The Perspective from Here

"I've forgotten how to people!"

It's a funny statement but holds a lot of weight at this time in the pandemic. As the doors to our social world begin to open, we are like toddlers learning to walk; a few good steps then a fall.

There is no doubt that humans are social beings and we are also creatures of habit. While staying home to be safe, our people skills have become a bit rusty: Now when we engage in person, we stumble - with our hugs with family members, whether we shake hands in meeting someone, and what to talk about other than COVID-19!

Last week EarlyON began to reconnect in-person with families through our Pop-up programs and it was here that Autumn stated, "I've forgotten how to people!". All the educators agreed, as we stumbled learning how to "walk" again. From the little things of ensuring we had everything we needed when we left the house, to remembering children's names because they have grown so much! But just like the little one excited in learning to walk, the reward of seeing families was so worth it!

There is no better feeling than connecting with friends and family. EarlyON is going to slowly begin in-person outdoor programs in August. We know you will be patient with us as we take our first steps learning how to 'people' again.

That's the perspective from here.

Stay well,
Pam Rennie, BA, BEd, RECE
The Gift of Connection
There is no greater feeling than being connected with someone, knowing that you matter and you belong. Every one of us has something to offer in building community.
We may have a different perspective on breastfeeding, sleep, risky play etc., but in building community it is the respect of each member that matters. Knowing you can bring your whole self and not be judge.
Each person brings unique experiences and until we take the time to connect and learn their story, we cannot make assumptions about one's journey.
EarlyON Registration
Although our programs remain free, registration is now required to ensure everyone’s safety. Please visit our website to complete the one time Participation form. You will then receive a family code to use for all future registrations for our programs.
Families must register for each of these programs.

Playful Park Discovery – Let’s gather for storytelling, exploration and fun! For all ages.
Growing Families – since 2020, we have brand new babies and families to welcome to EarlyON. Join us at Growing Families to meet each other! Whether new to EarlyON or not, if you have a little one 18 months or younger come join us.
Trek the Trails – A great opportunity to get outside and explore nature at its best in Muskoka! For all ages.

EarlyON in-person programs begin the week of August 3, 2021. Check out our website for program locations and time: www.muskoka.on.ca/earlyon

Families are reminded to complete an online screening and temperature taking of all participants before attending program.

EarlyON follows the COVID-19 guidance of the SMDHU and the District
What we're reading...
Autumn - "What to Expect When You’re Expecting", by Heidi Murkoff
Chris - "The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse", by Charlie Mackesy
Sam - "What if We Taught the Way Children Learn", Rae Pica
Christine - "The Night Hawks", by Elly Griffiths
Judith - "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran

What we're watching...
Chris - New Amsterdam
Sam -  Community
Judith - Wife Swap

What we're talking about...
Chris - Making life choices
Roberta - In our family we have had lots of conversations and questions around the residential school system. We want to learn the true Canadian history and ensure our child knows, so that cultural genocide never happens again. 
Sam- What to pack for camping with your dog.

Who we're following...
Autumn - Carys Whittaker on Instagram 
Sue - Jamie White @PlayToLearnPS on Facebook
Christine - Cats of Paint Lake
What parent resource topic would you like to see next?
The role of Risky Play
What skills should a child have before entering kindergarten?
Virtual Programs Story Walks
Tuesdays at 9:30am

Tuesdays at 11:00am
Wednesdays at 11:00am

Mondays at 1:00pm
Thursdays at 1:00pm
Don't forget to check out the EarlyON story walks in your area!
EarlyON Muskoka | www.muskoka.on.ca/earlyon