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Succeeding at Home: A ‘Coles Notes’ of the New Brunswick Government’s Education Green Paper for Busy Moms & Dads


You asked for it, friends, so here it is: my take on the province’s green paper, Succeeding at Home, the Government of New Brunswick’s latest education review. Consider this your cheat sheet before the education…

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Beat the Summer Slide with these FUN ideas!


Summer slide. Sounds fun, right? Not so much. It’s actually the phrase used to describe the information kids forget when they have a two-month break from school. We spend 10 months helping them practice reading…

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Arts education deserves our attention, too


My social and traditional media feeds, as well as my conversations among friends, remain largely occupied with discussions around our provincial government’s review of Early French Immersion. I’m engaged in the debate and think it’s…

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Government’s consultation on French Immersion gets failing grade


This isn’t the first time I’ve shared my opinion on this province’s early French Immersion program, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. This week, the education minister announced that “the French Immersion entry…

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Snow days stem from fear of missing another Hurricane Juan warning


I’m settling back in my armchair to share my ‘expert’ two cents on the seemingly never-ending debate around snow days and class time in New Brunswick. There’s a lot to consider, so you might want…

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Play could be our secret weapon in the mental health crisis


Is the answer to the increasing mental health needs of our youth as simple as letting them play? It’s certainly a large part of the solution to the crisis we’ve created. Our kids spent last…

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Theatre New Brunswick presents The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (CONTEST!)


No other story holds a place in my heart quite like C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. It’s the first novel I remember from my childhood, read to me with great reverence…

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Pickle Planet Podcast: Redshirting your Kindergarten child


Sending your child off to school is complicated enough, but when you are given the choice whether to send them or hold them back, it becomes a much harder decision! Redshirting is a term used…

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Leadership takes courage, not common sense


Conviction. Clarity. Change. That’s what I wanted, as a parent and a taxpayer, in the healthier food policy debacle. Not back-tracking and pretending what was written wasn’t what was intended. I wrote about the policy…

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Technoethics Teaching Needed for All


Criminal mastermind or misguided teen. A young man from Nova Scotia is presented as both this week, as that province struggles with an information breech that highlights our collective deficiencies when it comes to keeping…

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