Our quote is from one of our favourite story book characters:
Pete the Cat!
He always says:
“Go For It!”
We hope you have a wonderful active March!!!
-Jennifer and Kirsten
There is something very special about the Olympics ……and not just the pride in the medal count! For two weeks, the whole world comes together to watch athletes from all nations compete for gold. Many families will turn to the TV to watch these winter games during the day and/or night. Watching the Olympics as a family can teach life lessons to all children and even adults. Minds expand when watching these sports or events as children ask questions, cheer for athletes, feel badly when someone falls or learn how athletes deal with winning and losing all while on a world’s stage. There is so much learning involved when engaging in these games with the whole family. Listed below are attributes which Olympic athletes possess and they help to instill wonderful values for all ages:
Dedication: In order to accomplish goals and achieve success dedication means putting forth your very best effort all the time.
Perseverance: Learning to persist and persevere when meeting unexpected obstacles, as life is full of them.
Teamwork: Learning to work together and cooperating to get tasks completed to reach goals.
Sportsmanship: Learning how to both win and lose with grace and how to be a good sport. “The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat”
Courage: Believing in oneself and having the courage to take chances/risks and pursue goals.
Aspirations and Dreams: Having dreams and setting goals to aspire to.
Cultural and Economic Diversity: The Olympics empowers a global audience. The world watches as a whole so it can be a platform to learn about diversity and inclusion and then we can celebrate all the differences/similarities in this world.
“The Olympics bind us together and teach us all to be our very best selves—and these lessons are timeless, genderless, ageless and ultimately worth their weight in gold!
Jennifer and Kirsten
Welcome back to our returning families and we would like to welcome some new ones as we begin 2018! We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.
We are excited to continue our educational journey with you at the Lawrence Park School. January is a time for new beginnings, a time to set new goals and a time connect with old friends and make new ones!
If you have any questions or concerns, please email the office or pop in to chat with us. We are here to help in your child’s growth and development during his/her early years in life. We want our children to be happy, successful and develop a love of learning that will stay with them now and well into their post Lawrence Park School years!
Jennifer and Kirsten
Ahhh……Holiday season is almost upon us….. and with it comes the bombardment of marketing media touting this year’s hottest gifts. So easy to get caught up in it all! Young children are especially vulnerable to all the advertising and as parents, we don’t want to disappoint. We adults understand that “Tis better to give than to receive”, but how do we teach this to our children? Here are some tips to keep the spirit of giving alive and to keep the holidays in perspective:
All the very best for the holiday season!
Jennifer and Kirsten
Tis the time of year to adjust our sleep patterns no matter how old we are! Now that fall is here, the days are shorter and we are losing the daylight more and more each day! This coming weekend we will change our clocks back one hour. Here are a few tips to make this transition easier at home:
Control the light
Stick to a routine
Children will have a successful sleep if the evening follows a routine. After dinner; a good warm bath, cozy PJ’s, a stuffed animal and a good book will help set children up for a restful night of sleep. One of the nicest times of the day is to cuddle up with a young one and share a story together. This is good quality time together plus reading to your child is the most important thing you can do as it will help to foster a long love for reading. This gaining an hour of sleep on Saturday night can sometimes take a few nights for children to adapt even though it is only one hour. Be patient and give it a few nights! If your child is tired and still asleep in the morning, let him/her sleep, if you can! It does take their little bodies a few days to adjust and lose that sleepy feeling in the morning!
“Let him sleep, for when he wakes he will move mountains."
October is the month to ponder and ask ourselves what we are grateful and thankful for in our lives. Given the recent tragedies in this world, we need to live each day to the fullest and be thankful for what we have and more importantly for all the wonderful people in our lives! Enjoy your beautiful children every day as we are thankful to have them here at LPS!
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom!”
We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. Gobble Gobble!
Jennifer and Kirsten
We would like to welcome you all to our Lawrence Park School Family! Thank you for entrusting us with your beautiful children for this school year! We are excited to get to know each and every child who is under our care!
Our goal is to work together as parents and educators to give your children the best possible start in all areas of development. Please look at the weekly blogs as they showcase all the wonderful learning that takes place each week plus there are often extensions for learning at home!
Here’s to a fun, happy successful year full of learning, exploration and growth!
Kirsten and Jennifer
“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you are climbing it!” (by Andy Rooney)
June always gives me pause to reflect – another school year coming to a close. A time to celebrate our children’s accomplishments and acknowledge their personal growth and special friendships.
In my weekly visits to the school, I am regularly astounded by the gains the children are making – physically, cognitively, academically and socially. More than anything, I notice their level of confidence as they approach new tasks. I think as teachers, this is our greatest responsibility. It is such a delicate balance to provide children with the right mixture of challenge and success such that they learn to persevere, to keep trying. And that mistakes are more than OK – they are an opportunity to learn. This goes for everything from a word misread to spilt milk. The teachers at LPS are truly gifted in this process and it is pure joy to watch them at work with the children!
Many of you will be moving on from here and we wish you all the very best. Know that you can come and visit any time! I hope that summer provides an opportunity for a change in routine and lots of outdoor play!
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