Reading Corner: The Pout-Pout Fish

“Blub. Bluuub. Bluuuuuub.” These three words and everything about how they’re presented in The Pout-Pout Fish—from the spelling, the all caps, the growing font size, and of course the accompanying pictures by Dan Hanna—make them the star of this book each and every time they appear. (And they appear A LOT. Have you noticed I love…

Supporting the Anxious Writer

Many people tell me they or their children struggle with writing — and this struggle comes in many forms. It can mean identifying as “bad at writing”.  It can mean staring at a blank page because “I don’t know what to write”.  It can mean overflowing with so many ideas that it’s hard to know…

Reading Corner: Dear Zoo

One of the current favourites of my almost-two-year-old, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell, continues to captivate readers 38 years after it was first published! The Flaps! The story is simple, yet offers so much scope for discussion and play. My little one predictably loves lifting the flaps to reveal each animal, but I’ve seen how even the variety…

Kurt Vonnegut on Creating

You know what they say about singing like no one’s listening… One of the key ways to develop creative confidence and live a creative life is to get in the habit of creating. Like anything else, creating and seeing yourself as a creative person takes practice, and the more you do it, the easier it…

“Be brave, Mama.”

“Be brave, Mama.” The little voice of my 4-year-old as he hugged me goodbye echoed in my heart as I made my way nervously down the slopes, a beginner skier finding her feet. As every parent and teacher will attest, our little people teach (and test!) us in so many ways. They surprise us—with their…