New school, new daycare, new preschool, or just back to class during a pandemic? We all have so much on our minds these days! This is the week to set your family up for a smooth transition!
A few ideas to try this week: plan lunches together, shop for school supplies together, and play at the schoolyard!
This article gives some great tips for easing back-to-school anxiety, including: listening to their concerns and doing a rehearsal of the drop off routine. Here is a great step-by-step guide to lessen the anxiety, one week before, 2-3 days before, and day of.
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
- Dr. Seuss
We posted this free downloadable book and video link on our Facebook page, check it out! It is called 'Returning to School: What will it be like for you?' It is geared to children 2 - 7 years old.
A few more resources:
Here is School District #47's Strongstart's Kindergarten Guide and here is the Ministry of Education's 'When I go to Kindergarten' book.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
- Albert Einstein
How will you get where you need to be in the morning? Have you considered active transportation? Get the blood pumping and prepare you and yours for the day ahead! Have a great week everyone!
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." - John Dewey
Hello! It is never too soon to get children involved in healthy food choices, kitchen safety and clean up! This is a fantastic list divided up for 2-3 year olds and 4-5 year olds.
Do you remember those sugary fruit rolls up of your childhood? Here is a a healthier version with fruit, honey, and lemon juice! Kids still love them!
“…no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” - Julia Child
Does cooking with a child seem stressful? Here are 22 tips to make it more fun! Five reasons you should be cooking with kids, according to the New York Times, including 'it brings cooks of all ages closer!'
"Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It's about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity."
- Guy Fieri
Here are some meals (older) kids can make on their own, or for the younger ones, layout the ingredients for something simple like 'toasts' and let them create!
August is our chance to embrace summer! Here are a few ideas and bits of inspiration, read on!
"Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." —Henry James
Powell River Family Place is hosting Family Place Sprouts, either virtually or booked visits in their garden. Find out more here. And, the latest Powell River Public Library (virtual) Preschool Storytime is themed 'In the Garden', check it out here.
"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." —Audrey Hepburn
Here in Powell River, we have so much local produce, you don't need to look far to get your hands on some! Try taking the kids to one of the local U-Pick Berry Farms: Rusty Gate, Coast Berry, and Blueberry Commons to name a few!
"Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." —Van Morrison
We recently came across this fantastic website: Appetite to Play. It promotes healthy eating and and physical activity in preschool children 0 - 5 years old. Have a look! Enjoy your week and EMBRACE SUMMER!
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