Apr 2, 2018

Read!

I had a conversation with my staff about the importance of reading and how to ensure we make reading a super fun, hold their attention kind of time for our Stars. I LOVE reading and I know that getting lost in a book started at a very young age for me. I loved being read to and even in junior high when our teacher would read aloud from books like Narnia or Lord of the Flies, I could picture the scenes in my head like a movie! I love getting my own visual of what the characters look like and sound like and the scenery all mapped out as I follow the adventures on the written page. Reading aloud to my students has become a passion for me and I love to get the children involved in the story as we read by asking open-ended questions such as what do you think will happen next or what do you think they are feeling? Using accents or silly voices, utilizing quiet and louder tones to build suspense or keep their listening focussed. I constantly weed through and add to my library of books as I have an idea of what content I need, how many words on a page are appropriate for the different ages in my program and I look for repetition, rhyming, illustrations, etc... I have puppets, books on CD, books with sound effects built in, pop up books, books with touch and feel sensory built-in and the list goes on. As you can see, books are very useful and important to me but I want to instill more than anything, a love of literacy. In a generation of tech devices, I want children to develop a love for the good old book! There is a bond you can build while reading to a child, sharing a snuggle over a story, discussing content, characters, feelings. Books can be used to deal with sensitive topics such as feelings, behaviors, family dynamics, friendships, etc... I could go on and on about the importance of books but it the importance of literacy in general. Being exposed to literacy helps children learn language skills, problem solve, promotes imagination, creativity, and sensitivity just to name a few benefits. I encourage all parents to read to their children, even older children (think Harry Potter), not only will they benefit developmentally from it but it is precious time that you can spend enjoying togetherness. 

Now go read a book!

Hugs~Miss Becki

PS: feel free to share your favorite book titles with me as I am always on the prowl for a good book whether for my program or just for myself!

Mar 13, 2018

Thank you!

I have to send a big thank you out to my Superstar staff! As we are coming out of the winter thaw, I am soo appreciative that my dedicated staff worked so hard all winter to come up with great programming, they made wonderful observations of the children's interests and had so many great "teachable moments" because of this! My staff worked to make each space warm, welcoming and beautiful while being creatively inspiring and flexible to cater to the children's imaginations! The positivity and respect my staff shows to the children has encouraged them to be their best selves and to believe in themselves. I am beyond proud of my team, the program and of our whole Little Star Family including the support we receive from our parents, the schools we run out of and the town.

My inner spirit feels renewed and my inspiration is on fire thanks to my hardworking staff and I just had to shout out! 

Thank you team, my bucket is overflowing!

Luv Miss B

Jan 23, 2018

2018!!!

Well, December was a blur of activity and Christmas but we have kicked off January with a bang and each day has been full of joy and excitement as we observe our Stars soak up learning through their play! We are full of inspiration and renewal with the beginning of 2018 and wish all our Star families a prosperous year full of Star hugs and kisses! Enjoy every moment because it's true what they say, you blink and your babies are grown! We are loving every moment that we are in their presence and are truly honored to be part of their first school experience! Please follow our Facebook page for pictures and updates from all Little Star Programs. Registration will open February 1st to all current families, get your forms in to secure your spots before registration opens to the public March 1st. 

As always, I welcome any and all feedback/ideas from you parents as I am always striving to improve my programs!

Hugs~Miss Becki 

Aug 29, 2017

Summer is over!

Sadly our days are getting shorter and summer is fading into fall but on the upside, school is starting back up and our amazing out of school programs as well. Fall is actually my favorite season but I treasure family moments we share camping, backyard fires, lake days and enjoying the sun. This summer I got a new puppy, a little fluff ball named Maverick and have been busy housebreaking him etc in preparation of back to work/school in our household. I forgot that it is basically like having a baby all over again but the puppy love is worth it! I have also struggled with technology this summer as my trusty laptop decided to retire at a crucial moment of year end and I don't know if my new laptop and I are friends yet! I have managed to get my OSP handbook modified and my Play School Newsletter finished as well as the many templates I need for each program and hopefully, I can finish my Pre-K gifts that were due in June without too much more delay. (Thank you for your patience!!) OSP newsletters are on their way too! Just finding the balance right now in my life but please know that I take great pride in running excellent programs and am making every effort to get you what you need ASAP! As I get the kinks worked out, I very much appreciate any and all feedback. Now back to work for me!

Hugs~Miss Becki

Jul 29, 2017

Update!!

Hello Parents!!

Hope your summer has been great so far! I have been slowly checking off my to do list while trying to enjoy the summer and house training my new puppy "Maverick", a little, black Shipoo!! He is adorable and a lot of work lol, luckily he is pretty smart and has a very laid back temperament. I am going to be heading camping for a week so I wanted to update you all before I have no service!

I have extended the length of the play school & pre-k classes. The new times are 8:45-11:15 and 12:00-2:30. I would have loved to go to 3 hours but the timing won't work with the before and after school program. 

As of right now, the following is the availability of my programs:

Tues/Thurs play school AM - Full

Tues/Thurs play school PM - spots available

Pre-K AM - 1 spot available

Pre-K PM - spots available

IREC OSP - Full with a waitlist

IRIC OSP - limited spots available

St. Gregory OSP - spots available

To register, please visit the forms and downloads tab where you will find both the registration form and handbook for the program you are interested in. Forms can be dropped in the drop slot beside the front door of Little Star at 5009 Broadway Ave and email confirmation will follow. 

I hope you spend the rest of your summer making precious memories with your Stars and I am excited to see you at orientations/meet the teacher events which will be at the end of August.

Hugs~Miss Becki

Mar 28, 2017

Exciting news!!!!

Little Star is expanding to host a summer camp in July 2017 (more info to be released soon!) and will be opening an onsite before & after school care at St. Gregory the Great Catholic school in fall 2017! 

Registration for play school, Pre-K classes and all 3 OSP (out of school programs), will be open to the public April 1st!! The procedure to register is extremely simple:

  1. Print off the registration form found under forms and downloads on this site, or stop by Little Star to pick up a hard copy!
  2. Fill it out, ensuring that all spaces are either filled in or you may write N/A if not applicable, (no blank spaces please).
  3. Drop forms with CASH ONLY admin fee into the drop slot beside the front door of Little Star located at 5009 Broadway Ave.
  4. You will be contacted via email once we have a chance to process your form(s). If you don't hear from us within a week or so, feel free to drop an email to us as we may have input an incorrect email address!

That's it! Easy, peasy!! You will receive information about our registration day end of June as well as our orientation/meet the teachers days held in late August as well as supply lists if applicable via email. Please ensure you read the handbook for the program(s) you will be using and if you still have questions after, I want to hear from you!! I try to incorporate all necessary information into my handbooks but as with everything I do, they are a constant work in progress! Your feedback helps me to improve my programs and I welcome all ideas/feedback from my valued Star families. Please follow our Facebook page for updates and fun pictures of what we are doing!

Thank you for choosing Little Star to care for your Little/Big Stars!

Hugs~Miss Becki

Mar 8, 2017

Registration for Fall 2017

I am excited to open registration April 1st for the 2017/18 season!! I have big news!! I am opening an out of school program at St. Gregory this fall! Details are still unfolding but I have added them to my registration form. As I unsure of how many children I can take there, it will be a first come first served basis with full-time children getting precedence. 

The registration process is the same as past years, all forms need to be fully filled out (no empty lines, please write N/A if not applicable). Forms and handbooks are located under the forms and download tab on this website. Forms and CASH only admin fee are to be dropped in the drop slot beside the front door at our location on Broadway Ave. My lovely secretary and I will be processing them on a first come first serve basis and sending an email confirmation as soon as we can. Please ensure that you read the handbook for the program you are registering for to ensure you are familiar with my policies and procedures; if you have any questions or feel there is missing information, please contact me.

June 26th we will have a registration for parents to come in and ensure their forms are correct, drop off post dated cheques, etc...This is a very quick process and we will not be having child minding but your child can come in with you. In August, each program will have an orientation/meet the teachers time where they get to play and drop off supplies so that our first day of school will be that much smoother. OSP will start on the first day of school (TBA), play school programs always start after the long weekend. 

Please follow our Little Star Facebook page to keep updated!

I look forward to meeting my new Stars and families as well as seeing some familiar Stars and younger siblings!! Time flies so go hug your Stars and then hug them again from me!

Hugs~Miss Becki

Jan 14, 2017

Color Spectrum Personality Dynamics Workshop

Hello Parents,

My lovely staff and I spent this morning attending an informative workshop on Color Spectrums and how to identify both our individual color spectrums as well as how to identify other's spectrums. This is a great tool to strengthen relationships and it helps create understanding and appreciation for those who differ from our spectrums. In our profession of early childhood educators, it empowers us with the knowledge to read our students color spectrums and provide for their personal needs accordingly. It was great fun to start to recognize the different color strengths of each other during this workshop and eye opening to start thinking about our families' and friends' color strengths as well as our students'. There are 4 colors in the spectrum: blue, yellow, red and green. Blues focus on relationships and feelings; greens are analytical, the thinkers; yellows are organized and orderly, and reds are doers, active and expressive! Everyone has some of each color but you will most likely be predominant in one or two colors. I personally am very excited to add this tool to my toolbelt and to use it to strengthen relationships, be better at what I do and to realize my personal strengths and weaknesses. I encourage you to look into color spectrums, there are free online quizzes to determine your color, here is one link: https://www.qzzr.com/c/quiz/174298/full-spectrum-success-personality-colors-quiz. As I stated, no-one is one color alone and we all have traits of each color but it is a very interesting topic to pursue and the more tools we can get in our toolbelts for dealing with relationships, the better!

Hugs~Miss Becki

Dec 15, 2016

Ho Ho Hold the clock!

Time has certainly gotten away from me on the whole blogging end of things! Here we find ourselves busily readying for the holiday season and I can't help but feel that time is slipping by too quickly! I want to express how much joy and fun all my Stars have brought me over the last few months! The stories I have heard might make some of you laugh, blush and or cry lol! They have BIG imaginations and are very creative and entertain me fully! It fills my bucket to see the friendships blooming, the skills being mastered and the fun being had with all manner of themes and experiences! It has been great to have parent helpers join in the play and even grandparents, baby siblings, and older siblings join us for special days and events. Thank you all for your support of my programs. I love that my Big Stars are soo willing to be helpers and quite often ask to do chores! It is such a great group of children this year, lots of my Big Stars were Little Stars not long ago and I am soo proud of the genuinely awesome kids they have grown into. As always, it is also fantastic to see the Star Parents forming friendships too, waiting for us to unlock the door has some positives!! I feel like we have all become one great big Star Family! (Okay so I am still working on parent's names but at least I know all the children's') Big thanks to you for your generosity with supporting both our local food bank and the FCSS with the Christmas Angel Program, you have definitely helped fill someone's bucket! Don't forget to come watch our Little Stars at After the Grind next week!!

Little Star Staff wishes you all a Very Merry Christmas making treasured memories with your loved ones and a Happy, Healthy New Year! 

Aug 23, 2016

Countdown is on!!

Hello Parents!

I have been busy getting all my ducks in a row with the paperwork side of things, licenses, policies, accreditation, filing, blah blah blah!! Not my most favorite part of the business but now I am starting to set up for the fun stuff! Organizing and purchasing, now this I love!! I can't wait until all the Stars get to come and play! Getting my lovely staff back together, awesome ladies that I have missed seeing, definitely getting excited!!

We open our doors for meet the teacher Monday and times are as follows:

Pre-K AM Monday the 29th 10-11AM

Pre-K PM Monday the 29th 12:30-1:30

OSP Monday the 29th 6-7

Tues-Thurs AM Tuesday the 30th 10-11

Tues-Thurs PM Tuesday the 30th 12:30-1:30

Big Stars (IRIC)  Tuesday the 30th 5:30-6:30

Please bring your child's indoor footwear and supplies to this event in an attempt to make first days of the programs run smoother.

It is not too late to register, you can find the registration form under forms and downloads!

The first day of both OSP's is September 1st (before & after care offered).

First days of play school is the 6th and 7th.

Well back to work for me, go hug your Stars and then hug them again for me!!

Hugs~Miss Becki