A Natural Way to Learn

“Let Nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth   If I told you that we made Dandelion Playdoh today, you may well wonder what it had to do with the curriculum, but in fact it was one of the best learning experiences for students and teachers alike! For the past Read more about A Natural Way to Learn[…]

Shifting Families from Chaos to Calm

The Secret Tool that Can Instantly Shift Families from Chaos to Calm (and for some reason, nobody seems to ever talk about it)   “Did you brush your teeth?” “Don’t forget to pack your gym clothes.” “No TV right now, hurry up and eat your cereal.” “Did you put your Read more about Shifting Families from Chaos to Calm[…]

Kindness is Worthy

Every small act of kindness matters and has the potential to make a huge impact in the lives of others.   During our final week of summer camp, our theme was “Be The Change”. Students were inspired to share kindness with their friends and family and even through helping out Read more about Kindness is Worthy[…]

21st Century Literacies and Evolving Pedagogy

“If we teach today the way we were taught yesterday, we aren’t preparing students for today or tomorrow.” Curriculum and educational pedagogy have been rewritten innumerable times from age to age, but the essential skills students have been taught have remained the same since the beginning of human civilization. Schools Read more about 21st Century Literacies and Evolving Pedagogy[…]

Hon. James Maloney visits Oak Learners Summer 2018

Supporting Teacher Development is the Key to Student Success

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt At Oak Learners, our mandate includes helping all learners reach their potential through creativity, confidence and community. This mandate goes beyond what we do for our students and Read more about Supporting Teacher Development is the Key to Student Success[…]

Oak Learners is Bridging the Gap for Ontario Students through Arts and Mindfulness based Elementary Education

Oak Learners is Bridging the Gap for Ontario Students through Arts and Mindfulness-based Elementary Education Anxiety levels are up and test scores are down. Ontario students are experiencing record levels of stress, anxiety and suicidal rates are higher than ever before, but students are still under daily pressure to perform Read more about Oak Learners is Bridging the Gap for Ontario Students through Arts and Mindfulness based Elementary Education[…]

Inquiry in the Classroom: How hatching ducklings cultivated a rich learning opportunity for our students

How do some eggs hatch when others don’t?   Why are eggs different colours?   Can I have a duck as a pet?   Why do ducks have feathers?   Where do ducks live in the winter? These are a few of the questions our students asked when we presented them with an incubator Read more about Inquiry in the Classroom: How hatching ducklings cultivated a rich learning opportunity for our students[…]

The Importance of Teaching Kids Mental Monologues

Written by: Kelly Letros – Behaviour Therapist During spring break, I was enthused to spend my week with children who had registered for a week-long camp program. Daily, they were running to and fro through the corridors of the centre, from one pre-planned activity to another. It was delightful to Read more about The Importance of Teaching Kids Mental Monologues[…]