Preschool Health Round-up

Preschool Health Round-up

Calling all 3 & 4 year olds! Bring your parents to the upcoming Preschool Health Roundup, Wednesday, April 16 at Totem Mall. This FREE, kid-friendly drop-in event will run from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. Connect directly with local community experts about your child’s healthy development.  There will be interactive booths for your child to play.  All visiting families will receive many give aways and be eligible for a variety of door prizes.  Plan to spend between 60 – 90 minutes to see all the booths.

Contact Cheryl 250.793.4399 for more information.

3961 To print, click PSHRU April 2014


FSJ Library programs this month

FSJ Library programs this month

The Library has two interesting opportunities for families with preschoolers this month.

The first goes along with the Alice in Wonderland play from Stage North running April 25 – 26 at the North Peace Cultural Centre.  My daughters and I are going to this event and then planning to wear our Mad Hats to the play.  Wouldn’t your little one LOVE that?  Hope to see you there.

Maddest Hat  To print, click Maddest Hat

The other program is for children aged birth to three years.  Mother Goose on the Loose is a similar program to the Parent, Child Mother Goose program, which has been so popular with the Family Place. Getting certified instructors for that program has been difficult so the FSL Library has brought in this similar program to fill the need for early literacy programs.  Registration is required.

Mother Goose on the Loose 2014 To print, click Mother Goose on the Loose 2014

The Family Place – April events

The Family Place – April events

The Family Place sponsors excellent programs each month.  Daddy and Me has two events, Gym Night and a community event.  Nobody’s Perfect Parenting runs several times each year. A new session starts later this month.

Daddy and Me Apr  2014  To print, click Daddy and Me Apr 2014

s Perfect April 2014           To print, click Nobody’s Perfect April 2014                                                                       

April early learning calendars

April early learning calendars

March is a short month in our programs so we are rushing to get information out for April.  There will be more event postings for April, which I will post early in the month.

FSJ SS April 2014 To print, click FSJ SS April 2014

HHSS April 2014To print, click HH SS April 2014

Outreach April 2014 To print, click Outreach SS April 2014  April 2014 RPC Calendar  To print, click April 2014 RPC Calendar

FIM 2014 To print, click FIM 2014

Families in Motion is hosted at Duncan Cran this month.  The StrongStart staff will be there to play with you.

Friday, April 11 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

40th Annual CDC Talent Show

40th Annual CDC Talent Show

If you don’t have plans this Friday, consider dropping in to the North Peace Cultural Centre for the Talent Show.


Click here for more info about the show and about the Child Development Centre.  CDC Talent Show

I can’t believe it’s the 40th annual CDC Talent Show.  I remember dancing in this show as a child and being ridiculously nervous and excited. I remember being there as a spectator, soon after its inception, when it was hosted in the Mackenzie Inn ballroom.

It’s a brilliant event for many reasons.  The show brings us together as a community to enjoy fabulous entertainment.  It offers a venue for performers, young and older to showcase their talents. Lastly, this event raises a lot of money for valuable programs for young children.   I look forward to it every year.

Yet this year, in my current position, it occurred to me that I love this show, for yet another reason.  The entire evening has flexible entry and exit from the performances.  How often can you take children into the North Peace Cultural Centre and then leave when you need to, without judgment or disruption?  The Talent Show is chaotic and fabulous.  You can come and go.  So it’s a perfect opportunity for parents of young children to introduce their children to live entertainment in a safe, fun way.

Hope to see you there!


March Early Learning calendars

March Early Learning calendars

March is a short month for SD60 early learning programs.  Spring Break comes a bit earlier than usual this year.  Schools are closed from March 17 – March 28.  Programs re-open on Monday, March 31st.

FSJ SS March 2014 To print, click FSJ SS March 2014

HH StrongStart March 2014 revisedTo print, click HH SS March 2014


Outreach March 2014To print, click Outreach SS March 2014

The Rotary Play Centre is closed March 21 – March 28 for a shorter Spring Break.

March 2014 RPC Calendar To print, click March 2014 RPC Calendar

Daddy and Me mar  2014To print, click Daddy and Me March 2014

Our Families in Motion events are back on for the spring.  These events are aimed at families with preschool aged children.  The next event will be on March 14th, at Bert Ambrose Elementary gym between 6 – 7:30 pm.  Expect to participate in creative, active play for the whole family.

FIM 2014   To print, click Families in Motion 2014

Active kids

Active kids

I see a lot of blogs on getting active with our kids but this one felt fresh.  It was a good reminder for me during this last push of winter.  I was at the doctor today and was asked how much time I spend out of doors.  May – September we’re out about 3 hours each day.  But now … 5 – 20 minutes.  That was another wake-up call for me.  As we all start to feel blue and contrary headed into March, the answer may lie in more physical activity but equally important, being outside.

On the week-end, we decided to rediscover the sledding hill behind North Peace Secondary.  It’s just steep enough to provide some excitement and provide a challenge climbing back up.  Hope to see you there.


Click here to read 10 tips for getting your kids to be more active.

“It’s not a box!” FSJ Library event

“It’s not a box!” FSJ Library event

This is short notice but sounds like a LOT of fun.

This Is Not a Box!!  February 20, 2014. 5:30pm  

It’s just your family, your imaginations, and a box!”

Register for this great family event sponsored jointly by the ArtSpace and FSJ Public Library. We provide the box and art supplies, and you have one hour to turn it into the best “not a box” that you can! Space is limited. Register through the Library.

Not a Box 2014 To print, click Not a Box 2014

Morgan Peltier Program Coordinator/Children’s Librarian

10015 – 100th Ave | Fort St John, BC V1J 1Y7


Parenting Series: Seeing Children as Researchers

Parenting Series: Seeing Children as Researchers

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.

parent_session-2014-feb-27-01-web To print, click Children as Researchers

To learn more about our presenters, Kim Atkinson and Danielle Davis, click Images of Learning Project