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Children painting

Sparking Creativity at the New Lions Gate Community Centre

Meet artist and early childhood art teacher, Barbara Martel
Indoor Parent Participation Playground

It's Play Time

Calling parents and caregivers with toddlers and preschoolers
Lonsdale Preschool

Making New Friends at Lonsdale Preschool

Michelle learns about their caring, play-based approach

Tunes for Tots at Centennial Theatre

Learning rhythm, making noise and having fun

Meet Jackie – Sandpiper Preschool Teacher

“Watching the children grow and learn is so rewarding.”

5 Benefits of Music and Dancing for Preschoolers

How music and movement help our kids grow and develop
kids hiking

Exploring Nature’s Playground: Hiking with kids

Tips for making it a great and safe experience.
Easter Kids

Great community Easter events for the whole family

One Mom's recommendation for you and the kids

Finding a safe place to be at Lonsdale Preschool

A mother's journey to help her son flourish in a new country

It's Play Time

The importance of both free and guided play

Young children develop optimally when they can engage regularly in both free play and guided play. In free play, children practice moving at their own pace and discover their own areas of interest. With guided play, they learn to listen, to share and interact with their peers. 

“Play is the highest form of research,” Albert Einstein once said. Pediatric studies agree, suggesting different forms of play contribute to every aspect of a child’s development to help them reach for their full potential. The many benefits include:

Making New Friends at Lonsdale Preschool

I hear giggles echoing down the stairway as I’m escorted through the hall up to the Lonsdale Licensed Preschool located above NVRC’s Memorial Gym on East 23rd Street.  I’m worried the children will become self-conscious when I enter the room, especially when they can’t see the smile behind my mask. The reality of COVID-19 means they don’t get many visitors.  I need not worry, they are so engrossed in activities they are completely oblivious to the strange woman chatting with their teacher.  

Tunes for Tots at Centennial Theatre

Interactive introduction to music and dance for preschoolers
The Centennial Theatre is offering interactive musical mornings for preschool children and their caregivers through the Tunes for Tots series. 

The first session in the 2019/2020 series was on a Tuesday in October with Daniel the Drummer, who set up the room with percussion instruments from different parts of the world. He introduced the audience to cajon drums from Peru, claves from Cuba, and tamborim and caxixi (seeds in reeds) shakers from Brazil. 

5 Benefits of Music and Dancing for Preschoolers

1. Music and dance engages the brain
Children learn new things, like sounds, words and patterns through music. And with dance, they can explore and control their body movements.  These activities are great for development and stimulate connections in the growing brain.

2. It helps cultivate communication skills
Bringing together kids with songs, rhymes and actions lets them discover how to interact and connect with others.  They develop listening and social skills that will give them self-confidence and better prepare them for school.

Creative Solutions: art ideas for spring break

Spring has sprung
Don’t you just love spring on the North Shore? The snow has finally melted (touch wood), it’s above two degrees and the birds have returned. I can hear the flickers hammering out their love songs on the street lights and the jays – handsome but noisy – are at the bird feeder again. The earth is coming back to life and in spite of the rain, there is a feeling of excitement in the air. 

Finding a safe place to be at Lonsdale Preschool

Lonsdale Preschool is a warm and welcoming place for kids and their families.  It’s an especially welcoming place for Atieh and her son Ali who has been attending the preschool for the past seven months.

When Ali was just 2 years old, his family moved to Canada where he had difficulty adjusting  socially.  He did not speak English and became very reliant on his parents and very shy with other children. At the local park he would run to his parents if any other child approached him.


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