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Free Family Literacy Program

Free Family Literacy Program

The FSJ Literacy Society offer a free family literacy program for parents with children 0-6.  The fall program has many openings this fall.  It is a great program; parents study whatever they choose: high-school courses; driver’s manual; improve reading comprehension; math skills; courses for work, etc.  Adults don’t have to be taking a formal course; they can study for personal goals.  There is a teacher on-site to tutor all participants.  Parents bring their children and there is free childcare.  The children play with a licensed ECE instructor while they study.  The Literacy Society provides healthy snacks and free bus passes.  The program is offered Tuesday & Thursday mornings each week.

Register by calling 250-785-2110 or email info@fsjliteracy.ca

Start any time between Sept 2013 – April 2014, if spaces are available

9:30 am – 12:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday

Located at Ridgeview Lanes, 8424 – 92 Ave

2013-14 CHOOSE Poster

To download and print this poster, click 2013-14 CHOOSE Poster

FSJ LOVES Families Week 2013

FSJ LOVES Families Week 2013

FSJ LOVES Families Week runs Saturday, October 5th to Saturday, October 12th.  Each year, the number and variety of family friendly events grows.  Success by 6, Children First and the North Peace Savings and Credit Union have once again sponsored and coordinated this amazing opportunity to celebrate our strongest natural resource, families. Hope to see you out and about with your family!



To download and print this poster, click FSJ LOVES FAMILIES WEEK 2013





To download and print this schedule of events, click PASSPORT TO FAMILY FUN 2013


An iPad is so much more than a toy

An iPad is so much more than a toy

The School District is partnering with Success by Six/Children First and ChildCare Resource and Referral to present the Families R.O.C.K. Parenting Series. We will be hosting monthly workshops for parents/caregivers, ECE professionals, educators, service providers, counsellors and practitioners.

The first session is October 5. The title is “An iPad is so much more than a toy.”

Learn how mobile or “tablet” technology can provide structured learning activities on a highly motivating platform. Work with Speech and Language Pathologist, Lynn Mathiesen, to utilize this tool to its full potential.  The target ages are 2 – 12 years old.

For more information or to register, call Alwin Holland Elementary 250.785.6125


To download or print this poster, click Parent Series iPad poster OCT.5

iPad workshop – Presenter Bio

New StrongStart schedules

New StrongStart schedules

Following feedback from parents, we have been able to juggle our staffing to improve our StrongStart hours.  Both Duncan Cran StrongStart and Robert Ogilvie StrongStart are now open every morning, Monday – Friday, from 8:30 – 11:30 am.  Please check out the new calendars and drop into our newly renovated centres.

FSJ StrongStart SEPTEMBER 2013 - new schedule

To download and print this calendar, click FSJ StrongStart SEPTEMBER 2013 – new schedule


September Community Early Learning events

September Community Early Learning events

Here are some community opportunities available to families in September and October. These programs are all coordinated by Pam Lillico, ECE extraordinare.  You can meet Pam at the Child Development Centre or at North Peace Community Resources Society.

Pam L

s Perfect

To download or print this poster, click Nobody’s Perfect Parenting

2013 FP Fall Poster

To download or print this poster, click Family Place Fall Poster

September 2013 RPC Calendar

To download or print this poster, click September 2013 RPC Calendar



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. 

May Daddy and Me events

May Daddy and Me events

Both May events are early in the month.  Hope we’ve given you enough notice.  As always, these events are FREE and drop-in.  Come when you can; Pam and Jaimelia are always happy to see you.

Daddy and Me May  2013(1)

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

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


CBC parents


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.

May StrongStart calendars

May StrongStart calendars

Usually it is April when we see a resurgence of families at StrongStart due to the milder weather.  Although we are still getting a healthy number of families attending, we are still waiting for the spring rush.  Hopefully May brings us some sunny days and above zero temperatures.  Ha!  Hope to see you soon!



To download and print this calendar, click Duncan Cran StrongStart MAY 2013

ROSS May  2013


To download and print this calendar, click Robert Ogilvie StrongStart MAY 2013


HH SS May 2013 Calendar


To download and print this calendar, click Hudson’s Hope StrongStart MAY 2013


Outreach May 2013(1)


To download and print this calendar, click StrongStart Outreach May 2013

VSS May. 2013

To download and print this calendar, click Virtual StrongStart MAY 2013