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Reading, Books and So Much More!


Numerous studies have been done on the benefits of reading and children’s success in school.  Reading to children can help their ability to speak properly using correct grammar, can give them knowledge about things they didn’t otherwise wouldn’t know about, creates social skills by allowing them to talk about a book and what they thought, it enhances hand and eye coordination and not to mention it’s just fun!  So to celebrate going back to school, for the month of September, I will be posting some of my favourite children’s books, ranging from baby to early readers to pre-teens.  I hope that you will all suggest some of your and your children’s favourites.  Also, if you are an author of children literature, feel free to message me about having your books featured!

Don’t Bring Camels In The Classroom


Don’t Bring Camels In The Classroom

By Kenn Nesbitt

Don’t bring camels in the classroom.
Don’t bring scorpions to school.
Don’t bring rhinos, rats, or reindeer.
Don’t bring mice or moose or mule.

Pull your penguin off the playground.
Put your python in a tree.
Place your platypus wherever
you think platypi should be.

Lose your leopard and your lemur.
Leave your llama and your leech.
Take your tiger, toad, and toucan
anywhere but where they teach.

Send your wombat and your weasel
with your wasp and wolverine.
Hide your hedgehog and hyena
where you’re sure they won’t be seen.

Please get rid of your gorilla.
Please kick out your kangaroo.
No, the teacher didn’t mean it
when she called the class a “zoo.”

Text © Kenn Nesbitt, reprinted from The Aliens Have Landed! published by Meadowbrook Press.

Get Back into the School Spirit at the Promenade!


Shhh! Don’t tell the kids this, but school is right around the corner.  By the end of August, we can all hear the collective sigh of children around the world begrudgingly getting ready for school, teachers and homework.  All the while parents have been getting ready by reinstating regular bed times, planning school lunches and buying school supplies and clothes.  Children are trying to soak up every last bit of the summer sun before it sets.

But what if you could get your kids excited about school?  No no, it’s not with name brand clothes or bribes with money.  It’s with a pep rally!  This is sure to get your kids back into the school spirit. Tomorrow only at the Promenade at 1 Promenade Circle in Thornhill, there will be a Pep Rally for Back-To-School featuring the Toronto Argonaught Cheerleaders, Choir! Choir! Choir! Glee Club, an anti-bullying workshop and fashion tips from Lena Almeida.



11:00am               Promenade Welcome and introduction
11:05am               Choir! Choir! Choir!
11:40am               Back to School Trend Tips with Lena Almeida from Listen to Lena
12:00pm               Toronto Argonauts Cheerleaders
12:10pm               Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Anti-Bullying Workshop
1:05pm                 Toronto Argonauts Cheerleaders
1:15pm                 Choir! Choir! Choir!
1:50pm                 Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Anti-Bullying Workshop
2:10pm                 Toronto Argonauts Cheerleaders
2:20pm                 Back to School Trend Tips with Lena Almeida from Listen to Lena

Back-To-School Wreath


I first saw this idea on Pinterest and decided to make my own to celebrate the Princess’ upcoming first day of Kindergarten.  It is fairly simple to make but it is time consuming, I did it in about 2 hours.


  • 11 inch styrofoam ring
  • 6 yards of  thick ribbon ribbon
  • 7 feet of thin ribbon
  • 2 boxes of crayons (64 in each)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Desired embellishments ie. stickers, craft paper, bows, etc


  • Wrap the entire styrofoam ring in the thick ribbon.  Don’t worry if there are spaces, the thinner ribbon will cover it
  • Cover the slits with the thinner ribbon
  • Arrange the crayons around the ring securing them with the hot glue.  It’s best to put 4 crayons around the ring at North, South, East and West and fill in from there.
  • Let the glue dry and add the desired embellishments