Crafting and learning with kids doesn’t always have to be extravagant. Our little ones value the time spent together before they value expensive materials. I have found a great resource from a literacy organization in British Columbia called Decoda Literacy Solutions that I would love to share with you!
To expand on the idea that our little ones value ‘time spent’ vs. ‘end product’, is a quote from the Circle of Security Parenting program:
“Delight in me for my being vs. delight in me for my doing. Sharing both forms of positive emotion are essential for healthy development. Why?Because someone delighting in you for who you are creates a sense of being inherently valuable and lovable. Having a foundation of being valued and loved makes the joy of accomplishment and mastery possible.”
Here are two “Let’s Make It!” info sheets for Toddlers 1-2 years old & Preschoolers 3-5 years old from the Decoda Literacy Solutions website. The “Tips for Parent” portion provides a practical approach on how to exercise delighting in your child for their “being” rather than their “doing”. The sheets remind us to be patient, follow your child’s lead, and learn with your child because not one of us is an expert in all things crafty!
As the weeks go on, I will continue to explore resources similar to the ones posted above. The Decoda Literacy Solutions website (decoda.ca) has a wealth of resources for all parents in our community. Check it out for yourself and simply click on the “Resources” tab, scroll down to “Online Resources” and begin your search!
The resources can be filtered through by category and type, most documents/activities are available as a downloadable PDF so they can be printed.
I would suggest filtering the resources by clicking on “Family Literacy” (on the left). These resources span over many different topics, including but not limited to:
- Active Play
- Indigenous Literacy & Games
- Food Literacy
- Physical Literacy
Most materials can be translated to French as well.
NOTE: The Circle of Security Parenting program mentioned earlier is an eight-week parenting program that Rooted Connections runs twice a year. Circle of Security Parenting is an internationally known program that is facilitated in many languages around the world. The program expands on attachment theory and learning how to read children’s/babies emotional cues.
Be sure to follow Rooted Connections on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates for when this program will run at our agency!
The Young Parent Program is wishing everyone well during this time!
Stay Healthy, Stay Safe and Stay Connected!!