […]

By |January 15th, 2016|Blog|2 Comments

WINTER SESSION 2016 – Tutoring, Reading, Writing, Math

FERN will reopen Wednesday January 6th. We will be conducting program reviews and new student assessment for our tutoring programs. Tutoring will continue in reading, spelling, comprehension, writing and early language concepts. Social and behaviour training, along with emotional regulation will begin in mid-January.

By |December 31st, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

CONNECT before you correct.

During our drop-ins we get many questions from parents in our informal discussions. Many revolve around how to talk to your children so they will listen and how to correct behaviour. Did you know that correcting or fixing behaviour is the second step? VALIDATION AND CONNECTION is the first step. Without this step, correcting […]

By |October 21st, 2015|Blog|0 Comments


Many requests are coming for our Fall Program. We are in meetings all week with families. We start FALL SERVICES on September 21st. Check back as we add new programs such as HOMEWORK CLUB & ART. Please call us if you are interested in our Reading Program or Academic Foundations program as the schedule […]

By |September 15th, 2015|Blog, Events, News, News & Events|0 Comments