Summer Camp kids having fun Programming, Coding, building LEGO Robotics, playing Minecraft, learning digital media

Reflections on the Beginning of Camp

Well, camp has begun, with all the nervousness and excitement that you would expect. Campers arrived on the first day, eager to begin programming (Minecraft mobs, apps and video games), or learning to code in Python. At the same time, they were shy about meeting all the other new kids in the camp. Ice breakers and a shared interest in …

Harvard Medical School Promotes a Strengths-Based Approach to Autism

I cannot tell you how excited I was to see this article posted to one of the Autism Facebook groups to which I belong.  It is so good to see that this approach to teaching and interacting with children on the Autism spectrum is gaining ground, and that the word is slowly getting out there – by no less a …

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kids n bricks is Helping in the Fight Against Type 1 Diabetes

Our LEGO® FUN DAY Fundraisers are becoming a real hit in the Mississauga community! After all, who doesn’t love to create and build with literally thousands of LEGO® bricks, including so MANY different, specialized pieces!? And when the event is geared towards finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, a disease that devastates so many children and young adults, it’s …

Can my teen still benefit from after-school classes?”

This is actually a question that I get asked a LOT – and I totally get why. Distant seem the days when our teenaged kids would just follow our suggestions for how they might spend some of their free time, without some form of push-back. And it is completely normal, from a developmental standpoint, for them to want to control …

LEGO® LEARNING AND INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING – TWO PEAS IN A POD

To those who understand the capacity of LEGO® in the context of learning, the following statement will come as no surprise … LEGO® is, by its very nature, the ideal medium for inquiry-based learning. In very broad terms, inquiry-based learning (IBL) refers to an educational methodology whereby a facilitator poses questions, problems or scenarios to introduce a concept. Students are …