The Giles School Seamless Advantage

Expert opinions from numerous research perspectives  have specifically identified the importance of quality care for children from 0 to 5 years of age. As a society, we acknowledge and endorse the importance of this foundational Read more…

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A Comforting Innovation in Child Care Services

Let’s talk day care, child care, early childhood learning and child care innovation! Day care is generally accepted as the concept of providing care for a child while the parents are at work. Child care, Read more…

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Up, Down, Right or Left – Which Way Do You Read?

The first platform for language is speaking (making audible sounds) and listening (making meaning of those sounds). The second platform is writing (making a physical representation of the spoken sounds) and reading (understanding those representations). Read more…

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Two + One…is greater than Three! Early Childhood Language Experiences

Think for a moment of the ingenuity of the human race and the development of a diverse array of language systems – more than 6,000! Now, consider how a child born into one of these Read more…

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Sculpting the Brain with Languages- The Benefits of Being Bilingual

In the 1960s, French Immersion was fashioned out of a private school initiative by our own Harry Giles who, along with a small group of parents, saw a distinct advantage to being bilingual in the Read more…

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To Daycare! Developing the Social Brain

If children’s play experience is vital to their development, social interaction is critical to their full development, especially in a daycare setting. In the early 1900’s Lev Vygotsky suggested cognitive development is limited in range Read more…

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To Daycare or Not To Daycare

To daycare, or not to daycare, that is the question most parents ask in the early years of their child’s development. In the next few blogs, I will explore this dilemma from a few perspectives. Read more…

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Lost in Translation: True Pedagogy in Practice

“Sometimes you have to go halfway around the world to come full circle.” One of the great quotes from the acclaimed movie, Lost in Translation. This accurately identifies the existing state of the Ministry of Read more…

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Class Size Does Matter

Since introducing EQAO in Ontario, the focus of the provincial education system has increasingly focused on measurable ‘student achievement.’ Early in September, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter announced a plan to ‘refresh’ Read more…

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Back to the Future – Back to School: Reflections on the Ontario EQAO Math Results

It is time to harness the potency of the lightning bolt that has struck the Mathematics program in Ontario! One thing is certain – it can’t be done through the stormy eyes of the current Read more…

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