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:
The Family Friendly Coalition, Children First and Success by 6 are proud to present the Early Years Health Round Up on March 7th from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Head to the Totem Mall for a free child friendly event for children ages 0-5. Connect directly with local community experts and have a chance to learn about your child’s development progress as you visit interactive booths. For more information you can visit the family friendly website at familyfriendlycommunity.org.
Tip of the month for March – Go Outside & Play! Tips can be heard on both SunFM, 98.5, and Moose FM, 100.1, daily. To download and print, click 7 Early Learning Tip Mar Go Outside 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:
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We have been talking the last few classes about animals in the winter. The children have been introduced to the words and meanings “hibernate” (most familiar with this one), “migrate” and “adapt”. We have also been categorizing a variety of animals under each heading. This lead us to talking about the animals that live where […]
In the fall, we read a listening story called “The Story of the Apple Star” and then cut open an apple and found the star! It has been months later, yet W.S. pulled an apple out of his lunch and said to his friends, “my apple has a star in it!” N.S. asked if my apple had a star too? I told her it was a pear and I didn’t know if pears had stars inside like apples! The children suggested that I get a knife and find the star in W.S. apple and see if pears had stars…sure enough we found stars in both!!! I asked why and they said just like in the story, the fairy gave stars to the pear tree for growing so good!
It was very exciting to see that learning from months ago has not been lost, they remembered details from the story and that the children are making connections…like stars in an apple as well as a pear!
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???
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We had a great Halloween party at Duncan Cran Preschool…played many games, danced with scarves, Halloween parade through the school and lots of great snacks! Thank you to all the families who came to celebrate with us and for sharing all the treats!!!