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Letter from the Editor

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I Carlie Parkinson

t’s hard to believe that summer is half over. The time has flown by and now it’s time to start thinking about getting back into a routine and preparing for the school year. What will this school year bring for you? New activities—dance, sports, theatre—or will it bring a focus on education? Maybe a combination is what is required. In this issue, we’ve tried to give you some suggestions about how to embrace the new school year with tips on getting organized, how to choose an art class, and even how to succeed at failing. Enjoy the rest of your Summer and Happy Back to School!

Inside 4 Kids and Concussion: The facts every parent should know

19 How to Choose a Children’s Art Class this Fall 21 Help Your Child’s Development with a Light-Touch Manual Therapy Technique

6 Physical Literacy: An Exercise in Learning 8 Start Strong in September

24 How to Succeed at Failing FALL ACTIVITY GUIDE 11 Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley 16 Vancouver Island

26 Reviews: Get your children excited to go back to school! 29 Mums, Tums, Babies & Toddlers Show

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Kids and Concussion The facts every parent should know By Stephanie Cowle, Parachute


t’s easy to spot a bruise on your child’s elbow or a scrape on the knee, but what about an injury inside their head? Brain injuries, such as concussion, are often referred to as “invisibleâ€? injuries because they don’t show on the outside. Even though you might not see the injury, your child will still feel the effects and need the proper care to get better. Most likely, you are hearing more about concussions these days than ever before. That can mean a lot of information to sift through. Based on the latest research evidence, here are the essential facts every parent should know about concussion. UĂŠĂŠVœ˜VĂ•ĂƒĂƒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠÂˆĂƒĂŠ>ĂŠLĂ€>ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠÂˆÂ˜Â?ÕÀÞ° UĂŠĂŒĂŠ >vviVĂŒĂƒĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ Ăœ>ÞÊ >ĂŠ V…ˆÂ?`ĂŠ “>ÞÊ ĂŒÂ…ÂˆÂ˜ÂŽĂŠ >˜`ĂŠ remember things and can cause a variety of physical, cognitive, behavioural, and sleep-related symptoms. Concussions are unique because, unlike other brain injuries, they can’t be seen on routine X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. UĂŠĂŠVœ˜VĂ•ĂƒĂƒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠV>Â˜ĂŠÂ…>ÂŤÂŤiÂ˜ĂŠĂœÂˆĂŒÂ…ÂœĂ•ĂŒĂŠ>ĂŠ`ÂˆĂ€iVĂŒĂŠ hit to the head. 4BCPARENTCAsBACKTOSCHOOL

UĂŠĂŠVœ˜VĂ•ĂƒĂƒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠV>Â˜ĂŠLiĂŠV>Ă•Ăƒi`ĂŠLÞÊ>Â˜ĂžĂŠLÂ?ÂœĂœĂŠ to your child’s head, face or neck, or a blow to their body which causes a sudden jarring of their head (e.g. whiplash). Examples include your child being hit in the head with a ball, colliding with another person, or falling and knocking their head on the floor.

The most common symptom of a concussion is a headache.

Most concussions are not sports-related

If your child is 10 to 14 years old, then they are more likely to get a concussion while participating in a sport or recreational activity. However, for all other age groups, including younger kids, most concussions are caused by falls. Motor vehicle crashes are another cause of concussion.

Girls are at risk, too

By the numbers, yes, a greater number of concussions occur in boys than in girls. However, research comparing males and females participating in the same sport with the same rules and environment (e.g., soccer) shows females are at higher risk for concussion than their male counterparts. What is more, girls tend to take longer to recover. Your child can have a concussion even if they don’t lose consciousness

In fact, only about 10 percent of people with concussion are knocked out. The most common symptom of a concussion is a headache. Other common signs and symptoms include dizziness, nausea, blurred or double vision, confusion, and difďŹ culty remembering. If your child is very young or has difďŹ culty communicating, watch for changes in their behaviour and eating, sleeping or playing habits. It’s important to learn these signs and symptoms so you know what to watch out for. To have this information on hand wherever you go, download the free

Concussion Ed app (available for iOs and ˜`Ă€ÂœÂˆ`Ž° If your child does lose consciousness, this may be a sign of a more serious injury. Other “red agâ€? symptoms include neck pain, repeated vomiting, growing confusion, seizures, and weakness or tingling in their arms or legs. If any of these are present, get medical help immediately. Kids with concussion need rest, but not too much rest

The old way of dealing with concussion, when we knew less than we know today, was to send the person into a dark room for days and weeks. Not only is this approach ineffective, we now know it can actually be harmful to recovery. Instead, your child should get physical and mental rest for 24 to 48 hours, then gradually start adding low Â?iĂ›iÂ?ĂƒĂŠÂœvĂŠ>VĂŒÂˆĂ›ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠL>VÂŽĂŠÂˆÂ˜Â°ĂŠĂƒĂŠĂžÂœĂ•Ă€ĂŠV…ˆÂ?`ĂŠÂˆĂƒĂŠĂ€icovering from concussion, they should not do any activities that make their symptoms worse. This might mean limiting activities such as reading, working on the computer, playing video games, riding their bike or play wrestling with their siblings. It’s impor-



tant your child stays hydrated, eats healthy, and gets the right amount of sleep to support their brain’s healing. Most children get better within two to four weeks

Children take longer to heal than adults, but most will recover within a month. If your child has had a concussion before, they

A concussion is an injury to the brain and can cause a variety of physical, cognitive, behavioural, and sleep-related symptoms.

may take longer to heal. Each concussion is unique, so avoid comparing your child’s recovery to someone else’s, or even to their own previous concussion experience.

around your home, and support your child to take part in skill-appropriate physical activities. Teach your child the rules of the game and why it’s important to follow them. Know the signs and symptoms to watch for, and what to do if you suspect a concussion in your child. Remember these three steps: 1. Recognize symptoms and remove your child from activity immediately, even if they insist they are OK. 2. Get checked out by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner. 3. Gradually return to school and physical activity, according to your child’s symptoms. 0ARACHUTE is Canada’s national charity dedicated to reducing the devastating impact of preventable injuries. Injury is the No. 1 killer of Canadians aged 1 to 44, where one child dies every nine hours. The financial toll is staggering, with injury costing the Canadian economy $27 billion a year. Through education and advocacy, Parachute is working to save lives and create a Canada free of serious injuries. For more information, visit us at parachutecanada.org and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @parachutecanada.

There are simple steps you can take as a parent to prevent and manage concussion

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Physical Literacy: An Exercise in Learning By Nic Enright-Morin


ver the past few years, the concept of physical literacy has grown in popularity around the world. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t feel bad—but before you ask, it’s nothing to do with running and reading books at the same time! VVÂœĂ€`ˆ˜}ĂŠ ĂŒÂœĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ Â˜ĂŒiĂ€Â˜>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜>Â?ĂŠ *Â…ĂžĂƒÂˆV>Â?ĂŠ ÂˆĂŒiĂ€>VÞÊ ĂƒĂƒÂœVˆ>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜]ĂŠ Âş*Â…ĂžĂƒÂˆV>Â?ĂŠ Â?ÂˆĂŒiĂ€>VÞÊ ÂˆĂƒĂŠ the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.â€? To put it into plain English, the concept simply means viewing all aspects of our health holistically, rather than as separate ideas. The philosophy is gaining ground in Canada. This year, the BC Ministry of Health provided funding of $50,000 for 17 community ventures across BC to learn and be mentored about physical literacy and how it positively impacts our health and well-being. But the reality is, even though experts now know that incorporating movement, nutrition and mindfulness together means children thrive, it isn’t always easy—or possible— for most mainstream and public schools to implement such ideas. However, a progressive and modern ĂƒV…œœÂ?ĂŠÂ?ˆŽiĂŠ*i>ÀÊ/Ă€iiĂŠ Â?i“iÂ˜ĂŒ>ÀÞ]ĂŠ>ĂŠÂŤĂ€ÂˆĂ›>ĂŒiĂŠ school in Kitsilano, has physical literacy at the heart of its learning approach. *i>ÀÊ/Ă€iiĂŠĂœ>ĂƒĂŠvÂœĂ•Â˜`i`ĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠĂ“Ă¤ÂŁÂŁĂŠ>˜`ĂŠÂœÂŤi˜i`ĂŠ its doors as an elementary school in 2016. *>Ă•Â?ĂŠ,œ“>˜ˆ]ĂŠVœ‡vÂœĂ•Â˜`iÀÊ>˜`ĂŠ`ÂˆĂ€iVĂŒÂœĂ€ĂŠÂœvĂŠ the school says that the response and feedback to the school’s innovative learning approach have been extremely positive. He says that there are many reasons why the school has been so well-received by students, parents and staff alike, but he attributes the school’s success to its small, 6BCPARENTCAsBACKTOSCHOOL

nurturing community: only three classes, with a maximum of 15 students (45 students from K–7 in total), as well as the fact that all the academic team have at least a master’s degree in education. He says those two things, combined with the school’s unique learning approach, go a long way to ensure that the students get the most out of their educational journey. Âş*Â…ĂžĂƒÂˆV>Â?ĂŠ Â?ÂˆĂŒiĂ€>VÞÊ ÂˆĂƒĂŠ Â˜ÂœĂŒĂŠ Â?Ă•ĂƒĂŒĂŠ >LÂœĂ•ĂŒĂŠ Ă•ĂƒĂŠ teaching them something; it’s about the students learning for themselves—not just memorizing facts, but actually practicing what they’re learning about.â€?

they also have the right food in their body to actually focus when they’re studying, and don’t get tired or emotional.â€? VVÂœĂ€`ˆ˜}ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠ,œ“>˜ˆ]ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠÂ…ÂœĂŒĂŠÂ?Ă•Â˜VÂ…ĂŠÂŤĂ€Âœ}Ă€>“Ê ÂˆĂƒĂŠ >Â˜ĂŠ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŒi}Ă€>Â?ĂŠ ÂŤ>Ă€ĂŒĂŠ ÂœvĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ `>ÞÊ >ĂŒĂŠ *i>ÀÊ Tree. Meals are very inclusive and very much centred around positive peer pressure, where everyone’s eating the same thing. This reinforces to the kids that eating healthily is normal. He says that in the regular school system, positive peer pressure doesn’t always exist. “If you’re the kid who takes a packed lunch to school and it’s healthy, then you’re the Žˆ`ĂŠĂŒÂ…>ĂŒÂ˝ĂƒĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠÂœ``ĂŠÂœÂ˜iĂŠÂœĂ•ĂŒÂ°ĂŠ˜`ĂŠÂˆvĂŠiĂ›iĂ€ĂžÂœÂ˜iĂŠ else is eating fast food, that, in turn, makes “Physical literacy is the you want to eat what they’re eating, and that’s negative peer pressure.â€? motivation‌ to value and take /Â…iĂŠ “iÂ˜Ă•ĂŠ >ĂŒĂŠ *i>ÀÊ/Ă€iiĂŠ VÂœÂ“ÂŤĂ€ÂˆĂƒiĂƒĂŠ >ĂŠ Â…ÂœĂŒĂŠ responsibility for engagement lunch, as well as morning and afternoon in physical activities for life.â€? snacks—all cooked in-house from scratch. *i>ÀÊ/Ă€iiÂ˝ĂƒĂŠ VÂ…ivĂŠ VÂ…>˜}iĂƒĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ “iÂ˜Ă•ĂŠ Â“ÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂ…,œ“>Â˜ÂˆĂŠĂƒ>ĂžĂƒĂŠĂŒÂ…>ĂŒĂŠ*i>ÀÊ/Ă€iiĂŠ Â?i“iÂ˜ĂŒ>Ă€ĂžĂŠÂˆĂƒĂŠ ly, according to seasonal ingredients; and, a progressive school that approaches learn- while it includes variety, it still gives the kids ing and thriving in a very holistic way. This enough opportunity to try the same things means that good food, lots of exercise, and multiple times so that they can see if they attention to mindfulness are cornerstones of truly like or dislike something. ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ*i>ÀÊ/Ă€iiĂŠÂŤÂ…ÂˆÂ?ÂœĂƒÂœÂŤÂ…ĂžÂ° “The majority of our food is vegetariIn fact, when it comes to kids’ nutrition, an because when kids are young, they don’t *i>ÀÊ/Ă€iiĂŠ Â?i“iÂ˜ĂŒ>Ă€ĂžĂŠĂŒ>ÂŽiĂƒĂŠÂˆĂŒĂŠĂ›iĂ€ĂžĂŠĂƒiĂ€ÂˆÂœĂ•ĂƒÂ?Ăž]ĂŠ need to be eating enormous amounts of indeed. protein or meat; they need to be eating a For example, instead of children bring- lot of vegetables, healthy fats, and complex ing a bagged lunch to school, all of the stu- carbohydrates, which contain the nutrition dents participate in a mandatory healthy they need.â€? hot lunch program. Gaby Weisbom, a holistic nutritionist from “We know what they’re eating, we know Vancouver, says that good nutrition plays an that it’s healthy for their body, and we know enormous role in aiding kids to reach their they’re eating three times a day rather than full potential during the school day. one large lunch. Therefore, the kids are not ÂşĂƒĂŠ >`Ă•Â?ĂŒĂƒ]ĂŠ ½“Ê ĂƒĂ•Ă€iĂŠ ĂœiĂŠ V>Â˜ĂŠ >Â?Â?ĂŠ Ă€iÂ?>ĂŒiĂŠ ĂŒÂœĂŠ only getting the food they need to physi- how nutrition plays a big role in our energy cally develop during their growth years, but levels; and so, of course, it’s going to be the

same for kids. Good nutrition is so important to our energy levels and overall wellness. It helps us stay focused, motivated and energized. On the flip side, if we eat the wrong foods, it can bring our energy levels down, leaving us feeling lazy, lethargic and overly emotional or irrational.â€? Weisbom says that even if your kids don’t >ĂŒĂŒi˜`ĂŠ >ĂŠ ĂƒV…œœÂ?ĂŠ Â?ˆŽiĂŠ *i>ÀÊ/Ă€iiĂŠ Â?i“iÂ˜ĂŒ>ÀÞ]ĂŠ where a mandatory healthy lunch program is implemented, there are still things that you can do to make sure your family eats well. “I think it’s a misconception that ‘easy meals’ or snacks mean unhealthy, processed foods. You can have super-healthy nutritious meals just by eating whole foods. It’s just wrapping your head around the idea of what foods are fast, nutritious and easy all at the same time.â€? She says that simple tweaks, such as planning meals ahead of time, or prepping fruits and veggies in advance to make sure that they are readily available, is a good place to start. She also says that getting kids involved in preparing meals and getting them to read labels helps them feel empowered—a ÂŤÂ…ÂˆÂ?ÂœĂƒÂœÂŤÂ…ĂžĂŠ ĂŒÂ…>ĂŒĂŠ *i>ÀÊ/Ă€iiĂŠ Â?i“iÂ˜ĂŒ>ÀÞÊ >Â?ĂƒÂœĂŠ firmly believes in. In addition to the healthy hot lunch program, the kids at the school also learn to cook. Romani says cooking and taking care of your body are not only important life skills, but are also a great way to teach kids maths (things like fractions, weights, and measurements in recipes), as well as science and art. ĂƒĂŠ ĂœiÂ?Â?ĂŠ >ĂƒĂŠ >ĂŠ ĂƒĂŒĂ€ÂœÂ˜}ĂŠ i“…>ĂƒÂˆĂƒĂŠ ÂœÂ˜ĂŠ }œœ`ĂŠ Â˜Ă•ĂŒĂ€ÂˆĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜]ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠĂƒĂŒ>vvĂŠ>ĂŒĂŠ*i>ÀÊ/Ă€iiĂŠ Â?i“iÂ˜ĂŒ>ÀÞÊ also pride themselves on the second component of the physical literacy philosoÂŤÂ…ĂžpiĂ?iĂ€VÂˆĂƒi°ÊºĂŒĂŠ*i>ÀÊ/Ă€ii]ĂŠĂœiĂŠ`ÂœĂŠÂŤÂ…ĂžĂƒÂˆV>Â?ĂŠ

education every day, for one hour, five days a week, which is two and a half times more than most other schools do. We really do believe that kids have to have physical exercise every day in order for them to de-stress their body, to get enough sleep at night, to be able to concentrate when they’re in class, and to develop a healthy self-esteem—so that they feel comfortable in their own skin, and don’t feel self-conscious about their weight or their physical shape.â€? ĂƒĂŠĂœÂˆĂŒÂ…ĂŠ>Â?Â?ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠÂŤĂ€Âœ}Ă€>““ˆ˜}ĂŠ>ĂŒĂŠ*i>ÀÊ/Ă€ii]ĂŠ the kids learn not just the ‘how’ of their physical exercise program, but the ‘why’— or put another way, they learn mindfully. Â?iĂ?ĂŠˆÂ?Â?iÀÊ>˜`ĂŠ >Â?Â?ÞÊ >ˆÂ?iĂž]ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠvÂœĂ•Â˜`ers of Grow Your Roots—a company that offers a tested, curriculum-based mindful movement course for elementary school students and teachers across BC—say that more than ever, kids need a consistent mindfulness program to navigate the busy world that we live in. “In society as a whole, we are seeing more children getting depressed and anxious due to the high amount of stimulants in today’s world. We didn’t used to have the stimulants that we have now. Even TV, for example, years ago, the shows were a little bit slower; while now, the shows are so fast paced that it can cause addictive personalities. Children are becoming addicted to stimulants, instead of being able to just sit in awareness,â€? said Bailey. Miller and Bailey said that physical exercise and mindfulness are the key to overall well-being—not just for kids, but for all of us. Âş*Â…ĂžĂƒÂˆV>Â?ĂŠ >VĂŒÂˆĂ›ÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠ ÂˆĂƒĂŠ }œœ`ĂŠ vÂœĂ€ĂŠ ĂƒÂœĂŠ “>Â˜ĂžĂŠ things: it gets the internal organs working, it helps us to use them properly, it keeps them

healthy; but, if you’re just being stagnant, it’s not just bad for your body, it’s bad for your brain. When we’re young and we’re kids, we love movement. We don’t even think about it as physical activity; we think about it as fun, because that’s what it’s supposed to be. It stops stress hormones from being produced, and it releases endorphins, the happy hormones. Those are the ones we need to focus on bringing out in children. If we don’t have those hormones being released, that’s how we get depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders,� said Miller. Overall, physical literacy is a great umbrella term for combining all the attributes that we need to help us raise healthy and happy children. Instead of just focusing on what our kids need, perhaps it’s time to start leading by example: eat well, move, and be mindful. How hard can that be?



Start strong in September!

Help your child to return to school with a positive mindset and equip them with study skills that will set them up for success. By Helen Chambers, Aspire Learning Academy


eveloping good study habits is not just about providing the space, time and support that your child needs to complete their school homework; it is also about preparing their mindset so that it is easy and enjoyable for your child to integrate themselves into the school routine. Who doesn’t remember those back to school rituals: new gym shoes; new stationery; the delicious smell of a fresh, clean planner? (Okay, well maybe that last one is just me). Whether those few frantic weeks of preparation after the long summer vacation ďŹ lled you as a child with dread or excitement, make the anticipation of returning to school (or starting a new one) a positive experience for your own child. Here are several strategies to help start your child off on the right foot. 8BCPARENTCAsBACKTOSCHOOL

UĂŠ,i>`ĂŠ LÂœÂœÂŽĂƒĂŠ ĂŒÂœ}iĂŒÂ…iÀÊ ĂŒÂ…>ĂŒĂŠ vi>ĂŒĂ•Ă€iĂŠ ĂƒV…œœÂ?ĂŠ life in a positive light. There are various children’s books focusing on ‘the first day at school’ for those about to start in ĂŒÂ…iÂˆĂ€ĂŠ*Ă€i‡ĂŠÂœĂ€ĂŠĂŠVÂ?>ĂƒĂƒ]ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠĂ€iÂ…i>Ă€ĂƒiĂŠĂƒĂŒ>Ă€ĂŒÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠ school in their imaginations, dispelling fear and uncertainty. Allow children to label UĂŠÂ˜Ă›ÂœÂ?Ă›iĂŠ ĂžÂœĂ•Ă€ĂŠ V…ˆÂ?`ĂŠ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ VÂ…ÂœÂœĂƒÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠ ĂœÂ…>ĂŒiĂ›er equipment they will require for the their own belongings; this school year ahead and encourage them develops a sense of ownership, to organize it into their school bag themencouraging them to take care selves—resist the temptation to do it for of their school possessions. ĂŒÂ…i“tĂŠ Â?Â?ÂœĂœĂŠ V…ˆÂ?`Ă€iÂ˜ĂŠ ĂŒÂœĂŠ Â?>LiÂ?ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iÂˆĂ€ĂŠ ÂœĂœÂ˜ĂŠ belongings; this develops a sense of ownership, encouraging them to take care of UĂŠ/>Â?ÂŽĂŠ ĂŒÂœĂŠ ĂžÂœĂ•Ă€ĂŠ V…ˆÂ?`ĂŠ >LÂœĂ•ĂŒĂŠ Â…ÂœĂœĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iÞÊ viiÂ?ĂŠ their school possessions. It can even be a about starting or returning to school; creative activity, using fabric pens. This stress the positive and alleviate their conactivity and involvement will help your cerns by sharing your own experiences, or child to process and prepare for their imtalking through any apprehensions your child has. minent return to school. Getting ready to start or return to school

The new school year brings great new opportunities, social and academic. It is a fresh start, full of possibilities, but it may also cause some anxiety.

Getting organized & establishing a realistic routine

Children need to organize their time and their equipment for successful study. The ability to be organized throughout the school year is an essential skill; it is the foundation on which successful students build. UĂŠ Ă€i>ĂŒÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠĂ€ÂœĂ•ĂŒÂˆÂ˜iĂƒĂŠ>Ă€ÂœĂ•Â˜`ĂŠĂƒĂŒĂ•`ĂžĂŠÂˆĂƒĂŠÂ…iÂ?ÂŤvĂ•Â?ÆÊ ideally, your child will study at the same time each day for a set period. Where this isn’t possible, think about how time to study fits in with your child’s other extracurricular activities and find a spot where it sits comfortably, so that your child won’t be too exhausted to concentrate nor too rushed between sports or music lessons. UĂŠ ÂœÂ˜ĂƒÂˆ`iĂ€ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠ>}iĂŠÂœvĂŠĂžÂœĂ•Ă€ĂŠV…ˆÂ?`ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠiÂ˜ĂƒĂ•Ă€iĂŠ that the period of time you set aside for homework is realistic. The time should be long enough for the child to engage meaningfully with their work and to complete assigned tasks, but not so long that the child cannot sustain their focus and homework time becomes a punishment! Consult with your child’s teachers if necessary; if your child struggles to sustain

focus for enough time to complete a task, allow a ‘brain break’ where the child completes a different task or does a physical activity for ten minutes or so before getting back on task.

ĂœÂœĂ€ÂŽĂŠÂœĂ•ĂŒĂŠĂœÂ…>ĂŒĂŠÂ“iĂŒÂ…Âœ`ĂƒĂŠĂŒÂ…iÞʍÀiviÀ°ÊĂŠĂŒiV…‡ savvy child may enjoy using a calendar app to keep track of school projects and homework deadlines; an artistic child may prefer to make a decorative wall planner. Space & equipment

Creating routines around study is helpful; ideally, your child will study at the same time each day for a set period.

UĂŠ*Ă€>ÂˆĂƒiĂŠ ĂžÂœĂ•Â˜}iÀÊ V…ˆÂ?`Ă€iÂ˜ĂŠ vÂœĂ€ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iÂˆĂ€ĂŠ vÂœVĂ•ĂƒĂŠ and or/effort during their homework time when their concentration has been good, regardless of the quality of work that has been produced. Time management

Very few students are able to achieve academic success without being able to manage deadlines and plan out their use of time. It is never too early to start; again, involve your child in each stage of the process to give them ownership and to allow them to

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Fall !CTIVITY'UIDE Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley dance Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts West Vancouver, 604/926-6535 annawyman.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ“Âł The Arts Connection – Dance School Richmond, 604/241-0141 theartsconnection.org }iĂƒĂŠÂˆÂ˜v>Â˜ĂŒĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠÂŁĂˆĂŠĂžĂ€Ăƒ Arts Umbrella Vancouver, 604/681-5268 artsumbrella.com/dance }iĂƒĂŠĂ“qĂ“Ă“ Ă€ĂŒĂƒĂŠ1“LĂ€iÂ?Â?>Â˝ĂƒĂŠ >˜ViĂŠ*Ă€Âœ}Ă€>Â“ĂŠÂˆĂƒĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠ perfect first step toward nurturing your child’s love of Dance. Our ballet-based program gives young dancers a chance to explore movement in a fun, supportive, and engaging environment, building the confidence to realize their full potential.

AUUC School of Dance Vancouver, 604/254-3436 auucvancouver.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠ>`Ă•Â?ĂŒ

Goh Ballet Academy Vancouver, 604/872-4014 gohballet.com }iĂƒĂŠ{q£Ç

Northwest Academy of Performing Arts New Westminister, 604/521-3255 *`>˜Vi°Vœ“ }iĂƒĂŠĂ“Âł

Boogaloo Academy Vancouver, 604/805-0558 boogalooacademy.com }iĂƒĂŠxĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒÂł

hz Ballet Classique Burnaby, 604/299-9698 balletclassique.com }iĂƒĂŠÂŁnĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒÂł

Pacific Dance Arts Vancouver, 604/738-8575 pacificdancearts.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł

Dance Co 6>˜VÂœĂ•Ă›iĂ€]ĂŠĂ€LĂ•ĂŒĂ•ĂƒĂŠEĂŠ >ĂƒĂŒĂŠ6>˜]ĂŠ 604/736-3394 danceco.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł

Just for Kicks School of Dance Surrey, 604/596-4161 justforkicksschoolofdance.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł

Perform Art Studios North Vancouver, 604/988-4420 performartstudios.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqÂŁn

Dance Expressions Cloverdale, 604/574-2277 dancexp.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł

Lavrova Dance Complex Inc. Langley 604/530-8050 lavrovadance.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł

Pink Petal Ballet North Vancouver pinkpetal.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂ“Âł

E.J.S. School of Fine Arts – Dance Surrey, 604/596-4883 ejsfinearts.com }iĂƒĂŠxÂł

North Shore Academy of Dance North Vancouver, 604/987-3814 nsad.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqÂŁn

Place des Arts Art Centre & Music School Coquitlam, 604/664-1636 placedesarts.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł

Gabriela’s Movement Studio Richmond, 604/272-0607 movementstudio.ca }iĂƒĂŠÂŁq™

North Shore Celtic Ensemble North Vancouver, 604/987-4063 nsce.ca }iĂƒĂŠnqÂŁn

Port Moody School of Dance 604/936-0966 portmoodydance.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł


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The Arts Connection – Music School Richmond, 604/241-0141 theartsconnection.org }iĂƒĂŠ{Âł

Colourstrings Music & Movement Group Classes Vancouver, 778/846-0127 colourstringsvan.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽĂŠÂ“ÂœÂ˜ĂŒÂ…ĂƒĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠĂˆĂŠĂži>Ă€Ăƒ 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, 6ˆœÂ?>]ĂŠ*ˆ>˜œ]ĂŠ*iĂ€VĂ•ĂƒĂƒÂˆÂœÂ˜]ĂŠÂ?Ă•ĂŒi]ĂŠ iÂ?Â?ÂœĂŠ >˜`ĂŠVÂœĂ•ĂƒĂŒÂˆVĂŠĂ•ÂˆĂŒ>À°

BC Conservatory of Music Burnaby, 604/299-2984 bccmusic.ca }iĂƒĂŠ{Âł

Delta Community Music School Delta, 604/946-1280 dcms.ca }iĂƒĂŠxÂł

Vancouver Tap Dance Society East Vancouver, 604/253-0293 vantapdance.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł

BC Registered Music Teachers Assoc. 604/733-5531 bcrmta.bc.ca Â?Â?ĂŠ>}iĂƒ

Dominanta Music School Burnaby, 604/767-0949 dominanta.ca }iĂƒĂŠÂŁÂ°xÂł

Vancouver Academy of Dance Vancouver and Richmond 604/231-8293 vancouverdance.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł

Campos Music Vancouver, 604/325-0480 camposmusic.ca }iĂƒĂŠ{Âł

School of Music and Dance Langley, Surrey and White Rock musicanddance.org }iĂƒĂŠĂ“Âł The Landing Dance Centre South Vancouver, 604/325-8653 TheLandingDance.com }iĂƒĂŠnĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠ>`Ă•Â?ĂŒ Tri-City Dance Centre Coquitlam, 604/523-6868 tricitydance.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł Vancouver Phoenix International Academy of Dance Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey 778/885-3456; 604/600-8066 vpdance.ca }iĂƒĂŠ{Âł

Westside Dance Centre Ltd Vancouver, 604/736-1000 westsidedance.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł

music Allegro Music School Vancouver, 604/327-7765 Â?Â?i}Ă€ÂœÂ“Ă•ĂƒÂˆVĂƒV…œœÂ?°Vœ“ }iĂƒĂŠ{Âł Arbutus Music Academy Vancouver, 604/736-8767 arbutusmusicacademy.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł

Carillon Music Burnaby, Surrey 604/591-1161 carillonmusicacademy.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ“Â°xÂł

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Jumpstart Music & Movement LLÂœĂŒĂƒvÂœĂ€`]ĂŠ ÂœÂľĂ•ÂˆĂŒÂ?>“]ĂŠ*ÂœĂ€ĂŒĂŠ Coquitlam jumpstartmusicandmovement.com Newborn to 5 years Kindermusik with Miss Audrey 778/838/9595 kindermusik.com Newborn to age 7 Langley Community Music School 604/534-2848 langleymusic.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒÂł

E.J.S. School of Fine Arts – Music Surrey, 604/596-4883 ejsfinearts.com }iĂƒĂŠ{Âł

Long & McQuade Music LLÂœĂŒĂƒvÂœĂ€`]ĂŠ …ˆÂ?Â?ÂˆĂœ>VÂŽ]ĂŠ ÂœĂ•Ă€ĂŒi˜>Ăž]ĂŠ Kamloops, Langley, North Vancouver, *ÂœĂ€ĂŒĂŠ ÂœÂľĂ•ÂˆĂŒÂ?>“]ĂŠ*Ă€ÂˆÂ˜ViĂŠiÂœĂ€}i]ĂŠ,ˆVÂ…mond, Surrey, Vancouver, White Rock long-mcquade.com Â?Â?ĂŠ>}iĂƒ *Ă€ÂˆĂ›>ĂŒiĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ}Ă€ÂœĂ•ÂŤĂŠÂ“Ă•ĂƒÂˆVĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂƒĂŒĂ€Ă•VĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠ at affordable rates, custom-tailored to the needs of individual students in a wide variety of instruments, including >VÂœĂ•ĂƒĂŒÂˆVĂŠEĂŠiÂ?iVĂŒĂ€ÂˆVĂŠ}Ă•ÂˆĂŒ>Ă€]ĂŠÂŤÂˆ>˜œ]ĂŠ`Ă€Ă•Â“Ăƒ]ĂŠ vocals, orchestral strings, brass, and woodwinds.

Jean Lyons School of Music Vancouver, 604/734-4019 jeanlyonsmusic.com Â?Â?ĂŠ>}iĂƒ

Music for Young Children 800/828-4334 myc.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠÂ™ĂŠĂži>Ă€Ăƒ

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Locations available across the lower mainland, Fraser Valley, Okanagan, and Vancouver Island.

fall activity guide MusicQube Education Ltd. Richmond, 604/370-5678 musicqube.org }iĂƒĂŠĂ“Âł Music Teachers on the Go Richmond, North Vancouver, Vancouver 778/882-7603 musicteachersonthego.com Â?Â?ĂŠ>}iĂƒ North Shore Celtic Ensemble North Vancouver, 604/987-4063 nsce.ca }iĂƒĂŠnqÂŁn North Shore Music Academy North Vancouver, 604/925-3403 nsma.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł North Shore Music Together Multiple locations in North Vancouver 778/899-5004 northshoremusictogether.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ¤qxĂŠĂžĂ€Ăƒ

Tom Lee Music Academy Lower Mainland, 604/688-8929 tomleemusic.ca/lessons

from musical theatre to on-camera acting. Be curious, be bold, and be yourself.

Vancouver Academy of Music Vancouver, 604/734-2301 vam.bc.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂ°xqÂŁn

Artspace Children’s Arts Centre Burnaby 778/989-9051 artspaceforchildren.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ“q£Ç

Vancouver Central School of Music Vancouver, 604/565-8999 vcsom.com }iĂƒĂŠxÂł Vancouver Children’s Choir 604/682-6363 vancouverchildrenschoir.ca Girls 8–16, Boys 8–12 VSO School of Music 604/915-9300 vsoschoolofmusic.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂ¤Âł Western Conservatory of Music Langley, 604/530-0317 westernconservatoryofmusic.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł

Oakridge Music Studio Vancouver, 604/321-1551 omusicstudios.com

Westside Music Together Vancouver, 778/829-6651 westsidemusictogether.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂ¤Âł

Place des Arts Art Centre & Music School Coquitlam, 604/664-1636 placedesarts.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł

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Richmond Community Music School 604/272-5227 richmondmusicschool.ca }iĂƒĂŠ{Âł

The Arts Connection Richmond 604/241-0141 theartsconnection.org }iĂƒĂŠ{Âł

School of Music and Dance Langley, Surrey and White Rock musicanddance.org }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł Staccato Music Studios Burnaby, 604/421-3753 staccatostudios.com }iĂƒĂŠ{Âł

Arts Umbrella Vancouver, 604/681-5268 artsumbrella.com/theatre }iĂƒĂŠĂ“qĂ“Ă“ From costumes to improv, scripts to full-scale productions—our actorinstructors bring out the creativity in kids. Young actors experience a wide range of performance styles, stretching

BC Boy’s Choir North Vancouver 888/909/8282 bcboyschoir.org }iĂƒĂŠĂ‡qĂ“{ Carousel Theatre for Young People Vancouver 604/669-3410 carouseltheatre.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqÂŁn CircusWest East Vancouver 604/252-3679 circuswest.com }iĂƒĂŠnqÂŁĂˆ E.J.S. School of Fine Arts – Musical Theatre Surrey 604/596-4883 ejsfinearts.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ‡Âł Gateway Academy: Acting, Musical Theatre, Speech, Singing Richmond, 604-247-4975 or academy@gatewaytheatre.com gatewaytheatre.com/academy }iĂƒĂŠĂˆqÂŁn ĂŒĂŠ>ĂŒiĂœ>ÞÊV>`i“Þ]ĂŠĂœiĂŠLiÂ?ˆiĂ›iĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ Creativity, Courage, and Connection! Since 1991, we have been offering theatre training classes for youth, taught by professional theatre artists and educators. Our classes help students grow confident and gain communication, problem-solving, and other skills essential to both performance and in life.

Imagine That! Tuition: Creative Writing and Drama Workshops Vancouver, 604/505-8651 imaginethattuition.com }iĂƒĂŠ{q£ÇÊ JCC Performing Arts School Vancouver 604/257-5111 jccgv.com }iĂƒĂŠĂˆÂł Lights Up Musical Theatre Schools Locations throughout the Lower Mainland 1-888/502-5253 lightsuptheatre.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqÂŁn ĂŒĂŠˆ}Â…ĂŒĂƒĂŠ1ÂŤĂŠ-V…œœÂ?Ăƒ]ĂŠĂœiĂŠĂŒi>VÂ…ĂŠĂ•ĂƒÂˆcal 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 ÂˆĂƒĂŠvˆ˜`ˆ˜}ĂŠĂŒÂ…iÂˆĂ€ĂŠĂ›ÂœÂˆVi]ĂŠˆ}Â…ĂŒĂƒĂŠ1ÂŤĂŠÂˆĂƒĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠ ÂŤiĂ€viVĂŒĂŠiĂ?ĂŒĂ€>‡VĂ•Ă€Ă€ÂˆVĂ•Â?>ÀÊ>VĂŒÂˆĂ›ÂˆĂŒĂžÂ˝ĂŠĂ€iĂŠĂžÂœĂ•ĂŠ ready to Shine? Join our weekend singˆ˜}]ĂŠ`>˜Vˆ˜}ĂŠEĂŠ>VĂŒÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠĂŒÂ…i>ĂŒĂ€iĂŠVÂ?>ĂƒĂƒiĂƒÂ°ĂŠ We offer Weekend Classes, Spring and -Փ“iÀÊ >Â“ÂŤĂƒ]ĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ ÂˆĂ€ĂŒÂ…`>ÞÊ*>Ă€ĂŒÂˆiĂƒÂ° Performing Arts Classes Surrey Civic Theatres Box Office: 604/501-5566 (press 1) surrey.ca/theatre }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqÂŁĂˆ Place des Arts Art Centre & Music School Coquitlam, 604/664-1636 placedesarts.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł Rainbow Art School Ltd. Vancouver Westside, 778/317-8000 rainbowartschool.wix.com }iĂƒĂŠ{qÂŁx Surrey Art Gallery 604/501-5566 surrey.ca/artgallery }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł

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specialty Arts Umbrella – Media Arts Vancouver, 604/681-5268 artsumbrella.com }iĂƒĂŠĂˆq£™ "ÕÀÊi`ˆ>ĂŠĂ€ĂŒĂƒĂŠVÂ?>ĂƒĂƒiĂƒĂŠ}ÂˆĂ›iĂŠĂžÂœĂ•Â˜}ĂŠ>Ă€ĂŒists 6–19 a way to share their ideas through new media. Kids can share their stories through animation, filmmaking, cartoons, graphic novel characters, video art, and more. Aspire Learning Academy: Preschool, Math, and English Language Arts Programs West Vancouver, 604/902-2217 aspirelearningacademy.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqÂŁn BrainSTEM Learning North Vancouver, 604/379-2767 brainstemlearning.ca }iĂƒĂŠ{qÂŁ{ Bricks 4 Kidz Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster 778/872-STEM (7836) bricks4kidz.com/vancouver }iĂƒĂŠxqÂŁĂ“ Bricks 4 KidzÂŽ provides STEM programs that inspire kids to learn about architecture, engineering and design concepts while having fun building with LEGOÂŽ bricks. Now ÂœvviĂ€ÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠ ÂˆĂ€ĂŒÂ…`>ÞÊ*>Ă€ĂŒÂˆiĂƒ]ĂŠvĂŒiÀÊ-V…œœÂ?ĂŠ Enrichment Classes, Camps, and Workshops. Cerebral Palsy Association of BC Lower Mainland (604) 408-9484 bccerebralpalsy.com Chi Kids – Happiness Tools for Life Vancouver, Burnaby, 604/689-9116 thechikids.com Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art Vancouver, 604/733-1356 christiannehayward.com }iĂƒĂŠÂŁqn elicit-children’s Literature Projects Vancouver, 778/960-2956 elicitkids.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqnĂŠ Mindful Changes West Vancouver, 778/999-6457 najakshahin@gmail.com mindful-changes.com Nature Kids BC *Ă€ÂœĂ›ÂˆÂ˜ViĂŠ7ˆ`i]ĂŠĂˆĂ¤{ənx‡ÎäxÇ naturekidsbc.ca On The Mic Voice-Over Training Vancouver, 604 669-0654 info@onthemictraining.com onthemictraining.com }iĂƒĂŠÂŁĂ¤q£Ç

Sea Smart-After School Program Vancouver, 604/358-3001 seasmartschool.com }iĂƒĂŠĂˆq™

Club Aviva Coquitlam, 604/526-4464 clubaviva.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂˆĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒÂł

Sewing with Frances Burnaby, 604/433-1030 francessewingschool.com

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Under the GUI Academy – Coding for kids Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, Coquitlam 604/700 9931 underthegui.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ‡ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠÂŁxÂł Young Entrepreneur Learning Labs South Surrey/White Rock, Vancouver, Surrey, Langley, and Richmond 1-800/243-0335 yelearninglabs.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ‡qÂŁxĂŠ Young Shakespeareans Workshops Vancouver, 604/737-0625 bardonthebeach.org }iĂƒĂŠnqÂŁn

sports Absolute Cheer and Tumbling Camp North Vancouver, 604/984-4107 absolutecheerandtumbling.com }iĂƒĂŠxqÂŁĂ“ Aquaventures Swim Centre Vancouver, 604/736-SWIM aquaventuresswim.com }iĂƒĂŠĂˆĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒÂł Ăœ>Ă€`Â‡ĂœÂˆÂ˜Â˜ÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠÂŤĂ€Âœ}Ă€>Â“ĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠĂŒĂ€ÂœÂŤÂˆV>Â?ĂŠ warm water. Atlantis Swim Programs 604/874-6464, Vancouver atlantisprograms.com }iĂƒĂŠ{ĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒÂł Burnaby New West Ringette New Westminster cometryringette.ca bnwr.ca }iĂƒĂŠ{qÂŁ{ , ĂŠ œ“iĂŠ/ÀÞÊ,ˆ˜}iĂŒĂŒiÊ­Ă•}Ă•ĂƒĂŒĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ September) Canlan Icesports Langley, 604/532-8946 icesports.com/langleytwin }iĂƒĂŠĂ“Âł /Â…iĂŠ >˜Â?>Â˜ĂŠ-ÂŽ>ĂŒiĂŠV>`iÂ“ĂžĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŒĂ€Âœduces participants of all ages to learn the basics of skating skills. Skaters will advance through a progression system by completing selected skill sets to help them get more comfortable on the ice. ĂƒĂŠĂƒÂŽ>ĂŒÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠLiVœ“iĂƒĂŠÂ“ÂœĂ€iĂŠÂ˜>ĂŒĂ•Ă€>Â?]ĂŠÂŤ>Ă€ticipants can advance into hockey, ringette, figure skating or continue skating recreationally. Cartwheels Gym Richmond, Surrey cartwheels.ca Walking to 6 yrs

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Surrey, Maple Ridge Surrey 604/249-5437 Maple Ridge 604/465-1329 mygym.com/surrey mygym.com/mapleridge }iĂƒĂŠĂˆĂŠĂœiiÂŽĂƒqÂŁĂ¤ĂŠĂžĂ€Ăƒ North Shore Equestrian Centre North Vancouver, 604/988-5131 wecreateriders.com }iĂƒĂŠnÂł

Dynamo Swim Club Burnaby, Surrey 778/866-6604 dynamoswimclub.net }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqÂŁn

Pedalheads Bike Camps 1-888/886-6464 pedalheads.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ“qÂŁĂ“

The Edge Climbing Centre North Vancouver, 604/984-9080 edgeclimbing.com }iĂƒĂŠĂˆqÂŁn

Phoenix Gymnastics Vancouver, 604/737-7693 phoenixgymnastics.com }iĂƒĂŠĂˆĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒÂł

Grandview Skating Club grandviewskatingclub.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł

Propel Swimming Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey 833/977-6735 propelhq.com

The Hive Climbing & Fitness North Vancouver: 604/990-4483 Vancouver: 604/683-4483 Surrey: Coming Soon! hiveclimbing.com }iĂƒĂŠ{qÂŁĂˆ I Can Swim North Vancouver, Coquitlam icanswim.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒÂł Jump Gymnastics North Vancouver: 604/971-0513 and Yaletown: 604/568-9690 jumpgymnastics.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂˆĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒqnĂŠĂžĂ€Ăƒ 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 8th year. Jump into the fun! Langley Gymnastics Foundation 604/532-1022 langleygymnastics.ca }iĂƒĂŠÂŁÂŁĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒÂł Learn to Skate (I CAN skate) Burnaby 8 Rinks, Langley Twin Rinks, North Shore icesports.com }iĂƒĂŠ{qÂŁĂ“ĂŠĂžĂ€Ăƒ The Little Gym of Langley Langley, 604/539-2543 thelittlegym.com }iĂƒĂŠ{ĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒqÂŁĂ“ĂŠĂžĂ€ĂƒĂŠ Marina’s Swim School Richmond, Whiterock 604/818-4650 marinaswimschool.com

RBL Basketball Vancouver, 604/269-0221 RBLBasketball.ca }iĂƒĂŠxqÂŁx Richmond Gymnastics Association 604/278-3614 richmondgymnastics.com }iĂƒĂŠÂŁnĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒÂł SongSport North Vancouver, Surrey 1-888/909-8282, bcboyschoir.org }iĂƒĂŠĂ‡qÂŁĂ“ Sportball 604/688-3157 sportball.ca }iĂƒĂŠÂŁĂˆĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒqÂŁĂ“ĂŠĂžĂ€Ăƒ Ski Wee & Wee Riders Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, 604/980-9311, grousemountain.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqĂˆ TumbleTown Movement Education Centre Vancouver, 604/357-7355 tumbletown.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂˆĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒqnĂŠĂži>Ă€Ăƒ September 10–December 23 TumbleTown Movement Education Centre offers specialized movement programs for children from 4 months to 8 years old. Our programs introduce children to fun and challenging activities through movement circuits, games and music. Our programs are designed to provide children with the fundamental skills necessary to keep them active for life! We offer a variety of programs for your needs: weekly classes, family drop ins, birthday parties and school closure gym-venture days. Sign up today for our Fall term!


fall activity guide UBC Active Kids Gymnastics 604/822-2027 outreach.kin.educ.ubc.ca/active-kids 18 months–18 years Urban Tactics Krav Maga Richmond, 778/919-2795 urbantacticskm.com }iĂƒĂŠxqÂŁĂ“ĂŠ Vancity OCR *ÂœĂ€ĂŒĂŠ ÂœÂľĂ•ÂˆĂŒÂ?>“ 778/941-9631 vancityocr.com }iĂƒĂŠÂŁĂŠĂžĂ€Âł Vancouver Volleyball League Vancouver, 416/540-1155 vancouvervolleyballleague.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ‡q£Ç

Yoga It Up South Surrey, South Delta, East Van, Vancouver, Richmond yogaitup.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽÂł Zone Camps – Ski/Ride Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver 604/980-9311 grousemountain.com }iĂƒĂŠxqÂŁn

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Wayland Sports Maple Ridge, 604/465-9293 quantumgym.com 7>Â?Žˆ˜}qÂŁĂ¤ĂŠĂžĂ€ĂƒÂłĂŠ

Allegro Performing Arts Centre Sidney, 250/656-8910 allegroperformingartscentre.com }iĂƒĂŠĂˆqÂŁĂˆĂŠ

White Rock Gymnastics 604/542-0386 whiterockgym.org 7>Â?Žˆ˜}qÂŁÂŁĂŠĂžĂ€ĂƒÂł

Arabesque Dance Studio Victoria, 250/595-3107 dancearabesque.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂˆqÂŁĂˆĂŠ

YogaButtons Studio Vancouver, 604/739-9642 yogabuttons.com }iĂƒĂŠÂ˜iĂœLÂœĂ€Â˜qÂŁĂ“

Arthur Murray Victoria, 250/220-8426 arthurmurrayvictoria.com }iĂƒĂŠxqÂŁĂˆĂŠ

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Ballet Victoria Dance School Victoria, 250/380-6063 balletvictoria.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqÂŁxÂł

Harbour Dance Studios Nanaimo, 250/754-6262 hbrdance.com }iĂƒĂŠÂŁqÂŁn

The Beat Dance Studio Sooke, 250/514-2788 thebeatdancestudio.com }iĂƒĂŠĂˆq£Ç

Leap Forward Dance School Langford, 250/818-9225 leapforwardlangford.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ“Âł

Boston Dance Collective Victoria, 250/658-1818 bostondanceco.com }iĂƒĂŠĂˆqÂŁĂˆĂŠ

Lighthouse Dance Academy Langford, 250/595-8705 lighthouseacademyofdance.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ“ÂłĂŠ

Dance on It Victoria, 250/704-6678 danceonit.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂ“ÂłĂŠ Dance Unlimited Victoria, 250/361-3267 danceunlimited.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂ“ÂłĂŠ Dansko Studios 6ˆVĂŒÂœĂ€Âˆ>]Ê£°nĂˆĂˆÂ°{  -" danskostudios.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ“ÂłĂŠ Glengarry School of Celtic Dance Victoria, Nanaimo celticperformingarts.com

Maple Leaf School of Ballet Victoria, 778/433-5323 mapleleafballet.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqÂŁn Pacific Dance Centre Victoria, 250/477-6114 pacificdancecentre.com }iĂƒĂŠĂˆq£ÇÊ Stages Performing Arts School Saanich, 250/384-3267 stagesdance.com/ }iĂƒĂŠÂŁnĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒÂłĂŠ Veselka Dancers Saanich, 250/475-1174 veselkadancers.com }iĂƒĂŠnqÂŁn

fall activity guide Vibestreet Dance Studio Esquimalt, 250/896-4427 vibestreetdance.com }iĂƒĂŠxqÂŁĂˆ Victoria Academy of Ballet Victoria, 250/590-6752 victoriaacademyofballet.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqÂŁÂŁ Warmland Dance Cowichan, 250/818-9086 warmlanddance.wix.com/cowichan }iĂƒĂŠĂ“q£Ç Westcoast Academy of Performing Arts Saanich, 250/415-1477 wapa.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽq£Ç WhiteSpace Dance Victoria, 250/858-9659 whitespacedance.com }iĂƒĂŠ{qÂŁĂŽ

music Larsen Music Victoria, 250/389-1988 larsenmusic.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂˆÂł Long & McQuade Music Courtenay, Victoria long-mcquade.com Â?Â?ĂŠ>}iĂƒ *Ă€ÂˆĂ›>ĂŒiĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ}Ă€ÂœĂ•ÂŤĂŠÂ“Ă•ĂƒÂˆVĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂƒĂŒĂ€Ă•VĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠ at affordable rates, custom-tailored to the needs of individual students in a wide variety of instruments, including >VÂœĂ•ĂƒĂŒÂˆVĂŠEĂŠiÂ?iVĂŒĂ€ÂˆVĂŠ}Ă•ÂˆĂŒ>Ă€]ĂŠÂŤÂˆ>˜œ]ĂŠ`Ă€Ă•Â“Ăƒ]ĂŠ vocals, orchestral strings, brass, and woodwinds. The Music Box School of Music Victoria themusicbox.musicteachershelper.com }iĂƒĂŠxq£Ç Musical Maestros ˆ`Â˝ĂƒĂŠ7ÂœĂ€ÂŽĂƒĂŠ-V…œœÂ?ĂŠvÂœĂ€ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠĂ€ĂŒĂƒ Victoria, 250/884-1290 kidsworks.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqÂŁx The Woodshed Music Classes Victoria craftyvictoria.com Â?Â?ĂŠ}iĂƒ Tom Lee Music Academy Victoria, 250/383-5222 tomleemusic.ca/lessons Victoria Conservatory of Music Victoria, Westhills, 866/386-5311 vcm.bc.ca }iĂƒĂŠ ÂˆĂ€ĂŒÂ…qÂŁĂ“ĂŠĂžĂ€Ăƒ

performing & visual arts

The Paint Box School of Art Victoria, 250/590-7571 thepaintbox-victoria.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ“qÂŁĂŽ

4Cats Langford, Oak Bay, Victoria 4cats.com }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqÂŁĂ“ĂŠ


Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Studio Classes Victoria, 250/384-4171 aggv.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂ“Âł Artistic Statement School of Fine Art Oak Bay, 1-888-383-0566 artisticstatementgalleryandschool.com }iĂƒĂŠxqÂŁĂŽ Crafty Art Program Victoria, 250/881-5075 craftyvictoria.com }iĂƒĂŠxq£ä Imagination Station *ÂœÂŤÂŤiĂŒĂŠ-ĂŒĂ•`ÂˆÂœĂŠÂŽÂˆ`Â˝ĂƒĂŠVÂ?>ĂƒĂƒiĂƒ Oaklands poppetcreative.com }iĂƒĂŠxqÂŁĂ“ Kid’s Works School for the Arts Victoria, 250/884-1290 kidsworks.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽq£ä Musical Theatre Â?Â?i}Ă€ÂœĂŠ*iĂ€vÂœĂ€Â“ÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠĂ€ĂŒĂƒĂŠ iÂ˜ĂŒĂ€i Sidney, 250/656-8910 allegroperformingartscentre.com }iĂƒĂŠnqÂŁĂˆ Shyness and Bloom After School Drop-in Cadboro Bay, 250/516-6632 shynessandbloom.com }iĂƒĂŠxÂł

Cerebral Palsy Association of BC Vancouver Island (604) 408-9484 bccerebralpalsy.com Classes For New Parents, Babies and Toddlers with Mothering Touch Victoria, 250/595-4905 motheringtouch.ca

Falcon Gymnastics Victoria, 250/479-6424 falcongymnastics.com }iĂƒĂŠÂŁnĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒqÂŁ{ĂŠĂži>Ă€Ăƒ Golf Lessons – Junior Program Victoria Golf Club Victoria, 250/598-4321 victoriagolf.com }iĂƒĂŠÂŁĂ“q£Ç Highland Pacific Golf Private Lessons Victoria, 250/478-4653 highlandpacificgolf.com }iĂƒĂŠxqÂŁn

Island Swimming Club Saanich, 250/744-5536 }iĂƒĂŠĂŽqÂŁn islandswimming.com

I Can Swim Campbell River, Duncan, Nanaimo 604/349-1685 icanswim.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂŽĂŠÂ“ĂŒÂ…ĂƒÂł

Science Venture Club 16ˆVĂŠ-Vˆi˜ViĂŠ6iÂ˜ĂŒĂ•Ă€i Victoria, 250/721-8661 scienceventure.ca }iĂƒĂŠĂˆqÂŁ{

Kids Martial Arts And Fitness Lessons Crusher Combat Sports Victoria, 250/478-3596 crushercombat.com

Sewing Lessons Bay/Fernwood, 250/592-7879 andreasseweasy.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ‡Âł SPCA Youth Workshops Victoria, 250/686-1581 spca.bc.ca/kids-teens

Pedalheads – Newbees to Level 3 Braefoot, 888/886-6464 pedalheads.com }iĂƒĂŠ{qn Oak Bay Figure Skating Rink Ratz Oak Bay, 250/744-6603 oakbayfsc.ca }iĂƒĂŠ{q£ä

sports Canoe Youth Develpment Programs Victoria, 250/380-0226 chinookclub.ca }iĂƒĂŠnÂł

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

CFSA Junior Sailing Colwood, 250/580-2670 sailinginstructor@cfsaesq.ca cfsaesq.ca

Victoria Gymnastics Victoria, 250/380-2442 victoriagymnastics.com }iĂƒĂŠĂ“Âł


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How to Choose a Children’s Art Class this Fall By Ariane Fleischmann, Arts Umbrella


ver the summer, your preschooler drew on the sidewalk with chalk, got her fingers messy with paints, created puppet shows for his family, and sang along to their favourite movie. Creativity doesn’t have to end with long, sunny days. Whether you have a child heading to preschool, daycare, or kindergarten in September, or they’re joining their friends in elementary school, fall is a bustling season. September is when many extracurricular activities kick off as well. So keep the artistic passion that fueled her all summer long going—with an art class. The arts provide children with valuable skills like focus, critical thinking, and cooperation. By immersing themselves in the artistic process, children also ex their creativity in ways that will beneďŹ t them in the long term. The arts are proven to improve kids’ social, mental, and emotional development, and foster problem-solving

abilities and entrepreneurial instincts. There are many art forms and classes available for your child to participate in, so where do you start? How do you choose if your kid should try drama, sculpture, dance, or something else entirely?

subsidy programs to ensure children have equitable access to the arts. Information can typically be found online, and answers to your questions are often a phone call away. You may be surprised at what options are available to you.

Do Your Research

Think Outside the Box

Start by gathering your intel. There’s no shortage of classes if you know where to look. Look up the schools, community cenĂŒĂ€iĂƒ]ĂŠ>˜`ĂŠ>Ă€ĂŒĂƒĂŠv>VˆÂ?ÂˆĂŒÂˆiĂƒĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠĂžÂœĂ•Ă€ĂŠVÂˆĂŒĂžÂ°ĂŠĂƒÂŽĂŠĂžÂœĂ•Ă€ĂŠ friends and family where they send their kids. Join a local Facebook group or follow an engaging Instagram account that’s all about children’s art. Just remember to make this process fun. You may discover classes and art forms you didn’t know were available. For many families, budgets are an important consideration when choosing a class. Many places offer bursary, scholarship, or

Ă€ĂŒĂŠ ÂˆĂƒĂŠ ĂƒĂ•VÂ…ĂŠ >ĂŠ Â?ÂˆÂ“ÂˆĂŒÂ?iĂƒĂƒĂŠ vˆiÂ?`°Ê Â?>ĂƒĂƒÂˆV>Â?ĂŠ >Ă€ĂŒĂŠ forms like ballet, painting, and piano are ideal, but in this day and age, there are some fabulous niche fields your child could explore. From manga, comics, or zine creation, to paddle carving, to contemporary dance, to different kinds of animation or filmmaking—there are so many ways kids can express themselves. No matter what art form you choose, ensure your child is able to express themselves. Whether he’s learning pinch pot clay sculpture or plotting a scene, he can LiĂŠ VÂ…>Â?Â?i˜}i`ĂŠ ĂŒÂœĂŠ ĂŒÂ…ÂˆÂ˜ÂŽĂŠ VĂ€i>ĂŒÂˆĂ›iÂ?Þ°Ê ĂŠ }œœ`ĂŠ BCPARENTCAsBACKTOSCHOOL19

class will balance technical teaching with the freedom to choose. When he knows what the box is, he will know how to jump outside of it. Start with the Outcome

Instead of starting with the class, start with your desired outcome. What are you hoping your child gets out of her art? Is she shy >Ă€ÂœĂ•Â˜`ĂŠÂœĂŒÂ…iĂ€ĂŠÂŽÂˆ`ĂƒÂśĂŠĂŠĂŒÂ…i>ĂŒĂ€iĂŠVÂ?>ĂƒĂƒĂŠÂ“>ÞʅiÂ?ÂŤĂŠ her to vocalize and share her ideas with othiĂ€ĂƒÂ°ĂŠ ÂœiĂƒĂŠÂ…iĂŠÂ…>Ă›iĂŠ>ĂŠÂ?ÂœĂŒĂŠÂœvĂŠi˜iĂ€}ĂžĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠĂƒÂŤ>Ă€iœÊĂŠ dance class may teach him how to focus his energy and use it with purpose. Ă€ĂŒĂŠ V>Â˜ĂŠ LiĂŠ Ă•Ăƒi`ĂŠ ĂŒÂœĂŠ Â…iÂ?ÂŤĂŠ Žˆ`ĂƒĂŠ LiĂŒĂŒiÀÊ Ă•Â˜derstand language, math, abstract patterns and visualization, body-kinesthetics, tonal patterns, sound, and rhythm, interpersonal communication, and intrapersonal understanding. When children experiment with new media, they learn to think abstractly and begin to understand the science of material interaction. By counting colours in a painting, frames in a ďŹ lm, or notes in a song, children learn basic math. Feeling free to create and explore gives children selfconďŹ dence. By working in a group of peers,

students develop communications skills. Working on a project, children discover how concentration and dedication can produce an incredible ďŹ nished product. Whatever the outcome you’re looking for, there’s an art form that can help bring out these qualities in your child. Does the Class Expand from School or Home?

Do you make art a regular part of your day at home? What classes has your child been taking at school? When choosing an extracurricular activity, expand upon what your kids are already doing at summer camp, school, or home. Familiarity with an art form can make a new class way less scary for a child. If he dances around your living room every morning, jumping into a hip-hop class might be an easy transition. Does she play games on ĂžÂœĂ•Ă€ĂŠÂˆ*>`œÊĂŠVÂ?>ĂƒĂƒĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠĂ›Âˆ`iÂœĂŠ}>“iĂŠ>Ă€ĂŒĂŠÂœĂ€ĂŠV>Ă€toons may hold her attention. If this fall will be your child’s ďŹ rst art class, ďŹ nd out if it offers opportunities for parents or guardians to stay in the classroom. Having you there can make the class more com-

fortable. It’s also an opportunity for you to share your love of the arts with your child. Ask Your Kid

Kids know what they want. So ask her what kind of class she wants to take. Take the time to listen to your child’s interests. You may never know if your kid has a desire to `Ă€>ĂœĂŠ V>Ă€ĂŒÂœÂœÂ˜ĂƒĂŠ Ă•Â˜Â?iĂƒĂƒĂŠ ĂžÂœĂ•ĂŠ >ĂƒÂŽÂ°ĂŠ *Â?Ă•Ăƒ]ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iÞ½Â?Â?ĂŠ like being part of the decision-making process. ** In BC, our diverse economy is tied ever more closely to the creative industries. Even in ďŹ elds like science and technology, creativity is an asset that hiring managers are looking for in their employees. We’ll always need to come up with creative solutions to humanity’s challenges. Give your child the head start they deserve—with a fun, engaging, and magical experience with art. !RIANE &LEISCHMANN is the content and communications specialist at Arts Umbrella, a non-profit arts education centre for youth ages 2–22 based in Metro Vancouver with programming in the visual and performing arts. Visit artsumbrella.com for more information.



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rowth and development for a child care professionals. CST also works very well hold all the risks and rewards life to complement other therapies, modalities has to offer. Each child’s successes ÂœĂ€ĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŒiÀÛiÂ˜ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂƒÂ°ĂŠ À°Ê1ÂŤÂ?i`}iÀÊviÂ?ĂŒĂŠÂˆĂŒĂŠĂœ>ĂƒĂŠÂˆÂ“and challenges will be unique to them and portant to make this work available to everyas parents, we want to help them find their one and support families as best as possible. way. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light Few body structures have more inutouch manual osteopathic technique devel- ence over your health and well-being than ÂœÂŤi`ĂŠLÞÊ À°ÊÂœÂ…Â˜ĂŠ1ÂŤÂ?i`}iĂ€ĂŠĂœÂ…ÂˆÂ?iĂŠÂ…iĂŠĂœ>ĂƒĂŠ>ĂŠ your central nervous system, and few body *Ă€ÂœviĂƒĂƒÂœĂ€ĂŠ >ĂŒĂŠ ˆV…ˆ}>Â˜ĂŠ -ĂŒ>ĂŒiĂŠ 1Â˜ÂˆĂ›iĂ€ĂƒÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠ ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠ systems have more impact on your central the 1970’s. nervous system than the Some of the early work craniosacral system. The The Upledger Institute, began with children with craniosacral system is founded by the Ă•ĂŒÂˆĂƒÂ“ĂŠ >˜`ĂŠ ĂƒiÂ˜ĂƒÂœĂ€ĂžĂŠ ÂŤĂ€Âœcomprised of the soft tisoriginator of CST, has cessing disorders, but the sues and uid that protect beneďŹ ts for participants— and nourish your brain over 125,000 therapists whether they had these and spinal cord. Our in 110 countries and is conditions or not—was brains are a big supercomcontinuing to grow. too apparent to ignore puter and the less stress and the work has grown and restriction on that ÂˆÂ˜ĂŒÂœĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ 1ÂŤÂ?i`}iÀÊ Â˜ĂƒĂŒÂˆĂŒĂ•ĂŒiĂŠ ĂœÂ…ÂˆVÂ…ĂŠ Â…>ĂƒĂŠ ÂœĂ›iÀÊ computer the better the whole body can 125,000 therapists, in 110 countries and is perform. In today’s world, we spend a large continuing to grow. CST can be effective for amount of time in a state of action (ďŹ ght, all ages from newborns to elders, and all lev- ight or freeze state) and sometimes need els of health and ďŹ tness. In Canada, CST is help to switch over to our relaxed state (rest, commonly a Continuing Education option digest and repair state). CST helps people for registered massage therapists, physiother- ďŹ nd that relax state to promote repair and apists, chiropractors and many other health healing.

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What makes CST unique is we focus on reach their highest potential is an honour. the individual’s whole body, not just the We live in a very hectic world that can leave conditions or symptoms. You can think of any child irritable and cause problems with the body as its own ecosystem and all its sleep, digestion, immunity, and behaviour, parts effect that ecosystem. It is why we as just to name a few. To quote Brene Brown, therapists also remember that people are not “You are imperfect, you are wired for strugjust their bodies and take into account their gle, but you are worthy of love and belongemotions, memories, beˆ˜}°ÊĂƒĂŠÂŤ>Ă€iÂ˜ĂŒĂƒ]ĂŠĂœiĂŠÂŽÂ˜ÂœĂœĂŠ liefs, and history. Each how stressful things can We live in a hectic world person I see is unique and be, and the struggles our that can leave any incomparable, and each children will face, and we child irritable and cause person’s treatment experiďŹ nd ways to best support ence will be as individualour children. CST can problems with sleep, ized as they are. We begin provide tools for those digestion, immunity, by using a gentle touch to st r u g g l e s , a n d i t c a n and behaviour, just evaluate the person’s interalso offer parents an to name a few. nal environment by monextra chance to connect itoring their craniosacral with their child. Furtherrhythm throughout the entire body. We more, the therapy helps parents realize that proceed by working on areas where there they are in control of how they react to situis a decrease in rhythm, and restrictions in ations. tissue movement. We facilitate the healthy ĂŠ ĂƒiĂƒĂƒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠ ÂˆĂƒĂŠ `œ˜iĂŠ vĂ•Â?Â?ÞÊ VÂ?ÂœĂŒÂ…i`ĂŠ >˜`ĂŠ ĂŒÂ…iĂŠ function of nerves, bones, muscles, organs child is always asked for permission before and connective tissues. anything happens with them (if they are Working with infants and children is the non-verbal we look for body cues). CST highlight of my day. These little persons focuses on allowing the child autonomy, are developing so fast, and helping them giving the child control in a world where

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Why is this happening?

Most of us have our children’s best interest in mind and we would never cause intentional harm. Out of our desire to protect our kids, we try to prevent them from failing. We remind them to complete their homework. We help them study for a test.

My oldest son is terrified to make mistakes. He says that he is afraid to disappoint me. Ouch!

We talk to their coaches and their teachers. We intervene in their social squabbles and we bring their lunches to school when they are forgotten at home. In the era of social media and projections of the perfect family, many of us see our children’s failures as a reflection of our parenting. We are wor-

ried about judgment and we have created an atmosphere in which mistakes are painted with negativity. Have you ever thought about how you react when your child makes >ĂŠÂ“ÂˆĂƒĂŒ>ÂŽiœÊ*iÀ…>ÂŤĂƒĂŠÂ…iĂŠv>ˆÂ?ĂƒĂŠ>ĂŠĂŒiĂƒĂŒĂŠ>ĂŒĂŠĂƒV…œœÂ?°Ê Maybe she doesn’t make the team. If your child loses his homework, how do you respond? Research shows that fear of failure is directly linked to both the quality of parentchild communication and to parental high expectations. (Cue overwhelming guilt once again.) I have exceptionally high expectations for myself and admit that it trickles down to my oldest. Sometimes, I forget that he is just a kid. Is it possible that parents and teachers expect too much from our chil`Ă€iÂ˜ÂśĂŠĂ€iĂŠĂœiĂŠÂŤĂ•ĂŒĂŒÂˆÂ˜}ĂŠĂŒÂœÂœĂŠÂ“Ă•VÂ…ĂŠÂŤĂ€iĂƒĂƒĂ•Ă€iĂŠÂœÂ˜ĂŠ them? We need to ask ourselves what is developmentally appropriate. When a child makes a mistake, how a parent responds can be crucial to the de-

velopment of that child’s self-esteem. If a parent reacts with harsh criticism, punishment or uses withdrawal of love, that child may develop a fear of failure. Have you ever chastised your child’s mistakes, out of frustration? Maybe you believe tough love will inspire your child to work harder. Some of us respond with disappointment and give ĂŒÂ…iĂŠVÂœÂ?`ĂŠĂƒÂ…ÂœĂ•Â?`iÀ°Ê*Ă•Â˜ÂˆĂŒÂˆĂ›iĂŠ>VĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠ`>“>}iĂƒĂŠ the child’s self-worth and creates a threat to the parent-child bond. Imagine the pressure of thinking your parent only loves you when you are successful. What a burden to carry. Fear of failure has social and academic implications, as well. Depression and anxiety can affect friendships and a child’s desire to participate fully in life. When you are afraid to make a mistake, you may be less willing to take social risks, make new friends, or try new things. Fear of failure affects engagement in school, as children may be hesitant to think outside of the box, to think critically or creatively. Behaviour problems often arise, causing friction both at school >˜`ĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠĂƒÂœVˆ>Â?ĂŠĂƒÂˆĂŒĂ•>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂƒÂ°ĂŠĂŠV…ˆÂ?`ĂŠĂœÂ…ÂœĂŠÂ…>ĂƒĂŠ>ĂŠ low sense of self-worth may take his frustration out on others or may be inattentive at

school. I have seen these results in my son. His performance at school is a roller coaster of effort and lack thereof and has direct implications on his self-esteem. Have I done this to my child?

Let your child hear the positive self-afďŹ rmations you may whisper. Explain to them the restorative actions that you will take to correct a mistake. Share the lessons that you have learned as a result of your failures. Talk to your children about making mistakes and encourage them to see value in the Let your child hear the positive learning opportunities that failure provides. self-affirmations you may Teach them to calculate risk and provide whisper‌ explain to them the them with positive feedback. Never dismiss restorative actions that you will an idea, but advise your child to make adjustments when things don’t go as expected. take to correct a mistake. Value your child’s opinions, validate their emotions and let them know you appreciate So, how do we reverse and prevent this them for who they are and what they offer. I vi>Ă€ĂŠÂœvʓ>Žˆ˜}ĂŠÂ“ÂˆĂƒĂŒ>ÂŽiĂƒÂśĂŠvĂŒiÀÊ>Â?Â?]ĂŠĂœiĂŠĂœ>Â˜ĂŒĂŠ know that I can do this. So can you. to raise children who are resilient and willĂƒĂŠÂŤ>Ă€iÂ˜ĂŒĂƒ]ĂŠÂ“ÂœĂƒĂŒĂŠÂœvĂŠĂ•ĂƒĂŠÂ…>Ă›iĂŠ>ĂŠvi>Ă€ĂŠÂœvĂŠv>ˆÂ?ing to take risks. We want them to be happy, ing our children. Without a doubt, we will conďŹ dent and brave. make mistakes along the way. Be kind to Try allowing your children to see you yourself and look for opportunities to immaking mistakes! Children are often privy prove. Share your failures and set a good to the stress levels of the adults in their lives. example for your children. Then, provide They witness our overwhelming schedules, enough room for them to take risks, to fail the hectic pace of our day, the relationship and to pick themselves back up again. challenges. However, they are very rarely ex+ELLY#LEEVEis an elementary school teacher, graduate student posed to the skills we use to cope with ad- at the University of British Columbia and busy mother of two versity. Inevitably, we all fail at some point. beautiful boys.



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