All posts tagged: learning

Making Mistakes

So this month my son is really into markers, particularly the lids (which is definitely better as it means less marker on the walls however, it does mean that we constantly have marker on our hands). I’m not sure why anyone ever thought that non-washable markers was a good idea (or really my thought should be about what possessed me to buy them in the first place). My son’s absolute favorite thing to do is put the marker lids on his on his fingers (which he then appropriately calls marker fingers) and then tries to play with his toys which inevitably results in frustration since he can’t accomplish anything with markers on his fingers. What gets me, is that he still tries every time. My son is a clever kid, I know all parents think that about their own children, so I’m ok with the eye roll at your computer screen. My question is that how come toddlers will try something over and over again regardless of whether or not they keep getting the same …

Increasing our Creativity!

Creative projects have an endless amount of therapeutic benefits. Creating something with our own two hands leads us to sentiments of accomplishment and pride, these feelings are present in us even from the age of two when we draw our first circle or when we colour in our first picture. As we grow, our projects may increase in complexity but the feeling of achievement remains. Taking nothing and molding it into something allows us to gain confidence. We begin to value our self-worth and individuality the more we create, the more we put our ideas out there, the more we grow creatively. Creativity can help to foster: Self-esteem Imagination Determination Assertiveness Courageousness Perhaps some of us are scared by the word creativity because it is often associated with artistic abilities, however, creativity and artistic ability are not necessarily a complementary pair. One can be extremely creative in something and yet have no idea how to hold a paintbrush. We can be creative in our finances, in sports, in problem solving, in writing and even in …

Summer Camp at Seasons!

We have been so busy running camps for the past month that I haven’t had a moment to blog. I’ve been saving up so many photos though, so this post will promise to entertain and give you plenty of crafting/baking ideas to do with your little ones. We have done a variety of themes over the past couple weeks and these are just some highlights. If you would like instructions/recipes for any of the ideas please feel to email me: nikki@seasonsfamilycentre.com Candy Land We played a life size version of Candy Land and then the kids got to make their own board games. For the baking activity we made graham cracker houses. Wizards The children made wizard hats out of rice krispie treats and then we made little wizards out of a paper cup and a styrofoam ball. We used non-toxic paints, googly eyes, sparkly stars and cotton balls to add the details for our cute wizards! Outer Space The kids made aliens out of a hard boiled egg and a toilet paper roll. We …

The York School

Today we had a field trip with the York School and it was a great success! The children were learning about the digestion system, so they made art projects based on our digestive systems. In the kitchen we learned how to make hummus and protein bars from scratch. In the Seasons Studio the children learned about the importance of our “core” and participated in exercises that utilized their core strength.

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Craft Project

This is a great project you can do with your kids or on your own! If you’re going to do it with your kids, you can take the opportunity to talk about reducing, reusing and recycling . You can use these nifty tin can holders to hold just about anything. We use them in the art studio and the kitchen! Here’s a list of materials and step by step guide to help you! Materials 6 Tin Cans (all same size) Nail Hammer Drill 6 Screws (plus two for the handle) small 2×4 wood (scrap pile at Home Depot) Metal Handle (purchased at Home Depot) Can of Black Spray Paint (or colour of your choice) STEPS 1) Spray all tin cans, 2×4 and handle with spray paint (make sure to do this in well ventilated area) 2) Once cans have fully dried, use the hammer and nail to knock a small hole in each can in the appropriate spot. You can then make the hole bigger by holding the can against the 2×4 and using the …

The Importance of Learning Through Artistic Play

>> Expert Advice from our ECE Expert: Kim Davies << Children’s overall development is affected by a combination of both their biological maturation and their environment. As they represent what they know in different ways, it is imperative to provide children with opportunities to practice their skills in a safe environment that offer real challenges. By problem solving through artistic play, children cognitively go through the process of accommodation. During this process, children learn new information and add it to their existing knowledge base, to come up with a refined idea about their world. So, when I walked into the spacious art room, illuminated by sunlight streaming through the windows, I smiled as my eyes immediately noticed the long tables’ set-up with a variety of water colour paints, paint brushes of multiple sizes, colourful and bright pastels and multiple large canvases. As a qualified and experienced Early Childhood Educator and Elementary School Teacher, I understood the critical components that produce an ideal and amazing art program for children. An ideal art program must provide children …

What’s in a Puzzle?

>> Expert Advice from our ECE Expert: Kim Davies << Think about a basic, easy toddler puzzle. You know, like the one with the wooden numbers or farm animals with the bright colours and knobs to hold onto? At first, a toddler may look at the puzzle with interest and just feel the knobs. The next time they play with the puzzle, they may just take the puzzle apart and leave all the pieces scattered about on the floor. This is developmentally typical.         With some quality “floor time” spent with an adult, the toddler may be prompted to discuss what objects are in the puzzle (shapes, animals, numbers), their colours and characteristics. Yet, even though the adult puts the pieces back into the puzzle board, the toddler will likely continue to take apart the puzzle pieces, without putting them back in. As frustrating as this may be for the adult, they must remain patient with the toddler. In time, after having several interactions and discussions about the same puzzle, eventually the …

Toddlers Need Practice, Practice and more Practice!

Toddlers learn through play, with the repeated investigation and exploration of age appropriate toys, tools and materials. Upon using a new toy for the first time, a toddler may observe it and touch it, but may not know what to really do with it or how to use it. However, over time and with repeated opportunities for practice a toddler will discover many ways to play with their toy(s). While it may seem boring and tediously repetitious to adults, the best way for toddlers to learn is through meaningful life experiences that offer the opportunity for repeated practice with the same toys, materials and tools. Adults often feel pressured to give toddlers new things to play with. Meanwhile, toddlers truly benefit from repeated practice with toys they have already used many times. Once a certain toy, tool or material is mastered, then it makes sense to introduce some new toys into the toddler’s environment.