Tuesday, 28 February 2017

How do we teach our children to create their own budget?

Hola Parents,

As parents and teachers we always want to teach our children to be wise with their money.


I have selected a few strategies that can help our children to deal with money and to help them when creating their own budget.

Please, click on the link below and read my parenting column on the Airdrie Life Magazine. 

If you have other suggestions on 'budgeting with kids' - that have worked for you and your children - please send them my way!


Sra. Sasse  :)

Monday, 27 February 2017

Web 2.0 Learning Tools

Hola, Bonjour, Hello All!

This posting will be short, but I hope it will create some food for thought...

As I work with the students in the Resource Room using many different tech tools, I would like to list the best ones I have found so far... of course, I am talking about Web 2.0 learning tools :)

                               What I have been using with my students (so far):

- Dictation on Google Docs. and on Word Doc.;

- Typing program using free websites such as:
- Reading websites such as:

- Using Power Point, Excel, and Word documents for students presentation;
- Research using Google engines;
- I-Movie;
- Photo Booth;
- Blogging using several different platforms.

I have noticed that students are very motivated when technology of some sort is involved in the tasks.
I also have learned a lot from the students!!! It seems like technology is so easy to them.

I love this quote from my professor Dr. Laidlaw from U of A where she argues that: 
  "Our children have had a very different upbringing in terms of their relationships with screen and texts to those of previous generations and have very different dispositions to texts than we adults do.” That is so true!!!

Note: Just a quick reference about Twitter... teachers have been using it as a professional learning tool. I find excellent articles and so many other useful things on Twitter.
You can check it out our school's Twitter's account: @Westgateb140 and mine:

Well, maybe this post did not end up being short at all :)

Please, send your comments, feedback is always appreciated and welcome!!!

Hasta Luego :)


O'Mara, J. & Laidlaw, L. (2011). Living in the iworld: Two literacy researchers reflect on the changing texts and literacy practices of childhood. In English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 10(4), 149-159. Retrieved from: https://eclass.srv.ualberta.ca/mod/folder/view.php?id=2276956

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Tips for Talking About Books With Your Child

Hola a todos,

As teachers, we always want our students to succeed in everything they do at school; the parents and their caregivers share the same desire.

One of the things that we could not empathize enough is the fact that we all want our children to become great readers!
But how can we help them with that?

First thing we need to do is to create a great environment for reading at school and at home!
But, how do we do that?

The article below from Scholastic offers some great questions that could guide the Home Reading activity and any other reading activity we propose to our children.
Using these simple suggested questions can be a great way to support our children in their reading process.

Please, take a look at:

Our comments and suggestions are always appreciated!

Gracias a todos,

Desde el escritorio de la Sra. Sasse :)