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Developing a Sense of Self: Byron as a Contributor

December 8th, 2016

” High-quality early childhood programs play an important role in supporting children’s developing sense of self, autonomy and competence. A safe environment that offers consistency and continuity as well as graduated support for children’s growing independence and capacity for sel...

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More Than Just A Game

November 29th, 2016

While walking out of Rogers stadium, Ethan asked me “Did we go to the game because of me?”, to which I replied, “We sure did Ethan.” That shared moment said it all. “There is now an explosion of knowledge that tells us that healthy development cannot happen without good relationships betwe...

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Parents as Partners

November 10th, 2016

“Families know their children best and we believe their contributions are essential to their child’s learning and development.” – Parents as Partners is one of seven guiding Pedagogical Themes at Compass Early Learning and Care In September of 2015 we received news that Garnet, a child w...

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The Life of a Chair

November 3rd, 2016

Moving, for many of us, can be a stressful event. We look back and reflect on memories made and time spent in our favorite spaces which is comforting, but can make it more difficult to leave. And often it forces us to face the painful reality of purging items we may not want to discard. […]...

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Nature Strengthens Our Sense of Belonging

October 21st, 2016

Our Peterborough Toddler 2 program spent the last week exploring snails as a way to further connect with nature. We discovered many of these wonderful creatures while out on a recent nature walk. Each child and adult has their own comfort level when dealing with insects, bugs and other “creepy cra...

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The Rainbow Flag

September 23rd, 2016

Ever observant of their environment, the children quickly noticed the new flag flying from the flag pole at the front of our school. We invited the children to examine the flag in detail, noting its colours as well as the shapes on the flag. Miles recognized the Canadian flag also flying nearby and ...

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To Play or Not to Play? My Changed Views on Gun Play

September 20th, 2016

I have always been the kind of educator who has immediately said “No gun play in child care”.  I have never allowed my own child to play with pretend guns and always felt that it glorified or promoted violent play and violent thoughts. Recently I have had to confront my views head-on and really...

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Preschoolers mapping their way through our Community

August 11th, 2016

The idea of exploring our community through maps and online technology started with a question from one of the children in our classroom. “Hey Betty, do you live in Thurstonia or something, like Declan?” asked Warren, age 4. Betty replied that she lived in Little Britain. Curious about w...

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