Tag Archives: Strong Start

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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To download and print this poster, click Preschool Health Roundup 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

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

outreach february calendar 2013

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

HH Feb 2013

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

VSS Feb. 2013

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

February 2013 RPC Calendar

To download and print this calendar, click Rotary Play Centre February 2013

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

2012-13 Daddy and Me calendar let

To download and print this calendar, click 2013 Daddy and Me events

January StrongStart calendars

January StrongStart calendars

DCSS JANUARY 2013

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

ROSS January 2013

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

Jan HHSS 2013

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

 

outreach january calendar 2013

To download and print this calendar click here, Outreach StrongStart JANUARY 2013

VSS Jan. 2013

To download and print this calendar click here, Virtual StrongStart JANUARY 2013.

 

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.

 

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

Daddy and Me

Daddy and Me

Tonight was our biggest Daddy and Me gym night.  We had 16 dads and 21 kids out to Robert Ogilvie Elementary. These kids got 60 minutes or more of active play.  I am so pleased to be a part of a community where Dads are valued and physical activity is a priority.  What a great night!

Many thanks to SD 60 and North Peace Community Resources Society for sponsoring this monthly event.  For more information, call Jaimelia @ 250.794.7336.

Active Play

Active Play

I really loved this blog post from Participaction. It is a call to action for ACTIVE PLAY.

Click this photo to read the ACTIVE PLAY blog. 

Click here to link to the main Participaction site 

Daddy and Me is a FREE, drop-in gym time at Robert Ogilve gym from 6: – 7:30 pm the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  It’s an opportunity for active play with Dad!  What could be more fun!

Come join us at 9907 86 Street.

  

Friday is Families in Motion at the CDC 6 – 7:30.  It overlaps with the parade, which is unfortunate.  Being outside and walking is great for families, as well.  But I hope to see lots of you there.

Come join us at 10417 – 106th Ave.

To print this poster, click here Families-in-Motion 2012-2013

November Early Learning Calendars

November Early Learning Calendars

Happy SNOVEMBER!  Welcome winter!  Living here for 37 years has taught me that the best way to survive winter is to keep active and stay involved.  As we transition into winter, I hope you continue to attend these amazing programs.  If you have questions or need help finding programs and activities in your neighbourhood, please call Jaimelia @ 250.794.7336 or email jturner@prn.bc.ca.

  The weather outside is frightful but the people are so delightful.

To print this schedule, click here Robert Ogilvie StrongStart November 2012.

To print this schedule, click here Duncan Cran StrongStart November 2012.

To print this schedule, click here Hudson’s Hope StrongStart November 2012.

To print this notice from The Family Place, click here The Family Place Nov/Dec 2012.

To visit the North Peace Community Resources Society webpage, click here http://www.npcrs.bc.ca/.

To print this schedule of events, click here 2012 Daddy and Me calendar.

To learn more about the Daddy and Me program, click here http://www.npcrs.bc.ca/programs-a-services/12-daddy-and-me.html.

To print this poster, click here Fort St. John Public Library – Fall Programs Poster

To download more information about the Fall programs at the library, click here FSJPL Fall Programs 2012.

To visit the FSJPL website, click here http://fortstjohn.bclibrary.ca/.

 

 

StrongStart Family Gym Night

StrongStart Family Gym Night

As part of Fort St. John Loves Families Week, SD 60 hosted a StrongStart Family Gym Night at Robert Ogilvie.  It was a wonderful evening.  So wonderful, in fact, that many friends did not want to leave.  Myself included.  Have a peak.

These kids got 60 minutes of physical activity today.  Click below to find out why that’s important. Bring Back Play! 

 

 

Fort St. John loves Families Week – Oct. 13th – 20th

Fort St. John loves Families Week – Oct. 13th – 20th

Only 7 sleeps until Family Week starts!  If you don’t measure time between exciting events in sleeps you might be on the wrong website. But Fort St. John loves Families Week has something for all ages from infants to seniors.  Check out the special events all around town, as well as the special deals at restaurants and businesses.  Celebrate with us!

To download and print this booklet, please click here Family Week 2012 booklet