Summer Lovin’

It’s here!! Summer seemed to be a long time coming, but it has arrived in full force!  The weather has been incredible (unusual for us here in Newfoundland), but we’ll take it! We have been enjoying the sun and the heat, and have been spending as much time outdoors as we can possibly stand! Here are some photos of what we’ve been up to lately!

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Spring has Sprung!

Spring has finally arrived at Little Tulips Family Child Care! The weather is warming up and we have been able to get outside and do some gardening!

Gardening is an exciting activity for all children. We embrace any opportunity for hands-on learning, and exploring nature is a perfect example of that.  Because our program includes children with and without special needs, we plan our activities to cover a broad range of developmental levels, always with a focus on sensory experiences.

This week, we got our hands dirty. We dug holes, spread soil, selected plants and flowers and decided where they would go. We tucked them in and covered their roots, then sprinkled the soil with water. Our children were involved in every step, and they loved every minute of it! Every day we check on our flowers to see how they are doing.

Our children are proud of our garden, and the work that they put into it. We are proud of them for all of their effort and enthusiasm!

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Puppy Love

This week, we were happy to welcome the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs back to our centre!  Our children just loved their first visit with us, and they were excited to see the little dogs again! These pups are so affectionate and friendly.  It was a great way to brighten up a rainy day!

Thank you, Panda, Missy and Abby.  We look forward to seeing you again!

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ECE Week

May 25 – 31 is ECE Week in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Whether you work in an early learning and child care centre or a regulated family child care home, this is a week to celebrate the important work that Early Childhood Educators do with children and families!

Click HERE to view a statement that was given in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services.

Minister Proclaims Early Childhood Educators Week

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Happy Easter!

To celebrate Easter, the children at Little Tulips Family Child Care had an Easter egg hunt, coloured paper eggs, made hand print bunnies, read stories about Spring and devoured some yummy treats! We love to celebrate the holidays and to make exceptional days out of ordinary ones. We take every opportunity to create meaningful celebrations with our family and the children in our care.

Easter CollageI ordered an Easter Treat Box from Angela and Kate, the two girls behind “Happiness is Homemade Baked Goods”. A portion of the sales of their treat boxes went to the Janeway Children’s Hospital.  “The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation is a registered Canadian charitable organization created to raise funds to benefit the healthcare of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most precious resource – our children.  Easter is such a joyous time for children, let’s help make it extra special for those who are living with health and medical issues.”

Always happy to do our part!

However you celebrate Easter, let it be colourful, let it be meaningful, let there be memories!

Happy Easter, peeps!

 

Happy Anniversary to us!!

This month, Little Tulips Family Child Care is celebrating it’s first anniversary!
That’s right.. we are one year old!

DSC_0466sIt has been an awesome year, and a busy one! We have had some very special visitors to our home, including horses and therapy dogs. We have been entertained by story-tellers, local musicians and performers, and we have created partnerships with some wonderful organizations like Project Grace and 3E Love.

We work closely with the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre and have had visits from physiotherapists, occupational and speech therapists, early intervention specialists, and developmental and behavioural practitioners. We have hosted ISSP meetings and have witnessed the remarkable things that can happen when people work together!

Great things are happening here every day. Over the past year, we have witnessed our children achieve many milestones in their lives, including learning to crawl, walk, communicate and gain independence. It is a tremendously rewarding role that we have as educators and child care providers, and we don’t take that for granted.

DSC_0472sWe are extremely thankful to the many individuals who have been a part of our success this past year. We have a wonderful home visitor and Inclusion Consultant, and I know they both enjoy spending time with us.

We have an amazing little group of children here, and we are thankful for the opportunity to work with each and every one of them!

We are striving to make a difference. We are striving to improve the quality of life for children with special needs, their families, and our community.

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We are excited to see what the next year has in store for Little Tulips!
Here’s to many more!

-Julie and Andrew

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Fun with Drums

Our friend Gillian from Project Grace came by recently with percussionist Jonathan Hicks to do a drum session with our group.  Jon brought a variety of percussion instruments, from large congas, and a djembe, to chimes, and small shakers from around the world.

Drumming is often used in music therapy. Therapists use drum and percussion experiences to help children with special needs in the areas of motor strength and control.  We noticed that our own children enjoyed standing up to the tall drums and would shift their balance as they tapped with both hands.

Drumming and drum circles can also contribute to significant social and emotional improvements for the participants involved. For children with special needs, drumming can be a powerful tool to help them address many areas of development, such as communication, fine and gross motor, social, emotional and cognitive needs.

We had a great time trying out all of the instruments.  Thanks so much for sharing them with us!

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