BC Parent Back to School 2017

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Letter from the Editor

Years of Service to BC Families

I Carlie Parkinson

t’s funny that before school even lets out, we are busy thinking about Back to School. Now with less than a month to go, crunch time is upon us. What are we going to do in September? Which activities should our children try out this year? Would they like acting? Singing? Dancing? Art? Have a look at our Fall Activity Guide to give you some ideas about the programs available. If you are contemplating having home learners, then Homeschooling 101 will help you with the process. In this issue you can also find out more about when to visit the orthodontist. We all know when to get our kids their shots and take them to the dentist, but when to the orthodontist? Bracing Yourself For Braces helps shed some light on the process so you can catch any problems early on and be ready when and if the news comes that braces are in your future. Finally, we are planning ahead, but fall and pumpkins are just around the corner. Be well prepared with a read of the Pilgrimage To The Pumpkin Patch. Have a great fall and enjoy the lovely weather while it lasts,

Inside 5 It’s Time! Teaching Kids Time Management Skills 6 Healthy Eats – Product Reviews

16 Homeschooling 101 18 My Story into Flexible Seating 21 Bracing Yourself for Braces

FALL ACTIVITY GUIDE 8 Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley

25 Pilgrimage to the Pumpkin Patch 28 Mums, Tums, Babies & Toddlers Show

12 Okanagan 13 Vancouver Island

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It’s Time! Teaching Kids Time Management Skills By Christa Melnyk Hines

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hat are you doing?!� I say to my son. “I told you five minutes ago to get dressed. We are leaving for your baseball game!� Even in my apparent state of frustration, my 6-year-old refuses to be rushed along as he reluctantly tosses his toy plane onto the floor and slowly begins pulling one sock on, and then another. His inner clock shows no urgency. And no amount of lecturing about dilly-dallying is going to expedite my dawdler. So begins another frantic dash out the door. Although some of us may be inclined to consider punctuality, or the lack there-of, as a personality trait, experts say that time management is a skill that can be taught and is just as important to academic and long-term success as learning the three Rs. “Time management skills for children are linked to ‘school survival skills’ when mastered young and become ingrained habits for later in life,� says Dr. Stephanie Mihalas, a nationally certified school psychologist and clinical instructor, department of Psy chiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. “Starting too young is never too early!� Time management includes executive functioning skills like organization and planning, reviewing work for quality and accuracy and staying focused. Here are some ideas to get your family started: Schedule weekly family meetings. Use Sunday evenings to discuss the family’s upcoming schedule. Give each child her own calendar that she can fill out. Hang up a master schedule with each person’s activities in a different color of ink. Use a timer. Build awareness about how

long it takes to complete a task. Ask your child to estimate how much time he needs to finish his math assignment and then time him. With practice, he’ll start to realize how long each task actually takes. “A great tool is TimeTimer (http://www. timetimer.com) which is like a kitchen timer (either a stand alone tool or an app) that shows time in stopwatch fashion with the time remaining in red,� says Cindy Sullivan, a productivity, time management and professional organization expert. “As the red shrinks you are getting closer to the end

time. It works great with homework or when doing a ‘beat the clock’ to tidy up or work on other tasks.� Timers can also work well to keep parents on track, says Dr. Jane Sosland, clinical assistant professor, department of Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Kansas Medical Center. “A lot of times we’ll say, ‘I need you to brush your teeth. I’ll be back in five minutes.’ Then we get busy with other children,� Sosland says. Use your microwave or your phone timer Continued on page 6

Even in my apparent state of frustration, my 6-year-old refuses to be rushed along as he reluctantly tosses his toy plane onto the floor and slowly begins pulling one sock on, and then another.

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It’s Time! (Continued from page 5)

to help remind you when it’s time to check on your child. Create a chunked to-do schedule.

Divide the day into chunks of time on a dry erase board or laminate a task list. For example, the morning routine might say: Get dressed, make bed, eat breakfast and brush teeth. Your child can check off the tasks as she completes them. Offer incentives. “The more checks can be linked to a natural reward like time with the family, helping to create the meal for the evening or play time with friends,â€? Mihalas says. Fewer checks results in natural consequences like less time to play with friends or watch a favorite TV program before school. Use visuals. For children who aren’t reading yet, photographs or pictures can help cue them. “I helped my son take responsibility for his morning routine as a kindergartner by drawing pictures on post-it notes of school clothes, eating breakfast, driving to school and stuck them on an analog clock,â€? says mom of two, Sherlyn Pang Luedtke, author of The Mommy Advantage. Luedtke says that the day her son was still sitting in his pajamas when it was time to go, she calmly put him in the car with his clothes and shoes next to him. “He got dressed while the car was in the driveway with the engine running,â€? she says. If at ďŹ rst you don’t succeed, keep trying. Changing old habits can take at least a month, and kids don’t usually share the same sense of urgency as adults do. “If a morning goes poorly, rather than being furious and upset on the way to school, try and problem solve to decide what to do tomorrow so this doesn’t happen again. Maybe that’s waking up a few minutes earlier,â€? Sosland says. Looking for additional resources? Check out Smart but Scattered by Peg Dawson, Ed.D., and Richard Guare, Ph.D. Poor executive functioning can be a sign of ADD/ADHD. If you are concerned, consult with your family physician. Freelance journalist, #HRISTA -ELNYK (INES, is a mom of two boys and the author of Happy, Healthy & Hyperconnected: Raise a Thoughtful Communicator in a Digital World.

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The warm weather is still here so celebrate the first day of school with an after-school snack with the help of Yonanas! The fun kitchen gadget transforms fruit into softserve textured desserts that have NO dairy, added sugar or artificial ingredients. It is easy to use, easy to clean and lot’s of fun to eat! Simply thaw any frozen fruit for seven minutes and place it through the chute to create Yonanas. The Blueberry Yonanas recipe includes frozen bananas and blueberries, which are known for their brain power, The Chocolate Chip Yonanas recipe calls for frozen bananas and dark chocolate, another superfood for your young learner! You can even improvise with any frozen fruit you have taking up space in your freezer. yonanas.com Available online and at Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Canadian Tire and Best Buy. SRP $49.99

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FALL Activity Guide Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley dance Al Mozaico Flamenco Dance Academy Vancouver and Burnaby, 604/671-9182 mozaicoflamenco.com

Arts A Umbrella Dance is a vanguard of developing dance that is relevant and d wide-reaching. Our unique approach w nurture dancers 2–19 to achieve their n full f potential. Our graduates go on to perform with some of the world’s most p prestigious companies. p AUUC School of Dance Vancouver, 604/254-3436 auucvancouver.ca Ages 3 to adult Boogaloo Academy Vancouver, 604/805-0558 boogalooacademy.com Ages 5 mths+

Gabriela’s Movement Studio Richmond, 604/272-0607 movementstudio.ca Ages 1–9 Gabriela’s Movement Studio specializes in Ballet and Creative Movement and art classes for toddlers, preschoolers and the young child. Groups are small, allowing for more personal attention. Goh Ballet Academy Vancouver, 604/872-4014 gohballet.com Ages 4–17 hz Ballet Classique Burnaby, 604/299-9698 balletclassique.com Ages 18 mths+

Northwest Academy of Performing Arts New Westminister, 604/521-3255 NAPAdance.com Ages 2+ Pacific Dance Arts Vancouv er, 604/738-8575 pacificdancearts.ca Ages 3+ Pink Petal Ballet North Vancouver pinkpetal.ca Ages 2+

Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts West Vancouver, 604/926-6535 annawyman.com Ages 2+

Dance Co Vancouver, Arbutus & East Vancouver, 604/736-3394 danceco.com Ages 3+

The Arts Connection – Dance School Richmond, 604/241-0141 theartsconnection.org Ages infant to 16 yrs

Dance Expressions Cloverdale, 604/574-2277 dancexp.com Ages 3+

Lavrova Dance Complex Inc. Langley, 604/530-8050 lavrovadance.com Ages 3+

Place des Arts Art Centre & Music School Coquitlam, 604/664-1636 placedesarts.ca Ages 3+ Place des Arts offers Sept-June and fall, winter and spring session dance classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, dance sampler, contemporary and lyrical dance for children, starting at age 3, teens and adults.

Arts Umbrella Vancouver, 604/681-5268 artsumbrella.com Ages 2–19

E.J.S. School of Fine Arts – Dance Surrey, 604/596-4883 ejsfinearts.com Ages 5+

North Shore Academy of Dance North Vancouver, 604/987-3814 nsad.ca Ages 3–18

Port Moody School of Dance 604/936-0966 portmoodydance.com Ages 3+

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Just for Kicks School of Dance Surrey, 604/596-4161 justforkicksschoolofdance.com Ages 3+


fall activity guide School of Music and Dance Langley, Surrey and White Rock musicanddance.org Ages 2+ The Landing Dance Centre South Vancouver, 604/325-8653 TheLandingDance.com Ages 8 to adult Tri-City Dance Centre Coquitlam, 604/523-6868 tricitydance.com Ages 3+ Vancouver Phoenix International Academy of Dance Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey 778/885-3456; 604/600-8066 vpdance.ca Ages 4+ Vancouver Tap Dance Society East Vancouver, 604/253-0293 vantapdance.com Ages 3+ Vancouver Academy of Dance Vancouver and Richmond 604/231-8293 vancouverdance.com Ages 3+ Westside Dance Centre Ltd Vancouver, 604/736-1000

westsidedance.ca Ages 3+ We offer great classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Hip hop for kids as young as 3 years old, right up to adults.

music Allegro Music School Vancouver, 604/327-7765 Allegromusicschool.com Ages 4+ Arbutus Music Academy Vancouver, 604/736-8767 arbutusmusicacademy.com Ages 3+

Campos Music Vancouver, 604/325-0480 camposmusic.ca Ages 4+

E.J.S. School of Fine Arts – Music Surrey, 604/596-4883 ejsfinearts.com Ages 4+

Carillon Music Burnaby, Surrey 604/591-1161 carillonmusicacademy.com Ages 2.5+

Jean Lyons School of Music Vancouver, 604/734-4019 jeanlyonsmusic.com All ages

Colourstrings Music & Movement Group Classes Vancouver, 778/846-0127 colourstringsvan.com Ages 3 mths to 6 years In age specific groupings children enjoy songs and games that develop a solid musical foundation. The more advanced classes introduce music reading and writing. Classes now available French! Instrumental Lessons for children, 5 years and upwards: Violin, Viola, Piano, Percussion, Flute, Cello and Acoustic Guitar.

Jumpstart Music & Movement Abbotsford, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam jumpstartmusicandmovement.com Newborn to 5 years

BC Conservatory of Music Burnaby, 604/299-2984 bccmusic.ca Ages 4+

Delta Community Music School Delta, 604/946-1280 dcms.ca Ages 5+

Kindermusik with Miss Audrey 778/838-9595 kindermusik.com Newborn to 7 years Kindermusik classes are interactive, child-led and filled with singing, dancing, sign language, instrument play, and storytelling. They are 45 minutes long and include digital materials to continue the learning at home. Classes are led by Miss Audrey who is Montessori and RCM-trained.

BC Registered Music Teachers Assoc. 604/733-5531 bcrmta.bc.ca All ages

Dominanta Music School Burnaby, 604/767-0949 dominanta.ca Ages 1.5+

Langley Community Music School 604/534-2848 langleymusic.com Ages 3 mths +

The Arts Connection – Music School Richmond, 604/241-0141 theartsconnection.org Ages 4+

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fall activity guide Long & McQuade Music Abbotsford, Chilliwack, South Surrey, Langley, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver long-mcquade.com All ages Music for Young Children 800/828-4334 myc.com Ages 3 to 9 years MusicQube Education Ltd. Richmond, 604/370-5678 musicqube.org Ages 2+ Music Teachers on the Go Richmond, North Vancouver, Vancouver 778/882-7603 musicteachersonthego.com All ages North Shore Music Academy North Vancouver, 604/925-3403 nsma.ca Ages 3+ North Shore Music Together Multiple locations in North Vancouver 778/899-5004 northshoremusictogether.com Ages 0–5 yrs Oakridge Music Studio Vancouver, 604/321-1551 omusicstudios.com Place des Arts Art Centre & Music School Coquitlam, 604/664-1636 placedesarts.ca Ages 3+ Place des Arts has over 30 qualified music teachers offering private lessons and group classes for all ages and in a wide variety of instruments. Classes for children, including the popular Musical Rainbow and Music for Young ChildrenŽ programs, start at age 3 and give kids a strong start in music, preparing them well for private lessons as they get older. Richmond Community Music School 604/272-5227 richmondmusicschool.ca Ages 4+ School of Music and Dance Langley, Surrey and White Rock musicanddance.org Ages 3+ Staccato Music Studios Burnaby, 604/421-3753 staccatostudios.com Ages 4+ Tom Lee Music Academy Lower Mainland, 604/273-6661 tomleemusic.ca/academy

At Tom Lee Music Academy, you can enjoy excellent music education in a fun community atmosphere. Students of all ages come together for a positive music making experience at our 4 key and satellite locations in lower mainland, plus 2 on Vancouver Island. To register, please call 604-273-6661. Vancouver Academy of Music Vancouver, 604/734-2301 vam.bc.ca Ages 3.5–18 Vancouver Central School of Music Vancouver, 604/565-8999 vcsom.com Ages 5+ Vancouver Children’s Choir 604/682-6363 vancouverchildrenschoir.ca Girls 8–16, Boys 8–12 VSO School of Music 604/915-9300 vsoschoolofmusic.ca Ages 0+ Music lessons and groups for all ages and stages – from 4 weeks old to adults – in our state-of-the-art facility in downtown Vancouver. Our early years program offers tailored options to take little ones from first notes all the way to instrumental instruction, with certified specialists. Registration open all year round. Western Conservatory of Music Langley, 604/530-0317 westernconservatoryofmusic.ca Ages 3+ Westside Music Together Vancouver, 778/829-6651 westsidemusictogether.ca Ages 0+

performing & visual arts The Arts Connection Richmond 604/241-0141 theartsconnection.org Ages 4+ Arts Umbrella Vancouver 604/681-5268 artsumbrella.com Ages 2–19 From tickle trunks to improv, scripts to touring performances—our actorinstructors bring out the creativity in kids. Actors aged 2–19 experience a wide range of performance styles, stretching from Shakespeare to on-camera acting. Be curious, be bold, and be yourself.

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Artspace Children’s Arts Centre Burnaby 778/989-9051 artspaceforchildren.com Ages 2–17 BC Boy’s Choir North Vancouver 888/909/8282 bcboyschoir.org Ages 7–24 Carousel Theatre for Young People Vancouver 604/669-3410 carouseltheatre.ca Ages 3–18 CircusWest East Vancouver 604/252-3679 circuswest.com Ages 8–16 E.J.S. School of Fine Arts – Musical Theatre Surrey 604/596-4883 ejsfinearts.com Ages 7+

Gateway Academy for Performing Arts – Acting, Musical Theatre, Speech, Singing Richmond, 604/247-4975 academy@gatewaytheatre.com gatewaytheatre.com/academy Ages 6–18 At Gateway Academy for Performing Arts, we believe in Creativity, Courage, and Connection! Established in 1991, our year-round acting, musical theatre, and performance training classes are for youth 6–18. Professional actors, directors, playwrights and choreographers are engaged as instructors, teaching skills that enrich students in both performance and life. Imagine That! Tuition – Creative Writing and Drama Workshops Vancouver, 604/505-8651 imaginethattuition.com Ages 4–17 JCC Performing Arts School Vancouver, 604/257-5111 jccgv.com Ages 6+ Lights Up Musical Theatre Schools Locations throughout the Lower Mainland 1-888/502-5253 lightsuptheatre.ca

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fall activity guide Ages 3–18 At Lights Up Schools, we teach Musical Theatre fundamentals that help students shine on-stage and in all aspects of their lives. Whether your child randomly bursts into song and dance, or is finding their voice, Lights Up is the perfect extra-curricular activity. Are you ready to shine? Join our weekend SINGING, DANCING & ACTING theatre classes. Weekend Classes, Spring and Summer Camps, Birthday Parties. Performing Arts Classes Surrey Civic Theatres Box Office: 604/501-5566 (press 1) surrey.ca/theatre Ages 3–16 Place des Arts Art Centre & Music School Coquitlam, 604/664-1636 placedesarts.ca Ages 3+ Rainbow Art School Ltd. Vancouver Westside, 778/317-8000 rainbowartschool.wix.com Ages 4–15 Surrey Art Gallery 604/501-5566 surrey.ca/artgallery Ages 3+

specialty Arts Umbrella – Media Arts Vancouver, 604/681-5268 artsumbrella.com Ages 6–19 Our Media Arts classes give young artists 6–19 a way to connect and investigate fundamental visual concepts—but use new media to drive their creations. Kids can share their stories through animation, filmmaking, cartoons, graphic novel characters, video art, and more. BrainSTEM Learning North Vancouver, 604/379-2767 brainstemlearning.ca Ages 4–14 An extracurricular education provider focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) systems. Unique programs are designed by working engineers for learners aged 4 to 14. Through fun, creative, and innovative science experimentation students explore their creativity. Bricks 4 Kidz Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby 604/250-6665 bricks4kidz.com/vancouver Ages 5–12 Bricks 4 KidzŽ provides programs that

inspire kids to learn about architecture, engineering and design concepts while having fun building with LEGOÂŽ bricks. Now offering After School Enrichment Classes, Camps and Birthday Parties.

sions. Please visit www.bchealthykids.ca for a location near you.

Cerebral Palsy Association of BC Lower Mainland 604/408-9484 bccerebralpalsy.com CPABC’s programs are for individuals of all ages and all abilities. The art and dance program’s focus is children and youth, while yoga is mainly for youth and adults. All programs are free, inclusive and adapted to everyone’s abilities.

On the Mic Voice-Over Training Vancouver, 604/669-0654 info@onthemictraining.com onthemictraining.com Ages 10–17 Professional standard training for kids & teens in voice-over. We offer Weekend Workshops, After School Programs, Private Coaching and 1-week Summer Camps!

Chi Kids – Happiness Tools for Life Vancouver, 604/689-9116 thechikids.com Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art Vancouver, 604/733-1356 christiannehayward.com Ages 1–8 MEND bchealthykids.ca MEND is a fun, FREE, 10-week program that supports children and their families in becoming more active and healthier through interactive group ses-

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Sea Smart – After School Program Vancouver, 604/358-3001 seasmartschool.com Ages 6–9 Sewing with Frances Burnaby, 604/433-1030 francessewingschool.com Sewing: 8-week class with The Cutting Room Vancouver, 604/396-9767 the-cuttingroom.com/classes

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fall activity guide Under the GUI – Coding for Kids Kitsilano, Vancouver South, North Vancouver, Coquitlam 604/700-9931 underthegui.com Ages 7–15+ Young Entrepreneur Learning Labs South Surrey/White Rock, Vancouver, Surrey, Langley, and Richmond 1-800/243-0335 yelearninglabs.com Ages 7–15 Young Entrepreneur Learning Labs is an exciting after-school enrichment program designed to engage children ages 7–15 in entrepreneurial thinking and foster their natural, enterprising spirit. Young Shakespeareans Workshops Vancouver, 604/737-0625 bardonthebeach.org Ages 8–18

sports Aquaventures Swim Centre Vancouver, 604/736-SWIM aquaventuresswim.com Ages 6 mths+ Award-winning program in tropical warm water.

Grandview Skating Club grandviewskatingclub.com Ages 3+ Grandview Skating Club is your onestop “learn to skate� club! For beginners, Grandview offers CANSKATE, Skate Canada’s flagship learn-to-skate program (all ages). For advanced skaters, Grandview offers STARSkate, competitive, test programs, off-ice training and hockey skills classes. Fall/Winter sessions are at Trout Lake Community Centre. Spring/Summer sessions are at Sunset Arena.

Richmond Gymnastics Association 604/278-3614 richmondgymnastics.com Ages 18 mths+

Creator’s Arts Centre Kelowna, 250/860-6616 creatorsarts.com Ages 3+

SongSport North Vancouver, Surrey 1-888-909-8282 bcboyschoir.org Ages 7–12

Dance City Academy Inc West Kelowna, 250/769-3389 dancecityacademy.com Ages 3+

Jump! Gymnastics North Vancouver: 604/971-0513 and Yaletown: 604/568-9690 jumpgymnastics.ca Ages 6 mths–7 yrs Jump Gymnastics programming gives your child the strongest foundation for success in all sports and an active life. Classes, camps, birthday parties, date nights and more for kids from 6 months through their 7th year. Jump into the fun!

Ski Wee & Wee Riders Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, 604/980-9311 grousemountain.com Ages 3–6

Langley Gymnastics Foundation 604/532-1022 langleygymnastics.ca Ages 11 mths+

Atlantis Swim Programs 604/874-6464, Vancouver atlantisprograms.com Ages 4 mths+

The Little Gym of Langley Langley, 604/539-2543 thelittlegym.com Ages 4 mths–12 yrs

Burnaby/New West Ringette New Westminster cometryringette.ca bnwr.ca Ages 4–14 FREE! Come try ringette (August and September)

Marina’s Swim School Richmond, Whiterock 604/818-4650 marinaswimschool.com

Cartwheels Gym Richmond, Surrey cartwheels.ca Walking to 6 yrs Club Aviva Coquitlam, 604/526-4464 clubaviva.ca Ages 6 mths+

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Surrey, 604/249-5437 Maple Ridge, 604/465-1329 mygym.com/surrey mygym.com/mapleridge Ages 6 weeks–10 yrs North Shore Equestrian Centre North Vancouver, 604/988-5131 wecreateriders.com Ages 8+

Dynamo Swim Club Burnaby, Surrey 778/866-6604 dynamoswimclub.net Ages 3–18

Pedalheads Bike Camps 1-888/886-6464 pedalheads.com Ages 2–12 PedalheadsŽ is a learn to ride bike program for kids 2–12. Located across Canada and specifically in the Greater Vancouver area, they have helped over 200,000 kids learn to ride. Offering a variety of levels from training wheels to trails, PedalheadsŽ offers half-day, all day and private lesson options.

The Edge Climbing Centre North Vancouver, 604/984-9080 edgeclimbing.com Ages 6–18

RBL Basketball Vancouver, 604/269-0221 RBLBasketball.ca Ages 5–15

Come Try Ringette Burnaby, New West, Vancouver, Poco, Coquitlam, Fraser Valley, West/North Van, Richmond, Surrey, Chilliwack cometryringette.ca Ages 4–14

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Sportball 604/688-3157 sportball.ca Ages 16 mths–12 yrs

UBC Active Kids Gymnastics 604/822-2027 outreach.kin.educ.ubc.ca/active-kids 18 mths–18 years Phoenix Gymnastics Vancouver, 604/737-7693 phoenixgymnastics.com Ages 6 mths+ Vancity OCR Port Coquitlam, 778/941-9631 vancityocr.com Ages 1yr+ Wayland Sports Maple Ridge, 604/465-9293 quantumgym.com Walking–10 yrs+ White Rock Gymnastics White Rock, 604/542-0386 whiterockgym.org Walking–11 yrs+ YogaButtons Studio Vancouver, 604/739-9642 yogabuttons.com Ages newborn–12 Yoga It Up South Surrey, South Delta, East Van, Vancouver, Richmond yogaitup.ca Ages 3+ Zone Camps – Ski/Ride Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver 604/980-9311 grousemountain.com Ages 5–18

Okanagan dance Blakey Irish Dance Kelowna, West Kelonwa, Penticton, Vernon blakeyschool.com All ages

Even Dance Penticton, 778/476-7678 evendance.com Ages 3+ Kelowna Dance & Performing Arts Kelowna, 778/478-0760 kelownadance.com Ages 2.5+ Mission Dance Centre & Company Kelowna, 250/764-2222 missiondancecentre.com Ages 3+ Okanagan Dance Studios Penticton, 250/492-0056 okanagandance.com Ages 3+ Reflections Dance Studio Kelowna, 250/717-8884 reflectionsdance.ca Ages 3+ Robb Card Dance Kelowna, 250/762 5266 robbcarddancestudio.com Ages 3+

music Children’s Piano – Arts Corner The West Kelowna Performing Arts Studio 250/768-1404 or 250/718-9875 childrenspiano-artscorner.com Ages 4+ Grace Note Music Studio Kelowna, 250/868-9674 kelownapianoteacher.com Ages 3+ Jay-Ess Music School Kelowna, 250/762-5757 jayessmusiclessons.com Ages 7+ Kelowna Community Music School Kelowna, 250/860-1737 kelownacommunitymusicschool.ca Ages 1.5+ Kelowna Music for Young Children with Wendy Puttick Kelowna, 778/214-1630 facebook.com/PianoLessonswith WendyPuttick Ages 0–8 Kelowna Rock School Kelowna, 250/712-0380 kelownarockschool.com Ages 4–18


fall activity guide Keystone Music Kelowna, 250/869-0819 keystonemusic.ca Long & McQuade Music Kamloops long-mcquade.com All ages MacMusic Piano, Accordion and Guitar Studio Kelowna, 250/763-0988 macmusicpianoguitarstudio.ca Ages 5–100 Music City Studio: The Young Muscians Program Kelowna, 250/801-8445 musiccitystudio.ca Ages 14–18 Wentworth Music Kelowna, 250/860-2251 wmec.ca

Family Sunday’s at the Kelowna Art Gallery 250/762-2226 kelownaartgallery.com/family-sundays

Kelowna Gymnatix Kelowna, 778/484-7570 kelownagymnastix.ca Walking–Adult

Arthur Murray Victoria, 250/220-8426 arthurmurrayvictoria.com Ages 5–16

Summer Stages at Kelowna Actors Studio kelownaactorsstudio.com Ages 7+

Okanagan Mission Tennis Kelowna okmissiontennis.org Ages 3–16

Ballet Victoria Dance School Victoria, 250/380-6063 balletvictoria.ca Ages 3–15+

Theatre for Youth Rotary Centre for the Arts Kelowna, 250/717-5304 rotarycentreforthearts.com Ages 6–12

Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Vernon, 866/696-5035 gymnasticsinvernon.com Ages 3+

specialty Bricks 4 Kidz Summerland, 778/516-1505 bricks4kidz.com/bcsouthinterior Ages 6+

Sportball Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton sportball.ca Ages 16 mths+

The Beat Dance Studio Sooke, 250/514-2788 thebeatdancestudio.com Ages 6–17 Boston Dance Collective Victoria, 250-658-1818 bostondanceco.com Ages 6–16

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Dance on It Victoria, 250/704-6678 danceonit.ca Ages 2+

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FitKidz Gymnastics Club Penticton, 778/476-KFIT (5348) fitkidzcan.com Ages 18 mths+

Allegro Performing Arts Centre, Sidney, 250/656-8910 allegroperformingartscentre.com Ages 6–16

Dance Unlimited Victoria, 250/361-3267 danceunlimited.ca Ages 2+

Bumbershoot Theatre Kelowna, 778/478-0142 bumbershoottheatre.com Ages 3+

H2O Adventure and Fitness Camps Kelowna, 250/491-9622 h2okelowna.ca Ages 5–14

Arabesque Dance Studio Victoria, 250/595-3107 dancearabesque.ca Ages 6–16

Dansko Studios Victoria, 1.866.4DANSKO danskostudios.com Ages 2+

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fall activity guide Glengarry School of Celtic Dance Victoria, Nanaimo celticperformingarts.com Leap Forward Dance School Langford, 250/818-9225 leapforwardlangford.com Ages 2+ Lighthouse Dance Academy Langford, 250/595-8705 lighthouseacademyofdance.com Ages 2+ Maple Leaf School of Ballet Victoria, 778/433-5323 mapleleafballet.ca Ages 3–18 Pacific Dance Centre Victoria, 250/477-6114 pacificdancecentre.com Ages 6–17 STAGES Performing Arts School Saanich, 250/384-3267 stagesdance.com/ Ages 18 mths+ Veselka Dancers Saanich, 250/475-1174 veselkadancers.com Ages 8–18

Vibestreet Dance Studio Esquimalt, 250/896-4427 vibestreetdance.com Ages 5–16

Long & McQuade Music Courtenay, Nanaimo, Victoria long-mcquade.com All ages

Victoria Conservatory of Music Victoria, Westhills, 866/386-5311 vcm.bc.ca Ages Birth–12 yrs

Victoria Academy of Ballet Victoria, 250/ 590-6752 victoriaacademyofballet.ca Ages 3–11

The Music Box School of Music Victoria themusicbox.musicteachershelper.com Ages 5–17

performing & visual arts

Warmland Dance Cowichan, 250-818-9086 warmlanddance.wix.com/cowichan Ages 2–17

Musical Maestros – Kid’s Works School for the Arts Victoria, 250/884-1290 kidsworks.ca Ages 3–15

Westcoast Academy of Performing Arts Saanich, 250/415-1477 wapa.ca Ages 3–17 WhiteSpace Dance Victoria, 250/858-9659 whitespacedance.com Ages 4–13

music Larsen Music Victoria, 250/389-1988 larsenmusic.ca Ages 6+

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The Woodshed Music Classes Victoria craftyvictoria.com All ages Tom Lee Music Academy Victoria tomleemusic.ca/academy At Tom Lee Music Academy, you can enjoy excellent music education in a fun community atmosphere. Students of all ages come together for a positive music making experience at our 4 key and satellite locations in lower mainland, plus two on Vancouver Island. To register, please call 604-273-6661.

4Cats Langford, Oak Bay, Victoria 4cats.com Ages 3–12 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Studio Classes Victoria, 250/384-4171 aggv.ca Ages 2+ Artistic Statement School of Fine Art Oak Bay, 1-888/383-0566 artisticstatementgalleryandschool.com Ages 5–13 Crafty Art Program Victoria, 250/881-5075 craftyvictoria.com Ages 5–10 Imagination Station: Poppet Studio Kid’s Classes Oaklands poppetcreative.com Ages 5–12


fall activity guide Kid’s Works School for the Arts Victoria, 250/884-1290 kidsworks.ca Ages 3–10

Classes For New Parents, Babies and Toddlers with Mothering Touch Victoria, 250/595-4905 motheringtouch.ca

Musical Theatre with Allegro Performing Arts Centre Sidney, 250/656-8910 allegroperformingartscentre.com Ages 8–16

Island Swimming Club Saanich, 250/744-5536 Ages 3–18 islandswimming.com

Shyness and Bloom After School Drop-in Cadboro Bay, 250/516-6632 shynessandbloom.com Ages 5+ The Paint Box School of Art Victoria, 250/590-7571 thepaintbox-victoria.com Ages 2–13

specialty Cerebral Palsy Association of BC Vancouver Island 604/408-9484 bccerebralpalsy.com CPABC’s programs are for individuals of all ages and all abilities. The art and dance program’s focus is children and youth, while yoga is mainly for youth and adults. All programs are free, inclusive and adapted to everyone’s abilities.

Science Venture Club UVic Science Venture Victoria, 250/721-8661 scienceventure.ca Ages 6–14 Sewing Lessons Bay/Fernwood, 250/592-7879 andreasseweasy.com Ages 7+ SPCA Youth Workshops Victoria, 250/686-1581 spca.bc.ca/kids-teens

sports Canoe Youth Develpment Programs Victoria, 250-380-0226 chinookclub.ca Ages 8+ CFSA Junior Sailing Colwood, 250/580-2670

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Falcon Gymnastics Victoria, 250/479-6424 falcongymnastics.com Ages 18 mths–14 yrs

Oak Bay Figure Skating Rink Ratz Oak Bay, 250/744-6603 oakbayfsc.ca Ages 4–10

Golf Lessons – Junior Program at the Victoria Golf Club Victoria, 250/598-4321 victoriagolf.com Ages 12–17

Outdoor Adventure After School Club Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria Esquimalt, 250/384-9133 bgcvic.org

Highland Pacific Golf – Private Lessons Victoria, 250/478-4653 highlandpacificgolf.com Ages 5–18

Victoria Gymnastics Victoria, 250/380-2442 victoriagymnastics.com Ages 2+

Kids Martial Arts and Fitness Lessons with Crusher Combat Sports Victoria, 250/478-3596 crushercombat.com Pedalheads – Newbees to Level 3 Braefoot, 888/886-6464 pedalheads.com Ages 4–8 PedalheadsŽ is a learn to ride bike program for kids 2–12. Located across Canada and specifically in the Greater Vancouver area, they have helped over 200,000 kids learn to ride. Offering a variety of levels from training wheels

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Homeschooling 101 By Kerrie McLoughlin

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lthough it’s becoming quite a popular education choice, the decision to homeschool can lead to some overwhelming questions like: How do you get started? What does a typical day look like as you entertain and educate your kids all day long? How do you keep toddlers from emptying the cabinets on a daily basis while you teach your older kids? What about socialization? Aside from registering your child with the BC Ministry of Education by September 30th, the first thing you need to know is that there is no “perfect� or “right� way to homeschool. Teaching methods and supplies are as different as the families actually doing the homeschooling. Homeschooling parents range from super-structured (starting school at the same time every day; teaching solely from workbooks and textbooks; weekly testing) to “unschooling� (child-led learning; using field trips and

outings as real-world experience; not trying to replicate a classroom). There are so many ways to teach, and you’d be surprised at how well most of them work. To get started, some homeschoolers buy an entire packaged curriculum to educate their child. This method works well for parents who are unsure about what needs to be taught or where their child is on the academic spectrum, and these packages usually come with a lesson plan that lays out what needs to be taught each day. It’s also great for those who are sharing the teaching with their spouse, another family member or a babysitter. Curriculum packages come in a variety of choices, including religious, secular, classical, K12, French-centered and more. The choices can be overwhelming, so do some Internet research and join some online groups to discuss what programs others are using and what they think of their packaged curriculum. Even better,

The kids help me in the garden for ‘science class’, and I consider grocery shopping teaching them economics!

find some local homeschoolers and ask if you can come over to check out their curriculum in person. The homeschoolers referred to as “unschoolersâ€? let their child lead the way (often called “natural learningâ€?). The child, in effect, lets the parent know when he is ready to read, add, write, etc. “Science classâ€? could include field trips to nature centers and zoos, along with walks in the neighborhood simply discovering nature. Grammar is learned not from texts, but from reading books and from real conversations with people of all ages. Similarly, history is learned from stories and historical fiction (or even animated movies‌ think Prince of Egypt). Regular trips to the library play a big part in unschooling. Jessica Mattingly, an unschooler, says, “Our typical day is very similar to what it looked like when the children were younger: there is no typical day! Our schedule is generally determined by our outside commitments (classes, work, co-ops, field trips, etc.) and when we are home we relax and pursue a variety of projects/interests.â€? Unit studies are a fun way for a child to cover every subject by studying one topic. For instance, if your child is a dinosaur fanatic, you would incorporate reading, writing, spelling, history, geography, math, etc. into a unit study on dinosaurs. Your child could use a map to learn where dinosaur fossils have been found. Then she could read a historical book about dinosaurs, followed by a written book report. Math could be some word problems like: How

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Unit studies are a fun way for a child to cover every subject by studying one topic. For instance, if your child is a dinosaur fanatic, you would incorporate reading, writing, spelling, history, geography, math, etc. into a unit study on dinosaurs.

would you split 5,000 cookies among 1,000 dinosaurs? Those who homeschool eclectically use whatever works for their child at any given time. They pick and choose from the different methods, incorporating lots of playtime and field trips. Tresa Cope says, “Grandparents are great about giving us workbooks for holidays and birthdays, which is great for keeping my costs down. For reading, I just make sure to read to the kids as much as I can while they follow along. The kids help me in the garden for ‘science class’, and I consider grocery shopping teaching them economics! When they’re older I’ll consider a pre-packaged curriculum.� As far as the daily job of homeschooling goes, Suzanne Andrews, mom of four, shares, “There isn’t really a ‘typical’ day! The closest we have is up, breakfast, morning chores, then we’re at the table for school around 9 am. I juggle the “mom’s help needed� subjects so that while I’m listening to a poem or working oral exercises with one the others are working independently. We lunch around noon, the kids help with prep and cleanup, then we only have a little work left after lunch.� So how do these homeschoolers handle the challenge of balancing younger and older children during the teaching day? “While our ‘homeschool’ time is not separated from the rest of our life, balancing the needs of the youngers and olders is a persistent challenge. When my kids ranged in age from 2 to tween, we employed a variety of

strategies. Sometimes one of the kids would play with the baby/toddler while I focused on one or more of the older kids. If we can involve the younger kids in the activity (or a parallel activity), we will do that,� says Jessica Mattingly. Another idea would be to have a special tub of activities just for the younger children for homeschool time. The tub could include blocks, play dough, puppets, coloring books with crayons, lacing cards and snacks. As for socialization, it isn’t usually a concern among homeschoolers. If you want to join a homeschool group, head to the Internet where you can search for groups based on how you homeschool, the ages of your children, where you live, etc. GVHomeLearners.com and BCHEA.ca are great resources to help you connect with a local group. Not every group will be a good fit, so don’t be afraid to move on if you aren’t getting what you need. Other ideas include library programs, day classes, parks and recreation activities, and playdates with school-going kids in the afternoons. As with anything new, when you first start to homeschool you’ll feel a bit unsteady and unsure. Have fun, do what works for you and your children, and keep at it. You’ll get the hang of it and will soon be mentoring others! +ERRIE -C,OUGHLIN, mother of five, has been homeschooling since 2006 years and is happy to answer any questions at TheKerrieShow.com.

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By Caitlin Mann, Grade 3 Teacher, Cove Cliff Elementary School

A new approach to classroom design

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efore I begin to explain my approach to classroom design, I want you to take a minute to think about the way you sit while working. What leads you to sit this way? Is it a choice or is there a preconceived notion about “the way it should be�? Can you think of a way to be more comfortable? If there were alternative seating areas, would you choose to move? Now that I’ve got you thinking, I’d like to welcome you to the world of flexible seating. Flexible seating is not a new concept to the business world. It has been sweeping through the technology industry and infiltrating corporate offices for years. Even in a traditional workspace, employees can be seen with wiggle cushions, yoga ball chairs, or standing desks. However, when it comes to our children’s workspace, the classroom, progress has been slower.

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My story began in September with a traditional classroom design—twenty-four desks arranged nicely in small groups. After accounting for the desks, chairs, and space to move, there was even room for a small reading corner and a group table. It was perfect, or so I thought. In the weeks that followed, I got to know my students. I witnessed their varying abilities, personalities, and learning styles. But what stood out the most was the amount of fidgeting, chatter, mess, and lack of work completion. After countless seating arrangements and classroom management techniques, I was at loss. A colleague suggested I try flexible seating. After a weekend of researching I was sold. With my students input, along with a budget, I put a plan into action. Today, my classroom is anything but ordinary. It has tables with chairs and stools,

kneeling desks, wood stumps, patio furniture, a turf grass carpet, and a plethora of throw pillows. Clipboards allow them to work in nearly any position—seated, standing, or laying on their stomachs. This allows students to move freely around the room to find their best working environment for the given task. Although this may sound like chaos, my students have thrived. At times during working blocks, the classroom is almost silent, broken only by the occasional whisper. I’ve seen a drastic improvement in their work, both in quality and quantity, and they take real pride in insuring their space is clean. The choice and responsibility that my students now own has given them the chance to prove themselves. Their success and constant input into the classroom design continues to inspire me.


Principal Bell kneels at kneeling desks with a student As we continue on this path I hope to include more of their suggestions: stand-up desks, beanbag chairs, wobble stools, yoga balls, and plants. Through budget allowance, student choices, and their needs, the room will continue to evolve throughout the year, and hopefully for years to come.

#AITLIN -ANN is a Grade 3 teacher in North Vancouver. Her background in nature-based experiential learning and early childhood development influence her teaching on a daily bases. In her journey toward flexible seating, she witnessed how the choice, space, and movement of alternative seating drastically improves classroom behaviours.

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Bracing Yourself for Bracing Your Kids By Dr. Fred Cheung, Vice President, British Columbia Society of Orthodontists

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s an orthodontist, I often come across two types of parents: one who assumes their kid’s experience will be the same as theirs and another type of parent who doesn’t have the experience or knowledge they need to get the orthodontic process started. No matter where you stand, I hope to answer your questions and ease your concerns about bracing your kids. I’ll delineate what an orthodontist is, what we do, and answer some of the questions I get asked most by parents: UĂŠ ÂœĂœĂŠ >Ă€iĂŠ ÂœĂ€ĂŒÂ…Âœ`ÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆĂƒĂŒĂƒĂŠ >˜`ĂŠ `iÂ˜ĂŒÂˆĂƒĂŒĂƒĂŠ different? UĂŠ-Â…ÂœĂ•Â?`ĂŠ ĂŠ Ăœ>ÂˆĂŒĂŠ ĂŒÂœĂŠ Ă›ÂˆĂƒÂˆĂŒĂŠ >Â˜ĂŠ ÂœĂ€ĂŒÂ…Âœ`ÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆĂƒĂŒĂŠ until I am referred to one by my dentist? UĂŠ ÂœĂœĂŠ`ÂœĂŠ ĂŠÂŽÂ˜ÂœĂœĂŠĂœÂ…iÂ˜ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠĂƒiĂŒĂŠĂ•ÂŤĂŠ>Â˜ĂŠ appointment? UĂŠ ĂŒĂŠĂœÂ…>ĂŒĂŠ>}iĂŠĂƒÂ…ÂœĂ•Â?`ĂŠ ĂŠLĂ€ÂˆÂ˜}ʓÞÊV…ˆÂ?`Ă€iÂ˜ĂŠ into the orthodontist? Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is a specialized branch of dentistry that

treats irregularities in teeth and jaw position. Orthodontists use traditional braces, clear aligners and other appliances to help make teeth move, then use retainers to hold teeth in position. The journey to become an orthodontist starts right after graduation from an accredited dental school. It takes getting into a highly competitive two- to three-year residency program for orthodontists to be ready to twist, push, pull, shift and turn teeth, among other things. It takes years of studying how to carefully orient teeth and jaws to make the mouth look the way it should. We complete school with a unique distinction, and a new mission: that every patient will not only be proud of their smile, but have a smile that is functional and healthy. As orthodontists, we have the know-how and expertise to transform teeth and mouths through a growing number of technologies and innovative orthodontic practices.

It might be due to Hollywood stereotypes, or maybe parents harkening back to their teenage days when their mouths were full of hardware, but children often see an orthodontist much later than we recommend. Both the Canadian and American Associations of Orthodontists recommend parents bring their kids to see an orthodontist by age seven—but why age seven? At this age, your child is in a mixed dentition stage, which means they have both baby and adult teeth. Their front adult teeth and first molars will have erupted, establishing a back bite and allowing the orthodontist to identify a possible overbite, underbite or any other issues. Orthodontists that treat patients who are growing also have the ability to take advantage of that growth to affect teeth and jaw positions. Having your kids see an orthodontist at the right time could help identify any problems that may affect your child’s health and function early on. Secondarily, it could also BCPARENT CA s BACK TO SCHOOL 21


save you time and money. An early orthodontic appointment will give your orthodontist time to spot current and incoming problems for children and allow them to plan appropriately. Once permanent teeth have arrived, or if a patient has passed a certain period of growth, it can potentially take more time to treat a patient. Take your child’s oral care into your own hands and don’t wait for a referral from your dentist, because a referral isn’t needed to see an orthodontist. Seeing an orthodontist should be another childhood first, equivalent to that first haircut or parent-teacher conference. It’s another important first that a lot of parents don’t know they’re missing! Early Oral Problems

Orthodontics make smiles look nice—yes, but the process also has serious health benefits. Crooked or crowded teeth can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. That’s because overlapping teeth can be tough to clean. A bad bite can also cause problems when chewing and talking, not to mention too much wear, grinding, and clenching.

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A misaligned jaw or teeth can interfere with how your child eats, sleeps and speaks. The discomfort can be draining on anyone, especially kids. Once these issues are identified, your orthodontist will decide the best method for fixing the smile. These are some of the issues we look for in 7-year-old patients: UĂŠ Ă€ÂœĂœ`ˆ˜}. Extraction of some baby or adult teeth can improve or help guide the eruption of adult teeth. UĂŠ"Ă›iĂ€LÂˆĂŒiĂƒĂŠ >˜`ĂŠ Ă•Â˜`iĂ€LÂˆĂŒiĂƒ. These bite problems can cause the gums to recede on the front teeth if left untreated. UĂŠ >Ă€Ă€ÂœĂœĂŠĂ•ÂŤÂŤiÀÊÂ?>ĂœĂŠÂœĂ€ĂŠÂŤÂœĂƒĂŒiĂ€ÂˆÂœĂ€ĂŠVĂ€ÂœĂƒĂƒLÂˆĂŒi. Some studies have shown that a narrow upper jaw can cause uneven jaw growth if preventative measures aren’t taken early on. More recent studies have shown that expanding the upper jaw can improve the airway. UĂŠ “>VĂŒi`ĂŠĂŒiiĂŒÂ…°ĂŠIf left unmanaged, impacted teeth can cause damage to the roots of adjacent teeth. UĂŠ1ÂŤÂŤiÀÊ>˜`ĂŠÂ?ÂœĂœiÀÊÂ?>ĂœĂŠĂ€iÂ?>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂƒÂ…ÂˆÂŤĂƒ°ĂŠCan be managed with appliances and could

potentially minimize the need for surgery later on in life. UĂŠ"Ă€>Â?ĂŠ Â…>LÂˆĂŒĂƒ°ĂŠ Harmful oral habits like thumb sucking can cause a bad bite and a narrow upper jaw. UĂŠ ÂŤÂŤi>Ă€>˜Vi. Improving the look of a smile with orthodontic treatment has been shown to have a psychological and social benefit. Beyond orthodontics’ immediate remedies for mouth health, research shows that it can help with self-perception and quality of life for your child. Orthodontics has come a long way since stainless steel brackets and wires were first introduced in 1927. Many kids are still getting traditional braces as they are still one of the most predictable methods for correcting teeth. Porcelain and ceramic tooth-colored brackets were introduced in the 1970s, making “brace-faceâ€? a term of the past. In 1999, clear aligners made their debut. Clear aligners are transparent molds that are nearly invisible in the mouth and are a popular alternative to traditional braces. New technologies, practices and treatments are making perfect smiles much more achievable and accessible. However, more important


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than the technology, is the specialist behind it. We’ve trained for years to understand the complexity of the mouth in a comprehensive way so that our patients have a great experience. Our specialist knowledge coupled with the advancing technology of orthodontics will give your child a healthy and beautiful smile. Parents make the difference

The majority of a child’s oral health is in the hands of their parents. Being proactive about long-term oral health means teaching proper habits that kids can follow throughout their lives. Par-

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ents who teach good habits at home will help kids to remain in good health as they grow up. Your dentist and orthodontist can work with you to help your children learn the best cleaning techniques and ways to maintain healthy teeth and habits. With or without a referral from your dentist, seeing an orthodontist can help reemphasize habits that have already been introduced to your child by parents and your dentist. Orthodontists can also recognize issues in the mouth that you or your dentist may not recognize. During your child’s first consultation with an orthodontist, photographs and X-rays may be taken followed by a detailed analysis of your

child’s bite. At that appointment, the orthodontist can recommend what treatment option is best for your child and their long-term health. And as hard as it may be to believe, sometimes no treatment is recommended. To find a local certified orthodontist in your area, visit www.bcortho.ca or www.findanortho.ca. $R &REDERICK #HEUNG has been practicing orthodontics for seven years and his primary practice is at Monarch Orthodontic Centre – Surrey in Guildford. He is currently an executive member of the British Columbia Society of Orthodontists (BCSO). BCSO is committed to educating the public about the benefits of orthodontic treatment and is the voice for all orthodontists in BC. To learn more about the BCSO or to find an orthodontist in your area, please visit www.bcortho.ca.


Pilgrimage to the Pumpkin Patch Make it an Annual Family Tradition! By Christina Katz

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very year, weeks before Halloween, we take a half-day pilgrimage to the pumpkin patch. Our local pumpkin farm is so festive that we usually go twice each season—once as a family and again with friends. Years ago, I was even brave enough to chaperone a field trip with superenthusiastic elementary school students, who could not have been prouder of their pumpkins plucked right out of the patch. Pumpkins are bright globes of cheer against the muted shades and foreboding weather of autumn. And kids, from toddlers to teens, never tire of annual visits to pumpkin farms. While some farms keep things as simple as a roadside patch and pay station, others go all out and create a full harvest festival with animals, rides, bakeries

and shops. No matter how fancy the farm, a visit to the pumpkin patch is good for the soul. It’s an opportunity to slow down and enjoy time in nature, take in the wide-open views and enjoy the crisp fall air in fields dotted with pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. Visit a local pumpkin farm every harvest season so your kids can witness the transformation of seeds planted in late spring into fields overflowing with produce. Supporting locally owned farms feels great and helps connect your family with nature and each other. Here’s how to make the most of each and every trip: Plan Ahead. Check websites of local pump-

kin farms in advance. Subscribe to farm

newsletters to stay abreast of announcements. Expect the farm to get increasingly busy as Halloween draws near, and plan accordingly. If you must go on peak days, arrive early to beat crowds and get the best parking. Leave strollers, pets and food at home and bring plenty of cash to purchase delicious seasonal snacks like kettle corn, caramel apples and fresh doughnuts. Bring friends. Spread your love of local farms by bringing friends to the pumpkin patch. What’s great about going back year after year is that you get to watch your children become old enough to try things they’ve looked forward to doing, like braving the haunted hay maze or driving the pedal carts. You might leave some activities

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behind as the years go by, like the petting zoo or the kiddy playground, and that’s okay. Just be sure to choose a farm that has age-appropriate activities for your kids and their guests. You can always visit more than one farm throughout the long harvest season. Don your blue jeans, flannels and rain jackets because you are going to the country! Expect rain and mud and you cannot go wrong. Hiking boots or rain boots are your best footwear for the farm. Portable umbrellas with hand straps are helpful if you have them. Or, if you will be out in the sun all day, you may need sunscreen for your face, neck and arms. Toss a few beach towels in a bag in case you need to wipe off afterwards or cover car seats. They can also protect your car from muddy pumpkins on the ride home.

Expect to get dirty.

Make a day of it. A petting zoo, a hay or corn maze, hay rides, face painting, food and entertainment are all possibilities. If your children are different ages, parents can split up to find age-appropriate activities and then meet up later for a bite to eat or to hit the pumpkin patch. Many working farms make a big chunk of their annual income during harvest season. So why not purchase some produce before you leave? Grab photos. You are unlikely to find as many photo ops anywhere as you will find at the pumpkin patch. Try getting down low in the patch and shooting upwards. Also try standing on something and shooting downwards. Take shots yourself or hand your camera to a friendly passerby to capture your happy group. You are after fun shots, not perfect shots. And don’t forget candids. You can click three times per pose and edit out the duds later. If you know kids will tire out, get photos early on and then put the camera away and enjoy the day. Take breaks. At some farms, you will find as many activities as an amusement park! Let kids get their ya-yas out on the playground before you expect them to wait patiently in lines. If the things you want to do are on opposite ends of the property, be prepared to build in some downtime, especially if you plan to stay all day. Grab your beach towels or bring a blanket because you can usually find a shady spot under a tree

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mark with water (the seeds will rise to the top). Squeeze the seeds through your fingers to remove any clinging pulp as you How To Pick A Pumpkin transfer them to a colander to rinse again. Avoid harvesting pumpkins after a frost. Then spread them on paper towels and Find out when the first frost of the season is pat dry. Set your oven for 325 degrees and predicted in your area and get your pump- transfer seeds to cookie sheets in single laykins at least two weeks prior. ers. Sprinkle each pan of seeds with a tableUĂŠ-iÂ?iVĂŒĂŠÂŤĂ•Â“ÂŤÂŽÂˆÂ˜ĂƒĂŠ>VVÂœĂ€`ˆ˜}ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠĂžÂœĂ•Ă€ĂŠÂ˜ii`Ăƒ°ĂŠ spoon of olive oil and a few shakes of salt. Is your pumpkin for cooking or for dec- Turn seeds with spatula every eight minutes oration? Cooking pumpkins are smaller until crispy on the outside and golden on and more solid than carving pumpkins. the inside. Estimated roasting time is 20-30 UĂŠ Ă€>LĂŠ >ĂŠ ĂœÂ…iiÂ?L>Ă€Ă€ÂœĂœĂŠ ÂœĂ€ĂŠ >ĂŠ Ăœ>}ÂœÂ˜ĂŠ ˆvĂŠ ĂžÂœĂ•Ă€ĂŠ minutes (do not let seeds turn brown). farm provides them. This is no time for Remove roasted seeds from oven, cool and pride, which will evaporate once you get enjoy. Store leftovers in an airtight conhalfway out into the field. tainer at room temperature for up to two UĂŠ vĂŠĂžÂœĂ•ĂŠÂ…>Ă›iĂŠ>ĂŠĂœ>}ÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂœĂ€ĂŠĂœÂ…iiÂ?L>Ă€Ă€ÂœĂœ]ĂŠÂŤÂˆVÂŽĂŠ months. any size pumpkins you like. But if each Author, journalist and writing coach #HRISTINA +ATZ cannot get child will carry their pumpkin, help them enough of trips to the farm. Hot apple cider, warm doughnuts and select a manageable size. caramel apples are her favorite fall treats. UĂŠ Â…ÂœÂœĂƒiĂŠ>ĂŠV>Ă€Ă›ÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠÂŤĂ•Â“ÂŤÂŽÂˆÂ˜ĂŠĂŒÂ…>ĂŒĂŠviiÂ?ĂƒĂŠvÂˆĂ€Â“ĂŠ and heavy for its size when you pick it up. UĂŠ*Ă•Â“ÂŤÂŽÂˆÂ˜ĂƒĂŠ`ÂœĂŠÂ˜ÂœĂŒĂŠVÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂ˜Ă•iĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠĂ€ÂˆÂŤiÂ˜ĂŠ>vĂŒiÀÊ they are picked, so choose a pumpkin that Davison Orchards Country Village is uniformly orange and not at all green, $AVISON 2OAD

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