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The Ripple Effect of Resiliency

The Ripple Effect of Resiliency

Dr. Martin Brokenleg’s work on belonging, Dr. Richard Neufeld’s on attachment, Dr. Stuart Shanker’s on self-regulation and Mary Gordon’s Roots of Empathy program all resonate with me when working with children or raising my own kids.  Belonging, attachment, self-regulation and empathy are all pillars of success in children’s lives; they build resiliency.

Monique Gray Smith is presenting on these topics, specifically with respect to Aboriginal children, on May 9th in Dawson Creek.   This is a high caliber opportunity at a very low cost.

The Ripple Effect of Resiliency

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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.”

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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.

Parent Conference 2013

Parent Conference 2013

This is a repost from January 23rd.  Please take a look!

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The 6th parent conference is Saturday, March 9th at North Peace Secondary School.  There are a few interesting twists this year.

  • Attend alone or with your children.  You can bring your kids 3+ years and older.  Either register them for child minding (3 – 5 years), enter them in the Fun Fair (6 – 12 years) or attend sessions together (various ages 10+).
  • Attend 1, 2 or all 3 sessions.  No obligation to stay all day.
  • Traditional keynote has been replaced by energizing activities in the gym to stimulate your thinking and “grow” your brain.

And as usual, it’s all FREE!  There are many door prizes and give aways for participants.  Many thanks to our sponsors Success by 6, Children First, Child Care Resource and Referral and School District 60.

There are sessions for many interests including:

  • bullying
  • online safety
  • numeracy
  • art journalling
  • oral language development
  • play based learning
  • quad and outdoor recreational safety
  • physical literacy
  • understanding challenging behaviours
  • AND MANY MORE

Download the registration package for more information then register online.  If you prefer, you can fill out a paper copy and fax it to Pat Lang, 250.785.6123 or drop it off at any SD60 school.

Click here to download the 2013 Parent Conference Registration Package

Click here to register online 2013 Parent Conference Online Registration

 

Pre-School Health Round-up

Pre-School Health Round-up

Health screening for pre-schoolers is tomorrow.

The Pre-school Health Round-up is a FUN event.  We try to make it engaging for kids and parents alike.  There will be lots of interesting activities for kids and valuable information for parents.  I always enjoy being a part of this event because it is so supportive of families.

The Totem Mall is a new partner this spring. We are hoping the venue will add an element of excitement while making it easier for families to participate.  The convenient parking is the best part.  Please plan to spend about an hour with your little ones.

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The Family Place

The Family Place

The Family Place at North Peace Community Resources (NPCRS) has programs to support your family through the winter.  The best thing about the the Family Place is the continuity of their programming.  Every event of this poster starts a new cycle in April.  So if you missed the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting or are interested in Daddy and Me, keep watching this website for the next posting.

If you have questions about any of the Family Place programming, please contact Pam Lillico, the Program Coordinator.

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Call 250 785-6021 ext.232 or email FamilyPlace@npcrs.bc.ca

2013 Jan- Mar Poster

To download and print this poster, click Family Place Jan – Mar 2013

February Early Learning calendars

February Early Learning calendars

February can be a challenging month for young families in our community.  I start to feel the weight of winter sitting on my shoulders during this month.  We have Family Day to look forward to this year, but there are active events to get out of the house almost every day of the week.  Getting out is trickier with small children but the reward of finding fun, socializing and engaging in learning activities pays off.   It’s healthy for kids and valuable to parents, too.

  • Visit StrongStart or the Rotary Play Centre.  It’s free and drop-in and can dramatically increase your child’s confidence in group learning environments.
  • Try Families in Motion to learn more about physical literacy, not just to be fit but also to be happy.  Moving bodies are happy bodies.
  • If you’re a dad, uncle, grandpa or family friend, consider trying Daddy and Me events.  If you’re a mom, encourage a male caregiver to give it a try.  It’s free and focused on play.  Play builds relationships and relationships are the pathway to all learning.

PLEASE NOTE THE STRONGSTART CLOSURE ON FEBRUARY 27TH FOR THE PRE-SCHOOL HEALTH ROUND-UP.

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

Robert Ogilvie StrongStart February 2013.revised

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HH Feb 2013

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VSS Feb. 2013

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February 2013 RPC Calendar

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2012-13 Daddy and Me calendar let

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Family Literacy Day Activities

Family Literacy Day Activities

 

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To download and print these posters, click here Family Literacy Day 1   Family Literacy Day 2

Family Literacy Day – 15 Minutes of FUN

Family Literacy Day is January 27, 2013.  The theme this year is 15 Minutes of FUN!  There are some cool events building up to that day for families to enjoy time together.

It only takes 15-minutes a day of having fun to build literacy skills.  The North Peace Literacy Alliance, along with our sponsors, have created 4 events to help families enjoy activities together and enter to win some fabulous prizes!

Event #1 – Take a picture of your family ‘playing’ together with the Family Activity Booklet at one of the participating restaurants and email your picture by January 25 to locfsj@gmail.com to enter for your chance to win $300 worth of restaurant gift certificates.

Event #2 – Take a picture of your family enjoying a family activity such as playing board games or cards, reading a story, sledding, swimming, skating etc… Email your picture by January 25 to locfsj@gmail.com to enter for your chance to win a prize pack worth approx. $250

Event #3 – Write a Family joke, story, poem or comic strip and email it to locfsj@gmail.com by January 25 for your chance to win 4 tickets to the CMT Hit List Tour guest starring Aaron Pritchett at the Encana Events Centre.

Event #4 – Register with the Fort St. John Public Library to their 2nd annual Family Literacy Day Camp-In for your chance to win 4 tickets to the Evolution of Extreme FMX tour at the Encana Events Centre.  Call Morgan at 250-785- 3731 for more information

The Family Activity Booklets will be available in each of the restaurants on Tuesday January 15.  Thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Decoda Literacy Solutions, Fort St. John Literacy Society, Fort St. John Public Library, Encana Events Centre, Mr’s Mike’s Steakhouse and Bar, Tony Roma’s Restaurant and JD Fitzgeralds Pub and Eatery

10 Things Every Parent Should Know about Play

10 Things Every Parent Should Know about Play

As play becomes the hot button topic in our early learning conversations, I still find myself struggling to explain how play fits into a school day.  Old thought patterns about play persist: it’s a filler activity or we’ll play when the work is done.  The toughest one is the connection between play and learning.  This article from the National Association for the Education of Young Children gets the conversation started about how play is not as simple as we might have thought.

10 Things Every Parent Should Know about Play

If you are looking for a new place to play, visit one of the local StrongStart centres. A ECE is always on site to answer questions and provide interesting play opportunities.  By playing in the school, next to the Kindergarten class, you are sending your child a powerful message that school is fun and playing is the way to learn.

If you have any questions about play in your child’s life, please contact us.

This TED talk by Stuart Brown walks us through play from another perspective.

 

Give the gift of physical literacy

Give the gift of physical literacy

I don’t know if you’re like me, but as soon as the holiday rolls around and our routines stop, we usually huddle up at home.  We often don’t use the time to get active all together.  And then afterward, we all lament the missed opportunity.  And this happens year after year.  But this holiday, I have a plan.

Click below for an excellent blog post about toys that give the gift of physical activity.

10 toys that give the gift of physical literacy

And here’s a cute take on the classic Christmas carol the 12 Days of Christmas.  It’s now my holiday TO-DO list on my fridge.

12 days of active holiday fun

 

 

December StrongStart calendars

December StrongStart calendars

If you’re feeling shocked that December is already here, you’re not alone!  But as the excitement of the holiday grows, we hope you will include us in your weekly plans.  StrongStart can be a great venue to use up the extra energy that seems to bubble over this time of year.  Check out Robert Ogilvie’s extra gym time.

To download and print this calendar, click here Ducan Cran StrongStart December 2012

To download and print this calendar, click here Robert Ogilvie StrongStart December 2012

To download and print this calendar, click here StrongStart Outreach December 2012

NOTE: Charlie Lake StrongStart is closed on Monday, December 17th.  The last program day is Monday, December 10th 1 – 3:30.

To download and print this calendar, click here Hudson’s Hope StrongStart December 2012

To download and print this calendar, click here Virtual StrongStart December 2012