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What an Exciting Find

December 14th, 2018

I discovered these real honeycombs, vacated for the winter last night in my chicken coop. I took them out to our regular outdoor play space for the children to discover on their own. They were frost-bitten from the cold which was neat on its own. The children used their mittens to gently brush the f...

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Checking for signs of hibernation

December 3rd, 2018

“What are you doing?” “We’re digging for worms! They’re underground. We need to check if they’re out when it’s cold!” As the weather becomes colder our daily worm digs have been resulting in less and less worm discoveries. On Friday we talked about how some animals hibernate for the ...

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Capable, Confident, Independent

November 22nd, 2018

The last two weeks in our home-childcare programs have been buzzing with learning and activity! Each program is as unique as it’s children, and the small group sizes means that the children can focus in on and extend what they are truly interested in. Last week in Buckhorn Jenny and Emily spen...

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Depave Paradise

October 12th, 2018

Shout out to the amazing Compass crew who showed up to Depave Paradise! A small but mighty crew contributed to an exciting Green Up  project happening between No Frills and the pathway beside the river by Millennium Park by helping to depave the area so it can be planted up with greenery and rec...

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Timbernook – Respectful risky play in the forest

October 1st, 2018

“This place is good. You get to climb on things, and there’s fun things (looks up at rope swing), and you get to make new friends.” ~ Overheard at Timbernook (11 year old boy) I spent some time at Timbernook during the PA day last Friday. Timbernook is the outdoor division of Compass ELC. What...

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Passionate, Caring, Creative – The Reggio Way

September 19th, 2018

  I’m two weeks into my new position as the new Communications Coordinator for Compass, and I finally got out to my first program visit. I visited the Peterborough centre, and the calm and loving environment is what struck me first and it was so neat to see the Reggio Emilia pedagogy that I...

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Loose Parts, Free Spirits

Loose Parts, Free Spirits

March 23rd, 2018

“In any environment, both the degree of inventiveness and creativity, and the possibility of discovery, are directly proportional to the number and kind of variables in it.”  – Simon Nicholson, Architect In our classrooms the materials we offer are the variables, and the children are the ...

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How do we manage the cold and flu season blues?

October 18th, 2017

As we move into the beautiful colours and crispness of October, the inevitable season of colds and flus also begins. In early learning and child care environments, this season poses a dilemma for both parents and child care educators. Just like families, we believe that the best place for a sick chi...

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Adapting to New Spaces

Adapting to New Spaces

July 7th, 2017

  At the Prince of Wales Summer Camp, we are beginning our summer as educators with curiosity. We are in a new location this summer, at Queen Mary Public School, and we are curious about how our new environment will affect our camp community; how will the children and families use our space, wh...

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