learning in the spirit of wonder and joy

Month: June 2021

Summer Break!

Dearest StrongStart Families,

Summer break is upon us and I am humbled and honoured to have been a part of your year. We got through it all together! It has been a year of adapting and adjusting to new routines to keep everyone safe. Thank you for joining me both here and in our StrongStart classroom. All our hard work has paid off and things are looking up. I am excited and hopeful for the new school year. Good job everyone!!!

I wish you all a wonderful summer. Take advantage of the every day, rain or shine and enjoy the great outdoors….maybe I’ll see you out there!

Please check the StrongStart webpage for updates for registration and opening dates:




Community Resource:

From our lovely, Early Childhood Community Consultant, Anita Olson,  has more to share with you:

Burnaby Neighbourhood House is hosting a free workshop on June 25th from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM where you can learn all about library services and connect with your community! This workshop will be offered in English and Farsi and requires registration. Email maryamt@burnabynh.ca or call (263)-877-2531 to register or check out the attached poster.

Online Story time every Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-6pm. Join Information Children for stories, songs, easy art activities, felt stories and puppets! Register here or check out the poster for more details.

It Feels Good to Talk about Feelings – Discussing emotions can be hard for both adults and children, but it is important. Paying attention to your child’s feelings from birth is key to helping them develop their own understanding of emotions, as well as the emotions they see in others. As children grow older, mealtimes and bedtimes are a great opportunity to ask them about how they’re feeling and how their day went. Learn more at www.feelingsfirst.ca

Anita Olson (she/her) ECE, BA, MEd

Early Childhood Community Consultant

T 604 525 9144                M 604 723 9548

3rd Floor – 321 Sixth Street, New Westminster BC V3L 3A7


Twinka Linka and Bloop Bloop!

Join me in singing “Twinka Linka” and “Bloop Bloop Went the Little Green Frog.”

Click HERE to sing-a-long with me.



Also, the latest from Anita Olson, our Early Childhood Community Consultant has more resources to share with you:

Outdoor family programs are back at Burnaby Family Life! Check out the attached posterfor all the times, dates and locations. Registration is required and can be done here: https://bflgrowscommunity.org/together-at-the-park

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Children learn and grow through all types of play, in all kinds of ways – from connecting with each other, to connecting with nature. Make time and space for play early and often, so your child can develop the social, emotional, mental and physical skills that are crucial for success later in life. Check out the attached clip! Learn more @feelingsfirst.ca.



Anita Olson (she/her) ECE, BA, MEd

Early Childhood Community Consultant

T 604 525 9144

M 604 723 9548

3rd Floor – 321 Sixth Street, New Westminster BC V3L 3A7




Painting with Balloons

From left to right, the balloons are filled up with different things:

Small pebbles, sand, water and the last one, just air.

They all weigh and feel differently and when stamping into the paints, it’ll give a different impression. Listen to the sound as it hits the paper.  How are they different from one another?

If you double up on the balloons before filling them up, it would make a great sensory “squeeze/stress” balls if you fill it up with sand, rice or even beans.

***Always supervise your children when using balloons as these are a choking hazard. If you’re just playing with simple blown up balloons and they pop. Make sure to pick up all the loose pieces and toss them in the garbage so animals and young children don’t ingest them.