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Early Bird Price for Stage One Theatre School

Stage One Theatre School classes are starting up soon with classes for 4 to 16 year olds. Early bird pricing ends September 4th, 2015:

ACTING ADVENTURES

A chance to introduce young children to the wonderful, imaginative world of theatre. The children will spend their time in active, directed play, embodying imagined characters and building worlds. Incorporating movement, visual arts, and music these classes engage your child’s personality and physicality. Plus, it will be a ton of fun!!
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Back-To-School: 2015 Edition

The KP Been There Done That Squad is a group of parents sharing their thoughts and experiences on a few topics related to raising their children in Kamloops.

Read more about the BTDT Squad, here. 


Today’s question is:

What are your tips for a smooth transition to a back-to-school routine?

Naomi, mother of four boys, age 11, 5, 2, and 10 months:

My eldest son has high functioning ASD, so a smooth transition back into the school year is essential in order to avoid meltdowns. Although we homeschool, it is basically the same as what we will be doing for the five year old, who is starting kindergarten in public school this year.  I really try to maintain similar rhythm and routine through the summer months. It helps children to stay somewhat on schedule. We don’t give them extra TV or computer time for example, and we try to include crafts and learning opportunities so they don’t get out of practice.

We are very gradual in our build up back to a full day. I start off with a week of “warning”. We talk about how things are going to be changing to get back into the swing of things. We post a schedule. The next week we start with the school year routine (early rising, getting dressed on time, etc). The starting week of school we amp up slowly. Day one is an intro with a special breakfast and a cool activity. Day two includes one subject. Day three we add something else. We continue in this manner until we are fully back into routine.

We also love to include lots of visual schedules all over the house to reduce panic over the “unknown”, and help us transition easier. They aren’t fancy, but they are simple reminders, especially for the children who can’t read. These include morning routines, and a daily school schedule.

It’s hard to believe the summer is almost over, but to be honest, getting back into a routine is comforting for me!


Christina, Mom of 4 girls born in 5 years:

ChristinaBTDT1) I made an area to keep track of everything at the main door where we leave the house. There are pockets for each kid to sort notices and homework. It also has a white board for shopping lists and emergency information. A large calendar to record all of our upcoming events (sports, trips, special school days) hangs in the middle low enough for the kids who can read to see, but high enough to keep it from being used as a doodle pad.

2) I’ve decided that I will not be bringing out fall wardrobes until after school starts. In the past few years I have and it’s still warm enough that they want to wear their summer clothes. The extra clothes just add more confusion in picking out outfits and extra laundry chaos.

3) I’ve been baking for easier lunches and breakfasts (loaves and muffins) with in season fruits and veggies from the garden.


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Jodi – Mom of 5 & 6 year old:

Of course, our week-long summer holiday fell within the last two weeks before school starts, so we slowly began preparing by mid-summer.

First, I myself started getting up earlier. During the 2014-2015 school year, I found that on days that I got up earlier than the kids were more productive and less stressful.

We also began serving the kids more breakfast and within a half hour of waking. No more grabbing a banana or cookie and playing for a couple of hours before wandering back into the kitchen for breakfast! Same for lunch…this summer, we got into the habit of eating snacks and missing lunch entirely, until 3 o’clock rolled around. So we began preparing lunch around noon.

***Disclaimer: The above all went out the window once we left on a trip, travelling east through several different time zones! But, we tried.

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Kamloops Symphony Opens Their Season With Popular Cinematic Music

Kamloops Symphony will open their season on Saturday, Sept. 26,Melanie Leonard-020 2015 with the first in their Kelson Group Pops series: Masters in Motion Pictures: The Music of Howard Shore and John Williams. This programme has been designed by guest conductor Mélanie Léonard, known for her innovative repertoire and youthful vibrancy.

Léonard will collaborate with the symphony to take the audience on a musical adventure with pieces such as The Ride of the Valkyries, music from The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and more.

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Prenatal Yoga and Parent and Baby Yoga – Grounding as an Essential Life Skill

One of the first things I tell Moms-to-be in a prenatal class is that it is a place where you can actually be pregnant.

This may sound silly, redundant even, but a women fulfills so many roles – wife, daughter, sister, co-worker, confidant, taxi driver, grocery buyer (add your own) – that while people may be overjoyed to hear our news, we are still required to fulfill all of the duties that come with those roles. All this, while our bodies work at a literally dizzying pace to create brains, hearts, bones, lungs and cute little toes.

We are held on pedestals while pregnant, we become public property, but in a manner of reverence, from my experience, as if we are the saviours of the future – which we actually are.

But after we have our babies, for many there is a sense of being dropped, as if that relatively comfortable hammock of support is pulled out from beneath us. We are left alone – with no manual – in a state of complete exhaustion. And when does our body and nervous system heal and renew?  When we rest.

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Pre and Postnatal Yoga provided me with a sense of stability. I have seen many women make the transition into Motherhood with grace and ease. I was not one of those women. After my first birth I developed post-partum depression. My birth went nothing like imagined, ending in a scheduled caesarean birth. After following every conflicting tidbit of advice and intervention, I couldn’t breastfeed. Even with support, I spent three weeks without stringing three consecutive hours of sleep together.

Leading up to my birth I attended prenatal yoga classes. We focused on grounding, breathing, and moving – in that order. I came to Continue reading

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