Happy Christmas

The end of the year is always a very exciting time for us at Little Tulips!

We are thankful for all that we have been privileged to experience over the past several months, and we are very proud of all that our children have accomplished.

We celebrated this week with our annual Christmas party, and we were happy to welcome parents and siblings to our Family Child Care home. We had a wonderful visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and our little ones were thrilled to see them!

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Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

Little Mummers

The holidays are just around the corner, and we are getting in the festive spirit! Leading up to Christmas, we have been learning about the distinct cultural tradition of Mummering in Newfoundland and Labrador. Mummering was more common years ago in the smaller communities around the island, when people would disguise themselves in funny clothing and go door to door, making surprise visits to their friends and neighbours. It has been making a comeback in recent years, with the introduction of the Mummers Festival in St. John’s.

This week, we looked at lots of pictures of people dressed up as Mummers. We listened to The Mummer’s Song (on repeat), and we learned how to play an ‘ugly-stick’! Our little ones had so much fun putting on silly outfits, with sheets covering their faces. We danced and sang and had a grand old time!

Mummering is a wonderful tradition that has been passed down through generations, and we are keeping it going!

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Jamarama 2015

Jamarama15On Friday, October 16th, Little Tulips Family Child Care participated in Jamarama, in support of the Janeway Children’s Hospital. We had so much fun wearing our pajamas, and we were happy to be able to donate to such an important cause! Wearing pajamas is a sign of solidarity and support for the brave little ones in the hospital who don’t get to change out of their pajamas. It lets them know that we understand what they are going through and that we are fighting for them. Our children use the services of the Janeway on a regular basis, and so we know how important it is to offer our support.

Little Tulips Family Child Care raised an incredible $823.00 for the Janeway through Jamarama this year! Thank you to all who donated, for your participation, and for helping to make a real difference. It is because of engaged and caring community members – people like you! – that the Janeway can continue to provide the best possible pediatric health care in the province. Remember, every little bit counts!

DSC_0883DSC_0859“There’s a lot of money in here! You’ve got to give it to the doctors so they can make people feel better. The doctors will be so happy and they will smile at us!”

DSC_0876JamaramaCollageDSC_0915*Update*  This week, we presented our cheque to the Janeway Hospital Foundation!

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Arthrogryposis Awareness Day

The Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has recognized June 30 as Arthrogryposis Awareness Day, to promote greater understanding of the condition and those affected by it. http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2015/health/0630n03.aspx

Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) is described as congenital (from birth) joint contractures in two or more areas of the body. A contracture is a condition in which a joint becomes permanently fixed in a bent or straightened position, completely or partially restricting the movement of the affected joint.

Our friend, Ava was born with a type of Arthrogryposis called Amyoplasia, which is characterized by severe joint contractures and muscle weakness. You can read Ava’s story here – http://www.throughthetulips.ca/2015/06/tulip-tales-ava.html

DSC_8608On June 30th, we wore blue to show our support for Ava, and all other families who are affected by Arthrogryposis!

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Bugs!

Spring is here! The weather is finally warming up and our little ones are enjoying spending as much time as possible outdoors. We are getting ready to plant some flowers in our garden, and have been doing some activities focused around plants and insects and all of that fun stuff!

We have a bug matching game – a set of colourful cards with bugs with different colours and patterns. Our kids love to find the bugs with the same colours, with the same number of spots, and with the same shape antennae!

DSC_8021sToday, we did a bug dress-up activity. We made a felt cape with wings, decorated it with felt shape stickers and made a headband with antennae to complete our bug costume!

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These “Bug” activities were from Koala Crate.