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February 2017

Featured Book: “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” (The Chronicles of Narnia Series)

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This week our featured book is for the older students, best for kids grade 4 and up, or advanced readers. We are spotlighting “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis.

If your child is a fan of books with a theme of fantasy and magic this is a great one for them. We also like the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe because it is actually a series, so if your child likes the first one, there are plenty more books for them to get into!

To get an idea of the story check out the trailer for the movie adaption here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LshOd31d-yE

 

Shadow and Light Activities

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Due to the beautiful sunny weather this morning we thought these crafts about shadow and light were an appropriate post for today.

 

Shadow Tracing

Materials:

  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Blocks
  • Animal toys
  • Sunglasses

Instructions

  • Set up a table outside in the sun.
  • Roll out a large piece of white paper on the table.
  • Place blocks on the paper as well as animal toys/creatures so that the sun casts their shadow/silhouette on the paper
  • Have children trace and colour these shadows.

 

Chalk Shadows/Silhouettes

Materials

  • Sidewalk chalk
  • (and a sidewalk!)

Instructions

  • Go outside and have children pose in whatever position they would like so that they cast an interesting shadow.
  • Trace the shadow on the ground.
  • Fill in the shadow drawing with chalk decorations.
  • If it is not sunny, this can be done inside. Get large black paper, have children lie down on the paper while someone else traces around them, they can then cut out the silhouette to create a life sized shadow of themselves.

Shadow Tracing source: http://www.parents.com/fun/activities/outdoor/solar-powered-crafts-and-activities/?slideId=55994

Chalk Shadow/Silhouettes source: http://rhythmsofplay.com/shadow-art-outdoor-science/

 

10 Benefits of Your Child’s Physical Activity

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Our post for today is an article from Parents Magazine: http://www.parents.com/fun/sports/exercise/10-benefits-of-physical-activity/

This article outlines the benefits and importance of encouraging physical activity for your child. We liked this article because its highlighted that physical activity includes the simple things like walking to the store, playing baseball in the backyard, taking the stairs. It is all about doing whatever you can to support healthy, balancing living.

 

Importance of Letting Children Play Outside No Matter the Weather

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Today check out this article on why letting children play outside in all weather is important and beneficial: http://rainorshinemamma.com/five-reasons-why-i-let-my-kids-play-outside-in-almost-any-weather/

This mother blogs about why she personally thinks it is important to let her children play in all weather so that they can develop resiliency, experience all seasons (which we are blessed to have in the Lower Mainland), to encourage active living, to be prepared and aware of their surrounding climate, and to learn to love the environment.