Tag Archives: Strong Start

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 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!

DCSS MAY 2013

 

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

ROSS May  2013

 

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HH SS May 2013 Calendar

 

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

 

Outreach May 2013(1)

 

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VSS May. 2013

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March Early Learning calendars

March Early Learning calendars

March is coming in like a lamb. I hope the beautiful weather gets lots of families out of the house.  Winter can feel so long here.  But there are many wonderful people at StrongStart and the Rotary Play Centre waiting to cheer you.  The easiest way to get through the winter season with small kids is get outside.  The 2nd best way is to come to our play based, parent participation learning centres.

StrongStart programs don’t run during the school spring break March 18 – April 1.  Rotary Play Centre, though, is only closing from March 25 – April 1.  If you haven’t visited the CDC centre, March 18th – 22nd might be a good week to give it a try.

DCSS MARCH 2013

 

To download and print this schedule, please click Duncan Cran StrongStart March 2013.

 

ROSS March  2013

To download and print this schedule, please click Robert Ogilvie StrongStart March 2013.

 

March 2013 HHSS Calendar

To download and print this schedule, please click Hudson’t Hope StrongStart March 2013.

Outreach March  2013

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March 2013 RPC Calendar

To download and print this schedule, please click Rotary Play Centre March 2013.
March. 2013

To download and print this schedule, please click Virtual StrongStart March 2013

 

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.

DCSS FEBRUARY 2013.revised

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

Robert Ogilvie StrongStart February 2013.revised

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outreach february calendar 2013

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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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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

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VSS Jan. 2013

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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