Jan
04

Exciting News Ancaster! Brand new Today’s Family location opening this month

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Today’s Family is excited to announce that child care will be available at not one, but two new locations as of the beginning of January! The first location is Tiffany Hills Elementary School in Ancaster. This school is brand new and combines the populations of both Chedoke and Ancaster Meadow Elementary Schools. Before and After School program will be available on January 9th, and a full-fledged child care program will be available in coming months. Of course, we’ll keep you posted!

The Before and After School  program is made available to children in Junior Kindergarten through age 12. The hours run from 7am until the start of school, and the end of school until 6pm.

P.A. Day programs will also be available.

For more information, or to register your child for any of the programs previously mentioned, call us at (905) 974 9344. We can’t wait to be part of the community!

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Until next time!

– Today’s Family

Dec
30

Let It Snow with Two Art Projects That Are Jack Frost Approved

It never quite seems like winter until there’s snow on the ground, which is why this recent warmer weather really bummed us out. But while we wait for Jack Frost to pay us another visit, there’s no reason why we can’t make our own snow! Today we’re going to look at two ways to make beautiful and unique snowflakes using stuff lying around your house.

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1. Handful of Snow

We absolutely LOVE all of those hand print crafts – they’re adorable, easy to make, and serve as amazing mementos.

What you’ll need:

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  • Paper (blue is best)
  • White or silver paint
  • A palette (we like plain paper plates)

Step One: Pour some paint on the palette. Then, stick your hand in there and get your palm coated with the paint.

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Step Two: Press your hand firmly on the paper, with your palm in the middle and your fingers stretching to the outside of the page.

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Step Three: Add more paint, and make more hand prints. Keep rotating the paper to make your snowflake super fluffy! (It looks a lot cuter if you have smaller hands!)

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2. The Paper Snowflake

Sure, they look complicated, but these classic winter crafts are actually super simple to make! We’ve made these with our preschool kids, but older children can make even more complicated patterns and will get a kick out of this craft too!

What you’ll need:

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  • Paper (any colour, but we like white)
  • Scissors

Step One: Before we start folding, we need a square piece of paper. You can pick up some origami paper with beautiful patterns at your local craft store, or you can trim down your basic piece of printer paper. Take one of the corners and fold it across to the opposite edge to make a triangle, and then cut away the now unfolded bit. Boom! Square paper!

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Step Two: We’re going to do some fancy folding. First, fold your paper in half, diagonally.

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Step Three: Fold it in half again.

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Step Four: This is the tricky part. We’re going to fold our paper into thirds. Take one of the pointier corners and drag it over to the opposite side to make two triangles that are roughly the same size. Then, flip your paper over and fold the other corner the same way. Don’t worry if you don’t get perfect triangles the first time: this is a hard step and takes some practice!

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Step Five: Now the fun part! Take your scissors and cut away the two “tails” at the top of the paper. The more angled the cut, the pointier your snowflake will be.

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Step Six: Cut out a cool pattern! You can experiment with your own patterns, or you can look at some of our examples below.

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Step Seven: The most important part! Unfold your paper and watch your snowflake grow before your very eyes!

And that’s it, folks! Did you have fun making your own snowflakes? Show us what you made! Tag us on Twitter, @TodaysFamilyOnt or on Facebook where we’re Today’s Family Early Learning and Child Care.

Until next time!

– Today’s Family

Dec
23

Guest Blogger: Nikki Kennedy and The Mohawk College OEYC

Happy Friday, Friends!

Today we’d like to introduce you to someone. Our guest blogger this week is Nikki Kennedy! Nikki has been working with Today’s Family since she first started as a Registered Early Childhood Educator. Now, she is the Coordinator of our Mohawk College Ontario Early Years Centre and also works as a Placement Consultant in our Administration Office.

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(picture courtesy of Mohawk College: https://everydayheroes.mohawkcollege.ca/2015/02/17/nicole/)

“I love working at Today’s Family in the Mohawk College Ontario Early Years Centre. Mohawk functions within and as its own neighbourhood. Those who come here get to experience the unique culture. At the OEYC, we share the space with talented musicians. Down the hall, we get to see artwork created by photography and graphic arts students. The children mirror the older population of students; they study in their own way and work hard every day. Learning is everywhere; and we get to see it in so many forms, under one roof. Our smallest learners get to use the most unique space to inspire their learning moments at the OEYC. For example, 3-year-old Addison, spent the afternoon in our bubble window reading book after book.”

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So, after hearing from Nikki about one particular Ontario Early Years Centre, you may have a few questions. What is an OEYC anyways?

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Ontario Early Years Centres are places where parents, grandparents, caregivers, and children six years of age and younger play and learn together.

At the Ontario Early Years Centres, parents and caregivers can:

  • Take part with their children in a range of programs and activities
  • Get answers to questions
  • Get information about programs and services that are available for young children
  • Talk to early years professionals as well as with other parents and caregivers in the community

For more information on activities and events at the Ontario Early Years Centres, you can visit their website at www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/FamilyPrograms.html

Nov
20

It’s National Child’s Day: The Children’s Charter of Rights

On National Child’s Day 2016, we share with the Children’s Charter of Rights. The charter was created in partnership with children, children’s agencies and the City of Hamilton. Over 2000 children and youth of Hamilton created the Charter in their own words, through extensive community engagement.

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To read and view the Charter in its entirety, please go to: https://www.hamilton.ca/city-initiatives/strategies-actions/hamiltons-renewed-charter-rights-children-and-youth

The Children’s Charter of Rights:

I have the right to be heard
I have the right to live in a home, in a neighbourhood
I have the right to live with and be cared for by family
I have the right to have friends
I have the right to good food, and warm, clean clothes
I have the right to a healthy earth to live on
I have the right to play
I have the right to learn more things
I have the right to express myself, my personality and thoughts without judgement
I have the right to be proud of who I am
I have the right to make choices
I have the right to special help like a wheelchair if I ever need it
I have the right to know about and practice my culture
I have the right to care for living things
I have the right to be safe, secure, and healthy
I have the right to be free from discrimination
I have the right to rest
I have the right to privacy

 

Nov
11

Let’s Visit: The Greendale Preschoolers

The Emergent Curriculum is all about letting kids do what they do best in the early years. It acknowledges that all children are born with the ability to learn valuable skills and life lessons all on their own – with a bit of supervision of course!

Today we’ll take a look at the Preschoolers at our Greendale location and the things they’ve been learning lately.

It’s November, but the ground isn’t frozen yet! That means the little ones can still take advantage of one of their favourite playground features – the sandbox! Digging is always a favourite. But if you look closer, there is more that meets the eye.

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For example, we have some teamwork going on here. 3 preschoolers working together to accomplish a common goal – to fill the bucket.

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the playground, some hockey players can be seen! But where’s the ball? It’s pretend, of course! They communicate with each other, shouting out where the ball is, who has it and where it’s going. This type of imaginative play builds skills in teamwork, communication and creativity!

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All around the playground are things that go! Tricycles, trucks and diggers galore. These sorts of toys encourage kids to build skills in hand-eye coordination and motor skills (no pun intended)! They also build the first experiences with cause and effect relationships, such as what happens when they move their truck or tricycle downhill.

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Of course, it’s still Autumn here at Today’s Family! That means that the Preschoolers are still enjoying the leaves. This time, one of the teachers helped them rake the leaves into a pile before throwing them up in the air. What goes up must come down!

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Thanks for checking in with us! We’ll see you next week!

Until then,

– Today’s Family

Nov
04

Autumn Exploring and An Art Project

Happy Friday Friends! It’s November, and the trees are giving their last hurrah as far as colour goes. We wanted to make sure we got outside to enjoy their autumn splendor before they fall.

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Why not go for a hike with your little ones? Ask them what colours they see. Most importantly, collect some leaves for the art project we’re doing later!

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DIY Preserved Leaves and Leaf Mobile

You will need:

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  • Your leaves
  • Wax paper
  • An iron
  • An old towel
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch
  • String
  • A Stick/Piece of dowel

Step One: Lay your towel out on your ironing board and lay your wax paper on top. Then, lay your leaves flat out on the wax paper leaving a space between each one.

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Step Two: lay another piece of wax paper on top of your leaves, then put the other half of your towel on top.

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Step Three: Iron! Keep going until the wax paper has sealed around the leaves.

Step Four: Once cool, cut out your leaves leaving enough space to ensure that they stay sealed. Leave a space for your hole to go.

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Step Five: Punch holes in your wax paper, then loop string through the holes.

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Step Six: Tie the string to your stick, and add a loop at the top.

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Now you have a lovely fall decoration that will last well into the winter!

If you make your own Leaf Mobile, let us know! We’d love to see! Tag us on Twitter @TodaysFamilyOnt or on Facebook @Today’s Family Early Learning and Child Care.

We’ll see you next week!

– Today’s Family