Active Afterschool Program: January Round-Up


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January brought many fun afterschool activities to both Carlyle and Manor Elementary.  The weather co-operated enough for some fun outdoor activities, cooking, art and science activities.  We also did plenty of running around.

Kids from Kindergarten – Grade 6 participated from both schools participated weekly.  Please check-out the slide-show below to see what we have been up to this month.  Stay tuned for our February activities :)

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Art Class: Zentangle Balloons



Our Zentangle Balloons were so fun to make!

If you don’t know what a Zentangle is then click here.

I had the kids use some practice worksheets from my Zentangle 1 book.  Which got them going in the right direction.  The key to this activity is to get the kids used to the idea of filling the space.  Connect your lines! Use light and dark space!  Leave no large spaces!  The results were so great and so unique to each balloon!

To top it all off I took picture of the kids pretending to hold the string of a balloon so that we could do an “up and away” presentation. ( I have lost the inspiration link, sorry!)

It’s great to see how many artists we have in our afterschool program.  I can’t wait to keep creating with them.  This February we will be working on drama!

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An Artful Afternoon



On January 24th CFY and the Carlyle Public Library with help from the RBC Foundation celebrated Family Literacy Day with an Artful Afternoon Family Event.  The art was provided by the Afterschool Art Classes that have been working hard on projects since last October.

Families were invited to view the art, listen to stories, play games and create their own projects.  It was a great afternoon!

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R-tworx – Puppet Theatre Round-up


All of December the kids at R-tworx have been working with Mrs. Bell (our resident theatre guru) on shoebox puppet theatres.

This project was simple in theory but took a long time to execute. We started by cutting a square out of the front of a cereal or shoebox and then a small rectangle from one of the long sides (this allows the puppets to dangle into the box). Check out how they turned out.






Merry Christmas from CFY playroom


The month of December, thanks to help from Pinterest, has been all about Christmas…love Christmas! Our themes were gingerbread, elves and Christmas. This week is the last week of playroom until the new year so I made it a literacy day/Christmas party/playroom. We sang our songs, did craft and had snack but then we played some games and each family went home with the book Mooseltoe, colouring book, crayons and temporary tattoos.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from CFY and see you all in the New Year!


















Girls Circle: Round-up


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The last six weeks have flown by!  The girls have come a long way together since we started.  It has been great to get to know each one and watch them open up and enjoy the program.  Next week will be our last meeting of 2014.  We will be celebrating our time together creating small gifts for each other.


R-tworx: November Art


Sometimes some of the best art is unplanned.  These pictures were created when the students were finished their other projects.  They were given simple instructions such as: Draw yourself, your family, your house, etc.  I wish I had taken more pictures as I let the kids take home their sketches.

The last picture by Mady P. is a painting she brought to show.  This painting was displayed in the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon – How Cool!!!