Learning in the spirit of wonder and joy

Month: October 2020

Lets Make Some Slime

Although slime seems to be a very messy activity, it is very fun to play with and washes off fairly easily.  Making and play with slime encourages the development of fine and gross motor skills.  Children will also learn about math, science, creativity, language skills and more.  Let them participate in making the slime by doing the measurements, mix the ingredients, choosing the colour…

Here are the ingredients:

4 oz glue (1/2 cup) – Elmer’s Glue is best

2 oz water (1/4 cup)

1/2 Tbsp baking soda

Food coloring

1 Tbsp contact solution


Mix glue, water, baking soda and food coloring thoroughly.

Mix in contact solutions slowly.  You might want to add a few more drops depending on the texture you want for your slime.  Then knead it to a desire texture.

Before incorporating other learning materials to enhance the activity, try just playing with the slime.  What do you notice, how does it feel, what about the smell, what do you hear …

Try playing the slime with other learning materials; scissors, jars, small containers with holes, buttons, rocks


Store the slime in an air tight container.  If it is too sticky the next day, add a few more drops of contact solution.

Let me know how your slime turned out.  Please email me some picture at Lan.Huang@burnabyschools.ca

Have Fun and always wash your hands after playing with slime.

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Here is another recipe


Tell Me a Story

What is storytelling?  Oral story telling involves telling a story from memory without reading a book or a written script.  The story may vary from each telling depending on the audience.   While we know that reading is very important to children’s development, telling stories to your children has a lot of benefits too.  Studies have shown that storytelling enhance the individual’s social and emotional, cognitive and language skills.  Because there are no pictures, children must use their imaginations to imagine what is happening in the story.  Oral storytelling  also provides opportunities for you to share cultural folktales, exchange narratives between you and your child, create new stories and a bonding environment.   Do you remember any stories from your childhood and how you were feeling when you were listening to those stories?  What kind of connections did you make with the stories and the storyteller?

Here are just some tips on oral storytelling:

  • use eye contact to capture your child’s attention
  • use gestures (body language), intonation, and facial expressions
  • engage your child in the story by asking him/her – what is happening in the story, how do you think the character is feeling
  • ask them to contribute ideas to the story by asking them what do you think is going to happen?

Click here to listen to a story

Try retelling the story.  What other details would you like to add to the story?






StrongStart Re-Opening Information


Burnaby StrongStart Centres will offer a blended model that will include 3 days a week of in-person programming at StrongStart centres, 1 day a week of outdoor exploration at local parks or on school grounds, and 1 day a week of virtual outreach to stay connected to families who aren’t quite ready to visit us in person. Schedules will vary at StrongStart locations and not all centres will be open for in-person programming.

In-person visits will be limited to four families per day (1 parent/guardian per 3 children maximum) in order to maintain safe physical distancing. Outdoor explorations will be limited to ten families per day (1 parent/guardian per 3 children maximum) to maintain safe physical distancing. All in-person programs will run from 9:30am to 11:00am to accommodate cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

There is no drop-in StrongStart. All families (new and returning) must register online for the 2020-21 year. The total number of registered families will determine the number of times per month families can attend an in-person StrongStart program. Burnaby StrongStart programs are available to Burnaby residents only. Families can attend at one location only.

Registration for StrongStart is now open!

How do I register?

  • All new and returning families must register online for the 2020-2021 year.
  • Please register for the StrongStart Centre closest to you home.
  • Click this link https://registration.sd41.bc.ca/Forms/strongstartregistration, fill out the registration form and submit.
  • Once your registration form is processed, a StrongStart Educator will contact you to schedule your visits (all visits need to be scheduled this year). Please allow time for your registration to be processed.

What do I do when I arrive at the school?

  • Please arrive on time.
  • There will be clear StrongStart signage at the school when you arrive. Follow the signage to the designated outdoor entrance and wait on one of the markers for the StrongStart Educator to welcome you (please do not enter the school building on your own).
  • A Daily Health Check will be done by the educator before you come in to the school or classroom.
  • You and your child(ren) will be required to sanitize your hands prior to entering the school or StrongStart classroom.
  • All adults are required to wear a mask.
  • The StrongStart Educator will sign you in once you arrive.

What will StrongStart look like?

  • In each in-person classroom session there will be a maximum of four families (1 parent/guardian per 3 children maximum).
  • In each outdoor session there will be a maximum of ten families (1 parent/guardian per 3 children maximum).
  • We cannot accommodate childcare providers at this time.
  • All adults must physically distance from each other and children not their own.
  • Children will be encouraged to minimize physical contact with each other, unless part of the same family unit.
  • It is not necessary to attempt to eliminate close contact between children, recognizing the importance of children’s emotional, physical, and developmental needs.
  • Activities that encourage individual play and more space between children, staff, and parents will be organized.
  • StrongStart classrooms will have equipment and materials set up for you and your child(ren) to explore together.
  • Songs, stories, music, and movement will be organized to support physical distancing between adults.
  • Access to washroom facilities is limited but not prohibited. Please use your home facilities before coming to the StrongStart centre.
  • There will be no scheduled library or gym time.
  • Individually packaged snacks will be distributed at the end of each centre visit.

What about illness?

  • Children, adults, and staff should stay at home when they are sick and monitor symptoms for 24 hours or when new symptoms of illness develop, such as:

– Fever
– Chills
– Cough
– Difficulty breathing (in small children this can look like breathing fast or working hard to breathe)
– Loss of sense of smell or taste
– Nausea or vomiting
– Diarrhea

  • If symptoms include fever or difficulty breathing or if symptoms last for more than 24 hours or get worse, seek a health assessment by calling 8-1-1 or a primary care provider and follow their advice.
  • Children or adults who become sick while in the StrongStart setting will be asked go home as soon as possible.
  • Children and staff should:

– Cough or sneeze into their elbow sleeve or a tissue.
– Throw away used tissues and immediately perform hand hygiene (“cover your coughs”).
– Not touch their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands (“hands below your shoulders”).

  • Access the StrongStart Program Daily Health Check here

StrongStart BC Programs follow the Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Access the information at http://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/COVID_public_guidance/Guidance_Child_Care.pdf

StrongStart Locations will open as early as October 26, 2020.

StrongStart In-Person Classroom and Outdoor Exploration Session locations:

  • Cascade Heights Elementary
  • Edmonds Community School
  • Forest Grove Elementary
  • Lochdale Community School
  • Maywood Community School
  • Stoney Creek Community School
  • Twelfth Avenue Elementary

StrongStart Outdoor Exploration Session locations:

  • Chaffey-Burke Elementary
  • Kitchener Elementary
  • Morley Elementary
  • Second Street Community School
  • Stride Avenue Community School

Please register for the StrongStart Centre closest to your home. Families who register for locations that do not have in-person classroom sessions will be accommodated at another centre. All StrongStart Educators will continue virtual outreach to families.


What are you Thankful for?

This year has been full of challenges and uncertainties for many of us and there are still challenges ahead.  I will not be celebrating Thanksgiving like previous years.  I will be celebrating it with my own household members, and virtually or social distancing with friends and other family member.

Thanksgiving is about family and being grateful.  I am thankful for my family, friends, StrongStart and for my children doing the dishes… just to name a few.  What are you thankful /grateful for…your child had a good night sleep, dressed themselves, had a good day, give you a big hug?  Ask your children what they are thankful for or what makes them happy.

Focusing on gratitude and the simplest things in our everyday life help reduce our anxiety level.  Despite all the challenges that 2020 has brought, it also brought us a sense of appreciation for things that we may have taken for granted pre-pandemic.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Baby Teeth Are Important

Baby teeth are important for eating, talking, smiling and holding a space for adult teeth.  The Fraser Health Dental Program is providing free dental clinic services to families with children under 3 years old.  If your child is 3 years and older and needing help with resources or help with dental issues, you can reach them at their direct dental line at 604-918-7606.