Of Lego, lunch boxes and learning
Welcome to our 27th annual Private Education Guide
I’m torn about whether or not I actually like the month of September. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword: it’s actually the best month weather-wise, but it’s also a stressful month.
It brings with it a sense of impending responsibility. We all feel it. It’s a Pavlovian response to years of back-toschool preparation.
But these leftover feelings also bring with them a sense of renewal. For students September means new teachers, new friends and new classes — it’s a fresh start, a time to work harder and better than we did last year. This is the driving force behind the Kids Post: to provide tips, information and inspiration to make sure this school year will be better than the last one.
In this issue we profile two role models from the GTA: Toronto artist Ekow Nimako, who found a way to parlay his childhood hobby — Lego — into a burgeoning career in art; and Denis Shapovalov, the 17-yearold athlete from Richmond Hill who’s the newest tennis phenom to emerge from Canada. Their drive to succeed is something to which we can all aspire.
Veteran writer Joanne Kates has some solid advice for having the dreaded “marijuana talk” with your child (hint: just telling them not to do it is not enough), and Kathy Buckworth polls teachers throughout the GTA for tips on how kids and parents can start the school year off on the right foot.
We’ve got your gear needs covered, too, with a roundup of some seriously stylish Toronto-inspired clothing, along with a collection of must-have lunch accessories.
Meanwhile, our fashion columnist, Jeanne Beker, picks out this year’s best sneakers for boys and girls, including a pair that would have made David Bowie proud.
In our food section, we had chef Rocco Agostino of Pizzeria Libretto, along with his two kids, help us find the city’s best chicken fingers. They might not be the healthiest of foods, but every kid on the planet seems to love them.
We also look into the benefits of outdoor learning, of which there are many, and the growing trend of kids learning how to code. That last item is becoming ever more important as tech jobs are growing faster than they can be filled.
So yes, September is a complicated month. But with a little bit of thought, preparation and foresight, it can be the best month of them all.
Kids Post editor Jon Sufrin