Tip of the month for April – Independence. Tips can be heard on both SunFM, 98.5, and Moose FM, 100.1, daily. To download and print, click Early Learning Tip April Independence or click on the image below to enlarge:
Tip of the month for February – Reading with your child! Tips can be heard on both SunFM, 98.5, and Moose FM, 100.1, daily. To download and print, click 6 Early Learning Tip Feb Playing Games or click on the image below to enlarge:
Tip of the month for January – Reading with your child! Tips can be heard on both SunFM, 98.5, and Moose FM, 100.1, daily. To download and print, click 5 Early Learning Tip Jan Reading or click on the image below to enlarge:
Tip of the month for December – Tummy Time! Holding your child and giving tummy time will help build strong core muscles and develop your child’s brain. Holding their head up and moving their bodies are essential activities for development. Tips can be heard on both SunFM, 98.5, and Moose FM, 100.1, daily. To download and print, click 4-early-learning-tip-dec-tummy-time or click on the image below to enlarge:
Having StrongStart and Preschool as part of an elementary school, fire drills occur several times throughout the year. The experience can be a confusing and frightening to any child-the fire alarm is loud, it is sudden and often unexpected, and can bring up many anxieties for children. Even with warning many reactions are that of tears and fear!
It is required that I do fire drill practice monthly with the preschool class. This usually is me calling out “Fire alarm, fire alarm, fire alarm”. The children stop what they are doing line up and we proceed out of the school if the weather permits or to the boot room and discuss what we would do in the event of a real fire. We also have many discussions at circle time with picture cards about the steps of a fire drill and why we practice them. Even without the bell and lots of discussion, many children continue to react with tears or comments that they don’t want the loud bell, what will happen to their shoes/boots and backpacks left behind and that it is scary!
Children handle anticipation and experiences best if they first know what to expect and first hear about it and practice with their parents/families.
So I wonder…
*Do you have a fire safety plan?
*Do you practice at home?
*Has your child ever heard your smoke detector at home???
The Fort St. John Early years Centre, in partnership with the Family Friendly Coalition, wants to learn about the experiences of families raising children in our community. The information collected will be used to improve access and information to services, or potentially create new services where they may be missing.
If you would like to provide feedback you can access the survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FSJEarlyYears2017
There is also be a link on www.fsj.familyfriendlycommunity.org and FSJ’s Family Friendly Early Years Facebook Page.
Tip of the month for November – Words. Tips can also be heard on either SunFM – 98.5 and MooseFM -100.1 daily. To download and print, click 3 Early Learning Tip Nov Words or click on the image below to enlarge:
On the Duncan Cran StrongStart calendar states the Pajama Party is Thursday, October 12 and the FSJ Loves Families pamphlet states Wednesday, October 11…YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME IN YOUR PAJAMAS BOTH DAYS!!!!!
Tummy time is an important part of your baby’s early motor development. It builds strength in the head, neck and upper body that your child will need as they learn to lift their head, crawl, pull to stand and more. It is an early “building block” in your baby’s motor skills. If your baby has a hard time on their tummy, here are some strategies you can try at home to make this activity more enjoyable for you and your child: