This past month, our TKidsT families as well as other children who joined us, had an unforgettable experience at our latest event, Cooking at Bonanza Farms! Our cooking groups have been motivating our children and have also been hands on in helping them learn and practice so many different skills all while having what’s most important, FUN!
We decided to repeat this event because have this unique cooking experience at a farm helps create picture-perfect memories with parents and friends. Bonanza Farm is a magical place for our children as there are a host of things to see and do! The children enjoyed the variety of animals such as horses, ponies, rabbits, goats, hens and who could forget Nati, their charming doe.
Being out in the open nature, having all the animals around, the kids were fascinated beyond belief. From playing with friends at the playground to participating in a hands-on cooking experience, the children did not even notice their actions were developing their language and listening skills! They were following steps and learning to wait and take turns. They also were able to explore their senses by using their bare hands while making Argentinian empanadas, touching hens, holding eggs used during cooking as well as smelling and tasting the empanadas and cookies!
At the end of the cooking event at Bonanza Farm, the children appreciated their unique experience that allowed them to PLAY but most importantly improve their social interactions and develop their self-confidence and price. Truly a great day!
TKidsTime is an exceptional program guided by the principle that learning occurs best when children are engaged socially, emotionally and intellectually by creating opportunities for learning that are natural, meaningful and purposeful.
Our program is a program for children under the age of 6, who need support with social interactions, language and communication, sensory processing abilities/managing behaviors to get ready for a traditional school setting.
TKidsTime focuses on understanding each child’s unique strengths and needs to design an individualized plan to maximize their participation and learning.
Schedule and Group Size
- Monday through Thursday
- Three hours per day
- Groups size: 3-5 children
- 1:3 adult-to-child ratio
Informed And Inspired By The following Practice Models:
- HighScope and Reggio Emilia
- Play Project
- Social Thinking
How Can TKidsTime Help Your Child?
TKidsTime gets children “school ready” by focusing on:
- Following consistent daily routines
- Participation in group activities and semi-structured tasks
- Play that offers rich sensory experiences for learning through the senses
- Experiences that encourage curiosity and problem solving
- Fostering creative play and pre- academic skills
- Increasing independence with toileting and self-care
- Building social skills by targeting communication of wants and needs, turn taking, attention to others
- Improving attention span, frustration tolerance and ability to follow directions
- Increasing comprehension and expression in a variety of contexts
TKidsTime is run by Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Pathologists to strengthen developmental skills in the following areas:
- Executive functioning (self control, attention to tasks, problem solving, and more)
- Interest and attention to play
- Anticipation and curiosity
- Improving engagement with adults and peers
- Listening and comprehension
- Social interactions
- Imitation of movements
- Imitation of actions
- Symbolic and pretend play
- Sensory processing
- Gross Motor – Movement control
- Fine motor
Week 2 – Our Safari Week!
What a fun week we had with our Safari theme. We all had fun exploring different animals and where they live in so many different ways. Not only did we do lots of learning and playing, but we created fun crafts such as binoculars and vests using recycling materials, such as binoculars and vests, that we used during other activities throughout the week. We did yoga activities based on animal movements, and experienced food by creating giraffes, snakes and other animals using different fruits, bread and other food items. Great way to explore food for those who love it, and for those who tend to avoid new food items. Scavenger hunts where all about fostering thinking and problem–solving skills. Our exploratory campers had to figure out clues to figure out what animals were hiding for them to rescue. Activities about animals were a great motivation for our explorers to engage in writing and coloring activities. What a blast we had with this jungle safari adventure!
Week 3 – Celebration Week!
Last week it was all about celebrating our 4th of July. In preparation of all the excitement and overflow of sensory activities our campers were going to be exposed to during the Independence Day celebration, our explorer campers engaged in many activities aimed at giving them opportunity to prepare them to what was coming up, and to practice self-control. On Thursday, after the 4th of July, our older campers planned and organized a celebration party we were having on Friday, while our younger campers practiced dancing songs and created sensory firework and ornaments for the party. Friday came and we all had so much FUN! Seeing our explorer campers just having such a great time playing with their friends, dancing, playing with balloons, being kids! After all, research indicates that children learn best in an environment which allows them to explore, discover, and play.