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.
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
I hope you have heard the early years tips on Sun FM each weekday morning and afternoon. We are quite proud of this project for a few reasons and we hope to continue through the fall and winter. Through the use of facebook, radio and other online media, we are attempting to share useful, interesting tips for families about enriching their children’s preschool lives.
Here are a few samples of our tips. Click on the tips to hear the radio ad.
Our monthly parenting series continues this month with a fresh look at early learning.
When: Thursday, February 27th 6:30 – 8:30 pm $10/participant
Where: Whole Wheat and Honey 10003 100 St
Pre-register at CCRR – 10411 100th, 250-785-5701
Seeing Children as Researchers
Discover how natural environments and materials encourage young children to explore, questions and discover. In this approach, children express interests and ideas while educators help them research for further information, reflect on their experiences and form conclusions. This is a drastic shift from a curriculum driven style. Developed in Reggio Emilia, Italy, after WW2, this methodology has become famous all over the world.
Come and learn about this shift in early childhood education through film, photos and discussion. This session is for parents, early childhood educators, teachers and community members.
Our monthly parenting series continues with Dr. Allen Mendler, celebrated author of Discipline with Dignity. Dr. Mendler is an educator and school psychologist, who works throughout the world providing training on classroom and parenting strategies. Dr. Mendler’s emphasis is on developing effective, respectful frameworks to help youth succeed.
We are very proud of our partnership with the Family Place at North Peace Community Resources. If you have any questions about their programs, please contact Pam Lillico at 250-785-6021 ext.232. Pam is the tireless face of many programs around our community.
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
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.
We are learning that the softer side of parenting and educating can be more important than anything else we do with kids. In essence, it is not what we do with children that matters; it’s who we are in their lives that counts. With so much information about educating our children and parenting, in general, we can start to doubt our own abilities. Learning about attachment can help parents use their intuition to lead their children.
On Saturday, November 23, you are invited to come meet Dr. Sonia Vellet, an attachment pyschologist from Vancouver, who can help us harness attachment research to work peacefully and successfully with our kids. It has been proven that children with strong attachments to the adults in their lives fare well academically and socially. We hope to see you at the Child Care Resource and Referral office to learn with us later this month.
Dr. Gordon Neufeld, another attachment advocate from Vancouver, granted this interview recently, explaining some basic attachment concepts. This interview might unsettle you a bit. It can open up a lot of new questions. Although the interview is quite long, the conclusion at 17:00 is worth the time.
Please come to discuss your ideas and questions with other parents and with Dr. Vellet on November 23rd.
Self regulation is a hot button topic in our world. We are becoming more aware of the affects of constant stimulus on our bodies and our concentration. This interaction with our world comes from our senses, our emotions, other people, our impulses and reactions and our thoughts. As Dr. Stuart Shanker teaches, there are five formal domains of self-regulation:
Biological – how well the child regulates her internal states and sensory stimulus’ like sight, sound, smells, touch and tastes.
Emotional – how well the child identifies, monitors and modifies her emotional responses
Cognitive – how well the child can sustain and switch her attention; inhibit impulses; deal with frustration, delay gratification, ignore distractions; sequence her thoughts
Social – the child’s mastery of rules of socially appropriate behaviour; how well the child can co-regulate or help others to participate in social norms
Pro-social – the desire and ability to develop and sustain relationships, support and care for others, act inclusively and be an engaged member of a community
Each domain builds on the others to help us stay calm, alert and focused. This is most easily learned while playing, being physically active and in close relationship with people who love us. Daddy and Me Gym Night and Families in Motion are monthly opportunities to practice all of these skills in a playful environment.
As I observed the play at Daddy and Me this month, I noticed examples of:
children experiencing new sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures, in a very stimulating enviroment
kids and dads managing powerful feelings: excited, joyful, frustrated, sad, angry, scared