Category Archives: Early Years

“Wee Ones” Wednesday Newsletter

“Wee Ones” Wednesday Newsletter

Early Learning Ideas for Home

For the week of April 29-May 6th

Things we can do Everyday: 

These are activities that you may already be doing or that you can build off of and make them yours.  See where it takes you…

  • The weather is changing and being outside is so important for everyone’s mental health. So get outside to the back yard or just go for a walk, even if its just around the block. If you don’t have access to a backyard, get out on your deck.
  • Take a book break. Whether after lunch or starting your day. Take a few minutes to sit and read a book to your child. 

Playful Literacy Ideas: 

Decide which activity you’d like to do or do them all this week. 

  • Find some blossoms or spring buds on the trees and flower gardens. How many can you find? What is a spring bud? Have a discussion with your child about what’s happening to the tree when we see a bud or a new flower shoot in the spring. 
  • Here’s a cute little spring song with a catchy tune and some movement as well. Find it on Youtube. Spring Is Here Song

Playful Numeracy Ideas: 

Decide which activity you’d like to do or do them all this week. Now that we are starting to dig in our gardens and flower beds let’s find nurmerance opportunities there. 

  • Worms: Find some Worms and discuss which is longer?, Which is shorter? Get a ruler and bring numbers into the discussion for the older children.
  • Leaves: Sort leaves that you are finding in the backyard (new and old leaves) sort by size, colour and shape even. 
  • Enjoy this YouTube story by clicking on the following link:  “I Can Only Draw Worms” by Will Mabbitt

Art and Craft Ideas:

  • With Spring comes Rainy Days. Here’s a raindrop art activity in which you use your breath instead of a paintbrush from Pinterest . Paint With Your Breath 
  • Make a Tree with some spring blossoms using Q-Tips! Here’s how from Pinterest. Spring Q-Tip Tree

Some Cool Science:

  • This is a super simple science activity about gravity but may just drum up some great language opportunities. Find it here on Pintrest. Cotton Ball Rain Activity

A Moment for Parents 

 These are links and/or ideas for parents to support their early learners while at home. 

  • I have been hearing some parents vent their frustration around homeschooling. I super love this link from the Government of BC for parents that are homeschooling and trying to ease that anxiety around all of it. . EASE 
  • Don’t forget to take a break when you need it to de-stress. You can even get the kids involved! Here is a five minute yoga video I found on Pinterest. Five Minute Yoga Break

DCSS Community Forest Nature Walk

DCSS Community Forest Nature Walk

Here are some pictures of Duncan Cran StrongStart’s first field trip of 2019-2020 school year!  All the little (and big) animals went for a nature walk through the forest.  The children were very facsinated with all the tree stumps!  We also had fun watching the city workers dump dirt on the new entrance to the forest!  Before walking back to the other end of the forest trail, we had a snack!  Despite being a chilly day, the field trip was enjoyed by all the adults and the children!  We are looking forward to our next adventure outside of the StrongStart classroom…

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

Tip of the months for July/Building & August/Screen Time!  To download and print, click 11 Early Learning Tip July Building & 12 Early Learning Tip Aug Screen Time or click on the images below to enlarge:

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

Tip of the month for June – Feelings!  To download and print, click 10 Early Learning Tip June Feelings copy or click on the image below to enlarge:

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

Tip of the month for May– Unstructured Play!  To download and print, click 9 Early Learning Tip May Unstructured Play copy or click on the image below to enlarge:

Rainbow Blizzard

Rainbow Blizzard

This week we have been adding some fun and colour to our very cold winter days!  We used droppers with paint and a salad spinner to paint “snowflakes”.  The droppers provided great fine motor strengthening to their fingers and hands as well as great hand-eye coordination to strategically place the coloured drops on to the paper.   Once the children were satisfied with the amount of drops, they placed the lid on the spinner and spun away.  The excitement and sequels once opening the lid to see their creation was priceless!

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

Tip of the month for January – Reading!  Tips can also be heard on either SunFM – 98.5 and MooseFM -100.1 daily.  To download and print, click 5 Early Learning Tip Jan Reading copy or click on the image below to enlarge:

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

Tip of the month for December – Tummy Time!  Tips can also be heard on either SunFM – 98.5 and MooseFM -100.1 daily.  To download and print, click 4 Early Learning Tip Dec Tummy Time copy or click on the image below to enlarge: