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Archive for April, 2020

WSFP Singing Time: with Eva

Hello Everyone!Do you remember some of our ocean animal songs? Refresh your memory and let's sing and move along with Eva with this video!What songs/rhymes/felt stories do you remember from Family Place? Have we sung your favourites? Let us know by commenting below and we will be sure to include it on our future videos.Thanks for tuning in!

Posted by West Side Family Place on Sunday, April 19, 2020
Do you remember some of our ocean animal songs?
WSFP Singing TIme: with Eva

Hello everyone!Our song and rhymes will bring light and fun during those wet and gray spring days. Come sing and do the movements with Eva!If you would like to hear particular songs, rhymes, felt stories from our Circle Time, let us know by commenting below and we'll add it on our list for future clips,Thanks for tuning in!

Posted by West Side Family Place on Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Our song and rhymes will bring light and fun during those wet and gray spring days.
WSFP Singing Time: with Sue Ellen

Hi Everyone!Our singing time today will be about some of our favourite food songs and rhymes: one of them in Spanish, one with a silly worm and one where we're pretending to be a banana 😁. Gather your stuffed animals, sing and move along with Sue Ellen!What songs, rhymes and felt stories do you miss from Family Place? Let us know by commenting below what they are and we'll be sure to include them in our future videos!Thank you for tuning in!

Posted by West Side Family Place on Monday, April 13, 2020
Some of our favourite food songs and rhymes: one of them in Spanish, one with a silly worm and one where we’re pretending to be a banana.
WSFP Singing Time: with Maria

Hello Everyone!A favourite interactive rhyme about a little mouse who likes to play tricks on us 😅! Join Maria with this rhyme and maybe be inspired to create one for home!Supplies:Little Mouse and house template (searchable online)Felt fabrics or any extra fabrics you may haveCardboard wrapped with fabric for your story boardGlue (white or hot glue)(~alternative suppliesColoured paperMarkersMagnetsGlue (white or hot glue)Cookie sheet as your story board)Let us know if you're missing specific songs, rhymes, or felt stories from our Circle Time by commenting below and we'll add it to our list.Thanks for tuning in!

Posted by West Side Family Place on Monday, April 13, 2020
A favourite interactive rhyme about a little mouse who likes to play tricks on us!
Join Maria with this rhyme and maybe be inspired to create one for home!
WSFP Singing Time: with Maria

Hi everyone!We're counting, flying off to space and even going on an elevator ride. Come and let's sing and dance with Maria! Let us know by commenting below if you and your child are missing a favourite song, rhyme or felt story from Family Place circle time and we will add it on our list for our future clips.Thanks for tuning in!

Posted by West Side Family Place on Wednesday, April 1, 2020
We’re counting, flying off to space and even going on an elevator ride.
WSFP Singing Time: with Sue Ellen

Hello everyone! Today's singing time will be about sleeping, moving, and making sure you cough in your sleeves 😉 Listen, sing, move and dance along with Sue Ellen today!Once again, let us know by commenting below if there's a song, rhyme, or felt stories you miss from Family Place and we'll include it in our future clips. Thanks for tuning in!

Posted by West Side Family Place on Wednesday, April 1, 2020
These songs are about sleeping, moving, and making sure you cough in your sleeves.
WSFP Singing Time: with Eva

Hello everyone! Hope this message finds you all well and cozy with your loved ones at home.We will be doing a "Singing Time" series every Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 11:30 am, until we are able to see each other again! It will be your friends here at West Side Family Place – Eva, Maria, Sue Ellen, and Salena – sharing songs, rhymes, and felt stories!Let us know by commenting below if there's a song, rhyme or felt story that you miss from Family Place and would like us to inculde in our future clips and we'll add it on our list!For now, come sing,dance and join us!

Posted by West Side Family Place on Monday, March 30, 2020
Some of the children’s favourite songs at Family Place!

From our child’s tantrums, resistance, playtime, to their questions of “what are we going to do today?”, staying at home with kids has never been so ‘interesting.’ Dr. MacNamara discusses the new realities of caring for our kids and how to help them with their emotions, while trying to preserve ours at the same time. There is a 20 minute slide presentation and an hour of Q and A.

For our families who were not able to join the webinar with Dr. Deborah MacNamara and Eva on “Staying Sane at Home with Kids”: for parents of young children in the time of COVID-19, the recording is now available here!

The password is RPG2020!

Dear Family Place Community,

All of us here at WSFP are sending lots of love to you and your families and hope that you are keeping well during this challenging time. We want you to know that we are thinking of you and miss you and your children very much. But even though we aren’t able to welcome you to Family Place right now, our staff are still here and would love to hear from you. 

Here are some of the things we are working on to maintain our connection until we can meet you again in person:

Maria, Sue Ellen and Eva invite you to a virtual “Singing Time” every Tuesday and Thursday, at 11:30 am. If you and your children would like to see a friendly familiar face and sing some songs, please join us on Facebook.  Also, if there are songs, rhymes or felt stories you miss from our Circle time, let us know and we will add it on our list for future clips. We will also be doing a Live Zoom Circle Time every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month – we will update the details on our Facebook and Instagram page, please stay tuned for that. 

We know that this is an incredibly stressful time for parents and having someone to talk to can make a big difference.  We’ve launched “Chat with Eva” where Eva will be available to speak to parents and caregivers on Mondays to Thursdays between 10 am and 2 pm and Tuesday evenings between 7 pm and 9pm.  You can reach her on our dedicated “Eva Hotline” at 236.808.7334. If you have other thoughts and questions for the rest of the staff, Diane, Maria, Sue Ellen and Salena, please connect with us through our email, wsfp_info@telus.net.

Dr. Deborah MacNamara and Eva will be hosting a webinar called “Staying Sane at Home with Kids”. From our child’s tantrums, resistance, playtime, to their questions of “what are we going to do today,” staying at home with kids has never been so ‘interesting.’ Come join Dr. Deborah MacNamara as we discuss the new realities of caring for our kids and how to help them with their emotions, while trying to preserve ours at the same time. The webinar event is on Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm.  It will be free, but pre-registration is required on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/staying-sane-at-home-with-kids-with-dr-deborah-macnamara-tickets-102936369452

We will also be hosting regular “Coffee Break” drop-ins through Zoom on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am to 11:15 am. Although not quite the same as a typical drop-in, we hope it will be an opportunity to share experiences and enjoy the company of other grown-ups. Space is limited, so please contact wsfp_info@telus.net to register.

We have introduced “Window Wanderings” which encourages spreading of love and cheer for families during their neighbourhood strolls.  Please check our Facebook and Instagram regularly for updates or simply stroll over to Family Place and check out our window display.

We will also be doing “Arts and Crafts Packages” a few weeks a month where we’ll be providing art supplies for a DIY art activity at home.  Family Place will set up a table outside our gate and families will be able to take a package (1 per child). First set of art packages will be available on Wednesday, April 22, 10 am to 2 pm.  We will announce every release of craft packages on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Check out our social media feed regularly for ideas on crafts, activities, recipes, and parenting and self-care articles that you can explore with your child.

If you know anyone who might benefit from these resources, please click the links below:

*Government of Canada supports for individuals and businesses:
https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html

*Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health-safety/covid19_stressmanagement_5_accessible.pdf

*Resources and Ideas to Support BC Families During the Covid-19 Pandemic
https://www.bccf.ca/bccf/blog/covid-19-resources-for-families/

*VictimLinkBC – a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-800-563-0808 or sending an email to VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca.
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/criminal-justice/victims-of-crime/victimlinkbc

*Victim Services and Violence Against Women Program Directory –
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/criminal-justice/bcs-criminal-justice-system/if-you-are-a-victim-of-a-crime/victim-of-crime/victim-services-directory
 

If there are other ways we could support you and your family, please let us know by emailing wsfp_info@telus.net. We are all in this together and learning a whole new way of connecting with each other. 

Love, 
Eva, Maria, Sue Ellen, Salena and Diane

Chat with Eva

Message from Eva (click on the link to view the video):

How are you coping with children at home during this time of physical isolation? Do you miss adult contact with others?

Just because we are physically isolated doesn’t mean we have to be socially isolated. If you want to connect and talk about how things are going, share your concerns, or just to have a chat, please call Eva. She would love for you to reach out.

Eva is available Monday to Thursday, from 10 am to 2 pm, and on Tuesday evenings, from 7 to 9 pm. Call or send a text to (236) 808-7334.

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