October 29th is Take Me Outside Day 2014, and at Little Tulips Family Child Care, we are committed to spending at least one hour outside!
Take Me Outside Day, in partnership with The David Suzuki Foundation and The Child and Nature Alliance of Canada, is an opportunity for schools across Canada and around the world to show the importance of getting outside. It’s a day to support education extending beyond four walls and a desk!
Last year, Take Me Outside Day had approximately 500 schools participate. This year, David Suzuki will be supporting this initiative and joining along with hundreds of schools across the country and around the world to help raise awareness about the importance of spending more time outside.
Research shows that outdoor play in a natural setting makes kids healthier and happier, and we love healthy, happy kids! Children are naturally drawn to active play outdoors. It allows them to explore their environment, develop strength and coordination, and gain self-confidence. The outdoors is the very best place for preschoolers to practice and master physical development skills like running, jumping and climbing. Outdoor play also contributes to social / emotional development, when children are free to express themselves and learn about the world in their own way.
Aside from the physical, social, and health benefits that we know to be true, playing outside is FUN! So, get out there!
On Friday, October 17th, the children and staff at Little Tulips Family Child Care wore their pajamas and raised $100 for the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation!
For us, Jamarama was a fun day in our comfy jammies, but for some kids it means so much more. We are thankful for the services we have received at the Janeway, and we are happy to support such an important cause. The money raised for the Janeway Children’s Hospital through Jamarama provides the children of our province with the best care possible. Your donations are greatly appreciated!
It’s cold and flu season, and I just wanted to pass along this little diagram to help you decide when you should keep your child home from daycare. Please keep in mind that in our small group, we have some children who are medically fragile and more susceptible to illness. This means that a simple cold could be detrimental to some of our little ones. If your child has any of the following symptoms, or if they are not well enough to participate in our daily program, please keep them home.
Our Little Tulips are participating in ‘Steptember‘ – an exciting, 4-week team activity that provides participants with the opportunity to improve their health, fitness and well-being, all while raising awareness and much needed funds for people with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.
The Challenge – get a team of four people together! Each team member challenges themselves to take 10,000 steps per day, tracking their daily step count and recording their total steps on their personalized ‘Steptember’ webpage. Participants don’t have to just walk – there are more than 40 activities including those for wheelchairs or adapted bikes that you can convert into steps!
Team of four? – Check!
Pedometers and handbooks? – Check!
The desire to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Associations across Canada? – Check!
We are ready for it!
Please donate to our Little Tulips team at: http://bit.ly/1AXGwgV
Thank you for helping to raise funds and support a life without limits for people with disabilities!
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!
“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” – Lady Bird Johnson
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!