An Educator’s Christmas Story of Magic

The following is a guest blog from Denielle Berube RECE who teaches in the Before & After Jk/K program at Growing Together at St.Anne’s. What had started with a seedling of an idea, collecting money for a family in need; had grown into a plan. Just a simple empty water bottle with a simple explanation….

Bring your Mother to work

This is dedicated to Jane RECE who was my first blog mentor, critical friend & dreamed big with me. She left her position as early childhood educator with Growing Together last week & began a new leadership educator role with the CK Municipal Children’s Services.   A few weeks ago I lifted the big aloe filled…

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs

My dad and his wife are in western Canada right now.  As a retired minister I assume he’s preaching in some of our denominational churches. (I should know…sorry dad). He sent me a photo of my childhood friend Jennifer, who moved there with her family in her later teens.  She comes from a family of…

Breakfast of Champions 10 ways to be productive

Making my family a big summer vacation breakfast I realized that cooking is the exception to my No multitasking rule. I used to brag at my ability to have several things going at once. When errors began to appear I recognized I was also robbing myself of the satisfaction of fully completing a project. Last week…

Love at First Bite – the Story.

We all have stories. Some of which are only uncovered when triggered.  The memory of Victor & Tante Lucy is such a memory. They were friends of my grandparents who lived two floors below them in a Toronto apartment building. They had no children of their own, so they spoiled my sister and I as they…

Don’t ask if you don’t want to know.

 A few weeks ago I had a humbling career experience.  I created with the support of our three supervisors a 7 question employee survey. I had a good feeling our organization was thriving & had a healthy culture. I thought after a tiring year of continuous, manic change initiated by various levels of government it would be great to…

ECE point of view- building a solid foundation.

Guest blogger – Denielle Berube – Registered Early Childhood Educator is sharing her recent documented learning story. She is an educator for 6 years and recently left the toddler age group and shares her new experience and lessons learned in the before & after school Kindergarten program. This is her story. – Debbi Sluys  WHAT…

Keep Your Word

I fell into something wonderful when I embraced the word “kindness” for 2016.  I had been inspired by a CK Ted X Talk on the same topic in 2015.  The word kept popping up so I began to intentionally use it & witnessed how it transformed my life. Feedback from friends & colleagues showed how it inspired them. Embracing…

Dirty talk – lessons from the mud

I was dared to participate with fellow colleagues in a Mud Run (not so much running but lots of mud.)  The  childcare staff had bets going whether or not I’d trade my stilettos for duct taped runners (so one doesn’t get sucked into the mud pits).  One to never shy away from a challenge I signed myself up with the…

My Beloved

What women wish men knew about showing love… I’ve had eye rolling girlfriend conversations bemoaning this desire, in coffee shops, staff rooms & road trips.  I believe I’ve discovered answers to this age old question. I encountered it at two very different celebrations.  One to celebrate new lives beginning together & the other celebrating a…

Family Circle is Full Circle

At yesterday’s child care family picnic an educator asked a mother when her new baby had “arrived”. The mother responded with a quizzical look on her face, “About six months ago”. The educator looked surprised & stated, “You must have got him young!” “Yes” said the mother with a knowing smile, “Right from when I…

How do you play this game?

(Dear Reader, this blog is a bit different from some of the others, because the topic is specific for my fellow child care leaders in Ontario. I wrestled with whether or not to express my thoughts publically, however it’s weighed heavy on my mind and heart as my colleagues and I  have expressed being overwhelmed & feeling…