When the COVID-19 pandemic closed childcare and schools back in March, we could not have understood the scope of what the following months would bring. The decision to reopen the economy, thrust RECE’s and childcare staff onto the frontlines, and childcare centers needed to make hard decisions about reopening their programs. Childcare professionals needed to return to work safely, and still provide nurturing, joyful, healthy and high quality environments to welcome children during a time that was confusing and wrought with fear and uncertainty. Annavale Headstart was no exception, and the reopening process was undertaken with caution, care and teamwork. One thing was certain, the team approached the decision to reopen with pride, determination and with a solution focused mindset, so that our families and children would be supported.Continue reading
Follow 3 simple steps.
Step # 1 – Call ahead to any wine making supply store and ask them to set aside some used wine bags with their lids. They come in two sizes, small and large.
Step # 2 – Clean the wine bags using soap and water then hang the bags upside down with the lid off for a few days or until dry.
Step # 3 – Fill them with desired materials and offer them to the children to explore!
During Covid, programs may wish to include more sensory toys that can be cleaned as opposed to sensory bins and messy play. Toys with sensory elements can support children with self-regulation. Think of appealing to all the senses not just touch… sound, sight and smell may also be considered.Continue reading
To limit the waste from single use sensory experiences, incorporate sensory play with objects found in nature without cost, such as leaves and pinecones. You can also consider recycled materials such as shredded paper as sensory bin filler.Continue reading
CISS interviews an educator at Mothercraft Elmdale regarding school age programming using books.
Beyond the Book Story Kits are a great way to make stories come to life. The story kits are geared towards the toddler and preschool age groups. Each story kit comes in a soft bag which is labeled with the name of the book and the specific contents. Each kit contains a book, a tip sheet and concrete objects that relate to the specific story. Each tip sheet describes implementation strategies, considerations when using the story bags, benefits of including props or concrete objects during story time and tips on how to expand the story experience beyond story time to create more opportunities for learning.Continue reading
Last December, when the children were making felt ornaments, I observed that some children were interested in sewing with the felt. In order to get an idea for an activity they could do, I brainstormed using a web of possibilities.
After brainstorming I decided to introduce a loom to the children and taught them how to weave. Unfortunately, only a few children were able to weave because there was only one loom in my centre which was not enough for everyone to participate.
If a person can be in love with a book, then I’m in love with The Canadian Kids’ Guide to Outdoor Fun. It reminds me of my childhood, of summers spent building forts, creating a kids’ only clubhouse, lots of nature hikes, inviting neighbours over to watch a play, doing science experiments, playing games and outdoor cooking. The book also has many modern twists on “how to”. For example, how to preserve a spiderweb, how to stay safe in the woods, how to whistle on a blade of grass and how to make a watermelon pizza.Continue reading
Natasha Durant from Chapman Mills ELC shares school age programming ideas.