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The Big Box

Hiat Labib - Friday, October 19, 2012


The Big Box - Kindergarten Oakville 

If you’re reading this blog and you’re familiar with Forest Grove then our approach to children and their individuality is not new to you.

As much as the staff can teach and educate others on our philosophy sometimes a new perspective and alternative explanation works wonders.

Toni Morrison was inspired to write a children’s book with her 15 year old son after he was told he, “couldn't handle his freedom." Not long after the incident she penned, The Big Box.

The story goes on to describe 3 children who, based on their elders, couldn’t handle their freedom and in turn were put in a box and given materialistic possessions to fill their void.

The story is brilliant, and as entertaining as it is for children, it’s truly a plea to adults who fail to realize the need for individuality in children.

The message is simple as it’s littered throughout the beautifully illustrated pages;

"I know you are smart and I know that you think
You are doing what is best for me.
But if freedom is handled just your way
Then it's not my freedom or free."

If you’re out and about and able to read this wonderful book you should definitely give it a whirl!

Dear Parents

Hiat Labib - Thursday, October 18, 2012

         Oakville Kindergarten

Teacher parent interviews are just starting to wind down and the student goals have been set.

Although this time of year is filled with transition and adaptation, it’s a joy to be able to connect with the families of Forest Grove.

Our 15 minute interview times may not fee like a lot but it’s just enough time to squeeze out some details and set a goal that we, the teachers, can put into action.

After many years of interviews we've also come to realize that there is an unintentional connection that happens.  As we sit across from each other chatting away we realize that all of the magic that our students possess comes from you.

Dear Parents, it's obvious that the manners, sense of humor, wittiness and charisma are not a coincidence, it’s intentional and you’re doing one heck of a job raising these little people!

But don’t worry; we know what you’re thinking, when that metal Tonka truck gets thrown across the room and hits little Suzy on the head… that one we'll blame on television.

Keep an Eye on Forest Grove!

Hiat Labib - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Halloween - Kindergarten Oakville

Things are starting to change around here…

From goblins to guts, spiders to spikes

Halloween is in the air.

The countdown is on.

Keep an eye on this blog,

for up-to-date projects.

Never too Early

Hiat Labib - Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bullying is a hot topic and not just because young Hollywood is sporting anti-bullying t-shirts during photo ops.  For the last few weeks multimedia and social networks has been bombarded with the issue.

Whether it’s the CBS WKTB news anchor that stood-up to her bully while on air or the gut wrenching serenade from Jillian Jensen during an XFactor performance and finally the Amanda Todd tragedy, bullying is an undisputed crisis.

Forest Grove is fortunate enough to deal with an age group that solves their problems by breaking one another’s block towers. However, we recognize that we still play a role that greatly impacts our students’ behaviours and beliefs.

Children may or may not learn how to discriminate against one another from their elders (It’s a debate I’ll leave for someone else’s blog) yet, we have the power to let children know what right and wrong is.

Join us in promoting open discussion that encourages how to be the anti-bully. Young children are more responsive to positive conversation when trying to retain information. Lessons on friendship, manners, love and beliefs can never happen to early.

Have you discussed bullying with your child?  We would love to hear your opinions.

Stop Bullying - Preschool Oakville

Five Things

Hiat Labib - Saturday, October 13, 2012

Five Things is a concept started long ago and credited to a fantastic blogger that came long before us.

Essentially, Five Things is a documentation of five moments or achievements worth sharing.

 As necessary as words are on a blog they aren't always as necessary as taking a few moments to admire Five Things.

Five Things - Kindergarten Oakville Five Things 2 - Kindergarten Oakville Five Things 3 - Kindergarten Oakville Five Things 4 - Kindergarten Oakville Five Things 5 - Kindergarten Oakville

From Nature with Love

Hiat Labib - Monday, October 08, 2012
From Nature with Love - Child Care Center Oakville

The quintessential Reggio activity.

  • Natural materials.
  • Children inspired project.
  • Teacher directed learning opportunities.
  • Incorporating academic components.
  • No right or wrong just creation.

Gobble & Gulp

Hiat Labib - Sunday, October 07, 2012

'Tis the season to loosen our belts (is it just me or do these holiday seem to pop up quite often?) So here is a dose of healthy inspiration in between sweets and stuffing. 

Gobble & Gulp - Kindergarten Oakville

The variety of turkey creations are endless. An all fruit turkey with grapes, blueberries and strawberries would serve as the ultimate fruit salad. What options would you give to your child for their own turkey creation?


Measuring Cups & Junk Food

Hiat Labib - Saturday, October 06, 2012
Measuring Cups - Preschool Oakville

Measuring Cups 2 - Preschool Oakville

A Lesson in Being Thankful.

Hiat Labib - Saturday, October 06, 2012
A Lesson in Being Thankful - Kindergarten Oakville

It’s pretty trendy to be thankful at the moment. Holidays often bring about some kind of moral awareness that leaves us feeling warm and tingly inside. Today at Forest Grove we jumped on the thankful bandwagon and sang, danced and spoke our words of thanks to spread our own holiday cheer.

Unlike a holiday like Christmas, that can get a little clouded with all of those beautifully wrapped gifts, Thanksgiving is easier explained and the students really seem to reflect.

So dear families and friends connecting with us at this very moment, via Blog, Twitter, Facebook or anywhere else in the social universe we want you to know that we are thankful for you.

As Forest Grove continues to grow and expand its social butterfly wings we feel honoured that you have invested your time in reading these very words.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Forest Grove.

A Long Goodbye

Hiat Labib - Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Dearest Alicja,

As summer has come to an end, I cannot help but become distanced in thought, imagining the goings-on at the wonderful Forest Grove. I picture you welcoming returning students, and opening your arms to fortunate new ones. I can also picture all the magnificent teachers, as they have their studios ready, anticipating the magic that will occur again this year as they teach and lead students down their paths.

In reflection of your Graduates Taylor, now in Grade 3, and Katherine, in Grade 1 (!!), I must also comment what this Fall means in lieu of Forest Grove. This Fall, I truly miss getting the children ready for their year at Forest Grove. Our family has been with you for five years, and saying “Goodbye” is not easy to do. Thus, I look at this letter rather as an opportunity to boast how proud I am of your school, and to definitely say I would recommend your school to any parent who wants the best of the best starts for their children, as they begin their educational journey.

With great thanks and acknowledgement to Forest Grove, each of my children has such a strong foundation built on excelled teaching, inspired curiosity about the world around them, and molded strong self-perception and esteem. Both Taylor and Kate have had the fortune of a perfect first impression about school which will carry them throughout their scholastic, professional and personal lives.

What makes Forest Grove unique and sought after is the beautiful blending of teaching excellence and administrative professionalism and compassion. Your teachers teach with expertise, but they excite and invite their students to learn, at such a precious time in their lives.

We will never forget Forest Grove. We wish your school continued happiness and success always. We will Miss you very much.

Fondly with love,

Juliana, Taylor and Kate.



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