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Do you remember Mr. Rogers?
Researchers, including the very famous, Mr. Rogers, and a University of Massachusetts psychologist, created 9 Rules for how to properly speak to your child.
Through their experience of creating one of the longest running children's shows, they found the most effective ways to communicate to your child.
Here are the 9 Rules they used when communicating to a child...
1. State the idea you wish to express as clearly as possible, and in terms preschoolers can understand. Example: "It is dangerous to play in the street."
2. Rephrase in a positive manner, as in, "It is good to play where it is safe."
3. Rephrase the idea, bearing in mind that preschoolers cannot yet make subtle distinctions and need to be redirected to authorities they trust. As in, “Ask your parents where it is safe to play.”
4. Rephrase your idea to eliminate all elements that could be considered prescriptive, directive, or instructive. In the example, that’d mean getting rid of “ask”: "Your parents will tell you where it is safe to play."
5. Rephrase any element that suggests certainty. That’d be “will”: "Your parents can tell you where it is safe to play."
6. Rephrase your idea to eliminate any element that may not apply to all children. Not all children know their parents, so: "Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play."
7. Add a simple motivational idea that gives preschoolers a reason to follow your advice. Perhaps: "Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play. It is good to listen to them."
8. Rephrase your new statement, repeating the first step. “Good” represents a value judgment, so: "Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play. It is important to try to listen to them."
9. Rephrase your idea a ﬁnal time, relating it to some phase of development a preschooler can understand. Maybe: "Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play. It is important to try to listen to them, and listening is an important part of growing." ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago
The Second R
Last week we talked about the importance of routines. Reading is one of these
important routines and is the second R of preschool education. Watch this space for the
other three coming soon.
Why reading you ask? Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important
thing you can do to prepare your child for success in school. Reading together, pointing
to the pictures, asking questions, making animal sounds and using silly voices all make
the direct connections that build young children’s brains and develop their minds and
• develops vocabulary – the number of words a child knows is one of the key
predictors of success.
• Instils a love of reading and demonstrates that it is an important activity that you
enjoy and value
• helps in brain development during this critical time of language acquisition which
will support learning to read. Playing with language using riddles and jokes
reinforces understanding and is just plain fun!
• teaches your child about the world around us. Something new can be learned
every time you read together.
• is a wonderful way of developing that special bond between parent and child as
you cuddle and talk about what you have read. Reading together provides the
essential combination of comfort, security and ritual.
In addition, a study led by Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, an associate professor of paediatrics at
New York University School of Medicine found found that reading aloud and playing
imaginative games may offer special social and emotional opportunities. Children are
able to develop skills to manage difficult situations.
“We think when parents read and play with their children more, the children have an
opportunity to think about characters, and to think about the feelings of those
characters,” he said. “They learn to use words to describe feelings that are otherwise
difficult and this enables them to better control their behaviour when they have
challenging feelings like anger or sadness.”
“All families need to know that when they read and when they play with their children,
they’re helping them learn to control their own behaviour,” he said, “so that they will
come to school able to manage the business of paying attention and learning”.
How to raise a reader? Please click on this link to find an article with tips and ideas:
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