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Eva

I am 9 years old and want to know more about Canada

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Eva

Here is a message from my daughter. We have just told her that we are moving to Canada next year. It would be great if you have children who could share some good news about what it's like to live there.

Thanks!

Hi my name is Trinity I live in Durban :ilikeit: I am going to live in Canada. I am 9 years old. I have two guinea pigs. I want to know if you are allowed dogs in everywhere in Canada. Do you have homework there? :unsure: i am hoping to chat to someone my age :ilikeit:

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Wolverine

lmao.

yes we have homework here, but they are not difficult for someone educated in Africa cos back home, we have a much stronger education system.

Welcome to Canada Trinity. I like your name. It reminds me of Trinity, the girl from the Matrix movies, who just happens to be canadian by the way.

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MaryJane

Hi Trinity

My daughter is also 9 years old. We made the big move last December. I'll ask her to write you a short message when I get home tonight about her thoughts on our move. :-)

Good luck!

Here is a message from my daughter. We have just told her that we are moving to Canada next year. It would be great if you have children who could share some good news about what it's like to live there.

Thanks!

Hi my name is Trinity I live in Durban :ilikeit: I am going to live in Canada. I am 9 years old. I have two guinea pigs. I want to know if you are allowed dogs in everywhere in Canada. Do you have homework there? :unsure: i am hoping to chat to someone my age :ilikeit:

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DPR007

So cute :D Welcome!!

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CptCanuck

Absolutely brilliant!!! Such a pity about the homework ;)

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MaryJane

"Hi Trinity, my name is Adelaine. You can have dogs here but just not in some buildings. And for homework, you do have homework. They're not that difficult but you might have a lot, maybe. If you finish your homework in your spare time at school, you won't have a lot of homework. The schools are different because they have more talking than writing. The people in school are friendly. And on Halloween, you can go trick or treating here. I can't wait for Halloween :D

When it's a snowy day, you can make a snowman or have a snowball fight. I like the snow because once I built a snowman and I made snow angels. :holy:

I hope you'll enjoy Canada when you get here."

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Eva

Thanks so much for the letter :blush: i think i will like Canada
love trinity :ilikeit:

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lgonsalves

Cute man ;)

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Tracey22

Hi Trinity

My 2 boys are 9 (Tristan) and 8 (Alex). They love being in Canada. Their favourite part is being able to cycle or walk to their friends, and they do not have to wait for Mom or Dad to take them there. They do not get a lot of homework, and in fact Tristan has had less homework in 2 years here than he did in Grade 1 in South Africa. Tristan loves Canadian school because he does not have to wear a school uniform. The boys each have a cat, and most of their friends have pets as well.

Alex (8 years old) is able to go cycling with his brother around the neighbourhood, and we let him go to the park on his own. He loves Canada because there are so many parks near us, one across the road from us, and another near the school. In South Africa, he never went to the park.

Winter and the snow is a lot of fun, and they spend hours outside on their sleds in the park. Tristan also cannot wait until he is 10, because then he will be able to stay at home alone, without any parents. Then, he will not have to come out with us wherever we go.

Another thing both boys love in Canada is driving with the car windows open.

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Guest Norman and karen

Hi Trinity,

My name is Robyn, I was also 9 years old when I moved to Canada,I am now 13! I was quite nervous as well but you have nothing to worry about, its amazing here there is snow and awesome scenery :ilikeit: There is homework here but not a lot=) You are allowed dogs, but I only have two cats. I have made a lot of amazing friends and I know you will to when you come back! There is lots of animals here like deer,bear,moose and geese! When you are here you will realize that there is so much freedom, like I can ride my bike to the store and back and I don't have to worry. I have gone on a lot more holidays than I ever did when I was in south Africa! You will catch onto the accent really easily.Schooling is really good here!

Here is my email, so if you ever need to know anything just email me and i will be happy to reply!

dewet.robyn@gmail.com

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OutOfSa

Hi Trinity

I am old :) but my youngest daughter is 11.

Canada is a great place for children.

School is school, but Canadian schools are a little different to South African ones.

The first thing that we thought was crazy was that classes are sometimes mixed, like grade 4 and 5! It sounds weird, but seems to work okay.

We just love the teachers here, they seem to be really smart and nice.

Kids here have tons of activities to choose from, you get to try a whole lot of new things. Also, the school day works a little differently here. You start about 8:00am and come out about 3pm. It sounds long, but there are breaks of course. They do give homework here, but it depends on the teachers.

Here they also have "PA" days, which means that you get a Friday off every month - how cool is that !!

In the winter there are snow days - which means the buses are not allowed to drive, so the kids get to stay home and play - lucky!

Kids here also have indoor and outdoor shoes at school - that's because the school does not want all the snow and mud in the halls, so when you get to school, you change into indoor shoes. Many children walk to school in the mornings, it's fun and healthy - they walk in families or bunches, or sometimes alone.

School is mostly on during the winter - so you are all cozy inside while it's cold outside. Then when the summer comes, you have a long holiday. During the summer kids here do all sorts of sports and things at summer camps. Canada has so many trees, rivers and lakes - it's water paradise. There are many small wild animals to be seen, like ducks and geese, rabbits and raccoon (which are naughty). People here love their pets, so it seems like most people have a dog or a cat.

I think you will love Canada, don't be scared or worried, people here are really nice. South African kids fit in well and make great friends in no time at all.

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lgonsalves

Here they also have "PA" days, which means that you get a Friday off every month - how cool is that !!In the winter there are snow days - which means the buses are not allowed to drive, so the kids get to stay home and play - lucky! .

PA days?!? Is that for work or school?

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MaryJane

PA days?!? Is that for work or school?

These are days when the kids do not go to school. I think it stands for professional activities. It's for the teachers.

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Cathy K

In Ontario it's called P A days or Professional Activity days. While it will be a day off school for students, some teachers will spend the PA (professional activity) day learning themselves.

During this subject-specific event, teachers will be supporting teachers by sharing best practices, strategies and technology skills.

In British Columbia it is called Pro-D days (Professional Development Days).

Trinity, there are quite a few differences between Canada and South Africa. For instance, You will probably become the older buddy of a younger child in Kindergarten or grade one. Buddies look out for each other. Your buddy will come to you when he/she is sad, hurt or have a little problem. You will spend organised time together, participating in activities like reading, painting or crafting.

When you get a little older, it will be expected that you do some volunteering. Our granddaughter has been working twice a week at a daycare center since she was ten-years old.

Then there is the shoe thing. It is considered polite not to enter anyone's home with your shoes on. You remove your shoes at the front door and walk around in your socks.

Pets are very well behaved. Puppies are expected to attend puppy training classes. This will be followed by more training as they get older. They will never leave the yard unless they are on a leash, and you are expected to pick up after them. Here are off-leash areas where they may play with other dogs, but they had better be trained to socialise. One is expected to walk your dog every day.

Most of the cats are indoor cats. This is because cats are great hunters and can play havoc with the local bird population. We have large supermarkets in Canada where you can buy everything under the sun for your pets. Many of these indoor cats have their own jungle gym in the house, so they still get lots of exercise.

You summer break is going to be long. It usually lasts from the last week in June to the first week in September. If you watch the show "Phineas and Ferb" you'll know all about this..

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Eva

:hug: Hi, do you know if they have an SPCA in Canada ?????????????? :rolleyes: Can you also do volunteer work at an animal shelter? I would love to work there. I also like that we get an extra Friday off a month. I can't wait for a snow day! :D Trinity

(From Mom: Cathy - your comment about the dogs needing to be polite members of park is hilarious! So funny! Thanks to everyone for all the comments - Trinity is delighted.)

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Eva

Oh and also, can you keep your dogs outside or do they need to stay inside?

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Cathy K

A lot of children volunteer at the SPCA and animal shelters. They love it! For children who love nature and animals, the 4-H youth clubs are the place to be.

http://www.4-h-canada.ca/core/

Dogs love to be outside in summer, but not so much in winter. Who would forego a nice warm house when the snow lies thick outside? They still go for walkies though. Ever seen 'n dog wearing a warm coat and booties?

Another strange thing is Canadians and coffee. Your mom and dad had better get used to the idea that Canadians are never far from their mug of coffee. They carry it with them when they go for a walk, or go to work. They drink coffee in trains, on the sidewalk, while doing shopping, going to the playground.... Heck, once I even saw a guy on a skateboard drinking coffee!

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Dedré

Volunteering is the BEST thing in Canada. SPCA is called the Calgary Humane Society here in Calgary. Check out their very cool website. They even have volunteer opportunities in their Job Opportunities section. I am sure every town/city here in Canada has a special website dedicated for their needs.

http://www.calgaryhumane.ca/

Like Cathy also said... there are LOTS of smaller animal rescue groups too and pet clinics that will take volunteering staff too.

You are a very cool 9year old!

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Ingrid Brunkhorst Hurrell

:hug: Hi, do you know if they have an SPCA in Canada ?????????????? :rolleyes: Can you also do volunteer work at an animal shelter? I would love to work there. I also like that we get an extra Friday off a month. I can't wait for a snow day! :D Trinity

Hello Trinity

It is lovely to sense your enthusiasm.

Every province has different laws re. volunteering/wprking age. In BC our youngest wasn't allowed to volunteer at a horse ranch as he was under 13 at the time.

In general I think you have to be at least 12-13 before you can work. You can read more about this at: http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/age.shtml

Even if you volunteer for friends, they may have to have special insurance for you if you are too young. Canadians are very careful about young kids/teenagers getting hurt in the work/volunteer place so they have special rules and laws in place to protect kids.

You sound like a very special girl. :)

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Cathy K

Kids in Canada love to earn their own pocket money. The Red Cross offers babysitting courses for children who are 11-years old and older. Almost all the girls in our granddaughter's class completed the course and they all do babysitting in their spare time.

Many nine-year olds have a paper route. Their parents will accompany them at first, but they enjoy doing it on their own and they make quite a lot of money.

You know it is summer when little lemonade stands appear on the sidewalks. You can even buy a kit to built your own lemonade stand. Canadians love going for a walk and there are always thirsty customers.

Trinity, you will enjoy Canada. I promise. Life is going to be different, but you will enjoy so much freedom and fun. Do you know where in Canada you're going to live? It's the second biggest country in the world!

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Eva

We don't know where we are going to live yet as my mom and dad are still looking around. It all sounds like too much fun :rolleyes:

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