Greetings Saltwater families and community. We have a speaker evening happening March 18th and a dinner and silent auction fundraiser event on March 20th. See the 'Up and Coming Events' section of this newsletter for more details. Please also note that there are still spaces left in the Parent and Tot session starting April 7th. This newsletter would also like to recognize our well-loved community coffee shop REWIND in Tin Town. Thank you for the wonderful space, coffee and child-friendly atmosphere which has housed many parent gatherings, book-club meetings and families in need of refreshments!
Donations to the Saltwater School via
What is Canada Helps? The Saltwater School has set up a system that is simple and easy for people to donate to on a regular or one-time basis. This system is called Canada Helps - an online technology service that makes donating accessible and affordable for everyone. If you are interested in donating go to our school website www.saltwaterschool.com homepage or click on the above icon.
Once in the Canada Helps link you will be prompted to fill in a page of information. You can donate as much as 5$ all the way up to whatever sum you can afford. All donations are received with extreme gratitude. As you know, our school relies on the generousity of our families and community. If your family or friends are looking for ideas for gifts this year - a monthly donation to our school is a great idea.
What Is In a Song or a Movement? by Michelle Nagle
What does a certain activity or quiet moment bring? These are in me as I prepare for facilitating a parent and child class. Are my actions worthy of imitation? For our young ones will imitate us. Through their entire beings they perceive the world around them.
Bringing songs joyfully into our class, sharing integrative movement activities and having our activities and quiet moments support our class community are all part of our morning together.
We give a gift to our children to have a morning with them to play, engage and create in a class setting where we can be present with our child, and the busy-ness of our everyday lives pauses. These breaths are rejuvenating.
A parent told me recently that coming to Sunflower parent and child class helps ground her week and gives her a fresh breath of connectivity with parenting.
Parent and child classes are as much for us as parents as they are for our children. There is a lot asked of us during these early years and we have the greatest influence for our children at this time. Learning to be present to their needs while also attending to our own is an impressive practice. And through our relationships with our children we learn so much about ourselves and how we relate in the world. Observing in class, articles to take home and read, and discussion during parent evenings, are all ways that support us on our parenting journey.
Sunflower parent and child classes have a rhythmical flow to them; the order of activities remains consistent, transitions are playfully recognized, and seasonal influences are met through themes in baking, crafting and circle activities. Rhythm gives us and especially young children a pillar to lean on and breath deeply.
Just as we physically breath in and out, contracting and expanding, so too can we find these in and out breathes in our daily lives. For example, breathing in (centering) as we make our bread or snack, breathing out (rejuvenating release) as we play, breathing in during circle activities and our snack blessing, breathing out during snack time and so forth. Breathing in and out work in partnership creating a healthy rhythm. By being aware of in and out breaths we can use them in regulating our lives.
Imitation, presence of a primary caregiver and rhythm are key components in early-life learning and foundational in parent and child classes at Saltwater School.
Parent and Tot Spring Program (April 7 to June 9)
The next Parent and Tot session begins April 7th. Parents and tots can enjoy baking bread together, crafting and playing with other children and their parents in the ECE classroom on Monday mornings from 9-11. This is a wonderful way to learn more about your child's development and the importance of play. If you are interested please talk to Michelle Nagle or Julie Mills for registration details.