Wee Watch promotes a wonderful opportunity to bring all of our homes across Ontario together to participate in themed activities and events on certain days, weeks and months. Activities are exclusive to Wee Watch and carefully chosen for their importance to children and their families.
These “Together Wee Can” events provide a great learning opportunity that meets the needs of children of all ages and ultimately strengthens our Wee Watch community. Parents can stay informed through our program materials and blogs, and even learn something new themselves!
Each year there is a different program theme. Our theme this year is…
TOGETHER WEE CAN “COME TOGETHER” 2021
We are excited to engage Providers and children in our 12th annual Together Wee Can Program! This year more than ever, the importance of connection and community has become apparent as we all experienced a very challenging and uncertain 2020. In 2021, we look forward and want to focus as a Wee Watch Community on coming together to support learning and development of children within our homes and beyond! This year we are pleased to present – Together Wee Can Come Together 2021!
Home childcare Providers play an important role in the development of the children in their care. Families choose home childcare because of the unique opportunities that the home environment provides for their children to grow and develop. Our homes provide a place for children to interact and learn from Providers and other children of varied ages and belong to a community.
The Ministry of Education has an approach we follow, called “How Does Learning Happen”, which describes ways in which our Providers ensure that children in their homes have a sense of belonging and well-being and are engaged and able to express themselves in many ways. It is based on the fact that children learn when the environment supports their learning in 4 foundational ways: Belonging, Well-Being, Engagement and Expression.
Together Wee Can Come Together 2021 will explore each Foundation for 3 months with programming and activities that support Providers in building environments for children to thrive!
See what we did in previous years…
TOGETHER WEE CAN “STEP INTO STEM” 2020
This year, we are excited to get all our Wee Watch Providers and children engaged in our 2020 Together Wee Can program – Step Into STEM! What is STEM? It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
STEM is very popular recently with children, educators, schools and camps because it is a natural fit for kids of all ages! Children love to experiment, combine substances, build, collect, sort, and move things. They love to understand why things are the way they are! All this is part of STEM!
By dividing the content into quarters, Providers and children will spend three months on each STEM category – Science for January, February and March, Technology for April, May and June, Engineering for July, August and September, and Math for October, November and December. There will be opportunities to explore topics, such as biology, physics, robotics, tools, civil engineering, aerospace, patterns and more!
In addition to the monthly resources and supplies Providers and children have access to, children have received their own Together Wee Can “Step Into STEM” activity book, a combination of fun, educational activities and experiments to complete each month throughout their exploration of all things STEM!
TOGETHER WEE CAN “EXPLORE OUR PLANET” 2019
This years Together Wee Can program is called “Together Wee Can Explore our Planet”. It’s easy to forget that we live on one tiny planet in a huge universe; children are only familiar with their surroundings, which is just a tiny part of planet Earth.
Earth, our home planet, is the only planet in its solar system known to harbour life. All of the things we need to survive are provided here on Earth, which is air, water, land, and life — including humans, all combine forces to create the constantly changing world we live in.
The natural inquisitiveness that children possess will spark some fantastic discovery throughout the year. Each month offers Providers and children the opportunity to explore a different component of our planet; desert life, different bodies of water, forests, seasons, bugs, mountains & volcanoes, the arctic, animals big & small, weather, people and space!
TOGETHER WEE CAN “CELEBRATES 10 YEARS” 2018
Our Together Wee Can program was launched in 2008 and has continued to grow and expand each year, just like Wee Watch has in communities across Ontario.
Planning a few events each year strengthens the Wee Watch community we are all part of as well as the community we live in.
This year, 2018, marks the 10th anniversary of when Together Wee Can began! Wee Watch is thrilled to announce this year’s theme; Together Wee Can “Celebrates 10 years”. This year will include some of our favourite themes and events from the past 10 years. This celebration will give some Providers and children the opportunity to participate in events they have yet to be a part of and some a chance to revisit their favourites and share their expertise with others.
Looking back at the past 10 years…
- 2008-2010 Together Wee Can Make a Difference: Wee Watch children and Providers participated in events that helped raise awareness for causes relating to children, families and their community.
- 2011 Together Wee Can Go Green: In an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle, Wee Watch provided children and Providers the opportunity to be creative by reusing recycled materials while participating in events.
- 2012 Together Wee Can Be Active: Including an active element in each event which gave children and Providers learning opportunities that ensure the message of taking care of their bodies by being physically active is instilled in them.
- 2013 Together Wee Can Around The World: There are so many different cultures in Canada; Together Wee Can Around the world gave children the opportunity to explore 12 countries around the world.
- 2014 Together Wee Can Celebrate Special Moments: In 2014 Wee Watch celebrated 30 years of providing quality care to our special wee ones. What better way to commemorate this special milestone than to celebrate all the special children in our homes and their special moments?
- 2015 Together Wee Can Celebrates Pan-Amania: A celebration of the 2015 Pan-American games, children learned through playing and exploring a variety of Pan-American sporting events.
- 2016 Together Wee Can Taste the World: Next to being able to travel the world to see what each country has to offer, Wee Watch selected 12 countries to educate and engage our homes each month with activities that encompass geography, language, history, food, and cooking.
- 2017 Together Wee Can Celebrates Canada 150: in 2017 Canada celebrated 150 years. Providers and children spent the year exploring all parts of Canada; 10 provinces, 3 territories, time zones, landscape, culture, food, celebrations and famous attractions.
Together Wee Can certainly has evolved over the years, just as children evolve into adults. We want to commemorate this 10-year anniversary by giving children the supplies to make their own time capsules to save and open in 10 years! A time capsule is a special way of taking a piece of the present and preserving it for the future.
Together Wee Can “Celebrates Canada 150” 2017
In 2017 Canada celebrated the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Communities across Canada spent the year celebrating this major national milestone.
In 1867 Canada was much smaller, it included only four provinces: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Today, Canada is the second largest country in the world and is made up of ten provinces and three territories. Canada has the longest coastline in the world, 244, 781 km, bordering three oceans: the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific.
With “Together Wee Can Celebrates Canada 150” Providers and children spent the year exploring all parts of Canada; 10 provinces, 3 territories, time zones, landscape, culture, food, celebrations and famous attractions.
In addition to the information and activities related to each province/territory that Providers and children participated in, children received their very own Wee Watch Together Wee Can Canadian souvenir case as well as their own “Together Wee Can Celebrates Canada 150” activity book. The activity book contained various educational activities that taught children about Canada. Throughout the year, as children explored a new province/territory, they made a souvenir from each and collected them in their Wee Watch Together Wee Can Canadian souvenir case.
Between “Together Wee Can Celebrates Canada 150”, local and community events and national celebrations, there was plenty of ways to celebrate all that makes us who we are as a country!
Together Wee Can “Taste the World” 2016
Canada is known for its diversity, with citizens representing many different cultures and ethnicities. Wee Watch chose 12 countries from around the world for children and Providers to explore. Together Wee Can “Taste the World” educated and engaged our homes each month with activities that encompass geography, language, history, food, and cooking.
As Providers and children made their journey around the world, they also explored local foods and popular culinary dishes that each country had to offer. A big part of travelling the world is having the opportunity to discover local foods and taste new dishes that they may not normally eat. Taste the world!
Not only did Providers and children learn about twelve different countries and their local cuisine, children also had the opportunity to explore the kitchen and learn the many skills that go into preparing food; how to read a recipe, measure ingredients, mix ingredients, how to cook or bake and basic food and kitchen safety precautions. Cooking can help young children learn and practice basic math concepts and build language skills. The experience of working together and creating meals can help build their self-confidence and help lay the foundation for healthy eating. Children that help in the kitchen may also be more inclined to try new foods, as they were the ones that prepared it.
In addition to the information and activities related to each country that were available to Providers on our website, children received their very own Together Wee Can apron as well as their own “Together Wee Can Taste The World” activity book. The activity book contained various activities that helped children learn cooking and food related skills.
The book also contained recipe pages, allowing them to create their own international cookbook.
Together Wee Can “Celebrates Pan-Amania” 2015
“Together Wee Can celebrates Pan-Amania” is a celebration of the 2015 Pan American Games, which are being held right here in Ontario, Canada. Children will learn through playing and exploring a variety of Pan American sporting events.
Sports are a great way to get children to be involved and active! There are so many sports to choose from when it comes to extra-curricular activities. It is our goal to give Wee Watch children some knowledge and experience in a variety of sports which will help them in playing these sports or when they’re joining a team.
Each child will receive a “Together Wee Can celebrates Pan-Amania” memory book. Each memory book includes information, activities, pictures and a memory page related to each sport. The book is designed to be a learning tool as well as a keepsake for them and their parents. Helping a child create a memory book gives them a way of sharing their experiences and developing memories. Parents are always interested in what their child does in a day. By participating in “Together Wee Can Celebrates Pan-Amania” and encouraging and helping children create their memory book we are enabling them to create a lasting memory of their time with Wee Watch.
“Together Wee Can Celebrates Pan-Amania” is a year long celebration. Our Wee Watch homes will participate in their own versions of the Torch Relay, Opening Ceremony, create their own mascot, multiple sporting events and Closing Ceremony.
The Pan American Games
The Pan American Games is a major international multi-sport event. They are actually the world’s third largest international multi-sport games, next to the Summer Olympics and the Asian Games. The first Pan American games were held in Argentina in 1951.
The Pan American games are for athletes that live in the Americas. The Americas are the combined landmasses of North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Approximately 6, 000 athletes will put their years of intense training to the test and compete in 36 sporting events.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada has the honour of hosting the 2015 Pan American Games. The Opening Ceremony will take place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 10, 2015. Sporting events will be held in Toronto as well as 17 other Southern Ontario communities.
Together Wee Can “Celebrate Special Children” 2014
In 2014, Wee Watch celebrated 30 years of providing quality care to our special Wee ones, some of them now lawyers, doctors, pilots, teachers and even Wee Watch Providers themselves.
What better way to commemorate this special Wee Watch milestone than to celebrate all the special children that are learning in our homes and provide an opportunity to show our thanks to parents for entrusting Wee Watch and our Providers with their precious children.
A recent study says that Canadian children can navigate Tablet PC’s before tying shoes. They are much more likely to play video games and use cell phones before they were able to ride a bicycle or spell their own names. While we know that we need to do whatever we can to prepare children for school, there is more to it than ABCs and 123′s. There are daily opportunities to foster, promote and provide positive reinforcement of all the other milestones your child will achieve. What a wonderful opportunity it is to celebrate uniqueness, encourage children to be different, think outside the box, and be independent. There are so many activities that encourage children that we can all do each and every day that will ensure wee ones develop into confident happy children and good citizens in their community!
Together Wee Can Celebrate Special Children has a wide variety of age appropriate activities that will foster each child’s individuality, their uniqueness as they play and learn each day in their Provider’s home.
We are so thankful for being given the opportunity to see your child grow and learn each and every day.
Together Wee Can “Around the World” 2013
Children “visited” 12 countries around the world to learn about the different cultures and cities.
January – Scotland – Europe – Robbie Burns Day
February – China – Asia – Chinese New Year
March – Ireland – Europe – St. Patrick’s Day
April – Australia – Earth Day
May – Mexico – North America – Cinco De Mayo
June – Brazil – South America – Valentines Day
July – Italy – Europe
August – Egypt – Asia
September – Germany – Europe – OktoberFest Sept 21-Oct 6
October – England – Europe
November – India – Asia – Dawali
December – Greece – Europe – Christmas