WeeMove with BrightPath

I recently had to go through the process of interviewing child care options and deciding where my children would be going while I go back to work. Among one of my first questions to every provider was what activities they do during the day, and how often they go outside and engage in active physical activity. Physical activity is so important to me for my family: active children are happy children in my mind! This movement and activity is not only important for their health and well-being, it also improves cognitive skills, academic performance and mental well-being. BrightPath recognizes this importance and has developed an amazing program based around it!

WeeMove is a new program that BrightPath has brought in for children ages 3-6 in all of their centres starting this past September. This program was developed to focus on main skills like locomotor skills (walking, crawling, shuffling, galloping, hopping, etc), manipulative skills, hand eye coordination, and balance. Throughout the program the educators go through a rotation of differing skills and the increase the difficulty with each rotation so that the children continue to be challenged and grow their skills. Through these activities they will also work on skills like place words, shape/number/letter recognition and the child’s attention is maintained through obstacle course style activities. These movement skills that they will learn are transferrable into the children learning to read their environment, making appropriate decisions and being more confident and controlled in various physical activities long-term. The WeeMove program is designed to follow the curriculum requirements for pre-school to kinder aged children and to reach physical developmental milestones. The program is implemented twice per day, four days per week for a minimum of 1-15 minutes and is set to music and done outdoors whenever possible. Everything about this program is designed to make learning fun, instill a love of movement and fully engage the children in every activity.

A program like this is invaluable for children and it makes me really excited to see something like this being implemented in a local child care center. In a world where it seems like physical activity in school continues to be downgraded in importance, it is refreshing to see BrightPath highlight this area so well in their program for the children. There are so many factors that go into choosing where your children will go to day care and it is never an easy decision for us parents, but this program would definitely be a huge checkmark on my list!

If you are interested in learning more about the WeeMove program, or any other information in regards to your local BrightPath, click here to visit their website.

 

About Jen

Hi! My name is Jen and I am the new director for Mommy Connections Beaumont and Leduc area! I am currently the proud mom of one sweet little girl, Kaidalyn (7 months) and hope to be adding to our family...eventually! A little background about me I guess. I have always worked with children in one way or another and eventually worked my way to having a BA in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work. Most of my adult work has been working in the Human Services sector, through group care and foster care programs in the city. This experience has really shown me the importance of a support network and feeling of community when raising children! I'm one of those people who believe that, although we work to make our own path, sometimes things happen for a reason and that's how I fell into this role! I moved to Beaumont from Sherwood Park July 2014, one month after my baby was born and felt out of place and kind of isolated, even though my friends were only 20 minutes away. I asked around some of the Facebook Beaumont mom pages, got pointed towards Mommy Connections and signed up immediately! I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I got was a lot of information that has helped a lot in raising my daughter so far, a chance to get out of the house and meet other moms who were going through some of the same stuff I was, and an opportunity to make lasting connections within my community. It's amazing how quickly I found a place in this community, and how quickly it has become home to me! Anyhow, I don't know how everyone else feels about the idea of going back to work full-time, but I know that the anxiety it was already giving me was huge by the time my baby was only 4 months old. I would have to be commuting approximately an hour each way every day, leaving my baby for over 10 hours per day, and the thought of this was driving me crazy. I was given the advice (multiple times) to stop worrying about it because it would work out, and then all of a sudden I got a magic little email telling me that the director position had opened up in Beaumont and Leduc!! I remember not knowing if I should laugh or cry when I got the position!! I have always been big into community and have dreamed of living in a community where my children can play in the street (safely of course!) or bike to the park without me worrying, and I can walk into a place and say hi to everyone! I believe that this is that community and programs like Mommy Connections help to establish this feeling! I know what it is like not knowing anyone in the area and feeling isolated; I quickly discovered that being a mother is the most amazing, rewarding job out there, but it can be very lonely. Having a support network of other mothers is a gift and tool that is so crucial, and Mommy Connections is the perfect way for me to help promote and share this tool with others in my area!! I'm really excited to start this journey with my little one and hope I get to meet you and your little one(s) really soon!

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