Happy Summer, Everyone! I hope that you are all enjoying the sunshine and time off of school so far. This has been an incredible summer for us so far as we have some VERY exciting news to share! We will be growing by one location this fall, as we have been selected to operate the child care Centre in Sacred Heart Community School. We are both humbled and honored to have this opportunity, and are so looking forward to meeting new families to join us on our Centre’s journey. Sacred Heart is a beautiful school with an amazing emphasis on Early Childhood Education and we are excited about all that is to come.
We will be busy preparing this new location to open in September of 2017, and will be holding an Open House in August… all are welcome to attend this event. We will be looking for your help or donations of certain items throughout the summer, and hope that you get as excited about this as we already are!
If you are registered for this new Centre, welcome to our Normanview family! We hope that you feel at home here with us. If you are interested in registering for a spot in this new Centre, please contact Cara Steiner at 306-949-6684 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to meeting you, and we will keep you updated in this space about everything as more information comes available.
Attention all families! We have been talking about recycling and taking care of the Earth with the children at the house over the past few weeks, and we will be doing a project and collecting bottles until May 31, 2017. The downstairs staff will be using the money raised from recycling to purchase a new toy that the children pick out as a group.
We were talking to the children about it today and one of the little boys said that we were “going to take our bottles to SARCASM so we can get a new toy!!” Obviously we are all really excited, ha ha, and would love any can or bottle donations that you would like to bring in for us!
I can’t wait for summer. We had so much fun last year catching bugs and finding flowers and leaves and learning things about where we live. We spent hours in the backyard and the park. We grew flowers and built sand castles and played in water every chance we had. We visited with our neighbours and talked to them when they walked by or when they brought their brand new puppies over. It was an exciting several months!
Recently though, I have been feeling challenged to have us all start to talk to the children about people and cultures that are in other parts of the world. There is so much more than our backyard to learn about! Last Friday we found this amazing “glowing globe” that invites the children to play ever so nicely. The first few days that it was out, it was just kind of there. The children didn’t know what it was, and were not really that interested in it. However, as books and pictures and other ideas were slowly added to it, all of a sudden it became a fun place to play! This morning when I got in to work, the teachers had made these little puppets that the children can match to where they live in the world and now everyone wants to see where in the world different people are from.
With all of the events that have been happening lately in the world, I think that it is more important than ever to teach the children (and remember for ourselves) that the way someone looks or where they come from really doesn’t matter at all. We all look different from each other and have unique personalities, ideas, and languages, and we want to celebrate that! If we can do this right from the start, perhaps our children will have richer relationships as well as a deeper sense of acceptance and belonging in this great country and world that we live in.
If any parents have anything from home that you would like to bring in (like family pictures or dolls or books) please let us know if you would like to share those things with us for a little bit! We’d love to learn more about your child and your family!
This afternoon, one of my Educators sent me a photo of the kids at nap time. One of the children was insistent today that she help rub the backs of some of our smaller children. The Educator let her help, as this child loves to be a helper and loves to take care of all of our stuffies, dollies, and apparently now also her friends. What started out as an Educator allowing the “rules” to bend and not being so stuck on keeping things “how they should be” turned into the photo above. I do promise that I know all the regulations about children’s beds being a certain distance away from each other, but for today, I didn’t have the heart to break up an incredibly touching moment where two of the children showed us in a simple way what it looks like to care for each other. I have been thinking about this photo all afternoon.
There are so many things in childcare that are staggeringly important. I can let myself be overwhelmed with the responsibility of what we do if I stop too long to think about it. Usually, I try to reflect on things at the end of the day, while at home and enjoying time with family and my puppies, but it usually sneaks in during the day too… much like this afternoon with our little photo. So far this year, I have been thinking about the importance of caring for each other and treating each other the way we would want others to treat us. It seems that no matter where I go, it is hard to get away from news of people treating each other in ways that shock and often upset me.
It seems that now, more than ever, one of the most important things about this job is for us to teach all these little humans about caring for each other. We are going to be different (which, by the way, is OKAY), and sometimes we are going to disagree (ALSO OKAY), but at the end of the day we are all people with thoughts and ideas and dreams for the future. I think that supporting each other’s differences is what makes us stronger. When we combine all the different things we are individually good at we end up with a pretty amazing, well-rounded Center!
For as long as I am at Normanview, hugs will be free and given easy. Children will be accepted for who they are, and a spirit of friendship and happiness will be our goal. And on days like today, when we are caring for each other even when we sleep, I can reflect on today knowing that the future will be bright indeed.