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I dreamed all my life about becoming a mom, but when actually faced with parenthood, I was terrified. When you’re a parent with a disability, meeting your unique challenges is a daunting proposition. However with some thoughtful preparations, I found you can navigate your journey the same as everyone else—one day at a time.
Safety first. One of the preparations that gave me peace was preparing my home for my baby. It’s one thing to live with a disability, but once you’re dealing with feedings and diaper changes, exhausted and frazzled from too little sleep, you want all the advantages you can find. By making home modifications for better accessibility, I improved my navigation and eased some of my burden. Besides, knowing my home would support my parenting challenges made me feel more confident. Here are some of the basics which I think are especially helpful.
Bathroom. Bathrooms can be dangerous with the combination of slippery surfaces, soap, and water. Adding non-slip flooring is a big help, along with grab bars and lever-style faucet handles. Raised toilet seats can improve accessibility, along with replacing the tub with a shower. If you use a wheelchair, you also might like removing your vanity and replacing the sink with a wall-mounted option. Another suggestion is to install anti-scald devices on your faucets to prevent the water from becoming too hot.
Main living areas. Loose carpeting is a tripping and slipping hazard, and if you use a wheelchair, it can catch in the wheels. Make sure it’s secure or remove it. Also, consider replacing your door knobs with lever-style handles. Door knobs can be difficult for a wheelchair-bound person to turn, but a lever you can easily push them down. Some professionals also suggest installing child-proof latches on cupboards and outlet covers. Another important consideration is to secure your television so your baby can’t topple it, along with other large furniture items such as bookshelves and cabinets. If your furniture, fireplace, or walls have sharp corners, install padding so your little one doesn’t get hurt on them. Invest in some child gates to keep your youngster corralled; even though your baby won’t be mobile right away, that day will be here before you know it!
Kitchen. Chances are when you’re working in the kitchen, you’ll be distracted, and
hot objects can quickly become dangerous to babies, so the kitchen is another important area to prepare. Even with child-proof locks, you will want to take extra precautions for certain items. Parents recommends organizing your drawers and cabinets so that choking and suffocation hazards like plastic bags and spices are well out of reach, and putting poisons and chemicals in secure areas.
Other ideas. There are other steps I took to prepare for my baby’s arrival which gave me great peace of mind. One of the best things I did was take the advice of Healthy Children, and I found a wonderful pediatrician ahead of time. Another idea is to create a laminated list of your emergency phone numbers; include the area hospitals, emergency services, and your family and friends that you or a babysitter may need to connect with should an issue arise. And lastly, my other wonderful discovery is Wonder of Learning. Wonder of Learning, or WOLO, is essentially a one-stop shop for your child's leisure activities, so it offers needed convenience for families strapped for time.
Prepared and confident. You’ll enjoy great peace of mind by making some simple arrangements before your baby arrives. Ensure your home is safe and accessible, and plan out a handful of simple but important resources. Once your little one arrives, you’ll realize how much these steps helped with preparing for parenthood!
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We are super EXCITED to offer you another term of AMAZING classes! Classes that you won't find at another centre and programs your child would love. Our teachers not only LOVE teaching, they SPECIALIZE in what they have to offer.
Our SPRING BREAK Enrichment Camp is an extended ALL DAY version of our After School Enrichment Programs that are launching in September 2018 for school age children. Each day will include a variety of enrichment classes/lessons along with group co-operative games for children to learn team building while creating lasting friendships in a Reggio-inspired environment.
ART - creativity
YOGA - health, wellness
MATH - cognitive
PARK - nature (weather permitting)
PLAY - fun, cooperative games
COOKING - nutrition
DANCE/MUSIC - culture
FIELD TRIPS - exploration
March 19th-23rd & March 26th-30th
9am - 3pm
Before and After Care from 8am-9am & 3pm-6pm
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Single parents are often so absorbed in tending the needs of their children that they neglect taking care of their own well-being. With proper coping skills in your emotional toolkit you can better overcome challenges as they arise and maintain better mental and physical health. Here are some great tips to help you develop a self-care routine to stay happy, healthy, and in turn be able to offer more to your children.
Single and stressed. The American Psychological Association explains that many singles “unrealistically expect that the family can function like a two-parent family, and may feel that something is wrong when it can not. The single parent may feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of juggling caring for the children, maintaining a job and keeping up with the bills and household chores. And typically, the family's finances and resources are drastically reduced following the parents' breakup.”
Sound familiar? As a single parent you face a number of stressors in your daily life that nuclear families do not. Conflicts with your ex, visitation and custody issues, reduced opportunities to enjoy your children, complications from dating and new relationships, seeing the effects on your kids, and disturbances in the relationships with extended family members can be complex challenges for single parents. It’s a struggle that can strain and damage your well-being.
First-aid. Experts cited by Psychology Today recommend establishing a “first-aid kit” to help you recognize and heal emotional damage that comes from stress:
Your toolkit. Taking care of yourself will help you overcome and heal emotional damage to maintain good mental health. Add these tools into your self-care program to support your emotional and physical needs:
Coping skills. When the going gets tough, employ deep breathing exercises, yoga and meditation to help you stay in the present instead of being distracted by the past or the future.
Good habits. Keep some structure in your days so you can find time to tend your basics. Eat right, exercise and get enough sleep. An established routine will also reduce your child’s stress and help you stay organized.
Positivity Maintaining an optimistic, positive attitude helps you overcome emotional challenges when they arise. Reflect on your successes by listing things you have accomplished for you and your children. Avoid comparing yourself with others and how you see their progress as parents.
Support network. The American Academy of Pediatrics points out you should not isolate yourself with busyness or try to be entirely “self-sufficient.” Reach out to family and friends but don’t underestimate the power of flexible childcare. Drop-in childcare offers single parents a safe alternative to creating “latch key” children. Flexible care doesn’t lock you into a set schedule and is an ideal solution when you work multiple jobs, need last-minute care, or simply want to have an hour of time to yourself.
Control finances. Money can be a big stressor, so experts advise that getting a handle on your situation will help you feel more secure, even if funds are tight. Establish a budget and set aside money for the future.
Time in nature. Single parents often are running to and from obligations and spend very little time savoring the outdoors. Being in nature reduces stress levels and promotes mental health.
Developing a self-care program can help you navigate obstacles and stay healthy and happy. You’ll be a better parent with more to offer your children, instead being run ragged. Learn to recognize when you need some first-aid, and put tools in your toolkit for better coping and psychological health. You deserve emotional well-being and a good self-care program!
By Daniel Sherwin
What are the benefits of care in a mixed age classroom? Children will learn from others through observation and interaction. Here are some reasons why we find learning in a multi-age setting is beneficial for our children’s development.
Social Emotional Learning and Development
When children have the chance to interact and socialize with peers of different ages, it helps them in developing social skills and building confidence as well as self-esteem.
Learning with your Peers
Learning with peers that are varying in age (2-5) helps children build confidence, learn from one another, and how to model for others by setting a good example.
Demonstrating and instilling the importance of teamwork can teach children to listen and respect the opinions of others, cooperation and equality.
Siblings can remain in the same classrooms while still interacting with other children. For some, it helps in the process of gradual entry if it is their first experience being away from family or caretakers.
Individual Support Plan
Teachers are able to to focus on the needs of each child rather than the developmental levels of the overall levels in a same age classroom.
Children learn compassion, patience and problem-solving skills as they interact and help other children.
Younger children will find a sense of challenge when working on more complex activities with older peers.
Children are exposed to different cultures and family backgrounds in which they learn to respect each other’s values.
Check our WOLO child care programs. We offer various educational drop-in programs and child care for ages 2-5. Click here to read more!
Congratulations to all our students on a FANTASTIC 1st Winter Piano & Music Recital at WOLO School of Arts! We want to thank all the teachers, staff, and parents for their support, hard work, and dedication to ensuring our recitals run smoothly and comfortably. Of course, our students are the main stars of the show. We are beyond excited to begin 2018 and we look forward to seeing everyone's progress as they delve further into their piano learning journey! For more photos, please visit...
~ Warmest, Miss Donna
Director of School of Arts & Happy Keys Piano Program
Are you interested in learning piano in a fun, engaging, and educational environment? We offer piano lessons for children to adults and we start at 3 years old! Sign up for a free lesson here! First month promo $99/4 (30 minutes) lessons.
Our Winter 2018 Program Guide is available!!! We offer many programs for babies to adults. We are excited to offer specialized programs that meet our WOLO values. To view the programs online, please visit our "services" tab as all programs are listed online. Registrations are now OPEN!
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1. Teaching Philosophy
We offer a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum which is interest-based, child-led learning here at WOLO. Some private schools such as Urban Academy, Stratford Hall, and York House to name a few, also offer the same type of curriculum for good reason. The theory is that when children are learning something that they are interested in, they can learn well beyond their capacity. Or at least, what we think their capacity is.
2. Early Education
We are an education centre in Vancouver that offers preparatory programs for preschool, kindergarten or private school. We value learning at a young age and believe that children learn more quickly during this time than at any other time in life. Research has shown the emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on the overall development and what kind of adult they will become. We believe that investing in early learning is so important to maximize their future well-being.
At WOLO, we offer a flexible model of care for families. Some join us for the entire school year with the option of taking vacation breaks without having to pay for a spot they are not attending. For example, the conventional group child care or preschool system requires you to pay for your spot for the entire school year regardless of how many days you are away sick or on vacation. We on the other hand, offer flexibility for families so they are only paying for the days they attend. This model works well for travelling families, shift workers, the self-employed, families with nanny share, etc.
4. School of Arts
Our School of Arts offers piano lessons, various musical instrument lessons which includes the ukulele, guitar, harp, and group music lessons such as piano, band and choir. We follow the Happy Keys program which is also a Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum. Students lead the direction of the curriculum while the teachers facilitate to their interests and needs.
ALL our teachers are either ECE or B.ED certified teachers who are trained in the Emergent curriculum. We have a background in early childhood education, kindergarten, and elementary school as well as psychology.
Our centre has been designed by renowned child care designer Ye Chu who has designed over 20 licensed childcare centres in the lower mainland. Our grand 32 feet high ceilings offer natural light and a feeling of openness. The natural grain cabinetry and flooring resembles the natural resources of Vancouver.
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