Wednesday, March 21, 2018

All About Magic - Constellations

Have you ever taken the time to lay back and watch the stars? We read some wonderful star-inspired books, covered the walls and ceiling with stars, and learned about a few constellations.

We read:

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For our craft, we made some different constellations: Ursa Major, Cassiopeia, and Orion.

Materials: Construction paper, star shape cutter, glue, crayons.

We even got to use a special projector to look at some awesome space pictures! We saw satellites, planets, constellations, and more!

All About Magic - Unicorns

Is there a more majestic and colourful creature than a unicorn? I don't think so! We got to read some fun and funny books about these fantastic creatures!

We read:

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For our craft, we made, you guessed it, unicorns!

Materials: Paper bag, white card stock, gold (or yellow) card stock, construction paper, googly eyes, glue, markers.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

B.Y.O.B. Book Club - November's Suggested Reads

Calling all book enthusiasts! We've started a new monthly program: B.Y.O.B. (bring your own book) Book Club.

We'll meet the second Monday of every month to discuss books that we've read recently, or are currently reading. Ones that we've enjoyed will go into our monthly Recommended Reads.

Our Recommended Reads for November are:

End of Days, by Eric Walters

"The end is near as an asteroid streaks toward the earth. The collision is certain and the world and all life forms on it will end. Competing schemes, beliefs and plans swirl as one young boy unwittingly becomes a major part of one attempt to allow humanity to survive." - Eric Walters

A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin

"Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones." - George R.R. Martin

City of the Lost & A Darkness Absolute, by Kelley Armstrong

"Don’t look for Rockton on any map of the Yukon. This tiny, off-the-grid town doesn’t exist. Neither do the people in it. They’re all on the run from their pasts, needing a place where they can disappear for a few years.
Casey Butler has come to Rockton mostly to help her friend escape a brutal ex-husband…but Casey may also be fleeing a murder she didn’t quite get away with. And as she discovers, the town is in rather desperate need of a police detective, particularly one with homicide experience." - Kelley Armstrong

Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen 

"As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety (or ninety-three, he’s not quite sure), the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.
It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, was their only hope for survival." - Sara Gruen

And the books that we're currently reading through:

Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King

Lie in Wait, by Eric Rickstad

Come Barbarians, by Todd Babiak

Join us for our next meeting on December 11th, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tea, cookies, and a lively discussion about our favorite books and current reads. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Week 8: Celebrate Canada Ages 7-8

Week 8
Celebrate Canada!
Ages 7-8
I can't believe the summer's already over! Where has the time gone? 
This week I thought we would finish off the program by reading some fun books by a favorite Canadian author!
The first book we read was "Braids" by Robert Munsch, the kids loved this book, it was quite humorous!
The second book we read was "It's MY Room!" this was another book written by Munsch.

Paper-bag Kite 
Materials needed: 
Paper-bag, stickers, string, glue, markers, scissors and streamers.
How to make:
1. Decorate your paper-bag with stickers, and markers
2. Once finished decorating glue streamers onto the edge of the opening of your bag so they are hanging out.
3. Staple a string to the bottom of your paper-bag
4. Go outside and hang on to the string and run with your kite. 

We went outside to run with our kites! It was quite fun the kids came up with different imaginative play to play with their kites, they were even pretending they were astronauts!  
We ended the program with eating celebratory cupcakes! 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Week 8: Celebrate Canada Ages 2-6

Ages 2-6
Week 8
Celebrate Canada
Where did the time go? What an incredible summer! 
This week we wrapped things up with a fun packed Canadian themed program! 
The first book we read was "Rocky Mountain ABCs" by Jocey Asnong. This was a great book to end the program with! It features so many beautiful Canadian destinations. 
The second book we read was "Goodnight Canada" by Andrea Beck. This was a fun book with lots of silly animals. There was lots of things for children to spot on every page!

Ice-cream Flavors: 
How to play: 
Have the kids think of their favorite flavor of ice-cream(in their head). Call out various flavours of ice-cream. If you call a child's favorite flavor they must run to the other side without being tagged, if they are tagged they must join you in the middle. 
We also played "red light,green light", and "what time is it Mr.Wolf?". 

Maple Leaf Tissue Paper Art 
 Assorted colors of tissue paper chopped into small squares, glue, a template of a 
Canadian maple leaf. 
1. Place glue on the inside of your maple leaf
2. Crumple up tissue paper and place it on to glue so it the tissue paper sticks on the  maple leaf
4. Cover all the white of the maple leaf with tissue paper.

To end our final program together we ate celebratory cupcakes! 

Week 8: Celebrate Canada! Ages 9-12

Week 8
Ages 9-12
Celebrate Canada
What an amazing summer! We shared so many laughs together.
To wrap things up we did some fun activities.

Today we made a God's eye craft!
Yarn, 2 Popsicle sticks per child, a hot glue gun, and decals if desired!
How to make:
Here's a great link that gives you a step by step visual!
God's eye instructions 
I brought out diamond decals and different flowers etc.. the kids came up with really creative designs with the decals which added to the fun of this craft! The children were quite impressed with their designs!

After completing our craft, we made paper airplanes. We went outside to have a paper airplane race! It was a fun last day activity.
After our airplane contest we went inside to have some cupcakes, and to read a few books.
The first book we read was "M is for Maple" by Mike Ulmer. This was a great book with lots of different facts about Canada! The kids were very interested in the history of Canada.
We ended the class with three Robert Munsch books!
The first Munsch book we read was "Braids" the kids were laughing out loud when I read this book.
The second book we read by Robert Munsch was "It's MY Room" this book featured a very special surprise at the end that got lots of laughs. 
The final Munsch book we read was "Ribbon Rescue" this was a nice story about kindness.