November 2019 Newsletter

November in the playroom

The playroom has been busy enjoying music circle again on Mondays from 11:30-12:00 and welcoming special guests to read stories both in our playroom and in the drop in. If anyone is interested in sharing their favorite picture books (in any language) with the children, please see Christine or Bev in the playroom or call Christine at 204-560-3148. The children have been having fun playing with a pumpkin Bev grew in her garden. It has been painted, stickered and bathed. It is amazing how the children come up with new ways to play with it every day! In addition, stumps from our old side yard at our old location have been cleaned and sealed by a volunteer and have been added to our ‘loose parts’ area and the children have been using them as lily pads, towers, tables and chairs and a whole bunch of other things. The playroom staff would like to thank the volunteers that have been putting time into our playroom. Your efforts and time have really helped us make the playroom clean, organized and welcoming to all our children and families.

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October 2019 Newsletter

October in the Playroom

It’s been a very busy and exciting time for the playroom. We have worked hard at bringing our favorite parts of our old playroom into our new space and taking advantage of our gorgeous new room at our new location. You may notice quite a few changes with new learning centers and play places.

In consideration of our new space we are reminding families that; if while your child is in the playroom and you need to step outside for a smoke break, please let the playroom staff know before you leave and make contact again when you come back in. Prior to your break we will need to have you fill out one quick form to give permission for us to care for your child while you are outside.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our Grand Opening!!

 

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. October 7th, 21st and 28th.

 

Cooking Class/Healthy Together

Join us as we discover ways of being healthy together! Each session includes fun games, activities, and an opportunity to cook and enjoy wholesome food together. Kids are welcome to participate! October dates are the 21st and 28th from 1:30-3:30.  Sign-up sheet available at 1:00 in the drop-in

 

New Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-12pm.   CLOSED for lunch 12pm-1pm.

Re-opens at 1pm-4pm, Wednesday hours 1pm-4pm.

 

Mental Health

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is commonly referred to as the winter blues or winter depression. People typically experience it starting in the fall and all through winter. Sunny summer days and warm weather can improve your mood, so it makes sense that the time change combined with cooler weather and shorter days can have a negative impact on your mental health.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is recognized as a type of depression and can cause increased anxiety, sadness and stress, lack of enjoyment in regular activities, feelings of isolation, mood swings, and several other symptoms that can take over your life. But there are ways to help deal with it, here are 3 ways:

  1. Exercise regularly
  2. Make social plans
  3. Soak up the sun as often as you can! Let the light in!

 

Wolseley Family Place Grand opening

Our Grand Opening is October 3, 2019, it starts @ 1pm-3pm.  Come check out our new location!

There will be entertainment, speeches and media coverage!

 

Toasty Tips for Staying Warm in Cold Weather

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August 2019

August in the Playroom

This August the Playroom will undergo several changes. The Playroom Director, Nadine Mackenzie will be leaving for a while as she prepares to go on Maternity Leave. She will return September 2020, however rest assured she and her new baby will come and visit during that time. In the meanwhile, Christine McIntyre has been hired to take over the role as Interim Director. Please welcome her as she begins this role at Wolseley Family Place.

The Playroom is also preparing for the upcoming move to our new location at 222 Furby St. The staff is busy cleaning, organizing, and purging. We welcome your input and suggestions as we prepare for our new space.

Change can be difficult. To help minimize the stress that these changes may have on the children, the staff will, as always, continue to provide a safe and fun place for children to play and learn. Bev, the Playroom supervisor, along with Darla, Surriya and Olivia will continue to be available to support the children and their families during this time.

 

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. August 12th and 19th.

 

Cooking Class

Join us as we discover ways of being healthy together! Each session includes fun games, activities, and an opportunity to cook and enjoy wholesome food together. Kids are welcome to participate! August dates are the 12th and 19th from 1:30-3:30.

Sign-up sheet available at 1:00 in the drop-in

 

Mental Health First Aid Canada (MHFA)

What is a mood disorder?

At some point, everyone experiences losses, setbacks or tragedies that will lead to a normal experience of grief and sadness. People with mood disorders experience moods outside the normal range that are longer in duration with more severe symptoms.  There is no fixed time line for people to grieve.  People will move through the process of grieving with different severity of symptoms and rate.  People with mood disorders may experience distress and feel that their mood and emotions are not under their control. They suffer significant distress and impairment in social, occupational, educational or other important areas of functioning.  Extreme moods can have devastating consequences for the person, their family and society.  These consequences for the person may include financial, legal, marital, relation, employment and spiritual losses, as well as despair that could result in suicide or death.

  • Why is it important for one to know MHFA and its benefits?
  • It teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
  • MHFA is a good tool to helps promote awareness and break down stereotypes of Mental Health. It can decrease social distance from people with mental health problems.
  • Increased confidence in providing help to others.
  • Members of the general public often do not know who to respond, MHFA helps someone who is experiencing a crisis. 5 Basic Actions of MHFA for Mood Problems: (ALGEE) 

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Wolseley Family Place is moving …

Dear friends, partners, supporters, and community,

We’re happy to share the news that Wolseley Family Place will be moving this fall, a few blocks away, to Crossways in Common (at the corner of Furby and Broadway).

We take possession of our new space at the beginning of September and will move in as soon as all the necessary work is complete.

Thank you to all the participants, staff and volunteers who gave their input and ideas to help us find a new space – we heard from you that it was a priority for us to stay nearby and to find a space where we could continue to offer our core programs, especially the playroom.

The nearby Crossways in Common space has everything we were looking for: a commercial kitchen, a large space for a playroom, ample programming and office space, accessibility – and it’s not in a basement (we’re moving to the second floor)!

We’re also excited to build new partnerships and collaborate with other organizations in the building.

We are looking forward to moving to this new home and will share the official move date and other details as soon as we can.

For more information, please contact:

Temitope Ojo, Project Assistant
204-788-8052
temi@wfpwpg.ca

July 2019

July in the Playroom

It’s been a long time coming, but finally after a long cold winter and cool spring, the children have been able to head outside to our side yard. It always takes some organizing and planning to get the children ready. Shoes need to be found, sunscreen applied, if necessary, first aid backpack gathered and safety rules explained. Although once outside, all this preparation is well worth it. Children are always excited to be outside. The Playroom rules of walking feet and inside voices no longer apply. Children are now free to run, jump, shout and play. With summer just around the corner, we hope that there will be many more outside days to come.

 

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. July dates are the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.

 

Cooking Class

Join us as we discover ways of being healthy together! Each session includes fun games, activities, and an opportunity to cook and enjoy wholesome food together. Kids are welcome to participate! July dates are the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th from 1:30-3:30.

Sign-up sheet available at 1:00 in the drop-in

 

Goodbye to Anisa!

It is with mixed emotions that we share the news that Anisa Baker, our Health Education Coordinator, will be moving on from Wolseley Family Place, to a great new opportunity. Her last day at WFP was June 28th, 2019. We will miss Anisa and wish her all the best in her next endeavor!

 

Welcome to New Team Members!

We are very pleased to announce some new additions to our team this summer. Welcome aboard…

  • Olivia Doucet – Recreation Facilitator/ Childcare Assistant
  • Temitope Ojo – Project Assistant
  • Jake Tuesday – Community Support Worker
  • Alice-Michelle Uwamaliya – Early Childhood Educator Assistant

Come by and say hi and meet our new WFP team members!

 

Co-occurring disorders

                        -Thrive

  • The term co-occurring disorders (COD) refers to co-occurring substances related and mental disorders.       Clients said to have COD have one or more substance-related disorders as well as one or more mental disorders. The definition of a person with COD (individual-level definition) must be distinguished from a person who requires COD services (service definition).
  • At the individual level CODs exist “when at least one disorder of each type can be established independent of the other and is not simply a cluster of symptoms resulting from [a single] disorder” (CSAT, 2005)

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MAY 2019

May in the Playroom

It hasn’t gone unnoticed by the children in the Playroom that spring has finally sprung. Children were delighted to tell staff on those first warm days when their snow pants and other winter items were no longer needed. Children have also begun asking about the side yard. After a long cold winter, everyone is ready to head outside and enjoy the warm sunshine.   Hopefully it won’t be much longer until we can get our hands and knees dirty as we play and explore in the grass and dirt that awaits us outside.   In preparation of spring the children have begun some indoor planting: sunflowers, squash, and marigolds are some of the seeds that have been planted. We are patiently waiting until these plants begin to sprout.

 

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. May dates are the 6th, 13th and 27th.

 

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. May dates are the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information please call 204-788-8055.

 

Healthy Together – Happy Healthy Beginnings for Caregivers and Families

Join us as we discover ways of being healthy together! Each session includes fun games, activities, and an opportunity to cook and enjoy wholesome food together. Kids are welcome to participate! May dates are the 13th and 27th from 1:30-3:30.

Sign-up sheet available at 1:00 in the drop-in

 

HealthyParentingWinnipeg.ca

The WRHA published a new website with up to date health information for pregnancy to preschool. It’s written by a Public Health Nurse and is mobile friendly.  Here’s a sample of what you’ll find:

What is the difference between a sore throat and strep throat?

Sore Throat

  • Caused by a virus
  • Starts more slowly
  • Red throat
  • Usually NO white spots (except with Mononucleosis)
  • Mild to moderate sore throat
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Hoarse voice
  • Red eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Note: Sore throats due to a cold, flu or other virus, will go away on their own. Antibiotics will not help and should not be given.

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April 2019

April in the Playroom

Children are great at playing. With the variety of blocks, dress-up clothes, puzzles, paints, playdough and more, the children in the Playroom are busy playing, creating, and imagining. During all this play, it is inevitable that a mess happens. This mess is an opportunity to teach children responsibility, respect, and helps to foster independence. For a child, cleaning up a large mess can be overwhelming and quite daunting. In fact, it is not a reasonable expectation that they do it themselves.   By breaking up a large job into several smaller parts, we can help children feel more confident in their abilities to contribute to the clean-up time. Clean-up time is not just limited to picking up the toys. In fact, many of the children rather enjoy being given big jobs. We have children who enjoy loading the dishwasher, sweeping the floor, wiping the table, and even folding the laundry.  And if you haven’t noticed, those are jobs that children can help with at home as well.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. April dates are the 1st, 8th, 15th and 29th.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. April dates are the 10th, 17th and 24th. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information please call 204-788-8055.

Healthy Together

Happy Healthy Beginnings for Caregivers and Families

Join us as we discover ways of being healthy together! Each session includes fun games, activities, and an opportunity to cook and enjoy wholesome food together. Kids are welcome to participate! April dates are the 8th and 29th from 1:30-3:30.  Sign-up sheet available at 1:00 in the drop-in

Self-Compassion

Definition of self-compassion By Dr. Kristin Neff

Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others. Think about what the experience of compassion feels like. First, to have compassion for others you must notice that they are suffering. If you ignore that homeless person on the street, you can’t feel compassion for how difficult his or her experience is. Second, compassion involves feeling moved by others’ suffering so that your heart responds to their pain (the word compassion literally means to “suffer with”). When this occurs, you feel warmth, caring, and the desire to help the suffering person in some way. Having compassion also means that you offer understanding and kindness to others when they fail or make mistakes, rather than judging them harshly. Finally, when you feel compassion for another (rather than mere pity), it means that you realize that suffering, failure, and imperfection is part of the shared human experience.

Self-compassion involves acting the same way towards yourself when you are having a difficult time, fail, or notice something you don’t like about yourself. Instead of just ignoring your pain with a “stiff upper lip” mentality, you stop to tell yourself “this is really difficult right now”, how can I comfort and care for myself in this moment? Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect? You may try to change in ways that allow you to be more healthy and happy, but this is done because you care about yourself, not because you are worthless or unacceptable as you are. Perhaps more importantly, having compassion for yourself means that you honour and accept your humanness. Things will not always go the way you want them to. You will encounter frustrations, losses will occur, you will make mistakes, bump up against your limitations, fall short of your ideals. This is the human condition, a reality shared by all of us. The more you open your heart to this reality instead of constantly fighting against it, the more you will be able to feel compassion for yourself and all your fellow humans in the experience of life.

March 2019

March in the Playroom

As Valentine’s Day celebrations made their way into the Playroom, the topic of love became a focus of conversation. As a few children sat around the table, decorating hearts and other items, the question “Who do you love?” was asked. The initial answer the children was ‘my mom’ and ‘my dad’. Other family members were soon included, as well as other important people in their lives. This conversation expanded into what other things the children love and perhaps more importantly why they love the people they do. It was interesting to hear the responses include such reasons as: my mom is the best cook; dad likes to play hide-n-seek; and because she loves me. These early relationships that children form with people are integral to their healthy growth and development. When children feel safe and loved they can begin to learn and grow.

And dear parent, remember your children love you and appreciate all you do for them – even if they can’t say it with words.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. March dates are the 4th, 11th, 18st and 25th.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. March dates are the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information please call us at 204-788-8055.

Healthy Together – Happy Healthy Beginnings For Caregivers and Families.

Join us as we discover ways of being healthy together! Each session includes fun games, activities, and an opportunity to cook and enjoy wholesome food together. Kids welcome to participate! March dates are the 11th and 18th from 1:30-3:30.

Sign-up sheet available at 1:00 in the drop-in

Why Meditate?

It reduces stress (especially in people with very high stress), controls anxiety, and promotes emotional health, including improving depression and increasing optimism. Some types can help you ‘know yourself,’ which is the starting point for making other changes. It’s like weight-lifting for your attention span, so you’re better able to direct and maintain your focus, and it increases memory. Some forms generate kindness towards yourself and others. It helps control cravings, which may fight addictions. It improves sleep, decreases blood pressure, and helps control pain. (For more details and research links, check here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation#section13 )

 Meditation is not a magic pill, it takes practice and might make you more aware of difficult sensations at first. It’s really normal to get distracted – success is noticing that it happened! It also won’t fix all your problems. It’s a tool that’s available, along with many others (your doctor, counsellor, community supports…), that can move these things in the direction you want them to go.

 A lot of people find it easier to mediate in a group, so we’re offering space Friday mornings at 9:30am, while you’re waiting for breakfast club. Come try it out, or ask Anisa questions.

2019 Winter / Spring Series Of The New Realities Workshops

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February 2019

February in the Playroom

As much as the Playroom and children would enjoy playing outside, the challenges of winter often prevents this from happening. Thankfully to the creative thinking of staff, the children were able to experience some outdoor fun, indoors. Having collected a large bin of snow, the children gathered round the table and were eager to begin to play.   With mitts available to keep hands warm, the children were provided spoons for digging as well as eyedroppers and food colouring with water. Using these items, the children were able to explore the different properties of snow. Observations were made as the children watched the snow change as they mixed the different colours together. Several snow-people were made and eventually some animals made their way into the snow for the children to bury. The children had fun as they dug them out and played in the snow.

 

Thank you to Assiniboine Credit Union

We want to give a big shout out to Assiniboine Credit Union for sponsoring our annual community trip to Fort Whyte Alive. We had a winter wonderland experience in the snow with tobogganing, seeing the bison,

story-telling in the teepee and lots more. Thanks ACU for the chance to experience a Manitoba winter at its best.

 

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. February dates are the 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information please call us at 204-788-8055.

 

Liz Gilbert’s Letter to Fear: 

(from Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2015 book, “Big Magic”)

“Dearest Fear,

Creativity and I are about to go on a road trip. I understand that you’ll be joining us – because you always do.

I acknowledge that you believe you have an important job to do in my life and you take your job seriously.

Apparently your job is to induce complete panic in me whenever I’m about to do something interesting – and, may I say, you are superb at your job.

So by all means, keep doing your job, if you feel you must. But I will also be doing my job on this road trip, which is to work hard and stay focused. And creativity will be doing its job, which is to remain stimulating and inspiring. There’s plenty of room in the vehicle for all of us, so make yourself at home, but understand: Creativity and I are the only ones who will be making any decisions along the way.

I recognize and respect that you are part of this family, and so I will never exclude you from our activities, but still – your suggestions will never be followed. You’re allowed to have a seat, and you’re allowed to have a voice, but you are not allowed to have a vote. You are not allowed to touch the road maps; you are not allowed to suggest detours; you’re not allowed to fiddle with the temperature. Dude, you’re not even allowed to choose the friggin’ snacks!

But above all else, my dear old familiar friend, you are absolutely forbidden to drive.

Then we head off together – me and creativity and fear – side by side by side forever, advancing once more into the terrifying but marvelous terrain of unknown outcome.”

 

Healthy Together

Join us as we discover ways of being healthy together! Each session includes fun games, activities, and an opportunity to cook and enjoy wholesome food together. Kids welcome to participate! February dates are the 4th and 25th from 1:30-3:30.

Sign-up sheet available at 1:00 in the drop-in

 

January 2019

January in the Playroom

Art is an activity that is presented to the children on a daily basis. In the Playroom, we strive to offer children more process-based art rather than product-based art. This allows children the opportunity to create and explore the various materials as they desire, rather than following a specific plan and outcome.   Recently an art activity was set-up which involved water with food colouring, mini pipettes and paper towels. It was a simple activity, but nevertheless, piqued the interest of the children.   Children sat fascinated as they squeezed the pipette and the colours soon began to blend and bleed onto the paper towel. Observations were made as the different colours were created as they overlapped with one another. Also it seemed, despite how much water was squeezed onto the paper towel, it never broke the edge. The children were entertained for much of the morning and numerous tie-dyed pictures were created.

 

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. January dates are the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.

 

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. January dates are the 16th, 23rd and 27th. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information please call us at 204-788-8055.

 

Healthy Together

Join us as we discover ways of being healthy together! Each session includes fun games, activities, and an opportunity to cook and enjoy wholesome food together. Kids welcome to participate!

Dates: January 7th and 21st

Time: 1:30-3:30

Location: Wolseley Family Place

To Register: Sign-up sheet available at 1:00 in the drop-in

 

2019 Winter / Spring Series Of The New Realities Workshops

Please see below for some basic information about the workshop we offer.

All workshops run from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon and are held here at Wolseley Family Place.

Conquering Conflict

(8 sessions including Conflict, Anger and Other Emotions, Communication)

Tuesday mornings from January 29th to March 19th

Being Me

(8 sessions including Identity, Self-Perception, Body Image, Assertiveness)

Thursday mornings from January 31st to March 21st

Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

(6 sessions including Relationship Skills, Sexual Awareness, Inter-Connection of Sex and Substance Use, and Romance)

Tuesday mornings from April 2nd to May 7th

Fine Lines

(6 sessions including Boundaries, Trust, Guilt, Shame, Blame, Resentment, Forgiveness)

Thursday mornings from April 4th to May 9th

Workshops are free of charge. Coffee, tea, water and snacks are provided. Please let us know if you need childcare when you register.

Please call Melissa at 204-788-8057 to register or if you have any questions.

 

Speech and Language Pathology

The WRHA provides free speech-language pathology support for pre-school children. Lisa Fehr is based out of ACCESS Downtown and will be visiting our centre Tuesdays 1:30-3pm Jan 22, Jan 29, and Feb 5. She will spend time in the playroom, model ways to encourage speech development (in any home language), and answer parents’ questions about what’s typical and when more support could be useful. Common concerns include stuttering, lisps, or having trouble making certain sounds and support can help make sure your child is understood as they grow up. Outside these dates, you can always access the Children’s Therapy Initiative by talking to your health-care provider or calling (204) 258-6550.

December 2018 Newsletter

December in the Playroom

The climber is a large part of the playroom.  Children can often be seen climbing up and down the stairs and sliding down the slide.  But every so often, the piece of equipment becomes something more.  Decorations can be seen hanging from the branches with steamers woven through the wooden bars.  Mats, scarves and blankets are used to build forts underneath creating a quiet space.   And recently many children are using the structure to play with their toys.  Using baskets, bags and strollers to carry the many items across the room, children are then gathering on top, beneath and around the climber to play.  Picnics are held, babies are cared for, trains, cars and other vehicles are driven up and down the slide, and emergencies are resolved.   Cats and hats have also been seen hanging from the branches.  It is fascinating to watch as children’s play evolves overtime. As staff we will continue to observe and further expand upon their interests – thus continuing the learning and play.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. December dates are the 3rd, 10th and 17th.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. December date is the 5th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family.  For more information please call us at 204-788-8055.

Accessibility Policy

Wolseley Family Place has recently adopted an Accessibility Policy. This policy will help our programs and services to be more accessible to people of all abilities, and will help us comply with the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service under The Accessibility for Manitobans Act.  To see our policy, you can ask for a copy at reception, or email

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November 2018

November in the Playroom

The children recently re-discovered an air vent at the top of the climber. Rather than pushing air out, this vent sucks air in. The children were delighted when silk flowers, streamers and other small light items were sucked up and caught on the vent. It was required that the papers were tossed high enough in order for the suction to grab them.   Children were not always successful on their first attempt; however with some creative problem solving and determination, the children were able to overcome this obstacle. The children were seen jumping, using varying lengths of streamers and soliciting the help of staff. One child also grabbed a small straw broom and used it to sweep off those pieces – thus allowing the process to be repeated. This impromptu activity highlights the curiosity and imagination of children. And best of all, no batteries required.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. November dates are the 5th, 19th and 26th.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. November dates are the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, Please call us at 204-788-8055.

Triple P – Parenting Tweens & Young Teens

Date: November 15th, 22nd and 29th

Time: Thursdays 7:00-8:30

Location: Wolseley Family Place

Ready or not, your kids are growing up! They are changing and facing new challenges.  How can we bring out the best in them?  Let’s talk about what we can do as parents to nurture their development into teen life.  Please call 204-788-8055 or email parenting@wfpwpg.ca to register.

Healthy Together, Happy Healthy Beginnings For Caregivers and Families.

Join us as we discover ways of being healthy together! Each session includes fun games, activities, and an opportunity to cook and enjoy wholesome food together.

Dates: November 5th and 19th

Time: 1:30-3:30

Location: Wolseley Family Place

To Register: Sign-up sheet available at 1:00

Mom’s Coffee Group

Date: November 15th

Time: 11:00-12:00

Location: Wolseley Family Place

Just drop-in

November is Family Violence Prevention Month at Wolseley Family Place

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October 2018

October in the Playroom

A staff member recently brought a pumpkin from her garden for the children to explore. What seems like a simple item, has provided much inspiration and play for the children.  Here’s what the children have been doing.

The children can been seen carrying the pumpkin around. Each day it seems to appear in a new area of the playroom.  Even the little ones are careful to hold it tightly and not drop it.

The pumpkin has been painted and then washed numerous times. This is an activity that the children thoroughly enjoy.

A few children have used the pumpkin for still-life drawings. They have captured the lines, stem, shape and coloring of the pumpkin.

Talk about carving the pumpkin and jack-o-lanterns have also followed. But for now it’s still in one piece.   Hopefully, soon we can enjoy the taste.  Pumpkin pie anyone?

 

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. October dates are the 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th.

 

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. October dates are the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, Please call us at 204-788-8055.

 

Breast Cancer Q&A

Friday, October 26 from 11am-noon

Lori Santoro, Patient & Family Educator from the Breast & Gyne Cancer Centre of Hope will be in the Drop-in to answer questions for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

Happy Healthy Beginnings For Caregivers and Families.

 Join us as we discover ways of being healthy together! Each session includes fun games, activities, and an opportunity to cook and enjoy wholesome food together.

Dates: October 15 and 29

Time: 1:30-3:30

Location: Wolseley Family Place

To Register: Sign-up sheet available at 1:00 in the drop-in

 

Coffee with City Council Candidates

We will be having city council candidates for the Fort Rouge East Fort Garry riding come visit the drop-in throughout the month! Feel free to ask them questions about what they want to do for you and your community.

October 9th @ 9:30 am Bryanna Spina

October 9th @ 1:00 pm Stephanie Meilleur

October 11th @ 9:30 am Lisa Naylor – School Trustee for ward 4

October 12th @ 11 am Michael Thompson

 

Voting & Elections Q&A

Have questions about the upcoming election?

Where do I vote? How do I vote? Can I vote? What is a city councilor? What does the mayor do? What is a school trustee? Who are the candidates in my area?

Have your questions answered Wednesday October 17th @ 1:30 pm in the drop in”

 

September 2018 Newsletter

September in the Playroom

This summer the playroom has seen many children come to play.  Most afternoons the playroom is at capacity with infants, toddlers and preschoolers abound.  With such large numbers, children are learning to compromise and negotiate play.  Each child may have their favorite toy, activity and even staff member, but with the need to share these items, the children are developing patience and understanding.  It may be hard at times, but with the gentle care and reminders from staff and even other children, we are all learning to play safely and happily together.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories.  Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.  September dates are the 10th, 17th and 24th.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement.  The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack.  September dates are the 19th and 26th.  All our programs are run on a drop-in basis.  You do not have to pre-register.  Just come on the days that work for you and your family.  For more information,

Please call us at 204-788-8055.

Back to school is just around the corner!

Some Tips for Parents at Back-To-School Time (adapted from “Back to School: Transitioning Your Family From Summer to School by Bethany Hardy from pbs.org):

  • Anticipate and address your child’s anxiety. Talk to them about new experiences and try role-playing things that might be firsts for your child or make them nervous.
  • Stay positive about summer ending by planning a fun family end-of-summer activity – visit the Forks or Assiniboine Park, cook a special meal together or plan a movie marathon!
  • Ease back into scheduled days, by slowly transitioning back into school day schedules like earlier bedtimes.
  • Stay connected to nature. Make a habit of getting outside with your kids after the school day ends, for as long as the warm weather lasts. There are some great playgrounds in the neighborhood!
  • Get prepared with healthy snacks for when things get hectic (join Healthy Together programming to learn some new recipes).
  • If you need some support, chat with Wolseley Family Place staff for more ideas!A special thanksOn August 10th, Food Fare made a “splash” by contributing to one of our summer outings. They generously donated juice boxes and granola bars for our wading pool/splash pad adventure. A big Thank you to Food Fare for being part of our community.Healthy Together
    Happy Healthy Beginnings…For children age 3-6 and their Caregivers and Families.

    Join us as we discover ways of being healthy together! Each session includes fun games, activities, and an opportunity to cook and enjoy wholesome food together.

    Dates: September 10 and 24

    Time: 1:30-3:30

    Location: Wolseley Family Place

    To Register: Sign-up sheet available at 1:00 in the drop in

    A warm welcome

    We are pleased to welcome our new Health Education Coordinator, Anisa Baker, to the Wolseley Family Place team.  Here’s a few words from our new team member: “Hello! I’m Anisa Baker, the new Health Education Coordinator. If you’ve got questions, or a topic you’d like us to discuss in the drop in, come have a chat or drop me a note in the drop box on my office door (next to the laundry). I’m looking forward to meeting you soon!”

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August 2018 Newsletter

 

August in the Playroom

A few things happening in the playroom:

We welcomed back our summer student, Maryam, from last year. We are fortunate to have her spend the summer again with us and the children. Her energy and enthusiasm for children and life is contagious.

Our fish tank is home to two new sucker fish. They are still quite small, but will help to keep our tank clean.

Our garden is in bloom and the children have been more than willing to help with the watering and weeding. While out in the side yard, the children have also been busy digging holes in their dirt garden, building sand castles and mountains, balancing on the climbing logs and riding on the push cars. While the warm weather is here, we try to spend some time outdoors, every day.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. August dates are the 13th, 20th and 27th.

Nobody’s Perfect September 19–October 17, 1:30-3:00

Nobody’s Perfect is a parenting support group for parents of pre-school aged children. Using a sharing circle format parents get together to talk about the stresses of parenting, children’s health, behavioural issues and how to encourage learning.

Please be aware there may be changes in the schedule or order of classes.

Child care is available on site. Please let us know at time of registration if you will need a spot for your child in the Playroom.  Please call 204-788-8055 or email parenting@wfpwpg.ca to register.

2018 Fall / Winter Series Of The New Realities Workshops

There are still some openings for the Fall / Winter series of New Realities workshops.  Please see below some basic information about the workshops we offer.

All workshops run from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon and are held here at Wolseley Family Place.

Conquering Conflict

(8 sessions including Conflict, Anger and Other Emotions, Communication)

Tuesday mornings from September 11th to October 30st

Being Me

(8 sessions including Identity, Self-Perception, Body Image, Assertiveness)

Thursday mornings from September 13th to November 1st

Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

(6 sessions including Relationship Skills, Sexual Awareness, Inter-Connection of Sex and Substance Use, and Romance)

Tuesday mornings from November 6th to December 11th

Fine Lines

(6 sessions including Boundaries, Trust, Guilt, Shame, Blame, Resentment, Forgiveness)

Thursday mornings from November 8th to December 13th

Workshops are free of charge and are for both women and men.

Coffee, tea, water and snacks are provided.

Please let us know if you need childcare when you register.

Please call Melissa at 204-788-8057 to register or if you have any questions. 

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July 2018 Newsletter

July in the Playroom

With summer holidays now in full swing, the playroom is likely to get busier. Just a reminder to parents, the playroom is for children three months to six years of age. If the room permits, school-aged children may come in. Respite is not available in the summer, however, will resume again in September. Throughout the summer months the playroom will be hosting a few family fun events. Keep your eyes posted for these upcoming events. Lastly, we have some sad news from our fish tank. Our large black fish, which had been part of the playroom for numerous years, has passed away. One morning a child noticed that the fish had died. A mini discussion regarding the cycle of life followed this discovery. His suggestion was to feed it to the sharks. With no sharks available, staff had to scoop it out. This fish normally would hide in the back throughout the day, however, occasionally it would come out to the excitement of the children. Its presence will be missed.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist joins us and she leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. July’s dates are the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.

Cooking Class

Would you like to learn more about food and discover new ways of cooking for you and your family? If you are a parent of children under 6, come and join us on July 17th and 31st, 2018 @ 1:30-3:00 (sign-up sheet will be out at 1pm.)

New Executive Director

We would like to welcome Emma Fineblit to Wolseley Family Place as our new Executive Director. Emma comes to us with lots of community experience and a heart for West Broadway. Feel free to come in and introduce yourself to her and make her feel welcome. We are really looking forward to working together to keep Wolseley Family Place a vibrant resource in the neighborhood.

How to relate to a person with depression – Centre for Mental health and Addition

Family members often do not know how to talk to a person who is depressed. They may be afraid to ask too many questions and inadvertently upset their loved one. At the same time, they do not want the ill person to feel that they are not interested or are avoid­ing him or her.

Try to be as supportive, understanding and patient as possible. Just recognizing that depression is an illness can help your relative to feel less guilty about his or her impaired functioning.

Tips for communication

  1. Speak in a calm, quiet voice.
  2. Focus on one subject at a time. Your relative or friend may have trouble concentrating.
  3. If the person is quiet and withdrawn, break the ice with neu­tral, non-threatening statements, such as “It seems a bit warm in here.”
  4. Be patient and wait. It may take a while for your loved one to respond.
  5. Your ability to listen is a valuable resource to your relative. De­pression causes people to talk a lot about how bad they feel, yet they may not be ready to discuss solutions to their problems. Listening and letting the person know, in a neutral manner, that you have heard what he or she has said, is valuable and support­ive. You do not have to offer immediate solutions.
  6. If the person is irritable, you probably need to slow down, adjust your expectations and use a very neutral approach. Neutral com­ments about the weather, what you are making for dinner or other routine subjects are the safest way to develop a dialogue. Listen for opportunities to acknowledge or add to your relative’s responses. At these times, conversations about important deci­sions or issues are unlikely to be productive. You may need to plan to discuss important issues at a later date.
  7. Avoid quizzing people about what made them feel depressed. Do not blame them for the way they feel, or tell them to snap out of it. People who are moderately depressed may be able to hear your helpful suggestions, but be unable to act on your ad­vice. Quizzing or blaming them will only reinforce their guilt, loneliness and isolation. Often, people with depression cannot identify what made them depressed or what will be helpful.
  8. Pace yourself. If your relative is severely or more chronically depressed, it is normal for you to find his or her company very draining. Brief, frequent contacts are often the best way to re late to someone with severe depression. If your relative is hos­pitalized, family members might take turns visiting.

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May 2018 Newsletter

 

Something New for Parents

What: Parent’s Coffee/Tea Time &Treats

When:  Monday mornings (before music circle)

Thursday mornings (10:30-11:30 am)

 Where: The Big Comfy Couches in the Drop In

Come and Relax!

May in the Playroom

After a long and cold winter, the children in the playroom have finally been able to go outside to the side yard to play.  As a drop-in, it can be challenging to gather a group to head outdoors.  There are shoes and jackets to find, bags to pack and children to herd.  But despite the time and effort it seems to take to gather everything and everyone, the benefits of outdoor play outweighs any of these challenges.  While outside, children have the opportunity to expend some of their energies.  Running, shouting and general silliness is now encouraged.  Looking for bugs, playing with the dirt and sand, and simply watching the clouds and birds go by are just some of the activities that the children enjoy.  As the weather continues to warm up, we hope to spend more and more time in our side yard.  Outdoor play is good for the mind, body, and spirit.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. May dates are the 7th, 14th, and 28th.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. May dates are the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, please call us at 204-788-8055.

Did you know that more children are developing type 2 Diabetes? (Diabetes Canada, 2018)

Some risk factors include:

  • Being overweight or inactive
  • Being a member of an ethnic group at high risk for type 2 diabetes (African, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian and Aboriginal)
  • Having a family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Being born to a mother who had diabetes during pregnancy
  • Having dark, velvety patches of skin on the neck and under the arms

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April 2018 Newsletter

April in the Playroom

Talk of birthdays has been a popular topic lately and with this naturally comes the need to plan for a party. A request by a child to decorate for the party soon had parts of the playroom decorated with streamers, banners and posters. Party plates and napkins were also provided for the children to use and “cake” was served. The next day birthday songs were sung and the children wrapped presents for each other. By following the interests of the children, the Playroom was able to facilitate play that all children could participate and learn and play together. A fun time was had by all!

 

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. April dates are the 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th.

 

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. April dates are the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family.  For more information, Please call us at 204-788-8055.

 

April is oral health month. Join us for fun learning activities all month long.

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March 2018 Newsletter

March in the Playroom

In the past month, the Playroom has seen a number of changes. Sadly, we had to say good-bye to Senta as she moves forward with her career. She will be missed. Thankfully, the Playroom has been able to welcome both Nadia and Jose-Ann to the team. Although there are new faces and changes to the Playroom, the care and attention that the children receive never falters. These relationships, both old and new, that the children form with the staff are important as they contribute to their sense of security and trust. When children can feel secure in their attachments, they can focus on the important job of learning and growing, which is of course what the Playroom is all about.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. March dates are the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. March dates are the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, Please call us at 204-788-8055.

Help your child’s teeth grow strong and healthy! (Source: American & Canadian Dental Associations)

At birth people usually have 20 baby (primary) teeth, which start to come in (erupt) at about 6 months of age. They fall out (shed) at various times throughout childhood. By age 21, all 32 of the permanent teeth have usually erupted.

Things you can do for a healthy smile:

  • Begin to brush your baby’s teeth as soon as they come in.
  • Do not give a bottle in bed unless it contains plain water. Milk and fruit juice can lead to cavities in baby teeth.
  • Try using a soother instead of a bottle to comfort your child. Bottle use is linked to cavities.
  • Take your child to the dentist for a check up by their first birthday.

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February 2018 Newsletter

FEBRUARY IN THE PLAYROOM

Lately the children in the playroom have become interested in doing yoga.  At first it was with a few poses on a poster that the children would perform.  Then a yoga book was brought out to try some more.  And lastly, the SMART board has been utilized as children watch a yoga video as they follow along with the story and accompanying poses.  This interest in yoga has further increased the children’s awareness of their bodies and health and well-being.  Learning to breathe mindfully, feeling their heartbeats, and conversations about wellness have stemmed from these activities.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. February dates are the 5th, 12th and 26th.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. February dates are the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, Please call us at 204-788-8055.

Did you know?

Heart Disease is one of the leading killers of both men and women in Canada and around the world.

 The most common heart attack sign is chest pain or discomfort; however, women can experience a heart attack without chest pressure. They may experience:

  • shortness of breath
  • nausea or vomiting
  • pressure or pain in the arms, back, stomach, neck or jaw
  • dizziness, lightheadedness or sweating
  • extreme fatigue.

People with the following heritage have a higher risk of heart disease because they are more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes and other risk factors:

  • First Nations, Metis and Inuit people
  • South Asian, Caribbean, African heritage

(have risk factors at a younger age)

 If you have any of these signs:

  • CALL 9-1-1 and get to the hospital right away

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January 2018 Newsletter

January in the playroom

In the playroom, the children enjoy many forms of music and songs.  They have access to a variety of musical activities including: a selection of CDs that they can choose from, sing-alongs with the SMART board, finger rhymes and poems with the teachers and of course the collection of musical instruments.  Recently a child has been requesting her favorite songs to be sung many times throughout the day.  At the beginning she would simply follow along with the hand gestures, however as her confidence increases and her language improves, she is beginning to sing along.  This child is also now sharing her songs with the infants to help soothe and engage with them.   This time to explore music and song is a wonderful experience for the children and adults alike.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. January dates are the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.

 

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. January dates are the 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, please call us at 204-788-8055.

Did you know? January is

Cervical health awareness month.

 Most women age 21-69, who have ever been sexually active, should have a regular Pap test every 3 years

HPV is the human papilloma virus.

  • Over 80% of people will be infected with HPV in their lifetime.
  • HPV can cause abnormal changes on the cervix and cervical cancer.
  • 1 in 4 women will have an abnormal Pap test in her lifetime.
  • About 45 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in Manitoba.
  • Most people diagnosed with cervical cancer have not had a Pap test in five years or more.
  • Regular Pap tests can prevent up to 80% of cervical cancer.

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December 2017 Newsletter

DECEMBER IN THE PLAYROM

The playroom welcomes children from the age of three months and older. The majority of the time these children happily and excitedly come to play and learn with each other and the staff.  However, at times, sounds of joy and laughter are replaced by tears of sadness and sometimes anger.  In those moments, the staff spend extra time and attention with those not-so-happy children.  Often, the attempts to console and distract those children are successful, and they soon become engaged in play. This, however, isn’t always the case and some additional reassurance and guidance from their parent/caregiver may be needed.   Transitioning to the playroom can be difficult, but the staff are always here to support the children and the families to help ensure that it continues to be a safe place where children happily come to play and learn.

Stress

-Center on the Developing Child

 Brief increase in heart rate, mild elevations in stress hormones levels.

Serious, temporary stress responses, buffered by supportive relationships.

Prolonged activation of stress response systems in the absence of protective relationships.

As described below, these three terms refer to the stress response systems’ effects on the body, not to the stressful event or experience itself:

Positive stress response is a normal and essential part of healthy development, characterized by brief increases in heart rate and mild elevations in hormone levels. Some situations that might trigger a positive stress response are the first day with a new caregiver or receiving an injected immunization.

  • Tolerable stress response activates the body’s alert systems to a greater degree as a result of more severe, longer-lasting difficulties, such as the loss of a loved one, a natural disaster, or a frightening injury. If the activation is time-limited and buffered by relationships with adults who help the child adapt, the brain and other organs recover from what might otherwise be damaging effects.

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November 2017 Newsletter

November in the Playroom

Every so often the playroom receives a toy that captivates the imagination and interest of many children. Recently a rather large fire station was donated.  Immediately upon seeing this toy, we knew we had to bring it into the playroom.  The children were fascinated with the new addition and plenty of play followed.  To add to their experience, we ensured that several fire fighters were available as well as a collection of fire trucks and of course fire helmets for the children to wear.  By including animals and trains, the children were also able to add their own ideas to the play.  Even a red pepper shaker often found its way to the fire station, likely as a hydrant – or so we assumed.  The fire station has now been put away to allow for some “new” toys to be rotated into play.  This helps to ensure that the playroom continues to provide new and interesting activities for the children. But have no fear, the fire station will come out again.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. November dates are the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, please call us at 204-788-8055.

Transitions

– Melinda Douglass, Laurie Leinwand, Marni Amsellem, Deanna Daniels

Adjusting to change can be difficult, as even positive life transitions tend to cause some stress. Over the course of a lifetime, a person can expect to experience a significant amount of change. Some of these changes, such as marriages, births, and new jobs, are generally positive, although they may be accompanied by their own unique stressors. Other major life transitions, such as moving, retirement, or entering the “empty nest” phase of life may cause a significant amount of stress. Those who find themselves experiencing difficulty coping with life transitions may find it helpful to speak to a therapist in order to become better able to adjust to changes they cannot control.

Transitions

– Melinda Douglass, Laurie Leinwand, Marni Amsellem, Deanna Daniels

Adjusting to change can be difficult, as even positive life transitions tend to cause some stress. Over the course of a lifetime, a person can expect to experience a significant amount of change. Some of these changes, such as marriages, births, and new jobs, are generally positive, although they may be accompanied by their own unique stressors. Other major life transitions, such as moving, retirement, or entering the “empty nest” phase of life may cause a significant amount of stress. Those who find themselves experiencing difficulty coping with life transitions may find it helpful to speak to a therapist in order to become better able to adjust to changes they cannot control.

How Can Change Be Beneficial?

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October 2017 Newsletter

October in the Playroom

In the past, the staff in the playroom have had the pleasure of observing new friendships develop between several children.  Some of them in particular have a special bond with one other. A common interest with the trains has helped to foster these new friendships.  It’s nice to see these children and others learning to negotiate and compromise with each other.  These skills are important for the healthy social and emotional development of a child.  Learning to be a friend is an important skill that is necessary for their success.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. October dates are the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, please call us at 204-788-8055.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Abraham Maslow believed that human behavior is motivated by certain needs. According to him, these needs must be satisfied in a particular order starting with our lower level needs before we can satisfy higher level needs. Maslow based his theory partially on his own assumptions about human potential and partially on his case studies of historical figures whom he believed to be self-actualized. Maslow argued, the way in which essential needs are fulfilled is just as important as the needs themselves.

At the peak of this hierarchy is self-actualization. The hierarchy suggests that when the other needs at the base of the pyramid have been met, the individual can then focus their attention on this pinnacle need. Self-actualization is described as “…the desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially.”

Together, these define the human experience. To the extent a person finds cooperative social fulfillment, he establishes meaningful relationships with other people and the larger world. In other words, he establishes meaningful connections to an external reality—an essential component of self-actualization. In contrast, to the extent that vital needs find selfish and competitive fulfillment, a person acquires hostile emotions and limited external relationships—his awareness remains internal and limited.

Getting your needs met is crucial as you invest in the wellness of your body, mind and spirit and orient your life around your values and passions. In this way you actually have more to give others and you expect less in return, so you’re giving is unconditional. You can build your reserves, you are stronger, and you are a role model showing others how to treat themselves and others with true respect.

September 2017 Newsletter

 

September in the Playroom

This summer the playroom had the pleasure of having Maryam as our summer student. She has been a welcomed addition to the playroom. Her boundless energy and enthusiasm has helped to engage and make connections with the children. Playful in nature, Maryam has smoothly integrated herself into the routine and lives of the children and families. She will be missed. We wish her luck in her future studies.

 

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

 

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. September dates are the 20th and 27th.  All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, call us at 204-788-8055.

 

Nobody’s perfect

Wednesday afternoons 1:30 – 3:00

September 20th-October 18th

As a parent it’s good to remember that you don’t have to be perfect. Your child is not perfect and neither is the person in the grocery store watching you parent in a difficult moment. This is a parenting support program for parents of pre-school aged children. Parents can learn from each other while exploring together about the development of children, how to influence their behavior and the importance of taking care of their bodies and minds. Parents can register by calling 788-8055 and leaving their name and phone number. Child care is available if you let them know at the time of registration.

 

2017 Fall / Winter Series Of The New Realities Workshops

There are still some openings for the Fall / Winter series of New Realities workshops.  Please see below some basic information about the workshop we offer

All workshops run from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon and are held here at Wolseley Family Place.

Conquering Conflict

Tuesday mornings from September 12th to October 31st

Being Me

(8 sessions including Identity, Self-Perception, Body Image, Assertiveness)

Thursday mornings from September 14th to November 2nd

Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

(6 sessions including Relationship Skills, Sexual Awareness, Inter-Connection of Sex and Substance Use, and Romance)

Tuesday mornings from November 7th to December 12th

Fine Lines

(6 sessions including Boundaries, Trust, Guilt, Shame, Blame, Resentment, Forgiveness)

Thursday mornings from November 9th to December 14th

Workshops are free of charge and are for both women and men.

Coffee, tea, water and snacks are provided.

Please let us know if you need childcare when you register.

Please call Melissa at 204-788-8057 to register or if you have any questions. 

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August 2017 Newsletter

August in the Playroom

With summer finally here the staff and children are slowly making their way to the side yard. While outside the children have the opportunities to build in the sandboxes, water the plants in the garden, dig for bugs in the dirt and so much more. This time outside allows for much needed fresh air and the space to run, jump and expend some of their boundless energy. It’s amazing to see the difference in children’s behavior when they are provided this freedom to explore the outdoors, to feel the sun on their faces and to connect with nature.

 

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

 

Summer Fun in August

On August 4th, Frontier College’s Reading Tent will be set up in the side yard from 1:30-2:30, (weather permitting), for story time, fun literacy, activities and free books! Kathy will have a craft set up in the multi-purpose room also.

On August 11th, Wolseley Family Place will be closing down for the afternoon and we hope you will join us at the BNC Splash Pad

from 1:00-4:00!

On August 18th, we will have Motion Zone set up in the Mulvey School yard, (weather permitting). From 1:30 to around 2:30 Motion Zone will bring out a bunch of super fun equipment for kids (and parents too!) to try out.

Bingo will be back on September 1st.

 

Mental Health – Klinic

Everyone struggles in life at one time or another, and life’s journey has many ups and downs, twists and turns.  Life is never a straight and even path and may require the occasional detour to get to where we want to be in life. Whether you have experienced traumatic events or not, and most of us have, we all experience times when we doubt ourselves, are fearful, uncertain and feel inadequate. This is part of being human.

Trauma can affect our mental health but it doesn’t mean we are crazy, sick or ill. Remember, trauma is an injury that happens to us.

Many people think mental health is simply the absence of a mental illness. Mental health and mental illness are however two very different things.  Mental health is the sense of well-being that comes from knowing that you can cope with whatever life sends our way.  Mental health is about a quality of life and finding balance between all aspects of our lives – social, physical, spiritual and emotional.

It is understandable and very normal that when we experience traumatic events we can feel less confident in our ability to cope with what life throws at us. It can change the way you view and interact with the world around you.  While it can feel crazy making but it doesn’t mean you are crazy.  Your reactions and feelings are normal reactions to abnormal events.

You survived these traumatic events because of strengths you have and internal and external resources you could access.  This also took courage.  Recovering from the affects of trauma and enhancing your mental health is about understanding and knowing your strengths and knowing yourself. No one has perfect mental health and everyone can do things to improve their mental health.  It’s a life long journey that gets easier as you travel down the road you have already started.  You are actually farther down that road than what you might think.

 

 

June 2017 Newsletter

June in the playroom
If you’ve come into the playroom recently, you’re likely to notice our fish tank and the growing number of fish within it. The fish tank has been an important feature in the playroom for many years and never ceases to amaze and entertain both the children and adults alike. Large smiles fill the children’s faces as they discover the new baby fish hiding among the rocks. This discovery requires plenty of patience and a quiet and still hand. Talk ensues regarding the different types of fish and their needs. Our fish tank is just one way in which we can help children to develop an appreciation for nature.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch
Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. We are winding up for this year with our last group on June 7th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, give us a call at 204-788-8055.

Music Circle
On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

Caregiver’s Day
On May 19th we celebrated Caregiver’s Day. Students from MC College’s hair and aesthetics programs set up a mini-salon in the multipurpose room and over the course of the afternoon we had over 20 people get their hair or nails done!
There are some great pictures of the event that will be posted on the Wolseley Family Place Facebook page. A BIG thanks to the MC College students for making it all possible!

Mind: Insight, awareness, intention and focused attention
Relationships: Attachments impact our physical brain structure
Brain: The extended nervous system throughout our body

The Triangle of Well-being and Resilience model, developed by Dr. Dan Siegel (2010), demonstrates how our thoughts and experiences literally shape the physical connections between the various parts of our brain. The arrows in the model point in every direction. Each point in the triangle interacts with the other two to create continuous feedback loops. It demonstrates that our mind, brain and relationships are parts of an open system that is continually responding to new experiences. This capacity for change (neuroplasticity) is a new idea.

Most commonly, the term resilience has come to mean an individual’s ability to overcome adversity and continue his or her normal development.
“In the context of exposure to significant adversity, resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to the psychological, social, cultural, and physical resources that sustain their well-being, and their capacity individually and collectively to negotiate for these resources to be provided in culturally meaningful ways.”

– Dr. Michael Unger

Annual General Meeting June 13, 2017 1:00 – 3:00

April 2017 Newsletter

April in the Playroom
This past month the children in the playroom have taken an interest in letters, words and writing. To help excite this interest, we have labeled a few pieces of furniture and fixtures around the room. Immediately as children enter, they become aware of these labels and excitedly begin searching for them. As each new label is discovered the children are able to read what was written. “I can read” was a statement heard by many children. Labeling common words is just one way to help children with their early literacy. Reading with children, singing songs and rhymes and even drawing are some other ways that the playroom encourages this skill in children.

Parenting Class
Where: Wolseley family Place
When: April 19 – June 7, 2017
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Wednesday Afternoons)
Cost: Free!
How to Talk so Kids will Listen is a parenting class being offered at WFP. Communicating with children from the time they begin talking to the teen years can present interesting and varied challenges. This course is an oldie but a goodie. It is based on the book by Faber and Mazlish and gives parents insights on how to encourage cooperation while nurturing children as they grow and become their own person. To register, please call
788-8055 or email wfp.playroom@mts.net

Parenting Class
Where: Wolseley family Place
When: April 19 – June 7, 2017
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Thursday evenings)
Cost: Free!
How to Talk so Kids will Listen is a parenting class being offered at WFP. Communicating with children from the time they begin talking to the teen years can present interesting and varied challenges. This course is an oldie but a goodie. It is based on the book by Faber and Mazlish and gives parents insights on how to encourage cooperation while nurturing children as they grow and become their own person. To register, please call
788-8055 or email wfp.playroom@mts.net

Music Circle
On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

The Healthy Mind Platter
-Dr. Daniel J. Siegel

The Healthy Mind Platter has seven daily essential mental activities necessary for optimum mental health. These seven daily activities make up the full set of “mental nutrients” that your brain and relationships need to function at their best. By engaging every day in each of these servings, you promote integration in your life and enable your brain to coordinate and balance its activities. These essential mental activities strengthen your brain’s internal connections and your connections with other people and the world around you.
Focus Time When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.
Play Time When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, we help make new connections in the brain.
Connecting Time When we connect with other people, ideally in person, and when we take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain’s relational circuitry.
Physical Time When we move our bodies, aerobically if medically possible, we strengthen the brain in many ways.
Time In When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, we help to better integrate the brain.
Down Time When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, we help the brain recharge.
Sleep Time When we give the brain the rest it needs, we consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.

March 2017 Newsletter

March in the playroom
Recently the playroom acquired a large wooden doll house. It is a welcomed addition to the room. The children have been using it in many different ways. It has been a home to people, animals, cars and even a few plants. With the movable walls and doors, the children are able to re-design the house to fit their needs. The doll house has also helped to facilitate co-operative and imaginative play between children. One child who typically plays alone was observed playing with another and asking others to join in all while using the doll house as a prop. We are lucky to have such a wonderful toy in the playroom.

Music Circle
On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch
Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. March dates are the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, give us a call at 204-788-8055.

A Nail In The Fence
-Author unknown

There once was a little girl who had a bad temper. Her mother gave her a bag of nails and told her that every time she lost her temper, she must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the girl had driven 37 nails into the fence.

Over the next few weeks, as she learned to control her anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. She discovered it was easier to hold her temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the girl didn’t lose her temper at all. She told her mother about it and the mother suggested that the girl now pull out one nail for each day that she was able to hold her temper. The days passed and the young girl was finally able to tell her mother that all the nails were gone. The mother took her daughter by the hand and led her to the fence.

She said, “You have done well, my daughter, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one.” You can put a knife in a person and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say “I’m sorry”, the wound is still there.

A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Use words for good purposes. Use them to grow relationships. Use them to show the love and kindness in your heart! Unkind words cause lasting damage: Let our words be kind and sweet.

February 2017 Newsletter

February in the playroom
Snack time is an important time in the playroom. Twice a day the children can come to the table and join a staff and other children for a healthy treat. This time is a great opportunity for the children to sit together and take a break from their play.
Plenty of interesting conversations can be heard – food, families and friends are often part of these discussions. Eating is encouraged but never forced. This allows the children some control over themselves and helps them to listen to their own bodies. They are also practicing their manners and patience.
Above all, it’s a great time to recharge their bodies so they can continue to play.

Music Circle
On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

Wiggle, Giggle and Munch
Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. February dates are the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, give us a call at 204-788-8055.

Motivation
Motivation is generally defined as the force that compels us to action. Understanding motivation can be a huge contribution to understanding ourselves and why we act and react as we do. And this, in turn can help us to see what direction we might like to take our lives in so that we can come close to that idea of happiness. What is/are your motivation(s)?
Connection
Are the people and relationships in your world your guiding light?

Curiosity
Does the quest for information or knowledge matter most to you?

Success
Do you have a powerful desire to be seen as successful in the way that you define success?

Security
Do matters of security guide your life?

Control
Do you like to know where things are at and what to expect?

Peace
Do you prefer peace and quiet to all else?

Adventure
Are you content as long as there is excitement and energy?

Excellence
Is it crucially important that all details be in place?

The importance of parents
‘For each of us, the universe first comes into focus in the reflection of a caregiver’s eyes. The intensity of an infant’s need to get its bearings there is so absolute, so transcendent, that words can’t convey it.’ (Powell) For the infant, their parent is the most important person in the world. They are the child’s means of survival – physically for sure, but also emotionally and spiritually. ‘As thirst proves the existence of water, the fiery need children have for their parents proves that nature entrusted parents with an amazing power to respond. It’s an inherent circuitry, part of the natural scheme of things.’ ‘(Cooper)

JANUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER

January in the Playroom
Nestled in one back corner of the playroom is our tree-house/climber. It is a popular place for the children to play. Under the structure, children are often seen building forts with beds and blankets. The mats are incorporated into tunnels and for an extra challenge “mountain slopes” for climbing. The slide also brings much enjoyment for the children. Sliding down is fun but climbing up is even better. With a few simple props their imagination is the limit.

MUSIC CIRCLE
On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

WIGGLE GIGGLE AND MUNCH
Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. January dates are the 18th and 25th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, give us a call at 204-788-8055.

Staying Energized No Matter What: 9 Things You Can Do Every Day
– By Erika Andersen

Be kind to your body – Whenever you’re tempted to throw your own body under the bus of your crazy schedule – stop. Just for today, have a simple, healthy, delicious meal and go to bed at a reasonable hour. Things may look very different in the morning.

Practice ‘good mental hygiene’ – For instance, if you find yourself thinking, “I’ll never get out from under all of this – nobody will help me,” challenge that with more hopeful – but still realistic – thinking.

Cultivate supporters – Indulge in and appreciate the joy of being with people who support and trust you, who enrich your life and make it more joyful. And if you don’t now have such people in your life – find some.

Find time for pleasure – Five minutes of pure fun or joy in the midst of a grind can be astonishingly rejuvenating.
Limit complaining – Complaining is like smoking: it may feel great while you’re doing it, but it’s really destructive long-term.

Rest your brain – Stop thinking for a few minutes. If you know how to meditate, do that. If not, just observe your breathing.

Call time out – Excuse yourself; find someplace private; take a few minutes to cry, or yell, or breathe deeply, or do nothing. Once you feel a little more normal, come back.

Give something – When we’re stressed, we tend to get over-focused on ourselves; it’s like getting caught in a negative energy vortex. Sometimes the best way to break out of the cycle is to focus on giving of ourselves to someone else.

Be grateful – One of the most powerful ways to re-energize yourself on an awful day is to remind yourself of just one thing in your life that is wonderful.

Taking any of these steps when you’re stressed, tired and/or overworked can be a challenge. But it is possible…and the more you do it, the easier it gets.

December 2016 Newsletter

December in the Playroom
With the arrival of snow finally upon us, the children have been coming into the playroom with new excitement and wonder. When the weather permits, we will be going to the side yard to play. There are snow men, snow angels and forts to be built. To encourage and allow for this outdoor snow play it’s important that the children have their mitts, boots and snow pants.

Cold noses and toes are a part of growing up. Let’s go out and play!

Music Circle
On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

The 12 Holiday Gifts For You
Expectations can get us in trouble during the holiday season. Why is it that we somehow still hang onto the vision that we can suddenly transform the family into what we want during the holidays and all those old wounds, stories, and disappointments will shrink away when the bells start ringing and Santa’s sleigh starts flying? Unfortunately, we cannot change anyone but ourselves. We have to accept who our families are and decide for ourselves how to deal with this special time of year. Here are twelve reminders that could help if you are having difficulties sorting it out:

1. Keep your expectations of others at bay. If you have expectations, let them be for you and your own growth and learning.

2. Stop with aiming for external perfection and focus on the joy and allowing things and people to be what and who they are.

3. Remember you can’t control others or change them, so don’t even try. Relax.

4. Set healthy boundaries for yourself so you are doing what is right for you and allow others to deal with this in their own way. Don’t take it on! You are not
responsible for the feelings or reactions of others.

5. If you have triggers during the season and some past trauma comes up, embrace it and see it as a way to continue your growth and recovery.

6. Don’t “fake it till you make it,” but instead allow yourself to embrace all feelings this season and see them as an important part of you so that you can nurture
yourself and heal.

7. Give yourself the gift of self-care! Wrap that up in a great big box for you and only you! You’re on Santa’s “nice” list.

8. Worry less about gifts and more about loving those you love. They will remember the good times and the love more than any gift you will find them.

9. If you find yourself feeling sad and lonely, do something with it! Use the time to make a plan for recovery and finding new friends and support.

10. Allow your own authenticity to come alive and dance to the beat of your own drum while also being respectful of all the other beats out there!

11. If your family is too toxic and you feel it is healthier to stay away and do your own thing, do it. Don’t allow abuse of any kind.

12. If you don’t feel loved and cared about…start giving just what you want to yourself and start filling up your own tank with all the nurture you can muster. Do this
with self-compassion and your own form of spirituality.

November 2016 Newsletter

As our name suggests, the playroom is a place where children come to play. But what does that mean to play? and why is it so important? Simply put, it is through play that children are able to interact, explore and learn about the world around them. When children play together, they are learning to negotiate and compromise. As they play and build with blocks, concepts such as math and science are being explored. When a child picks up a puzzle piece and decides it’s a cell phone instead, her imagination is being fostered. Play helps children to learn new skills and master old ones. And besides, playing is just plain fun!

Wiggle, Giggle & Munch
Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. November dates are the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, give us a call at 204-788-8055.

MUSIC CIRCLE
On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

Recent research have demonstrated that children and adults learn in unique ways and that our current “one-size-fits-all” educational system sometimes caters to a handful of students in each classroom, but not to all. This is not to say that educators and schools must cater to each student’s learning style, however, we should strive to help children succeed and show their potential through other means of learning.
As Diane Ravitch said: “Sometimes, the most brilliant and intelligent students do not shine in standardized tests, because they do not have standardized minds.”
Here is an overview of the 7 different learning styles:
• Visual (spatial): You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
• Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
• Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
• Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
• Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
• Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
• Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

We all have our unique learning style. There is no right or wrong to learning styles.

October 2016 Newsletter

October in the Playroom
The children celebrated the end of the gardening season with a fragrant walk between the garden boxes in the front of Wolseley Family Place. The children enjoyed exploring the smells, textures and colors of the garden that was tended by some of the moms. The children appreciated the beauty of the lavender and petunias while studying the shape, texture and smell of the sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, oregano and basil.

Wiggle, Giggle & Munch
Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. October dates are the 5th, 12th, 19th and 27th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, give us a call at 204-788-8055.

Music Circle
On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

How to Create a Balanced Life: 9 Tips to Feel Calm and Grounded – Jasmin Tanjeloff
1. Acknowledge. Take some time to really look at your life, your state of mind, and how you’re feeling. Be honest with yourself and notice the areas of your life that you’re neglecting.

2. Examine. Notice if you’re leaning more toward an internal or external focus, or if there are areas within each category that you would like to be more balanced.

3. Set Goals. Look at the outline to help you decide which ways you want to balance your life. Make a list.

4. Plan Tasks. Make a list of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks that you will need to do to achieve each of these goals. What have you tried in the past? Did it work? If not, what can you do differently?

5. Reflect. What is the most important thing you’ve accomplished in the past? How did you stay focused toward this goal? How did you handle your fears, doubts, anxieties, worries, and negative self-talk? How does it feel to know that you accomplished the goal in spite of these parts of yourself?

6. Prepare. What is your inner “stuff” that will try to keep you from sticking to your plan (fears, worries, doubts, negative self-talk)? Can you specify the things you will say to yourself to push you off track? (For example: “Just one more bite, I’ll start eating better tomorrow”) Make a list.

7. Empower. What do you need to remember in those times? What are things you can say to that self-sabotaging part of yourself? Be kind to yourself. Balance won’t feel good if you’re cruel to yourself in creating it!

8. Connect. Is there a person or a tactic you can use to keep yourself supported, motivated, and focused in those hard times? I highly recommend connecting and sharing your inner process with someone. Find someone who can help you challenge your inner demons, and celebrate your little accomplishments.

9. Plan. Just like accomplishing any goal in life, it takes time and effort to overcome your habitual patterns and create new ones. If you stay on track with this detailed and intentional process for three whole months, then there is a good chance you will create new habits to enjoy a more balanced life going forward!

September 2016 Newsletter

September in the Playroom
Technology has been a useful tool in the promotion of movement and dance in the playroom. The children have been enjoying dancing and singing to a variety of videos created just for preschool children. Through this technology, agility and coordination are promoted as the children copy the dance routines. As well as the fun of moving to the beat of the music, early literacy skills are supported as the children follow the test as they sing along.

Wiggle, Giggle & Munch
Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. September dates are the 21st and 28th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, give us a call at 204-788-8055.

Prenatal Classes at WFP
We offer pre-natal classes on Mondays from
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for six consecutive Monday evenings and on Weekends, two full days, (Saturdays and Sundays) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are looking for pre-natal classes, look no further; give Carol a call at 788-8052.

MUSIC CIRCLE
On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

“Traumatic events happen to everyone; it is part of the human experience. Accidents, natural disasters, wars, family conflicts, sexual exploitation, child abuse and neglect, and harmful social conditions are inescapable. However, how a person responds to these circumstances is unique to that individual’s social history, genetic inheritance and protective factors that may be in the person’s life at the time. There is help out there to facilitate healing and growth, do not hesitate to reach out if needed.”
-Klinic, The trauma tool kit

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August Newsletter

August in the Playroom
Summer time brings so much to do:
* Picking & eating beans from our garden
* Building houses from paper
*Making pokeballs
* Blowing bubbles
*Watching & counting our baby fish
*Making & enjoying lemonade
* We went to Tinkertown!

Prenatal Classes at WFP
We offer pre-natal classes on Mondays from
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for six consecutive Monday evenings or on Weekends, two full days, (Saturdays and Sundays) from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are looking for pre-natal classes, look no further; give Carol a call at 788-8052.

MUSIC CIRCLE
On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

Inspirational Poem “Do what you love”
What?
You know,
I can hear what you are thinking, right?
It’s real, this love I have inside of me
And I can’t contain it
That’s why I do all of these things
Writing, Art, Designing
I mean, what is love
If you don’t share it, right?
And what is life
If you don’t live it, right?

What is art
If you don’t see it, right?
What is writing
If you don’t read it, right?
I guess it’s simple,
I’m doing what I love.
Are you?

By Sophia Stone

The Donkey in the Well
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.
Finally he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.
At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing!
He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbor’s continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the wall and trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out alive is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping and never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!

July 2016 Newsletter

July in the Playroom
One afternoon, after a day of rain, a group of children gathered around a log to see what would be found under it. To everyone’s surprise, there were many big juicy earthworms on the top of the soil. After watching and a little hesitation, a three year old said “I want to feel one.” She touched one and then all the children wanted to feel what a worm felt like too. The children intently observed the worms and then watched as they returned underground where they can work to enrich the soil of our garden and grass.

MUSIC CIRCLE
On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

PREVENTATIVE DENTAL PROGRAM
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is offering a preventative dental program for children aged 9 months to 5 years old. A Registered Dental Hygienist will apply a protective coating called fluoride varnish to your child’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay (cavities). There is no cost. Parents can bring their children to Wolseley Family Place on July 7, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. If you have questions, please call 204-788-8055.

The Four agreements
by don Miguel Ruiz
1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
As you practice living these four practices your life will dramatically change. In the beginning these new habits will be challenging and you will lapse countless times. With practice these agreements become integrated into your being and every area of your life and become easy habits to keep.

June 2016 Calendar

JUNE IN THE PLAYROOM
In the playroom, children have been finding a variety of ways to play with our new colored scarves. On the first day three children rolled in the scarves and covered each other before erupting like volcanos out of the pile. The large chiffon-like squares have been turned into costumes and used as veils, capes and skirts. One child quietly draped the bookcase and computer while another group used the scarves to pull each other on the carpet. The scarves are open ended objects that allow the children to use their imaginations and explore the fabric in new and unexpected ways.

Wiggle, Giggle & Munch
Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. June dates are the 1st, 8th and 15th. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, give us a call at 204-788-8055.

Music Circle
On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

HELPING YOUR CHILD EXPRESS HIS OR HER FEELINGS
When their kids have an outburst, many parents give them a “time-out.” Kristin Neff, however, suggests giving your kids a “time-in.” In her book she includes a helpful exercise based on Coleman’s MAP protocol. It aims to help your child process “big feelings,” such as a tantrum or crying.
When kids misbehave, sometimes it’s because they’re seeking support and connection, Neff explains. This exercise helps you connect to your child and teaches them to express their emotions healthfully.
According to Neff, this exercise “allows your child’s feelings to ‘be felt’ and accepted. It shows your child that you are willing to help him and that your love means you will be welcoming and accepting of his emotions – even difficult ones.”
Neff gives the following suggestions for creating a “time-in”:

First, make sure you’re calm yourself. This way, you can truly tend to your child’s needs. If you’re not, tell your child that you’ll need 10 seconds to calm down.

Have a specific spot for “time-in,” like a chair or cushion you can move throughout the house. Both you and your child will sit there.

Invite your child to come to this spot. “If he is emotionally out of control and presents a danger to others, he may need help getting there.”

Keep your tone “firm, reassuring and kind.” Be sensitive and sympathetic. Try to be present, in the moment.

Observe your child closely and try to figure out the feelings and meaning beneath their behavior.

Help your child describe their feelings when they’re finally relatively calm. Neff suggests saying something like: “You look like you’re struggling with this …” or “This looks hard for you; are you angry/afraid/sad?”

Wait for your answer, and listen intently. “Acknowledge and accept the answer (or lack thereof).”