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January 25, 2020

Why Art and Creativity is Important for Kids

Your child is having a blast finger-painting with a mix of colors. Trying to be encouraging, you ask her, "What are you making?" and she shrugs. Until you mentioned it, she hadn't given it any thought.

Little kids are masters of the moment—they love the way it feels when they smear paint on paper, how it looks when they sprinkle glitter, and even the soft sound a brush makes as it crosses the page.

Unlike older kids and adults, most toddlers and preschoolers aren't self-conscious about what they're doing or focused on creating a finished product. That can be hard for parents to accept, says Lisa Ecklund-Flores, cofounder and executive director of Church Street School for Music and Art in NYC. 

But letting go—and allowing kids to enjoy the process of creation—can reap big rewards. "Children will be better off in the long run if they're allowed just to be in the moment and express themselves," she says.

Why Art?
Fostering creativity won't just increase your child's chances of becoming the next Picasso. You're also helping him develop mentally, socially, and emotionally, says Ecklund-Flores. 

Creating art may boost young children's ability to analyze and problem-solve in myriad ways, according to Mary Ann F. Kohl, author of Primary Art: It's the Process, Not the Product.

As kids manipulate a paintbrush, their fine motor skills improve. By counting pieces and colours, they learn the basics of math. When children experiment with materials, they dabble in science. 

Most important perhaps, when kids feel good while they are creating, art helps boost self-confidence. And children who feel able to experiment and to make mistakes feel free to invent new ways of thinking, which extends well beyond the craft room.

5 Ways to Inspire Creativity

Foster process-focused art with advice from Leslie Bushara, deputy director for education at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

1. Prepare for a mess. Set up an art space where your kid can be free to experiment (and get messy!), advises Bushara. Throw a drop cloth or a newspaper on top of your kitchen table or in the garage. If weather permits, let kids paint outside.

2. Be open. Instead of saying, "Paint a rainbow," encourage her to "experiment with mixing colors using different types of brushes and paper," suggests Bushara.

3. Ask questions. Instead of giving a generic compliment, Bushara recommends saying, "I see you used a lot of purple. Why did you choose that color?"

4. Explore your child's process. Often the best way to encourage conversation about your child's art is simply to say, "Tell me about what you made," or ask, "Did you have fun making it?"

5. Let it be. When a child finishes a piece, it's important for a child to feel that what she's created is enough—even if it's just a dot on the page.

In our art class and in every day activities, here at Discovery Point Nursery and Academy, our daycare in Woodbridge, Vaughan we foster creativity for the children in our care. We encourage them to explore their imagination, develop motor skills and enjoy the process of creating. 

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A reminder to parents to please follow our sick child policy particularly with regards to pinkeye which is very common this time of year and is extremely contagious.
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Allergists have been saying for years that newer antihistamines are safer, but old habits remain. Many new parents are given advice from other parents, or even doctors, to have a bottle of Benadryl for kids on hand, just in case of an allergic reaction.

But according to allergists, the medication shouldn’t be used at all to treat allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing or hives because it—and other ‘first-generation’ antihistamines—pose unnecessary risks to your child’s health.

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September 29, 2019

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August 29, 2019

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July 26, 2019

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June 17, 2019

Consequences vs. Punishments

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Alyson Schafer, parenting expert, family counsellor and author of Ain't Misbehaving, discusses how providing consequences when childrearing can be more effective than punishment. Consequences are related, respectful and revealed in advance while punishment is a way to assert power and doesn't make a connection to the behaviour.

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April 30, 2019

Discovery Point Sick Child Policy

If a child should become ill while at the Centre, the staff member present will:

• Immediately tend to the child’s needs

• Check the child’s temperature to see if there is a fever.

• If necessary, the child will be isolated from the other children, a bed may need to be put in the office, and a staff member, Supervisor or Director will remain with the child.

The parent will be notified to pick the child up. If the parent cannot be reached an emergency contact will be called. Children who have had a fever, diarrhea or an uncomfortable night must be kept home the following day. Children cannot attend the centre if illness prevents their ability to participate in regular daily routines or if attendance could be harmful to themselves or others. 

A child can return to the Centre after 24hours symptom free!

Families will be advised to keep the child at home, make alternative care arrangements and seek medical attention for the following conditions:

• Unexplained or undiagnosed pain

• Acute cold with fever, runny nose and eyes, coughing and sore throat

• Difficulty with breathing

• Fever over 38 degrees centigrade accompanied by general symptoms such as listlessness

• Sore throat and difficulty swallowing

• Undiagnosed skin or eye rash including pinkeye

• Headache and stiff neck

• Unexplained diarrhea or loose stool combined with vomiting and abdominal cramps

• Severe itching of body and scalp

• Known or suspected communicable diseases
When a child is diagnosed with a communicable disease (e.g., chicken pox) the child care program will advise the local public health unit and the families of other children in the program.

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April 02, 2019

W Sitting

W sitting is when a child sits on their bottom with their knees bent and feet positioned outside of their hips. If you’re standing above your child, you will see their legs and body make the shape of a W. It is okay for a child to move into a W position sometimes, as long as children don’t remain seated like this for very long or use it as their regular sitting position. Click on the poster or visit this link to learn more and what you can do to help your child. 

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January 22, 2019

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October 30, 2018

How To Get Your Child Used to the Fall Time Change

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The end of daylight saving time is around the corner. As parents of young children, gaining an extra hour in the day takes on a new meaning. The pre-child days of sleeping an extra hour may be replaced by managing a tired child in a seemingly long day. You may wonder if and how this time change will impact your child’s and consequently, your sleep. Firstly, breathe easy because for most children, the adjustment period typically lasts no longer than two to three days. 

Here are some simple tips to ease you through this time and to help your child adjust to the time change.

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