Junior Recreation

Tying their own shoes is one of those developmental milestones that parents REALLY want their pre-schooler to master before they enter kindergarten. But is that reasonable? And what’s the best way to help a child master this very important skill?

Many developmental charts say children should be able to tie their own shoes by the age of five, which, no doubt having seen these charts, is why parents feel they have to push their child master the skill before they go to kindergarten.

In real life though, the age range tends to be much wider, somewhere between four and eight years old. And however old they are, kids do need to be shown how to tie their shoes in a way they’ll understand and be able to grasp without too much frustration.

How do you know if your child is really ready to begin the shoe tying training?

As with teaching any child a new skill, they should be set up for success. Working on shoe tying before your child is ready will just be frustrating for both of you.

Most of us have been tying our shoes for decades. We don’t even think about it anymore; it’s automatic. However, have you ever tried to tie your shoe with even a little impairment, like a band-aid on your finger? You suddenly have to think about it and it gets tricky.

Shoe tying calls for a precise sequence of fine motor movements. Each hand is responsible for its own set of highly dexterous movements. The brain coordinates each hand’s sequence, while mastering the timing to ensure that each hand’s individual sequence coordinates with the other hand’s sequence. When you break it down like this it’s easier to see why some kids struggle.

So, to help ensure success, there are other things you should make sure your child should achieve before learning to tie their shoes. Your child does not have to master all of these skills, but if they are able to complete the majority of the tasks listed, then you definitely have the green light to begin shoe tying!

  • Cutting out simple shapes
  • Stabilizing paper with opposite hand while writing/coloring
  • Buttoning/unbuttoning large buttons
  • Lacing on a lacing board
  • Stringing beads
  • Folding paper in half
  • Tearing paper into small pieces

Are most of these items checked off your child’s list? Congratulations! Time to teach shoe tying!

If not, no problem, just keep practicing! 

Grading the Task

This technique is simply teaching kids small steps at a time, which helps them be more successful and feel less frustrated. Regardless of the method you use, move through this sequence:

Begin With a Tying Board

You can make a tying board of your own fairly easily, or premade versions are reasonably inexpensive and can be purchased from sites like Amazon. These simple tools offer an easier way to begin teaching your child the basics than working with a real shoe in the early stages.

Practice with Pipe Cleaner

Sometimes, the frustration for our little learners is how floppy those shoe laces can be in those little hands, one technique I love to use is adding pipe cleaners. This helps give the "shoelace" structure and makes it easier to see as you teach them each step.

shoetying

Shoe On the Table

Once they are doing well with the tying board practice with a real shoe, but one placed on a table rather than their foot. This lets your child practice with the real thing but at an angle they will be more comfortable with, and better able to see what their fingers are doing.

Tying Your Shoes

Next up, having your child tie your shoes, or those of a sibling. This gets him into the crouched position needed to tie a show that’s in place but without having to navigate the more complicated process of balancing himself while doing so.

The Big Finish

After your child has mastered all the steps above – and only then – you can have him move on to the final step; tying his own shoes while wearing them. The first few attempts are unlikely to be perfect, but praise them nevertheless. Practice will make perfect, and by breaking down the learning process in the way that we described here that perfect will likely come a lot sooner!

If your child is struggling with fine motor skill tasks like tying their shoes and it’s beginning to worry you don’t turn things into a battle OR give up. Reach out for help instead.

 

Best,

Jessica Barsky

We hope you have a wonderful day! 

MAY LONG WEEKEND

The Junior Lounge & Babysitting Centre will be closed on Saturday, May 22nd to Monday, May 24th.
We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, May 25th!

UPDATED BABYSITTING CENTRE HOURS

Monday - Friday

9:30 am - 10:15 am
10:30 am - 11:45 am
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Saturday

8:30 am - 9:15 am
9:30 am - 10:45 am
11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Book with our Front Desk for one time slot per day, or multiple, up to one week in advance! 

JR LOUNGE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM HOURS

We are open Monday to Friday 3:45 pm - 6:45 pm!
Book in with the Front Desk for your visit up to a one week in advance!

JUNIOR & FAMILY ZOOM CLASSES SCHEDULE

Monday, May 10th
4:00 pm - Gym Class

Tuesday, May 11th
11:30 am - Crafty Corner: Paper Plate Rocking Snail

Wednesday, May 12th
4:00 pm - Paint With Jessica: Lightning Storm

Thursday, May 13th
11:30 am - Crafty Corner: Tulip Garden Fork Painting 

Friday, May 14th
4:00 pm - Crafty Corner: Blossoming Spring Tree 

WHAT ARE OUR CLASSES?

Here is a summary of what activites we will be doing at our Zoom events! If you are interested in any of these classes, please contact Jessica Barsky for all of the Zoom codes! 

CRAFTY CORNER

This class is filled with different craft projects that will use minimal or basic craft supplies. Don’t have a supply? No problem, I am sure we have a modification idea for you! Suitable for all ages. Parental help may be needed depending on age and crafting experience!

PAINT WITH JESSICA

This class will explore art using different types of paint and styles of paintings. Classes are between level 1 - 4 with 1 being beginner and 4 being the most challenging painting projects.

MINI MAKERS

These classes will have a wide variety of different DIY projects for kids who are ready to begin adventuring beyond traditional crafting!

MAKERS

These classes will have a wide variety of different DIY projects with our more experienced crafters who want to adventure beyond the construction paper crafting! Some of these projects will be challenging. Suitable for all ages including teens and adults.

SUMMER CAMP

With so much uncertainty this past year, it can be challenging looking ahead and making plans. But we are making our plans to help you have an amazing summer! Your child will have so much fun meeting new friends while doing some cool art projects, playing gym games and participating in Badminton and Tennis! Lunch is also included!

REGISTRATION

Registration is open for our Junior Recreation Summer Day Camp which is taking place each week of summer break from July 5th to September 3rd. Due to limited capacity restrictions, registration is currently open for members only and will open to non-members on June 1st, 2021 at 8:00 am! Register with our Front Desk to save a spot! 

PRICING

Member Cost: $225 + GST ( $180 + GST for 4 day camp week August 3rd - 6th )
Non-Member Cost: $250 + GST ( Registration Opens June 1st at 8:00 am ) ( $200 + GST for 4 day camp week August 3rd - 6th )

DATES AVAILABLE

July 5th - 9th
July 12th - 16th
July 19th - 23rd
July 26th - 30th
August 3rd - 6th (4-day camp)
August 9th - 13th
August 16th - 20th
August 23rd - 27th
August 30th - September 3rd

CAMP HOURS

Drop off 8:30 am - 9:00am
Camp 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Lunch 11:30 am)
Pick Up 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

HERE ARE THE DAY CAMP HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES THAT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR CHILDREN ATTENDING CAMPS

-Staff are to use a screening tool to assess their health before coming into work.
-Staff are to have their temperature checked & sanitize their hands upon entry to the facility.
-Staff are to use face masks while in program with your child(ren).
-Children are to have their temperature checked upon entry to the program. Parents will be asked screening questions regarding their children’s health. No children with symptoms will be allowed to attend.
-Children are to hand wash/sanitize their hands upon entry.
-Children will hand wash/sanitize their hands after every activity, game, or art project.
-Children will hand wash before and after any lunch breaks and bathroom breaks.
-There will be limited shared equipment. Activity equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after each use, using the appropriate cleaning products and procedures.
-Physical distancing is to be maintained throughout the program’s activities.
-Groups will be limited in number.
-High-touch areas will be frequently wiped down throughout the day.
-Lunch is served in individual packaging from our Ice Cafe using safe practices- remember to let us know about any allergies!

With so much uncertainty this past year, it can be challenging looking ahead and making plans. We are making our plans to help you and your child have an amazing summer! Your child will have so much fun meeting new friends while doing some cool art projects, playing gym games and participating in Badminton and Tennis! Lunch is included as well!

REGISTRATION

Registration is open now for our Junior Recreation Summer Day Camp which is taking place each week of summer break from July 5th to September 3rd. Due to limited capacity restrictions, registration is currently open for members only and will open to non-members on June 1st, 2021 at 8:00 am. Please register with our Front Desk

PRICING

Member Cost:

$225 + GST ( $180 + GST for 4 day camp week Aug 3-6)

Non-Member Cost: (Registration Opens June 1st at 8:00 am)

$250 + GST ( $200 +GST for 4 day camp week Aug 3-6)

DATES AVAILABLE

July 5th - 9th
July 12th - 16th
July 19th - 23rd
July 26th - 30th

August 3rd - 6th (4-day camp)
August 9th - 13th
August 16th - 20th
August 23rd - 27th
August 30th - September 3rd

CAMP HOURS

Drop off  8:30 am - 9:00 am
Camp Hours  9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Lunch is served at 11:30 am)
Pick Up  4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

HERE ARE THE DAY CAMP HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES THAT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR CHILDREN ATTENDING CAMPS:

-Staff are to use a screening tool to assess their health before coming into work.
-Staff are to have their temperature checked & sanitize their hands upon entry to the facility.
-Staff are to use face masks while in program with your child(ren).
-Children are to have their temperature checked upon entry to the program. Parents will be asked screening questions regarding their children’s health. No children with symptoms will be allowed to attend.
-Children are to hand wash/sanitize their hands upon entry.
-Children will hand wash/sanitize their hands after every activity, game, or art project.
-Children will hand wash before and after any lunch breaks and bathroom breaks.
-There will be limited shared equipment. Activity equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after each use, using the appropriate cleaning products and procedures.
-Physical distancing is to be maintained throughout the program’s activities.
-Groups will be limited in number.
-High-touch areas will be frequently wiped down throughout the day.
-Lunch is served in individual packaging from our Ice Cafe using safe practices- remember to let us know about any allergies!

UPCOMING FAMILY ZOOM CLASSES: IT’S SPACE WEEK NEXT WEEK & MOTHER’S DAY ON MAY 9TH

We have so many fun space themed projects all week long as well as activities to share with mom for her special day! We can’t wait to see you.

MONDAY, MAY 3RD

11:30 AM  Crafty Corner: Out of This World Flying Saucer
4:00 PM  Gym Class
5:00 PM  Mother’s Day Crafty Corner: Fluttering By Butterfly Craft

TUESDAY, MAY 4TH

11:30 AM  Crafty Corner: Rocketship Spelling
4:00 PM  Crafty Corner: Nebula & Shooting Star Pastel Art

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5TH

11:30 AM  Crafty Corner: Balloon Stamping Planets
4:00 PM  Mother’s Day Crafty Corner: You’re Out of This World Card

THURSDAY, MAY 6TH

11:30 AM  Mother’s Day Crafty Corner: All the Stars in the Sky Spray Bottle Art
5:00 PM  Mother’s Day Makers: diy tin can or jar photo vase

FRIDAY MAY 7TH

11:30 AM  Mini Makers: Galaxy Play Dough
3:30 PM  Friday Fun: Balloon Rocket Racing

Contact Jessica Barsky to get added to our Zoom email list to receive all class access codes. Some of our projects are available in person in the Junior Lounge when you visit!

JR LOUNGE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM HOURS

The Junior Lounge is open from Monday-Friday! times are from 3:45 pm - 6:45 pm!
Be sure to book in with the Front Desk for your visit.

MAY LONG WEEKEND

The Junior Lounge & Babysitting Centre will be closed on Saturday, May 22nd to Monday, May 24th.
We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, May 25th!

Thursday April 29th

11:30 am - Crafty Corner: Handprint Apple Tree
4:00 pm - MAKERS: Papier Mache Leaopard Part 1

Friday April 30th

4:00 pm MAKERS: Papier Mache Leaopard Part 2

Contact Jessica Barsky to get added to our Zoom email list to receive class codes.

UPDATED BABYSITTING CENTRE HOURS STARTS MONDAY, APRIL 26TH!

Monday-Friday

9:30 am - 10:15 am
10:30 am - 11:45 am
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Saturday

8:30 am - 9:15 am
9:30 am - 10:45 am
11:00 am -12:15 pm

Book for one time slot per day or multiple! Babysitting can be booked up to one week in advance! Please contact the Front Desk to book your slot.

We have our final Zoom class of the week this evening at 4:00 pm. Don’t miss it! Please contact Jessica Barsky for your Zoom access codes! 

Supplies needed:

Canvas or paper
Pencil
Rag
Paint brushes
Water to cleanse brushes 
Paint: white, black, blue, red, green, yellow
Fork

UPCOMING ZOOM CLASS SCHEDULE

Monday, April 19th  11:30 am - Crafty Corner: Paper Plate Cat Mask
Monday, April 19th  4:00 pm - GYM CLASS
Tuesday, April 20th  4:00 pm - Crafty Corner: Cat Paper Tub Supplies Holder

We will have a short Zoom break and be back with more classes on Wednesday April 28th!

Zoom Space Week is coming up May 3rd to May 7th! All projects will have a space theme. Please contact Jessica Barsky to get added to our Zoom email list to receive class codes! 

JUNIOR & FAMILY ZOOM CLASSES

What are our Classes? Here is a summary of what activities we will be doing at our Zoom events!

CRAFTY CORNER

This class is filled with different craft projects that will use minimal or basic craft supplies. Don’t have a supply? No problem! I am sure we have a modification idea for you! This class is suitable for all ages. Parental help may be needed depending on age and crafting experience.

PAINT WITH JESSICA

This class will explore art using different types of paint, tools and styles of paintings. Classes are between level 1 - 4 with 1 being beginner and 4 being the most challenging painting projects!

MAKERS

These classes will have a wide variety of different DIY projects with our more experienced crafters who want to adventure beyond the construction paper crafting! Some of these projects will be challenging but is suitable for all ages including teens and adults! Parental help may be needed for this class depending on age and crafting experience.

VIRTUAL ART PARTY

We are all missing our members over this last year, but I have also learned how lucky we are that technology is able to still bring us together. 2020 and 2021 had me spending a lot of time connecting with all of you while creating some amazing projects, playing games and having virtual celebrations. It has been so much fun thus far! We have made new friends at class and also got to invite some of our best friends to join us over BFF Week! Don’t let another occasion just go by or get pushed back to when things are “back to normal;” connect with more of your friends and family with a Virtual Party!

Contact Jessica Barsky to discuss your event!

BABYSITTING FEEDBACK

Last week we asked you what childcare hours would make it easier for you to visit the Club!
Thank you to those who provided feedback on when they would love to see childcare hours available.
We are still working on adapting these hours based on the responses we have received and current demand at the Club.

CURRENT BABYSITTING CENTRE HOURS

Monday-Friday

9:30 am - 11:00 am
11:30 am-1:30 pm

UPDATED BABYSITTING CENTRE HOURS BEGINNING MONDAY, APRIL 26TH!

Monday-Friday

9:30 am - 10:15 am
10:30 am - 11:45 am
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Saturday

8:30 am - 9:15 am
9:30 am - 10:45 am
11:00 am-12:15 pm

Book for one time slot per day or multiple! Babysitting can be booked up to one week in advance!