StrongStart Closure

StrongStart Closure

Please be advised that the StrongStart Centers at Duncan Cran, Robert Ogilvie, Hudson’s Hope and Upper Pine will be closed on Friday May 1 to allow Lana, Pam, Toby and Sarah to attend the annual ECEBC (Early Childhood Educators of BC) conference in Vancouver.  All centers will reopen as usual on Monday May 4.  Thank you!

Making Butter

Making Butter

So my Preschoolers and I for our Aprils Cooking Day, we made Butter. I had found this idea on the mother of ideas webpage…. you know that one with all the fun and super cool ideas that you can like and pin to a board of your choice to save for a rainy day… If you have ever been on said website you know that some times the ideas that you try do not always equate into a prefect experience. lol

I showed the children what tools we were to use.. A large quart mason jar… five marbles( they are the little things in the butter picture that look like mold. i had yet to pick them out before capturing that moment on film  lol ) and some heavy cream.  We all got the opportunity to shake the jar full of cream and got to hear the marbles rolling around inside to help mix up the cream.  IMG_0353The whole process took about 25 minutes from start to butter. Now if you are thinking of doing this learning event at home with your little people, here are some tips..

-let the children go off and play. There was no way that the children would have stayed interested in shaking for the whole time. I let my class go back to playing in the classroom while i walked around the room shaking the cream..( I have super pumped arm muscles when i was done)

- The longest time was trying to get the cream to turn to whipped cream. I almost stopped and thought i might have done something wrong.

- Three minutes after i had whipped cream… i began to see a ball of butter forming … i shook for another minute or so and voila!  butter.. .

The children thought i was awesome and as each stage happened i took the lid off and called the children over to see our progress.

The best part of course was spreading the butter and eating!!!!IMG_0358 IMG_0359 IMG_0357

 

“I made a cupcake”

“I made a cupcake”

The children were playing with playdough, buttons, shiny stones, cups…then a parent had the idea to add sprinkles!!  We added real sprinkles and cupcake papers and began making cupcakes!  This lead to some children’s question “how do I get them (sprinkles) out?” and “look, they turned white!”  Hmmmm…

Families in Motion – Alwin Holland School

Families in Motion – Alwin Holland School

SD60 Early Learning will be hosting a Families in Motion event in the Alwin Holland School gym, 10615 96 Street, tonight from 6:00 – 7:30pm.  Families in Motion is a free event that welcomes families with children ages 6 and under to have fun and get physically active.  Please consider joining us!

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Parenting Series – Sleep & Anxiety Workshop

Parenting Series – Sleep & Anxiety Workshop

Come and spend time with Julie Miller, MSW – Family Sleep Consultant, this Saturday April 11 from 9:30am- 2:30pm @ CCRR, 10411 100 Ave – use the side door entrance.  Julie believes in supporting families to choose what is the right process for them.  She understands the desperation of sleep deprivation.  This workshop it open to parents and providers who work with families and children in early care and learning environments.  The cost of the workshop is $10.00, which includes lunch. To download and print workshop information, click Sleep & Anxiety Workshop.  Please RSVP by April 8th, 250-785-5701.

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