Growing Ideas

The children at Strong Start have been busy planting carrots in the sand box.

Some children were focused on how the sand moved through the pots.

Where other children were working together and sharing their understanding of how to grow carrots.

“First we need the seeds and you put them in the dirt, then you need more dirt on top and some water”

“Look we got carrots “ “Lets eat them!”

If your child is interested in planting things at home some fun activities you can try are…

Put a bean into a wet paper towel and put it into a ziplock bag.  Tape it onto a window with sun light and watch.

Put popcorn kernels into some dirt, then water them and place them near the sun light and see if they grow.

Also when you are outside walking with your children search for things growing.

It has been so wonderful seeing you all at Strong Start and playing together 💗. I look forward to seeing you all again soon 😊

Moon Sand & Free Parenting Programs

The children at Strong Start have been greatly enjoying exploring with our current Play Scapes.

To make your own moon sand at home it is very simple.  Add 1 cup of oil – any kind will work (I used baby oil because I love the smell) and put in 8 cups of all purpose flour and mix together.  That’s it! Simple and fun!!!

Also if you are interested in some free online parenting programs please check out The Burnaby Neighborhood House Website for some wonderful programs.

https://bflgrowscommunity.org/confident

Stay safe and look forward to seeing you soon 💗

 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!
I hope you all enjoyed some quality time with your families over the break.  My family and I shared lots of great card games and spent many hours baking yummy treats together.  I am currently working on the new schedule for your Strong Start sessions and will be emailing you all by the end of this week with your next session date.  If for some reason by Friday you haven’t received my email please feel free to email  me at Lisa.Parr@burnabyschools.ca.
Looking forward to seeing you all again soon 💖

Scavenger Hunt #2 & Salt Dough Ornaments

Happy December!

What a beautiful day for another scavenger hunt!
I have created a second scavenger hunt for you.  Go outside and see how many things you can find in your neighborhood.

Something fun you can do at home is make Salt Dough Ornaments.  My favourite ornaments on our Christmas tree are ornaments my daughters made when they were little.  Salt dough is very easy to make – even easier than the playdough we make at Strong Start.  The recipe and instructions are below.  Have Fun exploring and creating together 💕

Salt Dough Ornaments

Ingredients

*4 cups  all purpose flour

*1 cup salt

*1 1/2 cups warm water

* paint, glitter & ribbon for decorating

To make the dough add the flour and salt in a large bowl and then add in the warm water.  Mix it until it forms a ball and kneed it until it’s soft usually takes a few minutes.

 

Then roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about 1/8” thick and cut out shapes with cookie cutters or even a large drinking glass.  Use a straw or tooth puck to poke a hole for the ribbon to go through to hang the ornaments.

Bake for 1 hour on a cookie sheet at 300 F

Once cooled you can decorate them with paint and glitter.

Another fun thing to do is press your child’s hand or foot into the dough to make a print.

 

 

Let’s go on a scavenger hunt!

In the current situation we are all doing our best at staying healthy.  This means things we used to do with our children, like play dates or visiting grandparents, are currently not possible.  But something that is possible is going outside.  With the current weather being not ideal I know most adults would rather stay inside where it’s warm and dry.  But I am sure your children would love to go run and explore outside.  But, what can you do outside, when trying to avoid gatherings and playgrounds ??  How about going on a scavenger hunt??  I will post our first scavenger hunt picture and if you and your children enjoy it we can do more.

If you have a cellular phone you can take pictures of all the items you find.  Then you can show other members of your family who were at school or work and didn’t get to join the scavenger hunt.   This will create conversation and dialogue between the family.  I am sure your child will be proud to talk about all the things they were able to find!  Have Fun 😊

To watch Michael Rosen preform and read his book

We are going on a Bear Hunt

click here

https://youtu.be/0gyI6ykDwds

 

Strong Start Update

 

Hi Strong Start Families,

I have had several emails asking if Strong Start is still open given the current situations.  So I wanted to let everyone know that Strong Start is open.  This means if you and your child are symptom free, you can continue to attend your scheduled session.  There has been a Covid 19 exposure in the Maywood community and I have attached the information below about it.  This email was sent out to all the families that attend Maywood School.  Please be assured that both the School and Strong Start are following very strict guidelines, and all safety protocols are in place.

School Early Notification Letter – Maywood Community School – Nov 10

 

Affordable Child Care Benefit

Does your child attend Preschool or Child Care?  Or are you thinking about enrolling them into one?  If so the following information may be useful to you.  In the last few weeks at Strong Start we have had many conversations about the Affordable Child Care Benefit, so I decided to write a post about it.


If you are interested in finding out additional information or want to apply online please visit the link below.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/caring-for-young-children/child-care-funding/child-care-benefit/qualify

This week at Strong Start

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week we continued to have fun painting and exploring pumpkins.  Can you find Jessie, my dog exploring her pumpkin?

This week the children at Strong Start made their own playdough.  I was amazed when I reviewed these pictures to see the face on Leito’s playdough creation.  Look closely at the first picture, the expression is so life like!

Alice carefully measured out all her ingredients and mixed it all together.  Then her and her mom created a blue whale. 🐳

The children also created and explored with the beautiful colourful leaves.  Some children sorted them and matched the types and colours of the leaves.  And others created their own leaf collages.

It has been so wonderful to be reunited with some of our Strong Start families.  The registration process is unfortunately taking a bit of time.  So if you have submitted your registration forms online and still haven’t heard from me, please understand that as soon as they get processed I will contact you to schedule your visit.  I look forward to seeing you all again soon!

 

Pumpkin Fun at Strong Start

Yesterday I was able to welcome the first group of families back to Strong Start.  It was so wonderful to see how much everyone has grown and to finally be physically together again.  If you have already submitted your online registration and haven’t heard from me, don’t worry- the registration process is a timely one with many registrations coming in.  As soon as I receive confirmation that your registration has been processed I will phone you to schedule your first visit.

We had fun painting pumpkins and exploring the activities at Strong Start

Some ideas to do at home with your pumpkins that may be a little less messy are

Drawing on your pumpkin

Decorating your pumpkin with playdough

Or making a geoboard with thumbtacks and elastic bands

Once you are finished exploring the outside of the pumpkin cut it open and let your child explore what’s  inside.

It was so great to see my first group of families back at Strong Start and I can’t wait to see the rest of you all soon!