Programs

Connect The Dots to see the bigger picture! Each program incorporates mindfulness.  The act of enjoying the present moment!

If you are financially unable to afford our programs, please let us know and we can work something out.  We want to share this place with everyone! Hope to see you!

Tentative Schedule

Programs and Regular Drop-in now started!

Hours of Operations: Please check facebook page for closures as we will NOT be open every week

Monday
10:00 – 11:30 Sprouting Seeds Forest School Ages 0-4 years (but all ages welcome)

*This program is drop-in by donation

9:15-3:00 Roots Forest School   (Thursdays at Willow Springs)

9:15-3:00 Branches Forest School   (Tuesdays at BBAC)

School Programs and other large groups- variety of days and times, pre-booked

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

Prenatal

*WILL PLAN TO RUN THIS PROGRAM IF YOU CAN PUT TOGETHER A GROUP OF MINIMUM 5 PARTICIPANTS.  DAYS/TIMES FLEXIBLE.

Our prenatal program runs in six week blocks. This program is designed by a mom for a mom.  Topics include what they don’t tell you in your prenatal class!  One night of the program includes pre-natal exercise.  There are expert speakers and a variety of topics discussed.  Things like: Midwife services, Chiropractic and Naturopathic care, Cord Blood and Stem Cell Banking, Exercise and Nutrition, Diapering Options, Breastfeeding, Yoga and meditation, Acupuncture, eco-friendly products, Preparing your house and freezer, What to buy for baby and Support groups.  Register in the Parent and Baby program and get your prenatal class free (for a limited time only)!  Please call or email for details.

Prenatal Schedule- Date to come

Parent and Baby (0-12 months)

*WILL PLAN TO RUN THIS PROGRAM IF YOU CAN PUT TOGETHER A GROUP OF MINIMUM 10 PARTICIPANTS.  DAYS/TIMES FLEXIBLE.

This program is designed to support  parents interested in natural living and mindfulness. It  may have interactive presentations about 30-45 minutes long.  Presentations will be aimed more at the parents.  Speakers like George Jeffrey’s, Baby wearers, Mom and Baby Meditation, Salsa Babies, Car Seat Safety, Sleep Training etc. Following the presentation the group will have time to chat and create items to take home.  The items will mostly be created from recycled items or from nature.  We will make things like a baby carrier, sensory play toys, clay hand prints, driftwood mobiles, and car gallery pictures.   We will finish off the program with a Boreal Adventure outside in the community. Price for this program is $125 for eight weeks.

Parent and Baby Schedule Jan 2015
Parent and Baby Schedule December 2014
Parent and Baby 2014 Schedule October
Parent-and-Baby-schedule-Feb 13th-April 10th
Parent-and-Baby-schedule-April 24th- June 12th

Children’s Program (1-99 years)

*WILL PLAN TO RUN THIS PROGRAM IF YOU CAN PUT TOGETHER A GROUP OF MINIMUM 10 PARTICIPANTS.  DAYS/TIMES FLEXIBLE.

Our Children’s program will be run in eight week sessions.  Children will have opportunities to learn new skills through play-based learning.  In this program children will participate with their parents in various hands on activities.  They will be unique, educational and fun! There may be some interactive presentations.  Things like  Local Authors, Yoga, Nursery Rhymes and Musicians.  Afterwards, the families will then have opportunities explore at natural play-based stations.  An activity might be finding the letters of their name written on stones in a sand table.  Activities will be planned using the Ontario Kindergarten Curriculum and Waldorf, Montessori and Reggio Emilia inspired ideas.   The station activities will be constantly changing, they will all be educational and promote a love for our environment. We will celebrate each program with a field trip outdoors. Children’s Program runs Mondays 10:00-11:30. Price for this program is $125 for eight weeks.

****Future Fall Programming may include Children’s Yoga and Relaxation class combined with nature play station time!!!

Parent and Tot Schedule 2015 Jan
Parent and Tot Schedule 2014 Dec
Parent and Tot Schedule 2014 Sept
Parent-and-Tot-Schedule-Feb. 11th-April 15th
Parent-and-Tot-Schedule-April 22nd -June 19th

The 7 Grandfather Teachings (1-5 years)

*WILL PLAN TO RUN THIS PROGRAM IF YOU CAN PUT TOGETHER A GROUP OF MINIMUM 5 PARTICIPANTS.  DAYS/TIMES FLEXIBLE.

Our 7 Grandfather Teachings program will be a cross between First Nations cultural activities and education.  Each week will focus on a different teaching (Love, Honesty, Bravery, Humility, Respect, Truth and Wisdom).  The program will aim to support families and bring them together  in order to build community strength for the future. The program will be seven weeks.  Each week there will be an interactive presentation during the first half of the program.  The second half parents and children will have opportunity to create something or explore various hands on educational stations.  Some of the program ideas include:  Birchbark paintings, Rock paintings, Dreamcatchers, Medicine Wheel Activities, Beading etc.  This program is open to all who are interested but geared towards 3-9 year olds. Thursdays 5:15-6:00.  Price for this program is $125.

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School and Group Programs

Schools and groups are welcome to book a program in our centre. Programs are centred around mindfulness and creating a love for our environment.  Programs are planned based on grade and needs of group using Ontario Curriculum guidelines and inspired ideas from Waldorf, Montessori and Reggio Emilia activities. Children will have a chance to play at nature based centres and participate in an environmental activity. Cost is $10-12 per student.

Packages
School Poster

Let’s Connect Outdoor Adventure

We will be going on a monthly outside adventure each month.  Everyone welcome.  Costs of this program will vary depending on each adventure.  This will usually be held the first Saturday of every month.  Some of our adventures may include rock climbing, hiking, sleigh rides, dogsledding, tobogganing, snowshoes, coast guard boat visit, The Old Fort, Kingfisher, Canoeing etc.)

Let’s Connect Community Outreach

A new program where we connect with our community.  After spending some time this summer visiting The March of Dimes, St. Joseph’s Heritage and St. Joseph’s Day program we realized this was a must to include in our programs.  Come join us on Tuesdays for some fun art activities. Visit others in our community and make a difference!  Cost is a $5-$10 donation per visit that will  go towards supplies and organizations.

Let’s Connect Summer Camp

“to see the bigger picture” – Ages 4-10 years (3 years if with a parent)

Bilingual Summer Camp. Great Introduction to French for Kindergarteners.  Keep speaking French too! July 19-21st 2016 at BBAC in The Marina.  Please email connectthedotstbay@gmail for more information.

  • Music
  • Nature
  • Storytelling
  • Meaningful Art
  • Community outreach
  • Mindfulness

Children will participate in Nature Scavenger hunts, Big Boreal Adventures, water play, painting, photography, mindfulness activities, drumming, up-cycled art, community gardening, dance-walking, yoga, storytelling and community outreach with various organizations.

Let’s Connect Lesson Plans 2015
Summer Camp Flyer 2015

Roots and Branches Forest School (4-10 year olds)

Connect The Dots will now be offering school aged programming for ages 4-10 years on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Connect The Dots Roots and Branches Forest School is a community based educational forest school program that focuses on self-awareness and mindfulness all while embracing our natural environment.  It aims to help children become confident and learn strategies to help them selves whenever needed.  Roots and Branches  (working with Forest School Canada) embraces an emergent curriculum where students lead their own learning.  The program uses play and self-inquiry projects to inspire learning where students may use creativity, literacy, math, social studies and science skills to problem solve. They will participate in mindfulness activities, outdoor exploration, creative art projects and do meaningful chores to build on community togetherness and encourage a love for our environment.  The program will look at building 8 life skills including self-esteem, positive visualization, big emotions (emotional and stress management), relaxation, happy healthy living, positive thinking, positive relationships and dreaming big (achieving and believing). Connect The Dots inspires to offer education where children will be empowered.  We would like to help children make strong connections with the earth, themselves and others, have adequate time to learn, use their artistic skills, value these skills and become confident and proud of who they are. Students come once or twice a week 9:15-3:00.

Roots and Branches Poster

Connecting Our Branches School Program

Connecting Our Roots School Program

 

Reg Form Roots and Branches