March Break Camp at Seasons!

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Wondering what on earth to do with your kiddies this March Break Camp? Look no further, we’ve got your solution. Send them to us for fun filled days of crafts, cooking, baking and lots more. Our camp is best suited for children ages 5-12 years old who like to explore their creative side. We also go on fantastic field trips to historic sites in Toronto and play outside (weather permitting) in amazing games of capture the flag or scavenger hunts.

For more info, check out our website.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us: info@seasonsfamilycentre.com

 

 

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Halloween Cookie Decorating Workshop!

IMG_0879Join us on Sunday, October 20th for our popular Halloween Cookie Decorating Workshop. We’ll be making delicious sugar cookies and royal icing and learning how to use various tips to decorate our cookies.

When: October 20th

Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm

Cost: $30 per registrant, $10 for children under the age of 5

Note: Children under the age of 5 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Email us to register for the workshop: info@seasonsfamilycentre.com

Tiny Tots Program at Seasons!

In September 2013 Seasons will be introducing a new program for 1-3 year olds! We will be running our Tiny Tots program 5 days a week! There are a maximum of 5 spots available per block of sessions. We will be running 3 blocks of session per calendar year. We will provide morning and afternoon snacks, a packed nut-free lunch will need to be provided by you.

Term 1: September 2nd – December 20th
Term 2: January 6th – March 14th
Term 3: March 17th – June 27th

Monday through Friday: 8:30-12:30pm
On Tuesdays and Thursday there will be a full day option 8:30-5:30pm

Daily Schedule:
8:30 – Opening Circle (emphasis on gross motor skills)
9:00am Snack
9:30-10:30am Quiet Time
10:30am Sensory Activities/School Readiness Development
11:00am Gross Motor Play Outdoors
11:30am Creative Play (emphasis on Fine Motor Skills)
12:00- LUNCH

Afternoon Schedule
1:00pm Quiet Time
2:00 Gross Motor Play
2:30 Snack
3:00 Gross Motor Play Outdoors
3:30 School Readiness Development
4:00 Quiet Time
530 Pick Up

If you would like more information about the program please contact us at info@seasonsfamilycentre.com
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Food Fit For a King!

ImageThere were so many things I said I would never do as a parent and then I became one. I swore my baby would be on a schedule, I would not give him a soother, I would never have him in our bed, the list goes on and on. However, there was one thing I said I would do and have so far stuck to it and that’s making my own baby food. This way I know what’s going into his little tummy and since he’s well into solids now it’s actually pretty fun concocting new recipes and experimenting with all the purees! My biggest issue (and I’m sure many others) is that there’s never enough time in a day. Being a working mom and having others watch your baby means you don’t always get a say about what goes in their tummies. Plus, since I enjoy food so much I’m not really into basing our meals around his simplistic tastes. So, I was only really left with one option: a 3 hour cook fest that results in enough food for Ollie’s little tummy for 2 weeks! Here’s how to make food fit for a King!

You can buy all vegetables and meat/fish from your local market, it’s worth the extra expense to buy everything organic (especially some fruits and veggies) and to make sure your meat/fish are antibiotic/hormone free. I use coconut oil instead of olive oil as it’s a healthier alternative when you’re heating the oil up to high temperatures.

You will need to have small containers to store all your food. You can use ice cube trays however, I find that the little cubes tend to get freezer burn. There are so many great little containers out there for making your own baby food, they’re worth the purchase as they keep the food air tight.

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Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potato
  • Butternut Squash
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Broccoli
  • Basil (a handful)
  • Oregano (a handful)
  • Green Onions (1 bunch)
  • Mushrooms (1 pint)

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  • Steak
  • Salmon
  • Chicken

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  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Butter 2 tbsp
  • Coconut Oil
  • Boiled water approximately 1 L (you can just boil the kettle and use that water, it’s easy to pour it that way).

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Step 1: Squash

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Bake all the squash first as it usually takes the longest. Use a baking pan and put about an inch of water in it. Cut the squashes in half and take out all the seeds. Depending on your oven the length of time will vary, expect about an hour. You can tell when your squash is done by pushing a fork into it, it should slide in very easily. Peel off the skin of the sweet potato with a peeler and place in blender of your choice. For the butternut and spaghetti squash you can use a fork to get the squash out and then use a blender of your choice. Once each squash has been blended you can dole them out into your little containers.

Step 2: Mushroom Pesto

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The trick here is to make a lot of this as it’s absolutely delicious and you can mix it with some rice pasta and presto you’ve made dinner for yourself at the same time! Chop up all your ingredients. Heat 2 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a frying pan, add your chopped veggies and cook until mushrooms are browned. Place in your blender and add some boiled water, puree until it reaches your desired consistency.

Step 3: Pear, Apple

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cut the fruit in half and place in a baking pan with about an inch of water. Bake until fruit is very soft to touch. Peel off skin and remove cores, place fruit in blender, you may need to add just a bit of boiled water to get your desired consistency.

Step 4: Salmon, Chicken and Steak

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Use the coconut oil to cook all 3. Simply melt some coconut oil and pour about a tbsp over the chicken, fish and steak. Bake in the oven at 350 for approximately 30 minutes (depending on your oven and the size of fish/meat). Once the meat/fish have been cooked you can put the salmon and chicken separately, in the blender using some boiled water to reach your desired consistency. For the steak, you can chop it up into very fine pieces and once it’s mixed with other purees you reduce the choking hazard.

Step 5: Broccoli

Steam the broccoli, steaming is one of the better choices to cook any food as it helps to keep a lot of the nutrients in.

Step 6: Creating your meals!

ImageThis is the fun part (as if you weren’t already having fun)! You can make as many different combinations as your heart desires. Here are some suggestions (which seem to work well with the O-man but every baby is different).

  1. Chicken, mushroom pesto, tiny bit of applesauce, sweet potato
  2. Salmon, broccoli, pear, spaghetti squash
  3. Steak, sweet potato, mushroom puree
  4. Chicken, apple, sweet potato, broccoli
  5. Sweet Potato, broccoli, pear, spaghetti and butternut squash

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The sky is really the limit! Just make sure you know your child’s allergies and make sure they’ve tried all the foods you use before combining them as otherwise you’ll have no idea what caused the tummy upset. If you’re interested feel free to join us for our exciting Baby Nutrition Workshop next weekend!

Mini Cake Workshop!

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Looking for a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Join us for our fun Mini Cake Workshop! Learn how to mask a mini cake with buttercream icing and decorate your cake with Fondant.

When: Sunday, April 21st

Time: 2-4pm

Cost: $30 per registrant

(children under the age of 5 need to be accompanied by an adult).

$10 per child under the age of 5 years.

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Rainbow Cakes!

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Check out these amazing Rainbow Cakes made by the ICS students!! Not only are they cool to look at but they taste yummy too! It was also a very easy recipe to do! We used cake batter and icing gels, we simply separated the batter into six bowls and used the icing gels to make the colours of the rainbow. We then used a spoon to scoop the different colour batter into a mason jar. We put the jars in a 9×13″ brownie pan with about an inch of water and baked them for about 40 minutes at 375F.

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Creative Treats with ICS

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ICS is back doing Creative Treats for a second year and we’re so excited to have them back! We started off by making snowman, even though our snow is quickly disappearing. This is an easy baking activity and great to do with the kids!

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Ingredients

1 cup of Butter

1/4 cup of icing sugar

2 cups of flour

2 cups of coconut

Handful of chocolate chips

Candy Corn or orange gummies

Coloured Fondant for Scarves/Hats

Toothpicks

Royal Icing Sugar (4 cups of icing sugar, 3 tbsp of meringue powder and 7-8 tsp of water)

Directions

1. Preheat Oven 350

2. Cream butter and icing sugar together using an electric mixer. Add, flour and then stir in coconut.

3. Roll dough into various size balls and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

4. Once the balls have cooled down use the royal icing to “glue” them together and then insert a toothpick through all 3 to make sure they are secure. Use the royal icing to “glue” on the nose, eyes and accessories.

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Young Rembrandts at Seasons!

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We are thrilled that Seasons has invited us to offer our program their Centre. We believe that our Young Rembrandts program fits well with Seasons Family Centre’s mission to provide families and individuals a place where they can enrich their creativity through various art forms.

Young Rembrandts was founded based on first-hand understanding by our founder, Bette Fetter, of the value of the arts on developing young minds.  Bette’s passion for the arts and early childhood education led her to develop Young Rembrandts, a unique teaching methodology focused on developing foundational art and drawing skills in young children. As an artist and classroom instructor, Bette has seen the impact of her directed drawing method and its impact on inner discipline, art skills and core learning skills that undergird essential learning functions.

Research and education experts say what Young Rembrandts has always delivered: there is a significant correlation between involvement in the arts and achievement in the classroom. Children who learn to draw using the Young Rembrandts method develop spatial reasoning and fine motor skills, order and sequencing abilities, visualization, and self-discipline as well as fundamental art skills. Our original curriculum introduces concrete ideas and techniques that enlarge their visual vocabularies, enrich their imaginations and their minds.

We are pleased to be offering the Young Rembrandts program in Toronto. This winter, Young Rembrandts has an exciting line-up of drawings for your child. At Seasons Family Centre, we will be offering our preschool program for children ages 31/2 to 5 this winter for 9 weeks starting on Wednesday January 9, 2013 for 10:05 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Our elementary age drawing program for children ages 6-12 start on the same day from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., also for 9 weeks.  We hope to see you child at one of our winter sessions!

For more information, please go to the Young Rembrandts page on Seasons Family Centre website or visit ourYoung Rembrandts Toronto enrolment page.

You could also check out our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/YRToronto or our Pinterest pagehttp://pinterest.com/kathrynyr/ for pictures of recent drawings by our students at our other locations.

Young Rembrandts founder Bette Fetter recently published her book titled “Being Visual: Raising a Generation of Innovative Thinkers”.  The book provides strategies to increase your visual learner’s success in school.  For more information about this book, please go to the Being-Visual Blog.

If you have any questions or require any information, please do not hesitate to contact us at (416) 907-0750 or e-mail us at toronto@youngrembrandts.com.

Kathryn and Desmond Sue-Chan

Program Directors

Young Rembrandts Toronto

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