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Back to School - 9 Fantastic Fall Extracurricular Activities

Reading Time: 8 minutes Research by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) last year noted a significant impact on students from remote learning, including interrupted learning, increased child stress, decreased connection, increased loneliness, and mental and emotional health effects. Children need to be learning in person and participating in extracurricular activities is another important necessity.

decluttering
Decluttering Your Home, Turn Over a New Leaf with a Better Organized Space

Reading Time: 8 minutes A busy life and a bustling household can make it tough to keep clutter under control. While some disorganization in your home is simply a sign of living a normal life, being surrounded by clutter can cause feelings of anxiety and inhibit productivity and creativity. If you want to transform your home — and your life — now is a great time to get organized. These tips and tricks will help you create a tidy home so you can enjoy your space stress-free.

4 Benefits of Dramatic Play
4 Benefits of Dramatic Play

Reading Time: 5 minutes I am sure we have all heard of learning through play, or that play is the work of children. But what does that really mean? What exactly are they learning? Isn’t play supposed to be child directed? If so, how can we support that learning? When you start to think about what learning through play really means, it can easily start to feel overwhelming; but with a basic understanding of what can happen during play, you can quickly begin to see that learning with your own two eyes. There are many different ways children play, and in this article, I will focus on the dramatic play, where children take on different roles and act them out.

summer activities
15 New Ways To Entertain Your Kids This Summer

Reading Time: 5 minutes Whether your kids were in-person, virtual or homeschool learning this year, once summer begins, their regular schedule typically goes out the window! Entertaining kids becomes part of your full time job and, let’s face it – it’s tough.

mindfulness and yoga
5 fun ways to incorporate yoga and mindfulness into playtime

Reading Time: 4 minutes We have all heard about being mindful but if we are honest with ourselves we do not practice it enough. Mindfulness is very simple, we set aside time to sit and do nothing for several minutes. That's it! It's so simple, so why do we not do it? We know it's good for us, we know it helps our concentration, improves our mental health, and is key to controlling our reactions. For the majority of us, it is harder to sit in stillness than it is to have a full schedule all day every day. This is what we need to change for our children. We need to encourage moments of stillness, reflections, and pause. We need to work on it for ourselves but more importantly for our children.

screen time
Reassessing Your Kids' Screen Time Limits in the New Remote World

Reading Time: 7 minutes For many parents, concern over kids being glued to screens is not a new phenomenon. However, with the pandemic causing a 500% spike of digital media usage amongst younger generations, the issue has become a new kind of monster. Our current reality is forcing families to rethink screen time limits and come up with solutions that take into account both the harmful effects of excessive digital media use and the need for kids to engage in online school and socialization. The pandemic has had a detrimental impact on many kids, and an unhealthy dependence on technology could be a long-lasting side effect of a full year away from school and friends.

Summer Camp
BC Parent's Annual Summer Camp Roundup: Top 10 Exciting Camps for the 2021 Season

Reading Time: 5 minutes Here we are again, planning another 8 weeks of Summer vacation! Fortunately, even with COVID-19...

Arts Umbrella
Arts Umbrella's amazing new space unveiled

Reading Time: 3 minutes A model for arts education across North America, the new facility significantly expands Arts Umbrella’s capacity to provide transformative experiences for young people in Metro Vancouver, across Canada, and around the world. Arts Umbrella serves 24,000 young people annually, and, within the next three to five years, the new building is expected to support 15,000 children and youth
every year through tuition-based programs and performances, as well as community programs, distance learning, bursaries, and scholarships.

tks
Incredible program for high school students in Vancouver - Deadline: April 5

Reading Time: 3 minutes We just learned about an incredible extracurricular program for high school students and wanted to share it with parents in Vancouver. The Knowledge Society (TKS) is a 10-month innovation program for students ages 13-17 who want to solve the world’s biggest problems. The program is modeled after curriculums from Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, and designed to replicate the learning environments of Google and Facebook. They’ve also been recognized by organizations like the World Economic Forum.

Spring Break
Spring Break is coming fast!

Reading Time: 2 minutes We are now just over 5 weeks from Spring Break 2021. The usual routines have...

Spring Break
2021 Spring Break Camps

Reading Time: 3 minutes Spring Break is creeping up, for me, it feels faster than expected. What have you...

physical activities
Physical Activity for Children and Youth this Winter

Reading Time: 3 minutes Children are experiencing lower physical activity levels, less outside time, and higher sedentary behaviour, including screen time, during the outbreak. Kids need to move more, now more than ever. 

virtual music
Virtual Music Opportunities to Keep Your Child Learning

Reading Time: 7 minutes Music education has numerous benefits for students, including establishing stronger social skills, increased confidence, and improved academics due to involved brain function. With all of these benefits and more stemming from music, there is no doubt that you should include music education within your child’s online studies. Here are some easy ways to be sure to keep music education incorporated in virtual learning.

Activities
Fall Activities Now Available

Reading Time: 4 minutes With Back-to-School comes Fall activities. What will those look like this year? Who is offering...

hiking
These Tiny Boots were made for Walking or Hiking - 5 useful tips

Reading Time: 10 minutes Only a few steps into my hike up to Quarry Rock I began to notice...

Gardening
Dig This: 10 Big Benefits of Gardening with Kids

Reading Time: 7 minutes Most parents want their children to get outside away from phones, TV, and video games,...

Swim lessons
A new future for swim lessons

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you are a new mom or have a new baby, how can you ensure you and your baby are more prepared for time in the water? Karina Renaud has the answer. As the instructor and owner of The Swim for Life program, Karina created an online course to help save lives by teaching young children foundational water skills from their own homes!

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Getting peaceful in the Holidays

Reading Time: 3 minutes Many of us here at The Yoga Buggy are Christmas lovers and celebrators, and together...

Kids with phone
Mom, When I Grow Up, I Want To Be An Influencer

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you ask your children what they want to be when they grow up, there is a good chance that the answer will be “an influencer.”

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Fall Bike riding with Kids

Reading Time: 3 minutes Summer is over, but that doesn’t mean outdoor time has to end. Riding bikes is...

family playing board games
Why Great Games Make Your Kids Forget They’re Actually Learning

Reading Time: 6 minutes Most of us underestimate the learning potential of games. Games don’t just promote curiosity and...

kids after-school gymnastics
After-School Activities Offer Worthwhile Benefits

Reading Time: 9 minutes The comment from a young mom, Amy, about middle school football tryouts prompted a lengthy...

playing camping games
7 Fun Games to Play While Camping with Kids

Reading Time: 4 minutes Camping is an activity that many families enjoy every time. This is the time when...

A Scout’s Guide to the Ultimate Summer Camping Trip
A Scout's Guide to the Ultimate Summer Camping Trip

Reading Time: 5 minutes 27℃. That’s the perfect temperature for summer camping according to Scouts – Canada’s youngest outdoor...

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