January 2018 Newsletter

January in the playroom

In the playroom, the children enjoy many forms of music and songs.  They have access to a variety of musical activities including: a selection of CDs that they can choose from, sing-alongs with the SMART board, finger rhymes and poems with the teachers and of course the collection of musical instruments.  Recently a child has been requesting her favorite songs to be sung many times throughout the day.  At the beginning she would simply follow along with the hand gestures, however as her confidence increases and her language improves, she is beginning to sing along.  This child is also now sharing her songs with the infants to help soothe and engage with them.   This time to explore music and song is a wonderful experience for the children and adults alike.

Music Circle

On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise. January dates are the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.


Wiggle, Giggle and Munch

Wednesday mornings from 10 – 12 we have Wiggle, Giggle & Munch for children who are into movement. The morning includes physical activities, a craft, circle time and a nutritious snack. January dates are the 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. All our programs are run on a drop-in basis. You do not have to pre-register. Just come on the days that work for you and your family. For more information, please call us at 204-788-8055.

Did you know? January is

Cervical health awareness month.

 Most women age 21-69, who have ever been sexually active, should have a regular Pap test every 3 years

HPV is the human papilloma virus.

  • Over 80% of people will be infected with HPV in their lifetime.
  • HPV can cause abnormal changes on the cervix and cervical cancer.
  • 1 in 4 women will have an abnormal Pap test in her lifetime.
  • About 45 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in Manitoba.
  • Most people diagnosed with cervical cancer have not had a Pap test in five years or more.
  • Regular Pap tests can prevent up to 80% of cervical cancer.

(Source Cervix Check, Manitoba)

Honour your body. This January join us to learn more about women’s health.

Don’t forget about Breast Health!

  • Most women age 50 – 74 should have a screening mammogram every 2 years.
  • Breast screening does not prevent breast cancer. A mammogram can only find breast cancer if it is already there.
  • Research shows that regular screening mammograms reduce deaths from breast cancer in women 50 to 74 years of age by 20-30%.
  • This is due to early detection.

(Source Breast Check, Manitoba)