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February 2018 Newsletter


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.

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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.

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December 2017 Newsletter


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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June 2016 Calendar

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.

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