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One Day at a Time.

Hiat Labib - Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Families who have loved ones that have been newly diagnosed with Autism and Asperger Syndrome often need a starting point in which they can begin to process and even comprehend such a diagnosis.

The wonderful people at Autism Speaks have put together the 100 Day Kit to make sure families make the best possible use of the 100 days that follow a diagnosis of Autism or AS/HFA.

Anyone can download the package and it's free!

If you, or someone you love, can benefit from this free resource I highly recommend clicking HERE to sign up.



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Why Me?

Hiat Labib - Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Why me - Forest Grove Preschool Oakville



April is World Autism Awareness Month and in keeping with this months commitment to shed a light on A.S.D Forest Grove will dedicate all of Aprils blog posts to informative and reflective posts on Autism.   

I remember stumbling upon a blog a few months ago that had a video linked to it's page. In the video the author of the blog described pivotal moments in her journey as a mother and more specifically the mother of a child who had autism. 

Two moments stood out to me most during the brief but powerful video and both moments were defined by a state of mind. Twice that mother had fallen to her knees and spoken to her God and twice she had uttered the same words however, the first time she spoke to God was at the beginning of her journey the second time she spoke to God she was comfortable on her path, accepting of the journey and moving forward. 

The two words that she spoke were, "Why me?"

This mother said the first time she had spoken to God she asked this question with a great amount of rage and anger. Emphasis was put on the fact that she had been victimized by nothing but a set of corrupt genes that were beyond her control. There she sat, angry at God with a child that she deemed defected.

I could picture her marinating in that moment,  in that diagnosis, in that specific point on the spectrum. 

Days, months and even years passed, as they always do, and a metamorphosis began to occur. Through a support system of love and the knowledge of professionals the mother began to feel an internal shit. It wasn't until recently that she was brought to her knees again.

The two words she spoke were, "Why me?"

This time she asked God why she had been fortunate enough to be the chosen one, why she had been so lucky to be given a child that redefined every idea she had ever had about love, communication and trust. She looked up to God in thanks for being chosen.

Today she blogs about the ups and downs of raising children and trying juggle all the things that moms usually do. Her state of mind is so beautifully illustrated throughout her personal writing space. Below are some of my favorite blogs that deal with mommy-hood, doing it all and Austism. 



Cheers & Happy reading




For the Family.

Hiat Labib - Thursday, March 28, 2013

Whether you celebrate Easter for it's religious meaning or the furry white bunny that lays eggs these festive treats are sure to be a hit. When it comes to child-friendly desserts these gems are perfect for the whole family. 


Easter - Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

Easter - Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

Easter - Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

Easter - Forest Grove Preschool Oakville


...what else would we do??

Hiat Labib - Saturday, March 23, 2013

Forest Grove Kindergarten Kid Oakville

Yesterday I received an email from one of my all time favorite parents filling me in on a conversation between her and her son during bedtime. Read below to have a good Friday giggle;

So last night I had parent-teacher interviews and here were Justin’s thoughts on it...

Justin:                   "Mommy why do you have to go to school at night?"

Mom:                    "I have to meet with the kid's mommy's and daddy's"

Justin:                   "Why... were they bad?"

Mom:                    "No, the Mommy's and Daddy's come to see me so I can tell        them about their kids"

Justin:                   "Oh...?”

Mom:                    "Remember how mommy went to see Ms. Sabrina to see how you       were doing in school ... it is the same thing?"

Justin:                    "Okay ... Mommy, are you coming home to sleep?"

Mom:                     "Of course ... " *At this point I could really see the wheels turning in his little head so I asked the following;

Mom:                     "Justin, what do Ms. Sabrina and Ms. Melody do after school?"

Justin:                    "They go home in Ms. Sabrina's green truck and sleep at Ms.       Sabrina's house!!"

At this point he looked at me, as if to say... what else would they do? It was too funny, I asked how he knew you had a green truck, he replied... because I do!?!


Circle Time & The Rules.

Hiat Labib - Thursday, March 21, 2013

Circle Time - Childcare Center Oakville

In a program that encourages exploration and free choice one can assume the times that are spent in a cohesive circle must be filled with some pretty important conversation. 

Forest Grove Preschool utilizes that time of togetherness to find a common interest, spark curiosity and ignite the passion of learning. Circle time isn't just a few bells and 'the wheels on the bus'. Time, like all time at Forest Grove, is invested wisely... trust us, we believe in time well spent.

Circle time does carry some expectations and by now (almost 7 months into the 10 month school year) the students are well aware of what they are. For the parents that don't know here are the main components necessary to having a successful circle time:

PUNCTUALITY - Without it, not only does the child who is late miss important information, but the other students all suffer greatly by an interruption that often removes their teacher from the opportunity of...well...teaching! 

HAVING AN OPEN HEART - Discussions bring about opinions, opinions are welcomed. Criticism, on the other hand, can turn a circle time into a long, drawn out conflict resolution circle which is never fun, especially for the innocent bystanders. 

FEELING SAFE - Not all students are created equally. Some students need to feel the calm nurture of a circle to be able to share their thoughts and opinions on a subject. The safety of this space is only guaranteed when both punctuality and having an open heart are present. 

Life can get in the way with rules and some are even made for breaking. However, unlike climbing a fence after the amusement park is shut, there is no prize on the other side, no perk to coming in late and disturbing someones 'moment'. 

So after all of my sharing and insight I want to make clear that the goal is not to make others feel guilty for being late, having an outspoken child or pointing fingers. My goal is to share what we do around hear that makes us kinda special and how you can help us stay just the way we are. 


BULLY.

Hiat Labib - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stats on bullying - Preschool Oakville

I settled in last weekend to watch a movie, being a documentary addict I decided to watch a movie called Bully. By the end of the movie I was shocked, scared and angry. 

Since this 2011 documentary has received enough publicity (CNN did a documentary ON the documentary itself) I wont go into depth about its content and if you don't know anything about Bully I strongly suggest that you watch it firsthand.

Since watching Bully, Forest Grove has pledged to take a stand against bullying by mentoring children and families that are seeking support on www.thebullyproject.com, a website sponsored by the movie.

Click HERE to watch the trailer... what will you do to stop the bullies?





Around the World in 5 Days

Hiat Labib - Saturday, March 16, 2013

A kids World - Kindergarten Oakville

As this past weeks comes to an end I can't help but be a wee bit sad that March Break is over. Although I didn't use this time to travel to Suntan City I had a phenomenal time connecting and reconnecting with some of our older students over at Studio 7. 

Forest Grove is pretty special as it has the space and layout to give specific age groups their own personal space to call their own however, this can sometimes be hard on us teachers who love our students so much!

Getting the opportunity to spend time in so many different programs this week allowed  many of us to play a game of 'catch-up' with some fantastic students and equally as wonderful parents. 

So... see ya March Break, you've been swell. 

Until next time,

Forest Grove 



Happy Friday

Hiat Labib - Saturday, March 09, 2013
Forest Grove Preschool Oakville

"The roots go down and the plant goes up..."

Hiat Labib - Monday, March 04, 2013
Tree - Kindergarten Oakville

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandbox at kindergarten. These are the things I learned:

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don't hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don't take things that aren't yours.

Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.

Flush.

Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. 

Wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

 Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are - when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.



~ Robert Fulghum ~ 


10 Wishes for Today's Kids

Hiat Labib - Thursday, February 28, 2013


10 Wishes for Today's Kids - Child Care Center Oakville


10 things I wish:

1. That the media stops scaring the sanity out of your parents 24-7, so that they think the only place you are safe is tucked away in the house;

2. That the decision-makers get down to business with true education reform so that you have the opportunity to learn to LOVE to learn, and not just learn (um, maybe) what will be on a test;

3. That we “grown-ups” stop being so lawsuit happy, so that liability is not the first thing on the minds of educators, parks and recreation professionals, community associations, and other parents. I hope with all my might that you are actually allowed to play and have fun in this life;

4. That you realize that you have choices, and the right to make mistakes — and the world will not stop spinning when you do;

5. That your parents set a limit on screen time. I know, you don’t want to hear this, but trust me on this one — it’s a must;

6. That you learn to LOVE to read. Even if they do make a movie about it, you can bet the book is better. Learn to get lost in a story and try your hand at writing your own;

7. That you spend every moment you can outside. Check out the woods, the beach, the mountains, and everything else in between. Let nature awe you;

8.  That you learn to be fearless, bold, and let your freak flag wave. I don’t mean live dangerously — but I do mean have the guts and gumption to really live and don’t be afraid to be yourself;

9. That you don’t get everything you want, that things don’t always come easily to you, that sometimes you fall flat on your face, and that you figure out (um, eventually) that these are all good things; and

10. That you get the freedom to breathe and the space to explore the world and figure out who you are in it.

So, that’s it. I have a lot of hopes and wishes for you guys, but what I want most of all is for you to grow up knowing how to appreciate life as the rich and fascinating ride that it is, and to know how to dust yourselves off and pick yourselves up when things get tough, because they will. Oh that, and to really know how to laugh — deep, from the belly, bone-stirring laughter. It’s one of the greatest skills you can ever learn.



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