Good Friday: Given that the regular bi-weekly fees are due on Good Friday, April 14, and the centre is closed, to avoid incurring late charges, we ask that all payments made via cheque or cash be submitted during office hours (7:30 am to 5:30 pm) on Thursday, April 13. Interac e-Tranfers will still be received on Friday during office hours.
Easter Monday: The centre will be open as per usual on Monday. However, if your child will not be attending, please notify the centre no later than 9 a.m., or anytime the previous week to assist Educators in planning for the day.
In speaking with parents/guardians over the years, one of the things that we have consistently been told, is how challenging they find packing lunches for their family everyday. Aside from the added time consumed in an already busy day, there are a number of other issues that they encounter. Providing diversity from day to day while staying on a budget and avoiding food waste can be difficult; and, even when cafeteria lunches are available, parents/guardians do not always have control over the choices their children make. To help solve this problem, Little Geniuses Day Care Centre Inc. is going to provide a bagged lunch service (including a beverage and snacks) to our families.
Given that we are not able to offer the meal program at our Main Street location that we are able to offer at our Royal Parkway location, we will offer this new service to our Main Street families first. Each month parents/guardians will be given an order form that is to be completed by an assigned date. On the order form, parents/guardians will have the option of selecting one item out of two from each of the following categories: Meat and Alternatives & Grains; Vegetables and Fruit; Milk and Alternatives; Beverages; and, Miscellaneous. Although “treats/snacks” will be incorporated, all lunches and snacks will be prepared in accordance with Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating. The bagged lunches will be prepared and packed in our licensed kitchen at Royal Parkway, and delivered directly to your child. The service will be offered on Wednesdays, as well as from Monday to Friday on pre-planned school closure days (e.g., Christmas and March Break, PD Days, Summer Camps, etc.).
If there is sufficient interest, Little Geniuses Day Care Centre Inc. intends to expand this service by offering it to all of our families (including siblings and parents/guardians). The service would be offered from Tuesday to Friday. The bagged lunch would be prepared and packed in our licensed kitchen, and available for parents/guardians when they came to pick up their child the day before.
The cost of the service is $5.00/day, and parents/guardians have the option of choosing as many days as they desire. Once the order form is received, parents/guardians will be issued an invoice for the month, and are to pay this fee by cheques, cash, or Interact e-Transfers no later than 1 week after receiving the invoice.
Pending approval by the Health Protection Branch
One of the most common questions we are asked as early childhood educators is: How is my child learning to read and write?
The answer to this question is not a simple one. There are several ways in which we promote and facilitate children’s learning; however, we thought we would share with you a few of the literacy opportunities available in our classroom.
- Daily sign in
Every day the children are expected to sign in when they arrive to class. This simple activity preforms two main functions: It requires them to read the names on the books in order to find their own, and it provides them with an opportunity to practice printing their name. Everyone is at a different stage of writing; for some it may mean simply making marks on the page, while others may have mastered their name and moved on to writing surnames, phone numbers, etc.
- Environmental print
The classroom environment is rich with print. In addition to typed text, there is also hand writing from both children and adults. From labels to learning stories our room is filled with the written word. “As young children experience different types of print, they learn what all the letters and words mean in different contexts and how they affect their lives. Providing a print-rich classroom environment exposes children to reading in a functional way.” (Angie Dorrell, M.A)
- Opportunities for mark making
You will find mark making opportunities throughout the entire classroom. Materials are readily available and can be accessed by children at any time. There are a variety of writing implements to choose from and invitations for learning are set out daily to inspire children.
- Quality literature
The children are exposed to an assortment of high quality books, poems and songs on a daily basis. This exposure is an important part of a child’s early literacy experience. It exposes them to complex concepts, such as rhythm and rhyme, story structure and vocabulary. Often a child can recite selections well beyond their current level of speech.