Well, that was a busy summer, and talk about great weather! We visited all kinds of camps, birthday parties, early learning centres and playgrounds. We played with kids from 18 months to 12 years old, got wet and dirty, and had a blast!
The re-usable water balloons that I found time to crochet were a big hit, both at home with my boys and on the road on hot days. I’m told they make a most satisfying *splat* without hurting the target!
If you want to get in on the action next spring / summer / fall, check back here around April 1 to book your dates!
If you’ve thought about booking an adventure play session for the spring or summer, get in touch with us right away to get your choice of dates for the upcoming warm weather season!
We are booking now for dates through August 31 – call or email today!
Just a quick update to let you all know that our PD course “Loose Parts for Outdoors Gets Real”, offered through NSCECE was a great time for all the participants! We took our loose parts over to the South Common after lunch and invited the kids there to come play with us. There were lots of puzzled looks, but they came and checked out the materials and had a great time!
If you are looking to try out some outdoor loose parts before making an investment at our site, give us a call!
We’ll be offering two PD classes at the NSCECE this fall – an evening introduction to loose parts for those not yet familiar (Taking Loose Parts Outside), and a longer day session for those wanting to dive deeper (Loose Parts for Outdoors Gets Real). The longer session will include a ‘pop-up’ playground event on the South Common by the Willowtree intersection – check out their online catalog to sign up!
For the 2017-18 school year T.K.Adventure Play will be one of the ‘external providers’ who visit every program site. We will be taking our loose parts on the road and helping Excel program staff see the power of loose parts in their play spaces!
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates as we travel around the Halifax area. We will be visiting no matter the weather, so we may be indoors or outdoors, but we’ll be having fun either way!
This summer we’ve had a great time travelling around visiting day camps, child care centres, and even helping host birthday parties!
Some of our hosts were:
Indian Point Young Naturalists Club
Roots & Boots Forest School
Windsor Junction Community Centre
Christopher Allen’s Pre-school
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Halifax
Windsor Park Military Family Resource Centre
Family SOS in Greystone
Thanks to everyone who had us come to visit – we hope to see you again soon!
Last weekend I attended the annual conference of the NS Childcare Association, both as an educator and a trade show participant.
The keynote speaker on Saturday morning, Anne Marie Coughlin, is the Educational Director at London Bridge Child Care Services in London, Ontario, Canada. She spoke about the many different gifts we bring as educators, and to make sure we value those, not try to fit ourselves into some stereotype of what an education ‘should’ look like. She also emphasized the importance of language when working with children, to make sure we are not de-valuing their learning or skills or autonomy by assigning labels like ‘cute’ when in fact so much of what child do and say and learn every day is more like ‘awesome’!
The break-out sessions focused on topics like looking ourselves, knowing who we are as educators, and providing information about the new NS Early Learning Framework that is being developed and piloted in many centres across the province.
It was an excellent event and I met many new people in the field. My trade show booth had plenty of visitors, and I have lots of follow-up to do in booking visits for the upcoming summer. If you are planning to book, do it soon! 🙂