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Nature Club – Learning Among the Trees at Mountview School

Nature Club – Learning Among the Trees at Mountview School

By LeRae Haynes – Mountview Elementary School is a family-based school nestled in a rural area about five kilometers from Williams Lake. The staff at Mountview takes great pride in building a school that meets the academic, social-emotional, and physical needs of students. As of last year, Mountview Elementary School also offers a Nature Club […]

Local Outdoor Education Options Helping Children Thrive

Local Outdoor Education Options Helping Children Thrive

By Frances McCoubrey – What happens when you foster an early diet of wilderness, community connections, and rural living? After 15 years of living in other urban and rural areas, moving back to the community that raised me has helped me realize the richness of our seemingly small, resource-supported community. I’ve begun to realize how […]

CHILDREN | Baby Festival in Williams Lake

CHILDREN | Baby Festival in Williams Lake

By LeRae Haynes – Who wouldn’t welcome the chance to meet and celebrate our most precious Cariboo resource—every baby born here in 2016? I certainly do. As the community co-ordinator for Success by 6, I’m extremely delighted to welcome babies and parents to our second annual Baby Fest on November 17, in connection with National […]

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Sept – Oct 2016

NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Sept – Oct 2016

  By Jasmin Schellenberg – HEALTHY SNACKS AND WHY Deviled Eggs Ingredients 12 eggs 6 Tbsp olive oil or mayonnaise 4.5 Tbsp vinegar 2 Tbsp mustard (or more to taste) salt pepper parsley Method Hard boil a dozen eggs. Take off the shell, cut in half, and take out egg yolk. Put yolk into a […]

CHILDREN | Nature Kindergarten Coming to the Cariboo

CHILDREN | Nature Kindergarten Coming to the Cariboo

By LeRae Haynes –   Kindergarten kids in School District 27 have the opportunity for a fresh new classroom environment in September, 2016 when the unique Scout Island Nature Kindergarten opens its doors. Joan Lozier, early years co-ordinator for School District 27, said with the environment as co-teacher, youngsters will partake in an emergent and […]

ARTS & EDUCATION | CHILDREN | Shopping Local with Kids

ARTS & EDUCATION | CHILDREN | Shopping Local with Kids

By Jessica Kirby   — If you happen to be on Vancouver Island this winter and bump into a friendly, economically fiscal ten year old at one of the local craft fairs, don’t worry: he isn’t lost or abandoned. That’s my son, Kaeden, possibly the most spend conscious and simultaneously generous kid on the planet, who […]

CHILDREN | Chickadee Early Childhood and Learning Centre: Education making a difference

CHILDREN | Chickadee Early Childhood and Learning Centre: Education making a difference

By Erin Hitchcock — It feels like one is stepping back in time to a simpler, gentler era when entering the Chickadee Early Childhood and Learning Centre. There are no computers, no modern-day technological devices. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to find anything plastic. Instead, wooden furniture and toys made from natural fibres such as wood, […]

CHILDREN | Scout Island Connects All Ages to Nature

CHILDREN | Scout Island Connects All Ages to Nature

By Erin Hitchcock — “I found one!” calls out one enthusiastic boy to another after discovering a large beetle crawling past a rock. “I never knew they were so hairy,” remarks a girl peering at a caterpillar through the lens of a magnifying glass. These are common responses from children enrolled in Scout Island’s programs in […]

CHILDREN | CHAAPS: Hope and Freedom on the Back of a Horse

CHILDREN | CHAAPS: Hope and Freedom on the Back of a Horse

By LeRae Haynes — Seeing the world from the back of a horse can be a life-changing experience, especially when it means leaving a wheelchair behind in the dust—even for a moment.   Cariboo Hoofbeats Assisted Activity Program Society (CHAAPS) provides therapeutic riding and animal assisted therapy for children, youth, adults, and seniors from a diverse […]

CHILDREN | Mission Possible: Happy hiking with kids

CHILDREN | Mission Possible: Happy hiking with kids

 By Jessica Kirby —   Imagine it: a long, lazy wander through a forested park, patches of blue sky winking through the forest canopy, and a well-worn path at your feet. Smells of pine and moss whirl in the air, and the world is alive with rustling—birds, squirrels, and bunnies scamper about close enough to […]

CHILDREN | BC Family Day: Face time trumps screen time

CHILDREN | BC Family Day: Face time trumps screen time

  By LeRae Haynes — Mary Forbes, teacher naturalist at Scout Island and mother of two, says it’s great that B.C. has declared Family Day a holiday, but that every day’s a good day to ‘unplug’ your kids from electronics and technology and get them outside to play. “February is a great time of the […]

CHILDREN | Celebrating Children at Sacred Heart

CHILDREN | Celebrating Children at Sacred Heart

By LeRae Haynes — Canada celebrates National Child Day on November 20 in recognition of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child. One place in Williams Lake where children are celebrated year round is Sacred Heart Preschool where 47 kids are currently enrolled in various sessions throughout the week. Sacred Heart Preschool […]

Spending Less and Making More out of Christmas with the 2014 Earth Friendly Holiday Event

Spending Less and Making More out of Christmas with the 2014 Earth Friendly Holiday Event

By Brianna van de Wijngaard — Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society We say this every year, but when you return from a busy summer, frolicking at the beach, avoiding work, and barbequing the 20 pounds of zucchini squash that your garden manages to dump on you every week, it’s amazing how quickly the Christmas holidays can […]

CHILDREN | Peace Talks Resume … at Bedtime  

By Jessica Kirby — So, what is peace? I ask him, brushing the hair away from his forehead as we lay on his bed, spooning, his back to me. What does peace look like? Quiet, he says. Quiet and no fighting. What about fear? I ask. Some people say peace is the absence of fear […]

CHILDREN | Nature’s Classroom

CHILDREN | Nature’s Classroom

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette — When September rolls around, many families head to the mall to stock up on school supplies, backpacks, and lunchboxes, not to mention the yearly closet full of clothing meant to help kick off a new school year with a sense of newness and a fresh start. Us? We […]

STEWARDSHIP | CHILDREN | The Horsefly Green Team | Youth Healthy Inquiry Project: Reducing our carbon footprint

STEWARDSHIP | CHILDREN | The Horsefly Green Team | Youth Healthy Inquiry Project: Reducing our carbon footprint

By Calvin Dubray and the Horsefly Green Team — This endeavour started with adult mentors posing a challenge to the Student Leadership Team at Horsefly Elementary Junior Secondary. The challenge was to propose a question that would form the foundation of a Youth Healthy Inquiry Project. Students came up with the following: What is your question? […]

HEALTH ISSUES | CHILDREN | Strangers in Our Homes: TV and Our Children’s Minds

HEALTH ISSUES | CHILDREN | Strangers in Our Homes: TV and Our Children’s Minds

    By Susan R. Johnson, M.D. — This is a condensed version of a paper that was presented at the Waldorf School of San Francisco on 5/1/99 as part of a senior project. The full version can be found at thelizlibrary.org. It may be freely copied and distributed. TV rots the senses in the head! It […]

CHILDREN | Celebrating Children on Universal Children’s Day

CHILDREN | Celebrating Children on Universal Children’s Day

By Jessica Kirby — If we want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.” – Abigail Van Buren November 20 marks Universal Children’s Day, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954 to encourage global recognition and understanding of issues that compromise the emotional, physical, and spiritual […]

FITNESS | CHILDREN | HEALTH ISSUES | Creating Change for the Future: Why Movement Matters

FITNESS | CHILDREN | HEALTH ISSUES | Creating Change for the Future: Why Movement Matters

By Melissa LaPointe — Movement is vital to life. Yes, there are the more obvious health benefits of exercise – combating obesity, heart disease and diabetes; building strength, balance, and flexibility; improved breathing, and increased circulation that aids digestion and keeps the organs healthy. But there’s so much more. When we move using large muscle […]