20 hours ago

Friendly Forest Preschool

Timeline PhotosIt's the time of year to give! And what a better way then the @CityofPoMo and Port Moody Fire Rescue annual toy drive.

Drop off a new unwrapped toy to our Holiday Cheer at the Pier event on November 30th or at either of our two Fire Halls until December 20th.
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When we stop to ask a child what they think, we are often surprised by the fresh approach their thinking brings, the ideas that we would never think of, and ultimately you are teaching them that we honour their input and respect their ideas. This deepens their self-esteem and encourages them to think more for themselves instead of waiting to be told what they should think. Thank you Bridgett Miller for this reminder!
#friendlyforestpreschool #playbasedpreschool #anmore #portmoody #coquitlam #teachingchildrentothink #freshperspective #respectforchildren
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We have a sister school in Uganda that we send money to, exchange drawings, letters, and photos. One of our past families travels there to take our gifts and letters through the FiaLima Foundation. In the fall we make Thanksgiving table runners to sell to the parents. The children enjoy squirting the dye, squeezing the fabric and then watching as the elastics are removed and the beautiful pattern appears! We raised $165 that we put in an envelope and we walked down to the community mailbox to send it to Kagulu School. In Uganda they share our booklet of photos, drawing, and questions the children asked about their school. Even though they are young, we can start to teach them to help others who don’t have what we do. Thinking locally and globally can start while they are young. You can find more information about FiaLima Foundation on their Facebook page FiaLima Foundation ...

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Halloween is always one of the children’s favourite holidays to celebrate. Costumes and Candies are the highlight! We had the most amazing snacks provided that were beautiful, creative and delicious! In one class we had to bring more chairs as we had 12 hungry children who came to snack at the same time! We iced cookies showed off our costumes, and sang Halloween songs. We are always excited to see what the children choose to dress as. Some children are normally shy but behind a mask the become brave! Other children use their imagination to fully embody their character. We get to see more of their personalities shine through. Another holiday fully enjoyed at preschool! #friendlyforestpreschool #anmore #portmoody #coquitlam #playbasedpreschool #halloween2019 #childrensdressup #imagination #pretendplay ...

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3 weeks ago

Friendly Forest Preschool

Research suggests that prohibiting children from engaging in #risky #play, and repeatedly warning kids about the bad things that might happen if they do anything remotely dangerous, may actually increase kids' #anxiety. Kids who have never climbed a tree, or whittled a stick with a knife, and who constantly hear warnings about the dangers inherent in everyday life, may be more likely to become #anxious, sometimes without even knowing why they are anxious.

A contemporary approach to the etiology of anxiety points to children developing fears of certain stimuli, such as heights and strangers, that protect them from situations they are not mature enough to cope with. Risky play is a set of motivated behaviours that both provide the child with an exhilarating positive emotion and expose the child to the stimuli they previously have feared. As the child's coping skills improve, these situations and stimuli may be mastered and no longer be feared.

School should be about more than learning mathematics and science, reading and writing. Kids also need to develop resilience and self-reliance. It’s not the end of the world if your kid cuts their finger with a knife, or scrapes their knee on tree bark, and the great majority of such injuries are easily treated, and the child is stronger for the experience.

In countries such as Germany, where attitude toward risk in kindergarten is profoundly different to that in the United States, studies by Essau et al. reported a rate of generalised anxiety disorder of less than 1% for German adolescents. In the United States, Merikangas and Swendsen report that 8.3% of American children have anxiety sufficient to cause severe impairment and/or distress.

Dr Leonard Sax, a physician and a Ph.D. psychologist who has worked with more than 400 schools, nursery schools and family or child based organisations, says these soaring rates of anxiety are connected to many schools now prohibiting any activity which might conceivably result in any injury to any child, with parents following suit.

Sax has written about the “culture of safetyism” that has infiltrated educational culture. He states, “I have been a family doctor for more than 30 years. Until roughly ten years ago, most American parents were okay if their kid scraped their knee or sprained their ankle at school. But today, if a kid sustains a minor injury at school or on the playground, parents now often swoop in like attorneys, demanding to know how the school could be so negligent.”

He advises parents to try to model the virtues we are trying to teach. Of course, a prime responsibility as parents is to keep our kids safe. If a toddler is waddling toward the street, you stop them, but be mindful in other situations where the tradeoff between risk and benefit is more nuanced.

When you are tempted to say “Don’t do that, you might get hurt!” – pause for a moment. Remember that if kids hear nothing but “don’t do that, you might get hurt”, the result may be kids who are risk-averse, fearful of the world around them, and anxious. If your 4-year-old is about to climb a tree, don’t stop them. Stand by, so that you can catch them if they fall. But let them climb.

journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/147470491100900212

www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/sax-sex/201910/lessons-germany-children-climbing-trees

www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0887618599000390

www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0890856710004764

#neurochild #resilience #let them play
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The 3 year olds began our Diwali celebrations with Jayan’s mother and sisters joining our classroom! We got henna designs, painted diyas, ate Indian dishes at snack, and learned about Diwali. Jayan looked so proud to bring his family in their beautiful clothes and share his celebration. At story we read My Mother’s Sari, where a little girl uses her mother’s sari to imagine and wrap herself up. Darshana showed us how to wrap a sari around Teacher Ruth, then we covered all the children with the sari as they curled up under it. Our 4 yr olds will hear the story of Prince Rama and Princess Sita and make Rangoli. What a wonderful and colourful festival of light! happy Diwali to our families and neighbours! #diwali #celebration #friendlyforestpreschool #anmore #portmoody #coquitlam #playbasedpreschool #letthemplay #celebratingallcultures ...

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It was a very tight race, but leaders have been chosen! The children chose carefully as they cast their vote, folded it up and put it in the ballot box. Teacher Oliwia took out the ballots one at a time and read out who it was for. The children watched the piles get bigger and were filled with anticipation as it was so close! They counted each pile to see who had the most.
In the end Owl was chosen by both classes to be their leader! Congratulations Owl!! #friendlyforestpreschool #anmore #portmoody #coquitlam #playbasedpreschool #letthemplay #canadaelection2019 #learningtovote #LeaderOwl
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The children will have an important decision to make today. We will be voting on a new leader for the morning class and a new leader for the afternoon class. Every vote is going to count with such a tight race! The parents have a special voting day today as well, remember to get out there and vote! We will post our results later today! Monkey-Owl-Raccoon ...

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1 month ago

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Teaching independence is so important when working with children. This is how we help them to get dressed for rainy/snowy weather. Children often begin with their mittens, then they can’t use their hands to get the rest of their clothes on, so we made a visual strip with the best order for getting dressed. We have parents prepare their rain pants over their boots Fireman style so they can just step in. Children follow picture schedules very well and they allow them to feel capable. Many parents have told us that their three year olds get so excited to show them how they can flip-flop-over-the-top! This gives the children a sense of confidence that they can do tricky tasks and they are more likely to attempt other tasks after success in one area. Practice with your child at home! -
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#friendlyforestpreschool #anmore #portmoody #coquitlam #playbasedpreschool #letthemplay #gettingdressed #independence #lifeskills #flipflopoverthetop
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