Hi! Thanks for visiting One Time Through. I’m thrilled you’re here and interested in learning more about me, my blog, and my double passions of teaching kids and parenting.
My name is Sue. I’m a mom and a full-time elementary school teacher-librarian. When teaching, I share my love of reading and books daily with kids from Kindergarten to grade 8. I also teach kids about media and have embraced the Maker culture in my school library. I started writing this blog when I was a stay-at-home mom for the first 4 years of my son’s life (he’s now 8). I affectionately refer to him on this blog as “Onetime.”
I have always had a drive to learn new things and once I became a parent, that meant staying on top of the latest positive parenting and educational trends. My blog name, One Time Through, reflects my desire to make the most of every moment that I have with my only son as he is growing up.
When I started my blog, I wanted mostly to share my ideas with others. I have learned so many things in this journey of motherhood and have always enjoyed sharing experiences with other Moms and fellow teachers.
It’s my hope that I can bring a unique perspective to this blogging world as well. Prior to entering the teaching profession I worked as a Behavioural Therapist with autistic preschoolers and then with brain-injured teens. I also worked extensively with kids with learning difficulties and disabilities.
When I decided to teach, I completed a Master of Arts in Child Study and Education at the University of Toronto and learned even more about how children with different abilities learn best. I also completed special credentials in Special Education, Primary Learning (Kindergarten to grade 3), Drama (a personal favourite to teach!), and Librarianship.
The educational activities that I share on One Time Through are primarily fun – because I believe that kids learn best when they’re laughing! But they also have a basis in the latest educational theory and best-practice research. I also tend to recommend lots of great books for kids to read, as well as for parents, to go along with the post topics.
The parenting advice that I research and share – focuses on positive techniques that help parents and teachers maintain a caring and respectful connection with kids. I have been training for several years now in Non-Violent Communication and try to bring this unique perspective to all my parenting posts.
My hope is that this blog and its activities will inspire you and your children (or students) to read, explore and learn together! Thank you so much for joining me on this adventure of learning to nurture our kids and make everyday moments count.