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Trees, ice, climbers – Risky Play in School Age

February 25th, 2019

“Risky play has many advantages for young children, and more often than not, is when children are having the most fun during their play.” At our Kawartha Heights School Age program we really try to implement risky play when we are indoors and outdoors with the children. We fully support the idea...

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Intergenerational Friendships

January 28th, 2019

It was such a special day today for Home Child Care. We braved the cold for our monthly visit to Princess Gardens Retirement Residence. This play group is my personal favourite activity of the month. Being able to witness this incredible multi-generational community grow is my absolute privilege. Th...

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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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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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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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Again! Again! Again! Play that Builds the Brain

Again! Again! Again! Play that Builds the Brain

June 13th, 2017

Have you ever wondered why young children repeat behaviours over and over? Why they want you to read that book, again and again? Why they love the act of filling and dumping, filling and dumping? Why, just as you are putting the laundry away in their drawers, they are pulling it out?  The answer is...

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How do we support children when a friend moves away?

How do we support children when a friend moves away?

May 12th, 2017

How do we support children when a friend moves away? Here is a beautiful example from our Victoria Graduate Program to our newly opened Millbrook Program: Educators involved: Sam Deyell, Sandra Jack, Robin Gallant and Dianne Traynor   Name tags with photos are used daily in the classroom. Liam&...

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