Expanding Emotional Intelligence

  Firstly, I’d like to say to parents/guardians/siblings/care-givers/teachers/mentors: YOU ARE DOING AMAZING! Though isolation has increased at-home responsibilities, my hope is that you have all grown closer to the special people in your lives and have been gentle with yourselves. As we come out of isolation and schools re-open, perhaps we can shift the focus from doing drills in preparation of...
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Exploring the Topic of Racism

If there is one major lesson that this pandemic has taught us it is that nothing on earth is stronger than love and the power of community- – not even a global virus. Isolation has given us time to reflect on ourselves, to grow, and has brought to light the systems that no longer serve love and the power of community. We are waking up and voicing the truth – the colour of our skin...
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Draw a Picasso-Style Portrait!

In an Explore It! visual arts program, it’s the process, not the product, that’s most important. We encourage our students to stretch the limits of their creativity, explore different mediums, and test out new techniques. You might end up with something kind of odd and strange-looking by the end of it… or you might end up with the coolest thing you’ve ever created!  ...
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Explore Your Culinary Side!

It’s no secret that I love our cooking classes. As someone who went to culinary school myself, I take great pride in our cooking and baking classes – they are jammed full of fantastic learning opportunities, as well as really tasty treats! I was brought up with a “get in the kitchen and try” mentality – which is something we always want to encourage in all our students. The kitchen isn’t a place...
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Mama’s Day Dandelion Lotion Bars

Get out in the garden and harvest those dandelions to make these homemade lotion bars. A perfect gift for Mom or Dad or anyone you love this spring! It’s that time of year again – gardening season! The return of spring and the blossoms brings feelings of new hope and good things to come. There is lots of life to be observed right now right in your own backyard! I bet there are also many...
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Bubbles!

In my experience, EVERYONE loves blowing bubbles. So learning, while we play doesn’t get any better than with this easy to set up bubble-based STEAM activity. It’s finally getting warm enough to enjoy some backyard time (wow – do we need it!) – and this activity will encourage creative thinking while exploring engineering, chemistry and surface tension, all while blowing...
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