Looking for a rainy day activity? This fun leaf etching craft will keep little ones entertained for quite awhile! All you need is paper, crayons and a bunch of leaves.
1. Head out for a walk around the neighbourhood to collect leaves of various shapes and sizes.
2. Lay the leaves flat on a table and place the paper on top.
3. Use the crayons flat edge to rub it along the paper to create the etching.
4. Play around with the layout of the leaves and different coloured crayons. Have fun!
Warmest welcome to all new and returning families to our LVPPP community. I cannot emphasize enough the promise and potential of this school to create a lasting impact on family life in Lynn Valley. This year, both Presidents are relatively new to the neighbourhood. When I moved here in 2019, I chose LVPPP because I recognized the ways in which the school could give back to me and my children. We visited an open house where all my children were welcomed and had the opportunity to snuggle baby chicks (magic!). My efforts through parent participation have paid off in new friendships, special moments on duty, and new strategies to approach common parenting dilemmas. As my son Ryan begins Kindergarten we only have to look around the playground to see familiar faces. The preschool is well known by so many and LVPPP alumni families are always springing out of the woodwork. I’m excited for my youngest to begin preschool this year. Every year at the school is different – parents bring new ideas, experiences, and perspectives to build a school that is always changing and growing. I look forward to meeting more engaged parents and continuing to work with and learn from our amazing Teachers Libby and Liz. Last year has shown us that we are more than equal to the challenge of COVID, that the Parent Participation model is valued, relevant and adaptable, and that the magic of LVPPP is still thriving after 76 years in Lynn Valley. Let’s make it another great one!
Laura Collings (Co-President and Brandon’s Mama, 3s Class)
Welcome to all of our wonderful families!
I hope you have all had a lovely summer break. As the summer days come to an end we are all looking forward to beginning a new year at the preschool. Liz and I are working toward creating a fun, exciting, and safe environment for the children and families of our wonderful preschool community.
I look forward to seeing everyone and I am excited for a new year ahead.
Hello everyone.We have all had a great holiday and we look forward to seeing you at preschool. Are you ready for lots of fun, building, painting, playing , running, swinging, and lots of exploring. We will have lots of friends to play with the Teachers will help you if you need anything.
See you soon,
September is here, which means the first day of Fall is right around the corner. The cooler Autumn weather is perfect for snuggling up under a blanket and discovering new books to read with your little ones. This month we not only celebrate Fall, but also the first day of school, National Read a Book Day, Grandparents Day and National Colouring Day! Leave us a comment and let us know which your favourite book was this month and which ones should be featured next month.
1. Our Class is a Family, by Shannon Olsen
In this book, children discover that their classroom is a safe place to be themselves, make mistakes, and form important friendships with each other.
2. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, by Kenard Pak
Join a young girl as she walks through forest and town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. Striking up imaginative conversations with every flower, creature and gust of wind, she says good-bye to summer and welcomes autumn.
3. The Color Monster Goes to School, by Anna Llenas
Meet the Color Monster. He feels a little nervous because today is his first day at school . . . and he doesn’t even have a clue what school is! Guided by his young friend, his first day of school is saved! The Color Monster has a lot of new adventures and makes new friends — and looks forward to school tomorrow.
4. All Are Welcome, by Alexandra Kaufman
Readers will follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. In this school, students from all backgrounds learn from and celebrate each other’s traditions and shows that the world will be what we make it to be.
5. My Grandpa’s Chair, by Jiyeon Pak
Celebrate National Grandparents Day on September 12th with this beautifully illustrated book. When Julie’s grandpa isn’t happy in his old couch, she tries to help him find a new chair. In this picture book we learn about loss and how a family can heal a broken heart through love and companionship.
6. The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson
We are all different, but sometimes we feel the differences more than others. It could be how you look or sound, or even where you’re from. It isn’t an easy thing to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.
What books should be featured in October’s Book Club?
At the end of April tiny little caterpillars arrived at our school. Teacher Liz and I filled small individual vials with special food for each caterpillar and left them on a tray. We carefully chose a warm location at the preschool to keep them at a perfect temperature.
For the next few weeks we brought the caterpillars out at circle time to see the progress they had made each day. Slowly they went from being tiny little caterpillars to big ones, and they built webs at the top of the vials preparing for the next phase of their journey.
A caterpillar was sent home with each of the children in the 4’s class, and the rest of the caterpillars remained at the preschool for daily observations. Once the caterpillars were fully grown they climbed to the top of the vials and hung upside down from the lid in a ‘J’ shape to form a chrysalis. Teacher Liz gently transferred the chrysalis to their new habitat by placing the lids on an old magnolia branch.
The next few days were filled with excitement and lots of patience. Each day during circle time we checked on the hanging chrysalis. We sang songs about butterflies. We told stories about butterflies. We dressed up as butterflies. And we waited. Patiently. While the caterpillars that had gone home with the children in the 4’s class had transformed into chrysalis and emerged as butterflies, the ones at the preschool were still in their chrysalis.
One rainy morning Teacher Liz and I took the 4’s class for a walk to gather moss, flowers, and fresh leaves for our butterfly habitat in hopes that it would encourage the chrysalis at the preschool to transform. After being in their chrysalis for almost two weeks the first butterflies emerged!
The children were thrilled and each day a few more butterflies appeared in the habitat. We cut oranges in half to feed them and we opened the butterfly habitat to let a select few out to explore. During the first few circle times the butterflies were very docile. Some jumped around, but most would stay still on tiny little excited hands and arms.
As the butterflies got stronger and older they became braver and attempted to take flight. On a beautiful sunny day during circle time in the 3’s class we released them. We sang a goodbye song and wished them a happy journey ahead as they flew away.
A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.Mandy Hale
Summer is right around the corner. Bugs are starting to emerge, the water parks are in full swing, and the beach is the perfect place to enjoy this summer’s book club picks. And don’t forget to leave a comment with your favourite books for September.
1. The Amazing Life Cycle of Butterflies, by Kay Barham
From moth to chrysalis to beautiful butterfly, learn about a butterfly’s life. Children have lots of questions about the world around them, and this book helps them discover many amazing and wonderful scientific facts about butterflies.
2. Over and Under the Pond, by Kate Messner
Paddle along with a mother and son as they discover the plants and animals that make up the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond. Over the pond, the water is a mirror, reflecting the sky. But under the water is a hidden world of minnows darting, beavers diving, and tadpoles growing. These secrets and many others are waiting to be discovered.
3. And Then Comes Summer, by Tom Brenner
From flip-flops and hide-and-seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, from lemonade stands and late bedtimes to swimming in the lake and toasting marshmallows, there’s something for everyone in this bright and buoyant celebration of the sunny season.
4. The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle
This is a beautifully descriptive book of a tiny seed that gets swept up by the wind and goes on an adventure to become a giant flower.
5. What Bug Am I?, by Skye Wade
The little spider doesn’t initially know who he is. Yet with the ladybug’s help, he meets different backyard bugs to understand who he looks like. If your kids are interested in bugs, they’ll definitely buzz with laughs and literacy over this engaging, informative, and science (STEM) book. This funny bug-story offers interesting and kid-friendly facts about insects’ diverse features and their unique ways of life.
6. Avery Asks – Where is everyone going?, by Andrea Lowe
You never know where a simple question might take your imagination. Where is everyone going? The possibilities are endless and the answers open up a whole world to explore. Follow ever-curious Avery as she discovers the places people are going and the things they are doing.
7. The Sandcastle Contest, by Robert Munsch
When Matthew enters a contest at the beach, he builds an amazing, incredible, unbelievable sandcastle!
8. Jabari Jumps, by Gaia Cornwall
Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash.
9. Grandpa’s stories, by Joseph Coelho
One young girl reflects on a year with her beloved grandpa. She remembers the fields and parks they explored in the springtime and the old toys they fixed up in the summer. An honest and relatable depiction of loss, Grandpa’s Stories celebrates life and the ways in which love lives on.
What books should be featured in September’s Book Club?
Here we go another year almost over! Where did the time go? It is not like it just disappeared, because we have seen the children grow and thrive in our programme. Our classes have come a long way since back in September and we, as teachers, have also grown and learned throughout the year.
We are so pleased in the way we were able to keep the programme going strong and all of us keeping healthy within our environment. I know we have missed parts of our school space, with our classes, but we have done so much more in our wonderful outdoor space.
Our children will be stronger and more aware of their surroundings after enduring these difficult times. Libby and I have made use of every corner of the playground, pulling so much together from our cupboards of inventory and realizing that our ideas have worked well. We should be thankful for getting through this as a group. It has been possible only with your support and your ongoing commitment and participation within our programme.
For our graduating class:
This year especially, I feel that our 5 year olds, or soon to be, have been able to tread in the footsteps of Dr. Seuss’ book titled “Oh the places you will go”. We have taken them to places that they have explored, the forest and its stumps, the field and its openness, the creek and its banks, the labrynth and its path. They were able to use spaces creatively, so congratulations to you all. Carry these memories with you wherever you go. Keep on asking the questions and reaching further for the answers, you will all go far.
Cheers to the classes of 2020/2021. Hip hip hooray!
T. Liz and T. Libby
My husband started taking my sons up mountain biking on Mount Fromme as soon as they could ride a pedal bike. But since my idea of a perfect day out cycling is a flat and preferably paved trail, the gnarly inclines of the North Shore hold little allure.
So when I take my cycling mad sons out, I go for a happy medium: easy trails with some extra features that help test their technical skills.
If you’re not ready to tackle the big mountain trails with your preschooler, here’s a few places you can try instead:
Digger Park forest – Officially called Lynnmour park but known locally as “Digger Park” this park has it all: winding paths through the forest, roots and bumps to practice going over, and a playground in the field in the middle of it all. It’s just south of Inter River bike park so you could even start with a ride around the pump track.
Windsor Park – This forested area behind Ron Andrews recreation centre has wide, easy paths. It’s easy to do a loop and there’s a few extensions you can explore. If you start and stop at the recreation centre you can even use the playground.
Loutet Park – This park has a wonderful trail which runs all the way from behind Sutherland High school to Loutet farms. There’s a crazy dirt jump track behind the farm where you’ll get a glimpse of the heart stopping feats your kids may one day be attempting if you’re there on a day the older kids are out. The rest of the trail meanders through the forest with some gentle ups and downs, perfect for little cyclists.
Diana Davis, LVPPP President
Where are your favourite preschool bike haunts?
Spring is officially in full swing. Enjoy all those May flowers this month, but don’t forget to get in your daily dose of reading with your little ones. This month we not only celebrate spring, but also Fitness Day, Cinco de Mayo, Brothers and Sisters Day and Star Wars Day. Leave us a comment and let us know which your favourite book was this month and which ones should be featured next month.
1. Little Raindrop, by Melanie Joyce
This book is a new favourite of ours! Colourful illustrations and a lyrical story captivate young readers as they follow the journey of a little raindrop. This book is a great way to learn about the water cycle.
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
Originally published in 1969, this story is a classic and a must-read for any child. Littles will love reading along as the hungry little caterpillar eats, and eats, and eats, finally emerging as a butterfly. The collage-style illustrations and fun storyline make learning about food, counting and the butterfly lifecycle an engaging experience.
3. Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga, by Rebecca Whitford
May 1 is Fitness Day! Yoga is a great way to introduce children to movement. This book is colourful, fun and easily guides parents and kids through nine basic yoga poses.
4. Snuggle the Baby, by Sara Gillingham
Celebrate National Brothers and Sisters Day on May 2 with this cute board book. We were gifted this book just prior to welcoming our second baby. It is ideal for soon-to-be older siblings or toddlers who love playing with dolls. It is full of practical, interactive activities for caring for a baby, like swaddling and shushing.
5. Star Wars: A Jedi you will be, by Preeti Chhibber
May the Fourth be with you! May 4 is Star Wars Day and you can introduce your kids to the iconic series with this picture book narrated by everyone’s favourite Jedi Master, Yoda. Whimsical illustrations will guide your future Jedi’s as they learn to use the force.
6. My First Frida Kahlo (Little People, Big Dreams), by Isabel Sanchez Vegara
The Little People, Big Dreams book series is a wonderful tribute to inspirational leaders. My First Frida Kahlo tells the story of the one of the most famous artists of the twentieth century. This would be a fun, educational read to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5th.
What books should be featured in June’s Book Club?
Take advantage of some of our April showers to cuddle up with your kid and a good book. This month we also celebrate Easter and Earth Day. Hope you and your littles enjoy this month’s book club picks. And don’t forget to leave a comment with your favourite books for next month.
1. The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a classic story originally published in 1902. What better time to introduce your littles to this beloved tale than Easter. The book tells the story of a mischievous rabbit and the trouble he gets into when he disobeys his mother and ventures into Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden.
2. The Honeybee, by Kirsten Hall
Honeybees are a vital part of our ecosystem. This beautifully illustrated picture-book with equally enchanting wordplay follows a little bee in its day-to-day activities. The Honeybee will soon become a favourite in your house!
3. We are the Gardeners, by Joanna Gaines and Kids
The well-known TV personality Joanna Gaines recently published this adorable story about a family learning how to garden. The story shows that trying something new isn’t always easy, but if you work hard at it, you will reap the rewards. A cute and endearing book for budding gardeners.
4. This Little Environmentalist, by Joan Holub
This brand new book published in March 2021 invites young readers to learn all about leaders and their quest to protect the earth. This book is a great introduction to the environment and how we can all make a difference.
5. My Friend Earth, by Patricia MacLachlan
This adorable book personifies the earth as a young girl. Die-cut pages and poetic text take young readers through a celebration of all the wonderful things our friend Earth does. This interactive story will engage young readers and get the conversation started about the environment and climate change.
6. The Hike, by Alison Farrell
The Hike is a delightful story about the three little girls and their adventure in the great outdoors. They experience the highs and the lows of a hike including picnics and tough terrain. Your little one will enjoy spotting all the animals throughout the book and learning a bit more about the science of the environment. This book will leave you all wanting to embark on a hike to explore more.
What books should be featured in May’s Book Club?
With spring break just around the corner, it’s time to start planning some new adventures to fill your days. The North Shore offers some great amenities and activities for you to take advantage no matter what spring weather we are treated to. Here’s a round up some of our favourite local spring break activities for you and your little one.
1. Go for a swim at Karen Magnussen Recreation Centre
Kids love going to the pool and they always seem to sleep better after a good swim. Another great reason to head over to your local swimming pool is that it’s an activity that can be done rain or shine. To book a swim session at Karen Magnussen or another North Vancouver pool, visit the NVRC website.
2. Learn about nature at the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre
Learn all about our local plants, animals and human history at the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre. Kids can get a closer look at everything from bird eggs to snake skin and they can discover the world of bears through the black bear exhibit. The centre is booking 30-minute visits daily between noon and 4 p.m. They are also hosting a virtual storytime on Friday, March 19 about bugs. For more information and to book a visit, go to the Ecology Centre website.
3. Visit the farm animals at Maplewood Farm
Horses and pigs and goats, oh my! Maplewood Farm is a great space to let the kids run around and get up close to some of their favourite farm animals. The rabbits and the ducks tend to be fan favourites. To book your visit, go to the farm website.
4. Explore a bird habitat at Maplewood Flats
The Maplewood Flats Conservation Area is a North Shore hidden gem and a bird watcher’s paradise! More than 250 types of birds are have been spotted in the area. Families can enjoy the 5 kilometres of accessible trail 7 days a week. Access to the park is free. For Covid guidelines for trail use, visit the WildBird Trust website.
What activities are you planning during spring break?