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June 2013

Volume 10 Issue 10

CROW Comments
Summer playgroups will run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Monday playgroups will start on July 8 because our space is being used by another organization. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will start June 19, 21. They are open from 9 a.m.11 a.m. CROW 25th Anniversary Tea: We are planning a tea to celebrate CROWs 25 years. Please join us on September 21 in Middleville, at the Township Hall. This is where it all began!! More details to follow in September. Participant Survey: Please complete the survey by June 11, 2013. Thank you for your input. English: Francais Sprinkler Party: August 21 11a.m2 p.m. at Mill of Kintail. Bring a picnic lunch, sunscreen, bathing suits etc and come join us for a day of fun. Donations will be taken at the gate for the Mill of Kintail and United Way. Step Into Kindergarten: GOOD NEWS!! We are offering a Step into Kindergarten program afternoons from 1-3 p.m. beginning July 15. There will be 5 one week sessions for children who will be entering kindergarten September 2013. Space is limited to 10 children. All sessions will be held at 91 Cornelia St. at the CROW main office site. Please call to register 613-283-0095 ext 300. CROW is seeking one person to join our CROW Board. For more information, please call 613-283-0095 ext 303. Childhood Quotation: You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next 16 years telling them to sit down and be quiet. (anonymous)

Inside this issue:

Providers Page Literacy Page Parenting Page Parenting Page 2 3 4 5

Songs/fingerplays 6 Playgroups Workshops 7 8

Childrens Resources on Wheels (CROW) programs include : Ontario Early Years Centre Licensed Home Child Care CROW is dedicated to supporting and strengthening childcare, family life, child development and community links in Lanark County We Believe: That programs and services for families should be open to everyone

The Stress of Structure

Because of changes in Canadian society, children today tend to start structured activities at a younger age. By the time they are in kindergarten, many children spend most of their week in school, child care and a variety of other scheduled activities. Often they have little time left for just plain play. Is all this activity enriching or exhausting? Stimulating or stressful? Does it encourage certain areas of development while neglecting others? When finding the balance, it is important to keep in mind free play continues to contribute to all aspects of childrens development long after they start school. Child-led learning When they play, children have opportunities to solve technical problems, correct mistakes, negotiate conflicts, get physical exercise, improve coordination, express emotions and work out tensions. Perhaps the most important quality of free play is children direct it themselves: they make the rules and decide when to start, stop and change direction. Finding a balance Parents and caregivers will make choices between planned activities and unstructured play according to their own situation and their childrens needs. Here are a few factors to think about when looking for a balance: Monitor the stress level. Older children may be

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In free play, children make the rules and decide when to start, stop and change direction.

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able to clearly tell you theyre doing too much, but look for signs of stress in their behaviour too. Stress caused by time pressures often shows up as frequent frustration, anger and swings from being overexcited to very tired. (While youre at it, check to see if youre showing signs of strain too.) If you see those signals, its time to cut back and allow for some downtime and daydreaming. In general, children in primary school are comfortable with one extracurricular activity during the week and another on the weekend. Limit screen time. Time spent in front of the TV, computer and video games may be relaxing and even educational, but it leaves less time for unstructured play. Resist the temptation to let the screen think for children. Set up stimulating play spaces with props like blocks, big cardboard boxes, dress-up clothes and accessories, then let their imagination guide them. Take them outdoors where they can be inspired by structures for climbing and sand for digging. Let them work through boredom. If children are

used to having all their time planned, they may find it hard at first to invent their own pastimes. You may also find it hard not to move in and organize them. Make a few suggestions, but then step back and let them rediscover their own resourcefulness. Ease up on competition. As they get older, children learn to play games with rules and with winners and losers. But they also enjoy just playing catch or shooting a few baskets with no one keeping score. Allow time and space for both kinds of activities. Reorganize the value in the process. In play, the learning is in the process, not the end result. Support this kind of learning by not expecting your children to produce a perfect final product. When children try out a new craft, concentrate on what theyve learned from exploring unfamiliar materials. Recognize all children are discovering and practicing when they make up a new game, design and build a go-cart or invent their own choreography to their favourite music. Join in the fun. Downtime and unstructured play are good for adults too. Every now and then, leave your plans behind and let the children lead you into their world of spontaneity.

Literacy Page
Summer Reading Tips for Parents of Babies, Toddlers and Young Children Summer offers many unique opportunities to weave literacy into everyday activities with your child. Beach trips, swimming in a pool or family barbecues provide ideal opportunities for conversation, book reading and looking at lettersskills that will help your child become a reader and writer later in life. Try some of the following tips: Be a reader yourself. When you read newspaper, books and write letters and list, you show your young child how reading and writing are useful. Set aside a consistent time each day for reading aloud. Choose a read-aloud time that fits your familys summer schedule and stick to it every day. Your baby, toddler or young child will look forward to this special time together. Connect read-aloud choices to summer activities. Read a book about the beach before or after a beach trip, read The Very Lonely Firefly after your child discovers fireflies. Look at letters and words as you enjoy summer activities. As you walk to the park, point out stop signs and letters in street signs. Let your child draw and write with chalk. Take books along on outings. Pack some board books or bring a stack of books for long car rides. You and your child can enjoy books together anywhere you go this summer. Summer Reading Tips for Parents of Kindergarten, First Graders, Readers and Writers During your childs school vacation, it is important for them to spend time reading and writing on a regular basis. Try some of these suggestions for making your school-aged childs summer full of literacy fun. Be a reader and writer yourself. When you spend time reading you demonstrate for your child reading is fun. Set aside a consistent time each day. As school-aged children become reader, parents often stop reading aloud to them. However, by reading more difficult books aloud you help them learn new vocabulary words, concepts and ways of telling stories or presenting information. Connect read-aloud choices to summer activities. Read your child books about camping before or after a camping trip. When you read and discuss books about things your child has experienced, you help them learn important vocabulary and extend their understanding of experiences. Allow your child to choose books for summer reading. Help your child select books at a comfortable level. Listen to your child read. If they read smoothly, use expressions and can accurately tell you what they have read, the book is probably at a comfortable level. Teach your child to use the rule of thumb in selecting books: if they make five or more errors in reading a page of about 50 words, the book is too challenging. Encourage your child not to limit summer reading to books. Encourage them to read the sports page, childrens magazines etc. Read a book and watch the video together. Take books along on outings. Encourage your child to write this summer. Summer presents unique ways for your child to write about their experiences. They can write postcards, keep a journal etc.
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Remember to check out your local library for summer reading and programs.

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Parenting Page
Happy Dance or Sense of Loss
Thanks to all the parents and community partners who organized and attended the Welcome to Kindergarten events at all the area schools. I enjoy seeing all of our young people and families as they are getting ready for a new phase in their lives. If you have a child attending kindergarten this fall, Im sure your mind is questioning Are they ready? What should we be doing to help them get ready? Some parents are doing the happy dance, knowing the kids are headed off to school and some parents are experiencing a sense of loss. Whatever the case at your house, we all want our children to enjoy their journey and to be successful. If you didnt get a chance to attend your Welcome to Kindergarten night or missed out on picking up a copy of the famous green book Learning to Play and Playing to Learn give CROW a call and request a copy. We still have some free copies left. You can also access it electronically on our website. It has great, short bits of information to help with transition to Kindergarten. It also contains a parent check off list to see where your child is progressing well and what areas they can use some extra encouragement in. Often when we think of success in school we think of children counting and learning letter sounds and names. There are some other areas we know children need skills in to be successful in school. Self help skills like putting their shoes and jackets on, being able to unzip their back packs and lunch kits - zip them back up again and put them away in their cubby, being able to ask adults for help when they have a problem and even knowing how to join another child for play. All of these things make for a much less stressful day at school (and at home)! Less stress means more enjoyment and a better ability to learn. These are skills and can be learned just like any other skill, by modeling, encouragement and lots of practice. Dont save those new shoes and backpacks and lunch kits for the first day of school. Use them during the summer. Have a picnic in the living room or on the lawn. Label them with your childs name. Kids dont have to be able to print all their name, knowing that its this long and starts with this letter helps them know what belongs to them and whats someone elses. Learning who the helpers are in their lives (police, firefighters, teachers, cashiers, the cookie lady at the grocery store, librarians) and asking for information or help, is a life long skill. If kids are shy at first, model for them, leading them through the process by talking out loud. Hmm. I want a cookie. I guess Ill ask in the bakery. Ill say, May I please have a chocolate chip cookie? -Make play dates with other children, go to playgroup (they run all summer in Smiths Falls at our centre), or head to the park. Join in with other children and play. As for counting and the alphabet? Count stones, kids, cars, hops, carrots, toys in the bathtub. Read, sing, tell jokes. Talk about the sounds letters make (ssssss like a ssnake), go outside and draw them in the sand, tell stories (real or imagined), talk about your day. Have books available instead of electronics at bedtime when they are having a hard time falling asleep. It all promotes language. Combine the skills and ask for ideas from your librarian or playgroup facilitator. Have fun and play! Thats how kids learn! For tips on traveling with kids and many more topics, check out our archives newsletters section on our website,
-by Jane Paul, Parent Education Coordinator

We all want our children to enjoy their journey and to be successful

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Parenting Page
Summer Safety for Children
Sun Safety In the past few years, the ozone layer has become thinner. This means more of the suns Ultra Violet rays reach the earths surface. UV rays are responsible for burning, aging, wrinkling the skin, and are the main cause of skin cancer. Children are especially at risk. Keep babies out of direct sunlight. Dress babies in protective clothing. Keep babies under one year of age out of direct sunlight. Keep the baby under a tree, an umbrella or a stroller canopy. A babys skin is not fully developed and is thinner than an adults. Their skin is more sensitive to the effects of the sun. This will also prevent dehydration and sunstroke. Keep children out of the sun during the peak hours of 11 am4pm when the suns rays are their strongest. Dont be fooled by cloud cover. 80% of the suns rays can still penetrate light clouds, mist and fog. Watch out for reflective light from sand, snow, water and concrete. Plan for shade in your childrens play area. Trees and shade structures are a great way to do this. Reinforce basic sun safety everywhere they go. Send them to school with a hat, protective clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen. adapted from

Keep children out of the sun during peak hours of 11am4pm

Sunscreen Do not use sunscreen on babies under six months old. Older infants can use an approved sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more on any exposed skin. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen at least 15-30 minutes before exposure. Reapply frequently and liberally. Do not rub lotion into skin. Let it be absorbed! Choose a waterproof or water-resistant product if your child is playing in water. Remember sunscreens are not adequate protection on their own. They should be used with other forms of natural protection like clothing, hats and shade.

Water Safety A Canadian Red Cross report examining tragic and avoidable water-related fatalities across Canada revealed many common factors. Young children ages 1-4 are at the greatest risk of drowning. A small child can disappear in seconds and can drown in only a few centimeters of water. Typically these drownings occur in backyard pools, toddler pools, the bathtub, or at the beach. Infants and toddlers drowned mainly in bathtubs and pools, whereas older children and youth drowned mainly in large bodies of water. Prevention The absence of adult supervision is a factor in most child drowning. Always watch children actively around water. Back yard pools need adequate barriers in place. Toddler pools should be emptied after each use. When bathing infants or toddlers, and adult should remain with the child at all times.
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Songs, fingerplays and crafts

Submitted by Andrea Snyder Baby Bumblebee Im bringing home a baby bumblebee. (cup hands as if holding bee) Wont my momma be so proud of me? Im bringing home a baby bumblebee. Ouch! It stung me! (hold hands out and make a ( hurt face) Im squishing up my baby bumblebee. (slap and rub hands together) Wont my momma be so proud of me? Im squishing up my baby bumblebee. Ewww! Its yucky! Im wiping up off my baby bumblebee. (wipe hands on pants) Wont my momma be so proud of me? Im wiping off my baby bumblebee. Now Im all clean! (turn palms up, showing clean hands)

Fathers Day is June 16

Fathers Day craft: Adult cuts an apple in half. Have child dip the apple halves in red paint and then press onto paper. When dry you can help your child to write Dad, you are the apple of my eye. I love you to the core! You could also have your child dip their fingertips into green paint and create a caterpillar coming out of the apple.

Fun things to do with your child Set your kids up with a bucket of water and paintbrushes and let them "paint" the fence, an outside wall of your house or the garden furniture. Play copycat by having your young child mirror your movements. Put your hands on your head, touch the floor, shake your hands, or sweep your arms up over your head. Then let her lead you through her own series of exercises. Take to the puddles. Put on some old clothes and see who can make the biggest splashes. Kids of all ages will enjoy seeing you be so carefree. Participate in your local library's summer reading program, or create one of your own. Have your kids pick a theme that interests them and sign out a book to read each week or month on the topic.

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Outreach playgroups will end June 14. Summer playgroups are Monday, starting July 8; Wednesday, starting June 19; and Friday, starting June 21.
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Almonte - Holy Name of Mary School morning Almonte - Holy Name of Mary School afternoon Carleton PlaceCarambeck Community Centre Smith Falls - Duncan J. Schoular School PerthDance Studio Almonte - Holy Name of Mary School morning Almonte - Holy Name of Mary School evening Carleton Place - Arena, 75 Neelin Street Montague Rosedale Hall LanarkMaple Grove School Smith Falls - OEYC Almonte - Holy Name of Mary School morning Almonte - Holy Name of Mary School afternoon Carleton Place - Carambeck Community Centre LanarkMaple Grove School PerthPerth Library Smiths Falls - Trinity United Church Smiths FallsOEYC Almonte - Holy Name of Mary School morning Almonte - Naismith Public School afternoon Carleton Place - Arena Perth - Perth Library Smiths Falls - Trinity United Church Smiths Falls - OEYC

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June 4, 11, June 5, 12 June 5, 12 June 5, 12 June 5, 12 June 5, 12 June 5, 12 June 19, 26 June 6, 13 June 6, 13 June 6, 13 June 6, 13 June 6, 13 June 7, 14, 21, 28

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For the workshops with date TBD (to be determined), please check our website for updates or call us.

WorkshopPre-registration is necessary call OEYC ext 300

A Walk in the Park Sprinkler Party




TBD Aug. 21 11am-2pm

Gemmill Park, Almonte Mill of Kintail

Staff Directory
Ontario Early Years Centre
Diane Bennett, Executive Assistant Kathy Boelsma, Early Literacy Specialist Emily Cassell, Data Analysis Coordinator Sue Cavanagh, Executive Director Linda Cybulski, Playgroup Facilitator Leanne Dwyer, Playgroup Facilitator Janet Wheeler Lackey, Resource Jan Forsythe, Finance Manager Linda Lalonde, Reception/Office Manager Issie Mullen, Playgroup Facilitator Jane Paul, Parent Education Coordinator Andrea Snyder, Playgroup Facilitator Lori Wintle, Playgroup Facilitator

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Licensed Home Child Care

Kelli Cassidy, Director Sherry Harder, Accounting & Admin Support Janice LePage, Home Visitor

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Lanark County Child Care Programs Licensed Home Child Care offers home based care throughout Lanark County for children 6 weeks - 12 years. Caregivers Needed We are currently taking applications throughout Lanark County. Contact us for more information http://

Childrens Resources on Wheels (CROW) 91 Cornelia Street West, Smiths Falls, ON K7A 5L3 Phone 613-283-0095 or 1-800-267-9252 Fax 613-283-3324 Website