learning in the spirit of wonder and joy

Author: Ms. Elizabeth (Page 1 of 8)

In-person at StrongStart & Community Supports

Good news! We are returning to in-person StrongStart sessions for all those who are registered. Thank you for joining me here and in our zoom circle times during our virtual period. I will try to pop back in here from time to time. If you’re subscribed, you will get an email notification when there is a new posting. All past posts-videos and activities will still be available for you to revisit at anytime.

 

Also….from our Early Childhood Community Consultant, Anita Olson:

  • Are you interested in learning more about what it means to be a hands-on, play based, child-centered program? Join Lisa Murphy in collaboration with the CCRR for an interactive workshop on March 12, 2022 from 9:30-11 am via zoom. There is a small fee to attend this workshop ($5). If you would like to register, check out the attached poster, call 604-931-3400 or 604-294-1109, or register online at www.myymca.ca
  • Social and emotional health is so important in the early years and there is so much to know! Feelings First has begun to create podcasts filled with great information about this critical domain. Check out the ‘Where You are Podcast – New Episode for Parents and Caregivers on the Benefits for Life: Social and Emotional Development in the Early Years, just click here and enjoy!
  • Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society is offering an online Mother and Child Emotional Power program. Starting February 28th families can learn about developmental stages, community resources, emotional well-being, healthy expressions of emotions and more! If you would like more information or to register, check out the attached poster or email/call Liliane, Mae, Ramzia or Sophie at cwwa@vlmfss.ca / 604-436-1025

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

www.fsgv.ca

 

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5 Elephants in the Bathtub & Love Grows

Sing-a-long Wednesday!

Join me in singing Love Grows and 5 Elephants

Click HERE to sing-a-long with me.

Love Grows:

Love grows one by one

Two by two, four by four.

Love grows round like a circle

and comes back  knocking

at my front door.

 

5 Elephants in the Bathtub:

One elephant in the bathtub

going for a swim.

Knock, knock, splash, splash,

come on in!

Two elephants in the bathtub

going for a swim.

Knock, knock, splash, splash,

come on in!

(repeat for Three & Four elephants)

Five elephants in the bathtub

going for a swim.

Knock, knock, splash, splash,

they ALL fell in!

Create a City with Toilet Paper Rolls

Fun with Toilet Paper Rolls    

You can make all sorts of things using toilet paper rolls. Here is one project you can try with your children. Thanks to Ms. Minhas’s kindergarten students for drawing these wonderful pictures for this project!

 

 

Gather some supplies: Paper, felts, crayons, glue or tape and scissors. You can also use photographs of the people in your family.

 

Use these for role playing, making up stories and retelling past events. This is a simple activity to encourage story telling and fostering your child’s imagination. Have fun with it!

 

 

What’s Happening in our Community?

  • Thanks again to  Anita, our Early Childhood Community Consultant for gathering all these wonderful resources:        
  • Cameray Child and Family Services is offering some amazing programming next month – some online and some in-person! Check out the attached February calendar or click here to see it on their website. If you would like to register for a group, you can email pspgroupsignup@cameray.ca or call 604-436-9449 with your full name, and the date/times of the specific group you’d like to attend.
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  • Mark your calendars! FamilySmart is hosting two really interesting and free talks in February;
    • ADHD – The Real Deal – FEB 16Speaker: Dr. Don DuncanDr. Duncan will dispel the many myths surrounding ADHD by presenting up to date scientific facts about cause, prevalence, diagnosis and treatment. He will explain how and why the ADHD brain works the way it does.                                                                                    
    • What to Say to Kids (and Teens) When Nothing Seems to Work – FEB 23Speaker: Dr. Ashley MillerDr. Ashley Miller will share quick and effective strategies to help your child and you weather difficult moments in a way that strengthens resilience and relationships.
    • If you are interested in attending, check out the attached poster, or register here.
  • SUCCESS is hosting Cantonese and Mandarin Mother Goose on Wednesday mornings until March 9th. If you are interested in joining call Teresa at 604-318-2731 or email her at teresa.hsieh@success.bc.ca                                                                                                                

    Healthy touch is an essential part of healthy child development. From birth, physical contact between caregiver and child promotes brain development, creates attachment, and helps children feel more secure and connected to you. Learn more @ www.feelingsfirst.ca

  • If you are interested in a free one-on-one consultation about your child’s development, behaviour, parenting tips, tricks and education please email or call Anita, to set up either a virtual appointment or a socially distanced visit in the community – aolson@fsgv.ca 604-723-9548 

 

 

 

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

We’re Tapping on our Sticks

The next time you’re on a walk, look out for some sticks that you can use to sing this song with me. You can also use what you have at home. What can be used instead of sticks? Invite your child to go on a hunt for something similar in your home.

Click HERE to join me in this sing-a-long.

Baking Soda & Vinegar

Here’s a simple science experiment using baking soda and vinegar. Use that old box in your refrigerator instead of throwing it out.

Pour out 1/4 cup of vinegar into little containers. Add a few drops of food colouring to the vinegar. I saved medicine droppers from used-up children’s medicine. Make sure to give them a good wash before using. If you don’t have droppers, you can use a small spoon to scoop out the coloured vinegar.

Pour out the baking soda into a tray.  Before exploring with vinegar and baking soda, let your child feel the baking soda between their fingers, what does it feel like, smell the vinegar, does it smell good?

What does the vinegar taste like?

“What do you think will happen when we add the vinegar to the baking soda?”

“Do you see any new colours as they mix together?”

“Why are there bubbles? What’s happening to the bubbles?”

Switch it up…”What will happen if we add the baking soda to the jars of vinegar? ”

“Can you pop the bubbles? What does the bakingsoda/vinegar mixture feel like now?”

Capture what your child says, sees and does. We learn so much by observing and listening to them as they explore.

 

Make Playdough with ME!

Let’s make playdough together. Gather your ingredients and supplies :

1 medium sized mixing bowl

measuring cups & spoons

1 spoon for stirring

 

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1 tablespoon cream of tarter (found in the spice aisle)

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

food colouring

1 cup boiling water

 

Once you have everything gathered:

Click HERE to follow along with me in making playdough together!

Let me know if you try making this and how it turned out. Have fun!

Community Supports

Anita Olson, our Early Childhood Community Consultant has put together more resources for you:

  • Bridges Preschool Program sessions are starting this month! This program is for families with children ages 3-4, who haven’t been to preschool, are new to the country or community and would like to learn more about resources and play. These sessions offer parents to connect with other parents and children to participate in fun activities with peers. If you are interested in joining, call Alba 263-889-5212 or check out the attached poster for more information.
  • The Family Support Institute of BC is hosting a virtual workshop for parents who have children 4-12 years old, who have experienced stress, worry, anxiety or trauma. This session offers trauma-informed approach to use creative journaling to help heal, build resilience, increase joy and connections for families. Join on January 25th at 10AM for this free session – for more details and to register, click here.
  • Establishing daytime and evening routines can help a child get a good night’s sleep. If they’re sleeping well, chances are you’ll sleep better too! Here are some tips on how to help a child get a full night of sleep (Source: Healthy Families BC). Learn more @ www.feelingsfirst.ca. You can help young children get a full night’s sleep by

    • Keep regular sleep and wake times – a regular sleep schedule has been shown to help regulate emotions.

    • Relax before bed – soothing bedtime routines can help children relax and feel ready for sleep.

    • Help you child feel safe at night – some children may feel better with a night-light or a comforting object.

    • Spend time outside during the day – natural light helps produce melatonin at the right times in a child’s sleep cycle.

    • Get daily exercise though play – explore play as a physical activity to help children sleep longer and better.

  • If you are interested in a free one-on-one consultation about your child’s development, behavior, parenting tips, tricks and education please email or call  Anita, to set up either a virtual appointment or a socially distanced visit in the community. aolson@fsgv.ca 604-723-9548

 

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

Welcome back to the blog!

Thank you for joining me here once again until we can see each other in person at StrongStart. You can revisit the blog and view past posts for activity ideas and sing-a-long videos too. If you subscribe, you will get notified of new posts via email.

Join me in singing this silly song about animals getting on a school bus with all the children.

 

Click HERE to sing-a-long with me.

The Hippopotamus:

The hip, the hip, the hippopotamus.

Got up, got up, got up upon the bus.

And all the children…on the bus said,

“Oh no, you’re squishing us!”

 

The cow, the cow, the cow got on the bus.

The cow, the cow, the cow got on the bus.

And all the children…on the bus said,

“Moooooooove over, moooooooove over!”

 

The sheep, the sheep, the sheep got on the bus.

The sheep, the sheep, the sheep got on the bus.

And all the children…on the bus said,

“Baaaaaack up, baaaaaack up!”

 

The snake, the snake, the snake got on the bus.

The snake, the snake, the snake got on the bus.

And all the children…on the bus said,

“Sssssssssssit down, sssssssssssit down!”

 

See you next time:)

Ms. Elizabeth

Welcome Back Everyone!

Welcome back everyone! Autumn is here and StrongStart is now open. Here’s a peek into what our classroom looks like right now. Safety protocols for StrongStart are still in place. You can find the on-line registration and more information on the protocols with this link:  https://burnabyschools.ca/strongstart/

If you have any questions about registering for in-class sessions, please email me at Elizabeth.jung-liu@burnabyschools.ca

A reminder that you can still access the Wednesday Sing-a-long videos and all the other activities previously posted.  To the right of the page, you’ll find them under “Categories.”  In future, the blog will be used for StrongStart updates and messages from our Community Supports.

I hope to see you back at StrongStart!

 

Community Supports:

Our lovely Early Childhood Community Consultant, Anita Olson, has the following to share:

Hard to believe that we are at the beginning of October already! Please check out the attached information from the Early Childhood Development Table – you will find free family programing and links to registrations for this fall in Burnaby. There is a lot to choose from, make sure to take a peek!

Meet me in the Park! Free one-on-one consultations at your favorite Burnaby Park with me, Anita. Ask your questions, concerns and curiosity about your 0-5 year old child’s development, behaviour, child – caregiver relationship, effective strategies, and parenting information. Call/text or email Anita 604-723-9548 or email aolson@fsgv.ca to set up an appointment. Virtual appointments are also available!

Children learn from their parents, caregivers, community and elders. They will copy and follow adults’ actions, including how to interact with others. Caregivers and parents are very influential as they help kids understand this complicated, flawed and often unfair world. Your words and actions matter. Here are some ideas on how to talk about race, racism and anti-racism with preschoolers. Learn more @ www.feelingsfirst.ca.

What you can do to discuss racial equality with young children:

·         Don’t be afraid to talk about differences. “Did you know that people are born with different skin colours?”

·         Share how biases make you feel and why. “It makes me sad that rules allow certain groups of people to be treated differently.”

·         Frame things as fair and unfair. “This book included white inventors. That’s unfair because _______ invented things too.”

·         Distinguish between different and weird. “Just because something is different, doesn’t mean it’s weird. Differences should be celebrated!”

·         Respect and encourage your child’s curiosity. “That is a good question…I don’t know the answer, but let’s learn together.”

 

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

www.fsgv.ca

 

 

 

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