BABIES and Preschool - Spring/Summer 2020
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All online classes will use Zoom videoconferencing software. Zoom links will be emailed 1-2 days before the start of each course, or if you registered after the first class, 1-2 days before the next class. If for some reason you do not receive the links, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Creative Movement (3 - 5 years & 6 - 12 years) - Online
Music, dance, and imagination come together to create a fun-filled outlet for self-expression. Through dance methodology, games and improvisation, children are encouraged to find their own creative voice and learn to work together, developing musicality, spatial awareness, listening skills and range of motion along the way.
Instructor: Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson toured Canada with dance theatre production The Ghomeshi Effect and has created work for Dancers’ Studio West (Calgary), Free Flow Dance Theatre (Saskatoon), Dark Horse Dance Projects (Ottawa), Theatre 4.669 (Ottawa), NextFest (Edmonton), Skylines Dance & Film Series (Winnipeg) and the National Art Centre’s #CanadaPerforms. Her teaching credits include the City of Ottawa’s I Love to Dance program, Propeller Dance, Dovercourt, Ottawa Dance Centre School and Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre. She is a graduate of the Quinte Ballet School, the School of Dance’s Professional Contemporary Programme and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks’ Professional Training Program.
Ages (3 - 5) - Parental support and participation encouraged
July 22 – August 26 (6 weeks)
Wednesday, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Ages (6 - 12)
July 21 – August 25 (6 weeks)
Tuesday, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
CHILDREN'S Garden Playgroup (0 – 5 years)
Crafts, education, games, garden sampling, bug hunts and more. Bring your children and enthusiasm and be ready to have fun!
Ottawa Children’s Garden, Main and Clegg
July 7 - August 18 (7 weeks), (to be confirmed)
Tuesday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
$30 first child, siblings $15, siblings under 12 months of age are free.
July 9 - August 20 (7 weeks), (to be confirmed)
Thursday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
$30 first child, siblings $15, siblings under 12 months of age are free.
HUSH-A-BYE Babies® (1 - 12 months)
Participate with your baby in an interactive and fun program that focuses on teaching parents the traditions of oral language games and songs. Experience the power and pleasure of knowing a pocketful of rhymes and songs that you can recite anywhere and anytime.
Learn how to use rhymes and songs effectively as a parenting tool to calm, distract and engage your baby during challenging times. The tools taught now will be with you forever to use and evolve as your child grows from a baby into a toddler.
Develop a lovely collection of songs for dancing and singing together. Enjoy a repertoire of lullabies to cuddle to and comfort your baby with.
Discover the delight and magic that comes from sharing rhymes and songs with your baby.
Instructor: Alice Davidson has worked for 25 years with parents/caregivers and their children. Over the years she has worked in a variety of roles in nursery schools, playgroups and community agencies. Most recently she coordinated and facilitated the Ottawa Parent Child Mother Goose Program. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Hush-a-Bye Babies® program. Alice is married, a mother of three adult children and a proud grandmother of two precious granddaughters
April 30 - June 11 (7 weeks) - CANCELLED
Thursday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
MUSIC Together (0 - 4 years) - ONLINE Class!
Songs, chants, movement, and instrument play are all key to this fun, non-performance-oriented musical experience! Developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers regardless of their own musical ability.The mixed-age family music class is the essential Music Together® class, one that a child can attend from birth to kindergarten and through nine song collections. Grouping children of a variety of ages fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in their family can go to class together. Each child can participate at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nannies—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome and encouraged to participate in this fun and important family music experience.
Instructor: Jesse Kahat-Taillon is excited to be returning to teaching Music Together® in Ottawa after a brief hiatus. Jesse has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a music minor from the University of Northern Colorado, and has been a registered Music Together center director and teacher since 2011. Her passion for creativity and expression shines when she is teaching her Music Together® classes and she wants all families to enjoy making music and memories together.
Online class to take place over Zoom video conferencing.
April 4 - June 20 (10 weeks) - CANCELLED
Saturday, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
$160 including materials, siblings $85, siblings under 9 months are free
LITTLE Lotus™ Parent and Baby Yoga (6 weeks - crawling)
Regain strength, flexibility and stamina as you bond with your baby in a supportive and welcoming environment. Tone and lengthen your muscles, strengthen your posture, relax and rejuvenate, relieve tension in the upper body, and safely rebuild core strength. Enjoy special time with your baby, either holding your baby in your arms, leaning against your leg, on your front, sitting in your lap or resting on a blanket.
Please bring a blanket for your baby to sit on and a few favourite toys. Special time is made for babies to enjoy their own yoga and bond through touch, movement and massage.
April 21 - May 26 (6 weeks) - CANCELLED
Tuesday, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Please register under Adult Programs
COMMUNITY Playgroup (0 - 5 years)
The community playgroup is the perfect opportunity for your little one(s) to play and socialize. Sessions start with free play, followed by activities such as crafts, circle time and ride on toys. This playgroup has traditionally been a very popular place for parents and caregivers in the neighbourhood connect, have a coffee and chat. Kids love the different toys, the social interaction and the activities. Activities are organized by the program coordinator; parents and caregivers are asked to assist.
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 17 - June 19 (10 weeks) - CANCELLED
Friday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$43 first child, siblings $28, siblings under 12 months of age are free.
COOPERATIVE Playgroup (0 – 3 years)
Parents and caregivers organize the activities in this playgroup, while CAG provides toys, craft materials and coffee. Kids are able to explore wonderful toys while you enjoy getting to know your neighbours. It’s good for you and good for them! This casual playgroup is priced for flexibility and invites you to come and go as you please and as suits your schedule.
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
April 7 - June 16 (11 weeks) - CANCELLED
Tuesday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
$30 for each child attending, siblings under 12 months of age are free and are not required to register.