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6th Jun, 2015

Combining Classic and Modern Literature

William Blake Meets ‘Enemy Pie’ As long as the texts are relevant to our students, Pear Tree Education believes in combining classic and modern literature. This week, we looked at William Blake’s poem ‘A Poison Tree’. The poem talks about the benefits of communication in dealing with anger, as well as the consequences of letting anger brew. Blake uses […]

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7th May, 2015

Talk Back: Learning from Mistakes

Talk Back: Learning from Mistakes In Pear Tree’s ‘Talk Back’ class, we looked at the picture book ‘The Curious Garden’ by Peter Brown. The students were then given a sample speech supposedly discussing great ideas about The Curious Garden. However, the speech was intentionally bad! Using this bad speech, the students had to learn what […]

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25th Apr, 2015

ESL for Kids Science

ESL for Kids Science In Pear Tree’s ESL for Kids class, we’re currently studying the science of Extreme Environments. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at different extreme environments: the Poles, volcanoes, jungle, desert, ocean, and space. For each extreme environment, we’ve been deciding what dangers there are for human beings.   […]

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24th Apr, 2015

Talk Back: Presentation Design for Kids

Talk Back: Presentation Design for Kids In Wednesday’s ‘Talk Back’ class, we studied about presentation design using PowerPoint. To begin with, we looked at two examples: one good and one bad.   From these examples, the students had to understand why the bad example is bad: The slides are pretty much all text The text is […]

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16th Apr, 2015

Talk Back: Public Speaking for Kids course

Talk Back: Public Speaking for Kids course In yesterday’s first class of ‘Talk Back’, Pear Tree’s new public speaking course for kids, we started by studying two pictures of bullying. Students had to using observation and critical thinking skills to dissect the picture, as well as to make inferences about things you can’t see, but […]

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14th Apr, 2015

Painter’s Pallet at Norma Rose Point School

Painter’s Pallet at Norma Rose Point School Check out our ‘Painter’s Pallet’ course that Pear Tree is running at Norma Rose Point School (near UBC). This project was based on Rene Magritte’s ‘Son of Man’ picture (shown below). The students painted the sky background with sponge painting technique. They then painted the apples and learned […]

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8th Apr, 2015

ESL Science Classes

ESL Science Classes In Pear Tree’s ESL classes, we’re studying science! Currently, we’re learning about methods of making electricity! We combine critical thinking questions with clear and easy visuals/videos that both ESL and native English speakers can understand. Our ultimate method of learning is getting the students to teach about particular science topics as a public […]

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3rd Apr, 2015

Presentations in Beginners ESL Classes for Kids?

Presentations in Beginners ESL Classes for Kids? Pear Tree Education demonstrates what you can achieve in beginners’ ESL classes for kids In a matter of three or four classes, how can you take a complete beginner to a point where they give their first English presentation? Pear Tree dares to achieve what others don’t! Some of the first […]

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18th Mar, 2015

Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Morals

Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Morals Today’s topic in Pear Tree’s Artificial Intelligence course is ethics and morals, by far the most challenging part of the course. We started by comparing humans to androids, which is very complex once you start looking at the mind (and, let’s face it, the average robots course does nothing but […]

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EXPLAINED: Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Course

Explaining Pear Tree’s Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Course Pear Tree’s ‘A.I.’ course for 10-14 year olds is a tough course to explain. This partly because it’s very holistic! It’s also because of how common robotics courses have become in Vancouver camps. Pear Tree’s Artificial Intelligence course isn’t really a robotics course and is very different the courses people are […]

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Healthy Hot Lunch Recipes?

Any Parents Looking for Recipes for Healthy Hot Lunches? We’ve been getting lots more positive feedback about our Healthy Hot Lunch program, as well as requests for recipes! At the end of our spring camps, we’ll prepare some recipes to share with parents. Please contact us if you’d like to be on the list to […]

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27th Feb, 2015

Book Review: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Because of Mr. Terupt is a terrific book for developing critical thinking and emotional sensitivity Recently I reviewed Paul Yee’s books Shu-Li and Tamara (2008) and Shu-Li and Diego (2009), which are ideal for emerging readers and middle-school ESL students. In this respect, they’re pretty unique. Finding a book that takes these same readers to the next level is […]

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9th Feb, 2015

Book Review: Shu-Li and Tamara by Paul Yee

Shu-Li and Tamara is even better than the sequel! Recently I reviewed Shu-Li and Diego (2009), written by Paul Yee, which I believe is ideal for emerging readers and young ESL students. How does its predecessor, Shu-Li and Tamara (2008) fair? Let’s put it this way, it’s even better than the sequel! Shu-Li and Tamara was written by Paul […]

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28th Jan, 2015

Book Review: Shu-Li and Diego by Paul Yee

Shu-Li and Diego is ideal for emerging readers and young ESL students! In December, I reviewed the book Our Canadian Love Story by Linnie von Sky. That is a book that seems to be intended for very young, new immigrants to Canada. Despite its best intentions and cute artwork, I felt that Our Canadian Love Story played up the […]

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17th Dec, 2014

FREE Critical Thinking Exercises for Kids

Want Your Child To Practice Critical Thinking? Look No Further! We’ve put together a series of free example critical thinking exercises for kids that you can practice at home or at school Instructions Each exercise consists of a picture and some questions. The pictures come in two formats: PDF and PowerPoint. If you would like to print […]

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15th Dec, 2014

Part 4: Critical Thinking For Kids in Action

Critical thinking skills for kids in action In this concluding part, we’ll be using critical thinking skills to compare and contrast our two photos. After this, we’ll produce a logical and systematic write up. If you haven’t been following this series, here are the links to the previous parts: PART 1: CRITICAL THINKING: HOW A CHILD […]

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14th Dec, 2014

Part 3: Critical Thinking For Kids in Action

Critical thinking skills for kids in action In this part, we’ll be using critical thinking skills to study a second photo. The ultimate goal will be to do a compare and contrast write up about these two photos. If you haven’t been following this series, here are the links to the previous parts: PART 1: CRITICAL […]

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12th Dec, 2014

Part 2: Critical Thinking For Kids in Action

Following on from our previous blog post, let’s see critical thinking skills in action Here are two examples of how to analyse different materials stage-by-stage and then amalgamate that into a coherent argument. If you haven’t read our previous blog post, I strongly recommend that you do that first. As we looked at in that […]

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11th Dec, 2014

Critical Thinking: How A Child Can Start Thinking Deeply

Here are some key strategies for developing critical thinking skills in children The great thing about critical thinking skills is that they can be applied to any subject, topic, or medium. Whether a child is studying a book, a movie, a song, a poem, or a picture, they can apply the same critical thinking strategies […]

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3rd Dec, 2014

Book Review: Our Canadian Love Story by Linnie von Rekowsky

Our Canadian Love Story. An Immigration Tale. Well, Sort Of. I first heard about Linnie von Rekowsky (now calling herself Linnie von Sky) and her picture books in a store. It wasn’t a book store, so I was intrigued. The store representative heard that I owned an educational business and thought that Rekowsky’s books would […]

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