Spring Time Crafts for Children

michelle-clarkeBy Michelle Clarke
Creative Arts Coordinator

Yay – Spring is on its way! But since the weather is still a bit unpredictable, here are some fun Easter & Passover themed crafts that you can do with your kids over the next few weeks if it’s rainy or you’d just rather stay inside 🙂 Continue reading

Learned Helplessness in Early Childhood & How We Can Respond

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By Kristen Varley, RECE, BPHE
Preschool teacher

There is nothing more stressful than a weekday morning. That dreaded routine in which we run full speed around the house, attempting to multitask well beyond our capability to get ourselves, our kids, our pets, our life, ready for the upcoming day. Walk the dog, shower, pack lunches, dry hair (only if there is time, of course), wake the kids, feed the kids, dress the kids, get out the door. We pretend like we know what we are doing, but the reality is you can never predict what is going to happen next and most likely are still struggling to find your keys. Continue reading

Rainy Day Activities (for Preschool Aged Children)

Raining“It’s raining, it’s pouring,
The old man is snoring….”

Yes!  It is raining outside and outdoor play is no longer an option.

There is no need to sit looking out the window, wondering if it will ever stop. There are a number of appropriate activities that you can do Continue reading

The Importance of Physical Activity in the Early Years

kristenby Kristen Varley, RECE
Preschool teacher

As parents, caregivers and educators, we generally make the assumption that children are naturally active and therefore discount emphasis on (regular) physical activity in the early years (0-5 years old). The reality is however, just like us bigger humans, tiny humans also require reliable daily routines that allow for sufficient time to be physically active. Have you ever heard of the “60 Minutes a Day” rule when it comes to exercise? Continue reading