We recently had a very special visitor to our Family Child Care Home! Julie Lewis, of Sassy Tuna is a trained animator and designer who teaches art classes to adults and children. She teaches and demonstrates drawing in a very personalized and patient way, and was wonderful with our children, going through the process step-by-step.
We painted self-portraits, and our little ones loved it!
Art plays an important role in early childhood education. Art fosters sensory perception, offers children a chance to experiment, create, and build, strengthens their ability to think and make decisions, and helps children make sense of the world around them. And art is fun! Children have a natural tendency to create. We see this daily in their play, and art is one medium through which children can satisfy this need to create and express themselves.
As always, with children’s art activities it is more about the process than the final product, but we think our children are pretty talented!
On February 12th, our group at Little Tulips Family Child Care participated in the 17th Annual Kids Helping Kids Daycare Dance-a-Thon!
We are always excited to show our support for the Janeway, and to help ensure that the children of our province receive the best care possible.
The Daycare Dance-A-Thon was a great opportunity to show our children how we can have fun while helping others.. plus it’s an excuse to dance in the middle of the day!
This year, we raised $400.00 for the Janeway!!
On behalf of the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre, the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation and the many families that benefit from fundraising initiatives such as the Daycare Dance-a-Thon, we thank you for your support!
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!
Thanks to all of you for your continued love and support.
Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
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!
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
On June 30th, we wore blue to show our support for Ava, and all other families who are affected by Arthrogryposis!
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!
Today, 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!
Then we took it outside!
Our little ones loved learning about bugs, and we love to encourage hands-on imaginative play.
These “Bug” activities were from Koala Crate.