Join us for our annual Haunted House! This year we’re back, bigger and better than ever before! We have partnered with Kids Can Academy and proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to this amazing charitable organization! If you’re not into being scared, we’ve got crafts, games and treats for you! Or take a family photo in our pumpkin patch! Ticket includes (valid for a family of 4): haunted house tour, treats, games and crafts – additional tickets are $8 each. Buy your tickets online at Eventbrite!
Our haunted house is an annual event where we raise money for charity! We guarantee a good scare for everyone and for those not into the scare we have crafts and treats, plus you can take a photo in our Pumpkin Patch. Save the date for our Haunted House this year – October 27th! Visit Eventbrite to buy your tickets today!
Back-to-School Jitters – Tips for Parents from Caron Irwin from Roo Parenting
The long days of summer are coming to an end and back-to-school reality is upon us. This time of year is full of excitement in anticipation of seeing old and new school friends and picking out the best back-to-school gear but it can also be full of nerves and jitters as the first day approaches.
How Do You Prepare Your Kids?
It is important to prepare your children for the upcoming school year. Children who are prepared and know what to expect feel in control and when they feel in control they are better able to manage change successfully. Start to prepare about a week before the first day of school. Starting too early can cause kids to fret for too long creating more anxiety, and starting too late can make children feel rushed and overwhelmed.
Take your child to visit the school. Take your child to their school – if possible have them visit their classroom, walk the halls, check out the lunch room and spend time in the school yard. Children learn through their senses so being in the space, seeing the sights and hearing the sounds can often help them learn and understand what to expect. It is also beneficial to rehearse the commute to school. On the walk or during the car ride talk with your child about the number of stop signs that you pass or the streets that you cross. This familiarity can help your child feel more connected and prepared.
Go over the basics. Talk to your child about where they will hang their backpack, where the bathroom is, what lunch time will be like. Knowing the answers to these questions can help your child feel prepared and can also ease their anxieties because seeing your discussions playing out at school will be comforting.
Learn some names. Go over your child’s teacher’s name and some names of the children who will be in their class. This familiarity can help your child feel confident. It also means that you can give them a task for when they start school (e.g “Try to find Max at lunch time; he would be fun to sit with”).
Involve your child in getting ready for back-to-school. Including your child in some aspect of getting ready for back-to-school can help parents have a natural conversation with them about going to school and it can also be a positive activity that helps get them excited.
Establish and practice a back-to-school routine. Switching from the laissez-faire days of summer to a structured school schedule can be stressful to everyone. Avoid first-day-of-school chaos by practicing your routine the week before the first day. Create a routine and communicate it to your child in an age appropriate way.
Caron Irwin is the founder of Roo Parenting – a consulting service that provides support to parents as they navigate the ups and downs of raising their children. She is the mother of three children and a Certified Child Life Specialist with a background in Child Development and learning through play. For ten years, she has been supporting children and families through illness at Canada’s largest children’s hospital. She holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University.
Caron Irwin | (416)559-0420 | firstname.lastname@example.org | RooParenting.com | @RooParenting
At Seasons, we love to engage our toddlers in summer crafts! Summer is a great time to do messy crafts as you can do them outside and use a bucket of soapy water to wash hands. Avoid having handprints all over your house annnnd keep everyone happy. Below are two simple crafts we did with our Tiny Tots. All you need is some paint and some googly eyes. For the dots, we used our tiny fingertips.
This balloon elephant was another great craft and even better than the first one because it didn’t involve any mess. For this one, we just used a glue-stick to affix everything to the page. We also used this opportunity to discuss colours and focus on shapes.
This past weekend, we welcomed the rain as we had lots of Easter baking to get done and I really enjoy baking in the rain. That may sound strange since I’m not baking in a rainstorm outside, but if I’m going to be inside for endless hours I prefer that it’s raining then a beautiful day outside. See below some pics of some of the cakes/cupcakes we made!
It’s hard to believe our haunted house has come and gone already!! We had another amazing year and are so very thankful to all our volunteers and sponsors who made the event such a success. Please see below for some photos from our fun event – pictures care of Pictonat
It’s that time of year….back to school and therefore our Tiny Tots are back to learning their letters! Our tots are wee guys, but that’s the perfect time to start with an introduction to letters! We pick one letter a week and focus on it, we expose the tots to the letter in our morning circle and then base our fine motor activity on the letter as well. For some of our little guys, it’s their first time being exposed to the alphabet and others are grasping letter concepts. It is believed that children who can quickly recognize letters have an easier time learning their letter sounds. For other great resources on how to teach letter recognition, check out www.proudtobeprimary.com
Here are a few examples of some of the art we’ve made for A, B and C 🙂
Are you looking for somewhere to host your next birthday party? We offer unique and specifically tailored birthday parties to each one of our guests! Here are some pictures of some of our recent birthdays!
For more information visit our Birthday Page!
Our Valentine’s workshop is always a popular one every year! We offer a fun afternoon of baking and crafting. Stay tuned for upcoming dates for 2019! For more information on our workshops, go here!