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Kids Can Do It !

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Weekly Session

Weekend Afternoons in
In April & May
For kids age 4-6
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About the program

High Park
Program Session Dates

In this program, activities focus on building skills and confidence promoting discovery and independent play. We show kids they are competent and capable. With adult guidance and supervision children are encouraged to connect with their environment, make discoveries and explore the natural landscape. Building physical autonomy and friendship with cooperative games & activities; kids will develop an appreciation for the land, learn about local fora & fauna, basic bushcraft, and use natural & found materials creatively. Through engaging with nature, participants will be supported in improving mental and physical health, enriched cognitive development; this program aims to deepen social & emotional connections; build empathy; provide respite from the pressures of modern life, opportunities for learning & practicing mindfulness, & self regulation; and how to self-manage risk in play (with adult guidance), all in a fun, accessible, and age appropriate context.

Activities & Skills in this program: extended outdoor play

use natural materials

cooperative games

basic bushcraft

physical fitness

mindfulness & self-regulation

psychosocial development

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Jessica Shepherd

Jessica Shepherd

Jessica is a trained artist, educator, facilitator, food enthusiast, and parent of two. Since 2008 she has been providing children with safe, fun and enriching experiences in her home and community. She loves making messes and experimenting with art, gardening, cooking, and spends her free time camping and adventuring outdoors. Taking cues from Positive Parenting, Mindfulness, and Non-Violent Communication, Jessica has developed educational support & curriculum content, & hands-on kids programming for organizations including the Education department of the AGO, Ontario Museum of Archeology, The Children's Storefront (EarlyON), Essential Skills Advantage, The Canadian Homeschooler, Native Child & Family Services Toronto.

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