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Family Friendly Haunted House!

Join us for our annual Haunted House! Every year we put on a fun-tastic haunted house in support of a charity. Proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the charitable organization! If you’re not into being scared, we’ve got crafts, games, and treats or take a family photo in our pumpkin patch! Tickets are $25 (valid for a family of 4) and include the haunted house tour, treats, games, and crafts – additional tickets are $8 each.

Visit Eventbrite to buy your tickets today!

 

Back-to-School Jitters – Tips for Parents by Caron Irwin from Roo Parenting

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.Roo Parenting

Caron Irwin  |  (416)559-0420  |   caron@rooparenting.com  |   RooParenting.com   |   @RooParenting

Summer Crafts for Toddlers!

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.

Handprint Peacock

Handprint Peacock

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.

Blue balloon elephant

ABC’s

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 🙂

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

oatmealThe tiny tots whipped these chewy, chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies in about 20 minutes. Baking with kids is a great way for them to learn about counting and numbers. To avoid big messes we have them sit at the table in their booster seats and bring all the ingredients to the table. Then they each get a turn and thus we are also working on our waiting our turn. All great skills for the tots to learn about. I got the recipe from here, I have also pasted it below. We added 3/4 cup of raisins too! Happy baking!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2C granulated sugar
  • 1/2C light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4C all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2C old fashioned oats
  • 3/4C chocolate chips, plus extra for topping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter with granulated sugar and light brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla, followed by baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Scrape the bowl as needed. Mix in flour, followed by old fashioned oats. Mix until just combined and no streaks remain. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Scoop dough using a medium cookie scoop, spacing 2-3 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. If desired, top off with additional chocolate chips. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Allow cookies to rest on the pan for 3-5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Store in an airtight container.

Easy Craft for Toddlers!

 

img_3986.jpgLearning through artistic play is a great way to teach toddlers about a variety of topics. This rainbow craft is a super, easy craft to do with kids. All you need to do for prep is cut a variety of colours of construction paper and print out an outline of a rainbow. We used gluesticks as it’s less messy and we’re working with lots of little hands at one time. If you’re doing this craft one on one, white glue and a popsicle stick is also a great way to work on fine motor skills and learn about colours.

As research has proven children learn best through play and that definitely includes artistic play. In our tiny tot program we do a lot of our teaching through artistic forms, art is a fantastic medium for teaching about colours, numbers, shapes and letter recognition. Visit our post on how toddlers can learn through artistic play for more information.