Category Archives: Programming Ideas

Annavale Headstart Working During a Pandemic

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.

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Create durable reusable easy to clean sensory bags for all ages using FREE wine bags!

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!

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Beyond the Book Story Kits

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.

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Programming Idea: Textile Art

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.

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The Canadian Kids’ Guide to Outdoor Fun

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.

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