About Susan Dykshoorn

Susan is a mom of three and a wife of one great husband (aka: her REALLY big kid). She's been teaching for over a decade (with three maternity leaves in between) and has taught Kindergarten, grade 4 and grade 1. She says she loves first grade the most, mainly because she gets to still “play”  and “create” a lot! She loves reading, learning, crafting, sparkly things, chocolate, coffee, walking (not running or exercising) and playing with her kids! She doesn't like doing laundry or anything zombies.
May 8, 2015

Can you talk to my child about…?

By | 2017-08-01T21:43:33+00:00 May 8, 2015|Elementary, Parenting, Relationships|

I remember the day that my children made a switch in their “educational” thinking. For them, it happened in kindergarten, but I know it can happen at any time during those first few years of school. Up until that point in their lives, everything Mom said was right. Mom knew the facts. Mom knew the [...]

Mar 2, 2015

Now It’s Your Turn

By | 2017-08-01T21:43:33+00:00 March 2, 2015|Custom-Fit Education, Elementary, Relationships|

To the educational assistant who shares this classroom with me: I know you've heard me say thank-you to the students in the class, maybe for excellent behaviour or for doing great work, for sharing their thoughts on a topic or helping out a peer, perhaps for all the pictures, cards, paintings, and notes that cover [...]

Jan 30, 2015

Why Walking Around the Track Matters

By | 2015-02-03T08:59:42+00:00 January 30, 2015|Elementary, Relationships|

"How are you today? What did you do this weekend?" "Who are you playing with today? What are you playing?" "So, what's new in school today? What are you learning about?" Those are the questions I usually have to ask to get one of them talking. Small repertoire on my part. After all, my job wasn’t that big—it [...]

Jan 3, 2015

My Humble Christmas Lesson

By | 2017-08-01T21:43:34+00:00 January 3, 2015|Celebrating, Elementary, Faith|

Sparkling lights, hot chocolate by a cozy fire, feelings of peace and calm, all is merry and bright. Those were the sentiments I wanted to be writing about, as I frantically tried to get a post-Christmas blog entry done. The flu happened instead, causing changed and cancelled plans, disinfectants and laundry, missed visits and tired [...]

Dec 6, 2014

The Three “Best” Things About Christmas…

By | 2017-08-01T21:43:34+00:00 December 6, 2014|Celebrating, Relationships|

The Grade one classes spend the month of December focusing on the different Christmas traditions each family celebrates. Over the years, I have witnessed many of these mini-celebrations with numerous ACES families. A question that has often come up is, “What about you? How do you celebrate Christmas?” So here are three of our best [...]

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