As Kindergarten teacher for the past 15 years, I have seen and experienced a full range of ability levels of my students. Over the past few years, there has been a definite shift on the focus of teaching. This shift is a direct result of changes in our society and reflect the current underpinnings of today's world. I strongly believer that how kids learn matters as much as what they're learning. This is the reason I fully believe in curriculum that embraces children in their own uniqueness, individual capabilities and personal interests.
Over the years, I have earned the following:
Bachelors in Arts (Psychology) and English. (UBC)
Bachelors in Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education and English language learning. (UBC)
Masters in Education
PHD candidate in Early Childhood Education.
I'm also a certified children’s life coach and work with children and families to build self- esteem, manage anxiety and develop the heart mind.
Finally, I am the author of the best-selling Book Home; which has received many accolades internationally.
Helping kids THRIVE is my passion!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I enroll my child in a virtual learning academy?
I never thought in a million years that education (especially in the early years) would ever resort to virtual. However, the shift worldwide has almost forced us to embrace this change. Over the past few months, we at Thrive Kids began looking at ways to teach students virtually while at the same time creating a sense of community and enhancement of soft skills.
Why should I enroll my child in Thrive Kids Learning Academy?
I am a HUGE enthusiast of interactive, interest-based and engaging curriculum.
I have always felt as though our education system ( for the most part) does not reflect the realities of today's world. It was developed in an era where the economy required good factory workers to be productive in an increasingly industrial society.
The world has changed. We all need to take a hard long look at what we are teaching our kids and more importantly, how we are teaching our kids. With the recent shift in technology, we need to shift away from many of the areas in which our current education system is focused on and instead, focus on how we can create amazing, creative and adaptable human beings who will be lifelong learners, interested in learning and interested in the world. This needs to start by developing the soft skills in our children such as collaboration, communication and leadership.
This is where our learning academy comes into play. This is not just a school or a center. It is a place where we help prepare young members of society to become ambassadors for change for the future.
Will the class just be worksheets and printing?
No! Young children learn best through play and active participation. The only way to do this virtually is to have a common learning package that we have carefully created.
All resources will be dropped off or shipped to you. This includes:
- Math manipulatives
- Loose parts for storytelling
- Literacy Materials
- Extra materials for supplemental work when needed
- Art supplies
- A set of home reading books for the term
- And more!
All you need to do is have the given supplies ready for your child on hand, log them on and we will take care of the rest!
What will the class look like?
Each month will be based on a theme. Each theme will be meaningful for the students and based on interests. Each theme will have literacy, numeracy and social development embedded through the Kindergarten Curriculum. Social and Emotional development will be met through my 5 P's program. ( Passion, Purpose, Perspective, Presence and Physical)
We will also be communicating with you on the progress of your child through online meetings every term. This program is suitable for those who are :
- Working from home.
- Are hosting a learning pod in their area.
- Are a homeschooling parent.
- Have an early learning center and want to supplement their curriculum virtually
How many students will be in one class?
I truly feel that to effectively connect and facilitate learning for each child, the class should be no more than 10 students per class. This way, we are able and set learning targets with each child.