From December's Newsletter...

With the giving season upon us, here at the Unicorn we are feeling in a generous sort of mood. On the heels of our successful random acts of kindness day, we are kicking it up a notch and our classrooms have prepared Christmas cards for Becca Schofield. We are humbled by her plight and inspired by her commitment to kindness.
The value of teaching children to have empathy is ever lasting...studies show that when a child is taught to be kind, respectful and have empathy for others they are less likely to bully or exhibit any type of cruelty. At the end of the day the message is simple...children who feel valued and are compassionate, value and have compassion for others.
This Christmas season we are reminded of that old adage “it is better to give than receive.” We all love getting new shiny things but the real gift is to give our children that warm fuzzy feeling of doing something kind for others.
From our entire Unicorn Family, we hope you have a beautiful Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!
Thanks for sharing your child’s life with us!
Sandra

From September's Newsletter...


Happy September!


On September 16th, the Town of Riverview will celebrate the “Becca Told Me To Day. We've all heard the buzzword, "random acts of kindness," and we may even try to show kindness to others. But how do we as parents instill those values in our children?

In this materialistic world that we live in, teaching our children to step beyond is no small task. However, it is possible to teach our kids these good values and it starts with giving them a role model. Children learn what they live, so if they live with you doing random acts of kindness, they are fairly certain to follow.

A random act of kindness does not have to be a major production. Kindness comes in many different shapes and sizes – and it’s free. Teach your kids by doing, but also plan some actions with your child. Talk about nice things that you can do for others.

Here at the Unicorn we try to teach kindness each and every day. This year, on Friday, September 15th, we all will be doing some small acts of kindness in and around Riverview.  Hopefully we can make a few people smile and certainly inspire others to “pay it forward”.

“Do nice, be kind, spread happy!”

 Thanks for sharing your child’s life with us!

Sandra

From March's Newsletter...


Spring is in the air!

We have all waited patiently for the tiniest indication that spring is on it’s way. We all yearn for milder temperatures and the sight of daffodils peeking up through the frozen ground. It is funny how  flowers know when spring is arriving….but...like anything else destined to bloom, they do it in their own sweet time.

It seems that spring and growth is a metaphor for just about anything but here at the Unicorn, we don’t just wait for spring to see growth...our children blossom and it happens each and every day. We love to watch these wonderful young minds learn about the world around them. It reminds us all how precious these early years really are.

As someone once said, “ All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of yesterday”. This spring, as we wait for all the flowers to bloom, we can sit back and watch our beautiful children grow and blossom into the magnificent and colorful  characters that they are all destined to become.

I am always here to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Thanks for sharing your child’s life with us!     

Sandra



From July's newsletter...


June was the best month ever! 

 

With the success of our 1st Annual Summer Fair, we were able to raise $1764. The staff and Board of Directors worked hard to create a great event that was enjoyed by all our Unicorn families. Thank you so very much to those parents that made a beautiful cake for our cake auction. It was appreciated so much. I would also like to thank Riverview High School Drama for singing their hearts out and entertaining everyone. We had a fabulous day!

We also received a grant of $3500 from the Children’s Foundation of New Brunswick for our sustainability program and our garden project. Our children were able to plant 7 gardens of vegetables and flowers. They have taken the responsibility very seriously and are eager each day to share the watering and weeding duties!

Lastly, June is also graduation month. We watched as some of our beautiful little birds flew away from the nest. Whilst it is always a sad time to see children move on, it is always a happy time to see children thrive and take so much pride in their accomplishments.

Our wish is that all our Unicorn families have a restful, memorable and happy summer!

Thanks for sharing your child’s life with us!


Sandra

From June's newsletter...


Old MacDonald had a farm ...E...I...E...I...O!

And so does the Unicorn!

I am pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the Children's Foundation of New Brunswick to promote sustainability and foster healthy eating with our children. We have purchased red cedar raised garden beds and we will allow our kids to plant lettuce, tomatoes, peas, carrots and lots more! They will be involved in every stage - from planting to cultivating and delivering them to our kitchen for preparation. 

Environmental education in early childhood is a holistic concept that encompass knowledge of the natural world. Nature has a purpose in learning, development and in building a sense of place in the world.

Isn't this what we want for the children? Immersion in the natural world establishing healthy eating skills and learning about growth and development?

The best part is having your hands in dirt doing it! Three cheers for that alone...

Thanks for sharing your child's life with us!


Sandra


 

From May's newsletter...

The power of magical thinking... the new houses in the Nature Park... and word on the street is that fairies have moved in!

Child-development experts are recognizing the importance of imagination and the role it plays in the understanding reality. Imagination is necessary for learning about people and events we don't directly experience, such as history or events on the other side of the world. For young kids, it allows them to ponder the future, such as what they want to do when they grow up.

Research shows that imagination is paramount in a child's cognitive development. Letting their imagination run wild helps them foster their own creativity and makes them think about the world around them.

These most precious years help them look at the world and wonder and as parents, we all are left wishing that time would freeze and we could let them live in a world where fairies and magic surround us.

How clever is nature in designing our child's minds? Let's keep these precious ecologies "green". By using their own imaginations they go on a media diet... enhancing development and believing in magic...a win-win I say.

Thanks for sharing your child's life with us!

Sandra