Category: Seasonal

  • Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

    Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

    Materials 2 cups (500mL) All-purpose flour 1 cup (250 mL) salt 1 cup (250 mL) warm water (approx.) Mixing bowl Wooden spoon Rolling pin Christmas cookie cutters Paint Parchment paper Drinking straw Spatula Brush Glitter glue Ribbon Baking sheet Pencil   Directions In mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Add water, ¼ cup (60mL) at […]

  • Spare a Thought for our Furry Friends this Christmas

    Spare a Thought for our Furry Friends this Christmas

    By Clive Phillips, Professor of Animal Welfare, Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics, The University of Queensland and Sarah Zito, Research Co-ordinator at the Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics, The University of Queensland Christmas is typically a time for celebrating and spending time with loved ones. But while we party, give lavish presents, and visit our families, we […]

  • Merry Christmas: From Natives, Immigrants, and Foreigners

    Merry Christmas: From Natives, Immigrants, and Foreigners

    By Scott Freeman Christmas is traditionally a time both of “good will to all men,” and, falling at the end of the year, of quiet reflection. It seems fitting then to consider the influence on our celebration of this period that has been exercised by ‘all men’; not only those born native to our country, […]

  • Christmas: Advent Calendar Craft

    Christmas: Advent Calendar Craft

    BY CHARLIE If you want to make an advent calendar for this year, it’s time to get started. Fortunately for you, I made the cutest calendar ever. Ok, the undertones of showcasing my new advent calendar with saws in the background was completely lost on me until this very moment. I do not have the […]

  • Students Get Lessons on Traffic Safety

    Students Get Lessons on Traffic Safety

    Traffic Safety Day helps children learn how to return home safely every day. 14Across the province today, students will learn the safest ways to cross the street and ride the school bus. They will also get cycling safety tips at interactive stations featuring traffic safety experts. “Traffic Safety Day is an important tool to educate […]

  • Everything you Need in Your Medicine Cabinet

    Everything you Need in Your Medicine Cabinet

    For all the scrapes, bruises, fevers, and stuffy noses your child is bound to get this school year, it’s a good idea to keep your medicine cabinet well-stocked before classes start and you find yourself in desperate need of a remedy. Save yourself a last-minute dash to the pharmacy and keep these supplies on hand […]

  • 5 Ways Rewards Points Can Help Your Student

    5 Ways Rewards Points Can Help Your Student

    With the average cost of tuition rising every year, parents often look for creative ways to stretch dollars to offset the cost of post-secondary education. A rewards-based credit card can take off some of the pressure of school expenses. Whether it’s for necessary items like textbooks or stress-relieving leisure activities, here are five ways parents […]

  • Must-Have Tech for Back-to-School

    Must-Have Tech for Back-to-School

    It’s official — summer’s behind us and it’s time to get into the back to school groove. We can all get a little forgetful after vacation time, so thankfully there are plenty of great tech options that make adjusting to your new routine a little bit easier. Marc Saltzman, tech expert and columnist, shares his […]

  • How Parents Can Have “the Money Talk”

    How Parents Can Have “the Money Talk”

    It may seem like only yesterday that you dropped off your child at kindergarten. But even as they get older, students of any age still need and seek your guidance, both emotionally and financially. This is especially true as they navigate their first year as post-secondary students and test their newly found independence. According to […]

  • Keep Calm and… Hand Over the Keys: How Technology is Helping Bring Peace of Mind to Parents

    Keep Calm and… Hand Over the Keys: How Technology is Helping Bring Peace of Mind to Parents

    The thought of having your teenager behind the wheel is understandably cause for more than a little anxiety. Fortunately, the latest technologies and apps can help reduce worry among the parents of new drivers. “As a parent myself, I sympathize with the feeling of apprehension as your kids begin driving,” explains Marc Saltzman, tech expert […]

  • 5 Steps to Get an A+ in Budgeting

    5 Steps to Get an A+ in Budgeting

    Nearly half of students surveyed say social outings and eating at restaurants cost more than they anticipated, followed by groceries and tuition, according to a recent student finances poll. “Figuring out what the school year is really going to cost is something that can make a big difference once the semester starts,” advises Laura Plant, […]

  • Railway and Train Safety Tips for Kids

    Railway and Train Safety Tips for Kids

    With millions of Canadian children heading back to school and spending more time alone outside walking to classes, extracurricular activities, and friends’ homes, now’s the time to stress the importance of being safe around railway property and at railway crossings. Both kids and adults can use a reminder to never play on railways or take […]

  • 5 Steps for a Positive Back to School Transition

    5 Steps for a Positive Back to School Transition

    We are approaching the time of year when families jump out of holidays and start their back to school routine. Here are a few tips to help make the back to school transition easier: 1. A great day starts with a good night’s sleep. Staying up late in the summer is a habit that a […]

  • Could Science Bring Peanuts Back to School Lunches?

    Could Science Bring Peanuts Back to School Lunches?

    Dealing with peanut allergies is a stressful part of back-to-school for parents. Whether you have an allergic child or are trying to get a handle on what foods are safe to send in a school lunch, figuring out what to do about peanuts isn’t easy. But science may potentially be able to bring peanuts back […]

  • Get e-Smart About Student Finances

    Get e-Smart About Student Finances

    Some students get a crash course in timely and effective money management when they start post-secondary school and have real-world expenses like rent, utilities, and groceries for the first time. According to a recent student finances poll, more than three quarters of students wished they knew more about managing money when they started school, and […]