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March Early Learning calendars

March Early Learning calendars

March is a short month for SD60 early learning programs.  Spring Break comes a bit earlier than usual this year.  Schools are closed from March 17 – March 28.  Programs re-open on Monday, March 31st.

FSJ SS March 2014 To print, click FSJ SS March 2014

HH StrongStart March 2014 revisedTo print, click HH SS March 2014


Outreach March 2014To print, click Outreach SS March 2014

The Rotary Play Centre is closed March 21 – March 28 for a shorter Spring Break.

March 2014 RPC Calendar To print, click March 2014 RPC Calendar

Daddy and Me mar  2014To print, click Daddy and Me March 2014

Our Families in Motion events are back on for the spring.  These events are aimed at families with preschool aged children.  The next event will be on March 14th, at Bert Ambrose Elementary gym between 6 – 7:30 pm.  Expect to participate in creative, active play for the whole family.

FIM 2014   To print, click Families in Motion 2014

Daddy and Me December events

Daddy and Me December events

Daddy and Me is an exciting series of events giving dads fun opportunities to get active with their little ones.  Hope to see you at either or both events this month.

As, always, we celebrate the importance of dads in healthy families.  Whether this program suits your family or not, we hope to increase awareness about how AWESOME dads are.  Dads matter for many reasons but here’s a moving post about Why Dads Matter – Especially for Girls


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Dads are also more likely to play physically than moms.  This could be rough and tumble play, object play or tag.  This is a generalization but it is another facet of how dads can support kids.  This blog post from the CBC describes how a simple game of catch can layer in life skills for your kids.  Physical activity helps kids build life skills.

Daddy and Me Dec  2013


To download and print this poster, click Daddy and Me Dec 2013

The 2014 calendar of events will be out soon.

Families in Motion

Families in Motion


This month Families in Motion is being hosted by the Keeginaw Friendship Centre.  The event is held on the 2nd Friday of the month at a community school or centre between 6:00 and 7:30.

Who:  Families with children aged 6 and under

What:  Guided indoor fitness and fun for families

When:  Friday, November 8th  6:00 – 7:30

Where:  Keeginaw Friendship Centre


Resiliency – good old fashioned grit

Resiliency – good old fashioned grit

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how kids gain self confidence and resilience.  Today, when my kids balked at walking home from school, I started thinking again about empowerment and the value of “grit”.  Like most parents, I spend a lot of time worrying about my kids’ future.  I want them to be successful.  In that desire to support them, I tend to want to make their lives easier and shower them with love.  But this can be counter productive.

Carol Dweck, a psychologist and author, has shown that people need determination more than talent.  They need a belief in their own ability to learn more than they need smarts.  We need a strong belief that we can succeed, if we persevere.  To do this, we need a lot less empty praise and more practice solving problems and overcoming obstacles.  Praise can diminish motivation to persevere when things are tough.

So I’ve started changing my way of thinking about “supporting” my kids and the children I work with.  Instead of making everything easy for them or praising them constantly, I want to get out of the way of their problem solving.  Dweck’s book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success has encouraged me to be a dificilitator in my children’s lives.  The is a play on words from the French word, difficile, or hard.  It means to create obstacles or hardships for my kids to overcome.

Walking home today is one example.  I could pick them up.  I’m just at home writing this blog post.  But for me, in this small way, I want to offer them the challenge of getting home.  Then, ironically, I found this article today about grit and physical fitness.  It complements my new thinking about resilience.

Why our kids should develop grit

Walking home may not be a good fit for your kids or it may be something you already do every day.  We are all on a different journey.  But I challenge you to be a difficiltator for a child today and to resist praise for motivation’s sake.


Daddy and Me June events

Daddy and Me June events

Our last Daddy and Me events before the summer break are fast approaching.  The visit to Heartbreak Acres is always a big hit.

Daddy and Me June  2013

To download or print this poster,  please click Daddy and Me June 2013

Please remember that Daddy and Me is a dads and male caregivers only monthly event. 

Active children manage stress better

Active children manage stress better
Active children manage stress better

As always, on this site, I strive to explain the link between physical activity, play and learning.  Current brain research tells us that we learn best while moving and doing interesting, new things.  Dr. John Medina is an award winning author who explains these links simply and clearly.  In a nutshell, sitting, listening and writing are not the best ways to learn new ideas.

We also learn best when we manage stress.  All people, children included, manage stress best when their bodies are active.  And it doesn’t need to be expensive, structured sports.  Any kind of active play supports the body, heart and mind.  Check out this great post on how active children manage stress.

Study: Active children manage stress better

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And check out these former posts

The importance of Vitamin N (nature) in the physical and emotional health of our families.

What is self-regulation and why should I care?


Daddy and Me March events

Daddy and Me March events

As usual, both events this month are active, creative and open ended.  Our objective with Daddy and Me is to celebrate dads and all that they bring to the lives of children.  Obviously not all dads participate in these type of events but we hope that all dads recognize the importance of a male role model in the lives of young people.  Whatever your active play looks like, do it early and often with the little people in your life.

Here is an excerpt from the blog LiveScience on The Science of Fatherhood:  Why Dads matter

What’s most important, [researcher Laura] Padilla-Walker said, is that fathers realize they matter. Quality time is important, she said.  “That doesn’t mean going on fancy vacations. It can be playing ball in the backyard or watching a movie with your kids,” she said. “Whatever it is, just make yourself available and when you’re with your children, be with them.”

Daddy and Me March poster  2013

To download or print this poster, click Daddy and Me March 2013.

We hope to see you at one or both events.  The schedule for the rest of the year is on hold until funding is secured.  For more information, contact Pam Lillico at North Peace Community Resources. 250.785.6021  ext. 232.

Families in Motion, Friday, Feb 15

Families in Motion, Friday, Feb 15
Families in Motion, Friday, Feb 15


This month Families in Motion is being hosted by the Family Place and North Peace Community Resources Society at Bert Ambrose Elementary.  As usual, the event is held on the 3rd Friday of the month at a community school or centre between 6:00 and 7:30.




Who:  Families with children aged 6 and under

What:  Guided indoor fitness and fun for families

When: Friday, February 15th  6:00 – 7:30

Where:  Bert Ambrose Elementary



To download and print this poster, click here Families-in-Motion 2013

Families in Motion – Robert Ogilvie

Families in Motion – Robert Ogilvie


Our Families in Motion event was well attended on Friday night at Robert Ogilvie.  We had 44 people attend, kids with their parents.  There were many pink cheeks, lots of giggles and hugs.  We all got lots of exercise and had lots of FUN!

Our next event will be at Bert Ambrose, February 15th.  The Families in Motion events are always a great opportunity to get active and spend an excellent family evening.