Thursday, 17 October 2019

Early childhood education and care - Preeceville's Main Street with the Mayor Garth Harris for Thursday October 17th 2019 8:35 am

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Preeceville's Main Street with the Mayor Garth Harris for Thursday October 17th 2019 8:35 am

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This week we focus on:  Early childhood education and care

What outcomes parents should expect from early childhood education and care

May 23, 2018 3.58pm

Parents often have different expectations for their three- to five-year-old children when they attend an early learning centre. 
Some parents expect their child to engage in academic learning activities or “real learning”. Academic activities are associated with formal school-based learning such as writing, reading and knowing their numbers.

Parents are reported to feel concerned if they visit their friend’s home and see their friend’s child brings home worksheets (for example dot-to-dot of their name, colouring in of Easter eggs, or other adult-directed products) from their early childhood centre. They may worry their child is being left behind because their child is “only playing” and not engaging in real learning.

Other parents focus on their child being safe and secure in a stimulating environment where children make choices about what they will play. Such learning environments are supported by educators who are responsive to the child, and socially construct the child’s play.

The tension lies between teacher-directed activities where children are perceived to be doing “real learning”, as opposed to children making choices to play according to their interests.

So, what should three- to five-year-olds be learning?

Developmental milestones provided by the Australian Children’s Early Childhood Quality Authority (ACECQA) state:

Children’s learning is ongoing and each child will progress towards the outcomes in different and equally meaningful ways.

This milestones checklist covers five domains of learning, which is linked to the curriculum and the National Quality Standards:

  1. physical
  2. social
  3. emotional
  4. cognitive
  5. language development.

The checklist indicates what a child should be able to do by a certain age, and this is linked to the early childhood education curriculum.

Research demonstrates children’s learning achievements are greater from play-based programs, which include activities such as block building, compared to early childhood programs that have an academic focus.

The early childhood education curriculum emphasises the importance of play-based learning and research demonstrates children’s learning achievements are greater from play-based programs compared to early childhood programs that have an academic focus.

When to worry

According to the developmental milestones, parents should seek advice from a professional if their three- to five-year-old child:

  • is not understood by others
  • has speech fluency problems or stammering
  • is not playing with other children
  • is not able to have a conversation
  • is not able to go to the toilet or wash him/herself.

What is play-based learning?
The basis of play-based learning is the idea, promoted by psychologist Lev Vygotsky, that play is a vehicle for children making meaning.
However, it does not mean that adults allow children to just muck about and do whatever they want. Rather, it involves adults guiding, extending and evaluating the child’s play to engage them more deeply with the learning process. It is an approach that gives autonomy to the child who is able to engage with their play to learn about learning.
As researchers have noted, the play and the learning are indivisible and are an important part of the child’s engagement with the world.
Play-based learning is central to the Australian government’s Early Years Learning Framework. The framework advocates play-based learning as an approach that meets the needs of individual children while maximising adult interaction and meaningful observations. One criticism of the national curriculum has been that it does not have enough emphasis on play.
But what does it look like? Play-based learning generally involves the construction and manipulation of various materials. Ideally, adults will provide a variety of materials, while also providing “just in time” incidental teaching.
For example, a craft box may be prepared and a child may decide to make a likeness of their imaginary friend. The teacher will have conversations with the children such as, “what are you making?”, or “how did you make this part?”, “what is your friend’s name?” and “what is your friend’s favourite colour?”. Through these conversations, incidental teaching is occurring.
The building of an imaginary friend object study could be extended to further develop learning through other activities. At the same time, the child is developing their creativity as well as their literacy and numeracy knowledge. The educator is required to take on many roles, and be flexible within those roles. In addition, the child’s work will contribute to the assessment of skills and knowledge.
What are the benefits?
Play-based learning has many benefits. Several researchers argue that it facilitates learning and development. It has been described as the work of children. Play-based learning has been said to promote children’s development of problem-solving abilities. It is also believed to assist children’s developing bodily and communicative skills.
Play-based learning is thought to develop emotional regulation and children’s self-control. It is inexpensive as scraps can be used to stimulate the children’s creativity. Early Childhood Australia lists the benefits as fostering the child’s brain development, especially in terms of memory, language, self-regulation, academic learning and flexibility.
What are the pitfalls?
Most academics seem to be in agreement that play-based learning is suitable only for the early years, and how you actually define play is much debated. A further disadvantage, related to the problems with definition, is that it is often not implemented in classroom settings.
There are practical challenges too, with teachers’ beliefs influencing the implementation of play-based learning. There is also limited understanding of what play means to young children and how it progresses in early childhood.
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42 vendors as of Oct 12
1) KC & D Soap Shop - Rhose Balbada-Lisitza
2) J.R. Watkins - Michelle Schneider
3) Scentsy - Janet Roelens
4) Mojilife - Louise Armstrong
5) Culligan - Yorkton - Barry Coles
6) Luv 21 Clothing - Athena Greba
7) J Designs - Joylene Foster
8) Mo Boo Creations - Vida Block
9) Voxxlife - Leona Lofthang
10) Family Birthstone Necklaces - Joanne Craig
11) Off the Hook - Linda Brewer
12) Pebbles Place - Shirley Saseniuk
13) Everything Dolly - Karen Sperling
14) Mary Kay - Marie Kupchinski
15) Granny’s Soaps - Anna Thickson
16) The Booze Artists - Dawn Horbach
17) Eternally Etched - Dustin and Nicole Godfrey
18) Hazelblooms Greenhouse and 4 Precious Petals - Lorissa Petras
19) Chickadee Woodworks - Audrey Cobb
20) Sew Sweets Creations - April Schotts
21) D.S. Leather - Dora Schutte
22) Giftware and Sewing - Mildred Scheller
23) Tupperware - Angela Nagy
24) The Blanket Lady and More - Sherry Drew
25) Walter Neiszner - Wild Rice and Chaqa Tea
26) Denim and Lace Homemade Jewelry - Nahloni Parker
27) Tiber River Naturals - Miranda Cleaveley
28) Norwex - Kristy Ziola
29) Prairie Flavours Ranch - Megan Maier
30) Valentus - Richelle Subere and Alicia Allegra
31) Pink Zebra - Kourtney Kerelation
32) MCL Creations - Marilyn LaChambre
33) FD Filipino Sari Sari Store and Rainbow Cleaning System - Pina Pinaroc
34) Epicure - Brooke Murray
35) Homemade on the Double - Tracey Lagrove and Trisha Rempel
36) Canadian Beeseal - Carol Belley
37) Terran Treasures - Doris Shand
38) Younique - Meagan Hirseko
39) MacKenzie Society Ventures
40) 4 Little Monkeys - Morgan Seghers
41) Young Living Essential Oils - Marilyn Melnychuk
42) Lonetree North - Shannon Prestie

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Thursday, 10 October 2019

Access Your Personal Health Information Anywhere or Anytime - Preeceville's Main Street with the Mayor Garth Harris for Thursday October 10th 2019 8:35 am

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This week we focus on:  Access Your Personal Health Information Anywhere or Anytime

New Website Allows Saskatchewan Residents To Access Their Personal Health Information Anywhere, Anytime

Released on October 8, 2019

“Saskatchewan residents can now look at their laboratory test results and other health records online anywhere, anytime.

Rural and Remote Health Minister Warren Kaeding, today launched MySaskHealthRecord—a secure website that gives eligible Saskatchewan residents quick and easy access to their personal health information.

“This is a game changer, giving patients the information they need to play an active role in their health care,” Kaeding said.  “Some provinces that offer similar programs have delays built in so that people have to wait to see their own personal health information, and some provinces only provide limited lab results or require people to have a family physician in order to sign up.

Saskatchewan is leading the nation with the rollout of MySaskHealthRecord.  Our program gives people access to their lab results, plus other important health information, as soon as it’s available.”

“Today’s announcement is the result of years of work and testing by eHealth Saskatchewan, TELUS Health and collaboration with our health system partners,” eHealth Saskatchewan CEO Jim Hornell said.  “Everyone involved in this project shares a common goal—improving patient care.  We’re proud of the role we played in creating an innovative and beneficial program that truly puts patients first.”

MySaskHealthRecord is open to Saskatchewan residents who are 18 years of age and older.  To register, residents will need a valid Saskatchewan health card, plus a Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) driver’s licence or SGI photo ID card.

Residents who register will have quick and easy access to their personal health information, including laboratory test results, medical imaging reports and clinical visit history, including hospital admissions.  Residents will also be able to add their own personal information to track and generate reports; set medication and appointment reminders; and upload information from health devices such as wearable activity trackers.

“Congratulations to Saskatchewan for taking this big step to give residents online access to their personal health information,” Canada Health Infoway President and CEO Michael Green said.  “Patients and the health system will see significant benefits from things like fewer unnecessary phone calls and less time taken off work for routine medical appointments.  More importantly, greater access to information empowers patients to be more active participants in their care, and that can result in better health outcomes.”

All personal health information in MySaskHealthRecord is safe and private.  Residents who sign up will only be able to access their accounts through a highly secure, personalized login.

To register for a MySaskHealthRecord account
, go to

About eHealth:
eHealth Saskatchewan is a Treasury Board Crown Corporation comprised of many different business areas that all share the same overall mission to support and improve health care in Saskatchewan.

The organization has been mandated by the province to lead all IT services for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and set up a single provincial IT service that supports the delivery of health care throughout the province.

eHealth also collects, combines, stores and manages the electronic health records of Saskatchewan people.  The organization also manages a variety of programs and services that give health care providers secure electronic access to important patient information from anywhere in the province.

Health Registries and Vital Statistics are also a part of eHealth.  Residents can apply for, update or replace a Saskatchewan Health Card for insured health services and order birth, stillbirth, marriage, death and genealogy certificates.  eHealth also processes applications for legal name changes and changes of sex designation.

Canada Health Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada.  Through their investments, they help deliver better quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health services for patients and clinicians.  Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.”


For more information, contact:

Ian Hanna, eHealth Saskatchewan, Regina
Phone: 306-337-0687  Email:

Privacy and Security

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​At eHealth Saskatchewan, we take our duty to protect the privacy and confidentiality of health information very seriously. We have robust safeguards in place to help keep this information secure and confidential.

We do this by ensuring that this private information is only accessed by the right people, at the right time. We also continuously work with our health partners, the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the Ministry of Health, to help ensure the information is collected, used and disclosed according to legislation. ​

  Create a Account
eHealth Saskatchewan has partnered with the Government of Saskatchewan to provide citizens with a single username and password to access government services, including MySaskHealthRecord. In order to register for MySaskHealthRecord, you must create a account. 
To create your account, please click on "Create Account" below. 
IMPORTANT! Once you have activated your account, or if you already have an account, please return to and continue with your MySaskHealthRecord registration at Step #2 below. 

Validate Your Identity

In order to register for MySaskHealthRecord, you will need to validate your name, date of birth, Saskatchewan residency and Health Services Number (HSN) using your SGI driver's licence or SGI photo ID card as well as your Saskatchewan health card.

To start your identity validation process, please click on “Validate Identity” below.

Validate Your PIN
The final step in registering for MySaskHealthRecord is to enter your unique PIN. This will be sent to you using the mailing address associated with your health card, and may take up to 5-10 business days.
Once you receive your PIN in the mail, please click on "Validate PIN" below.
For detailed instructions on how to register for MySaskHealthRecord, follow this Step-By-Step Registration Guide.
Loads of other information on this site.


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Thursday, 3 October 2019

- Preeceville's Main Street with the Mayor Garth Harris for Thursday October 3rd 2019 8:35 am

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Preeceville's Main Street with the Mayor Garth Harris for Thursday October 3rd 2019 8:35 am

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Saskatchewan Celebrates Agriculture Month

Released on October 1, 2019

“Agriculture Minister David Marit has proclaimed October as Agriculture Month in Saskatchewan.

Agriculture Month is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of the agriculture industry to our province and to increase consumer understanding of and trust in modern food production.  Everyone is encouraged to celebrate by exploring their connection to food and food production through the theme, “Our Food Has a Story.”

“Agriculture month is a time to highlight our connection to food and the role agriculture plays in the lives of Saskatchewan people,” Marit said.  “From primary production and research to processing and technology, there are many stories to share about the care and consideration that goes into producing the healthy, nutritious meals on our plates.”

The Ministry of Agriculture and Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan are collaborating with Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan and Ag More Than Ever to engage industry throughout Agriculture Month to share food stories and encourage the public to learn about modern agriculture.

“We are all connected through food,” Farm and Food Care Saskatchewan’s Executive Director Clinton Monchuk said.  “Celebrating Agriculture Month gives everyone in this province the opportunity to engage in dialogue about what we eat and how Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers produce it.”

An official kick-off will be held at 10 a.m. on October 4, at the Agri-Food Innovation Centre, 2335 Schuyler Street in Saskatoon.

For a full list of Agriculture Month events or to learn how you can take part, visit

Follow the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture on Twitter @SKAgriculture, on Facebook at Saskatchewan Agriculture or visit  Share your stories on social media using #OurFoodHasAStory and #AgMonth19.”


For more information, contact:

Charlotte McGraw, Agriculture, Regina
Phone: 306-787-4031  Email:   Cell: 306-526-7833

What is Agriculture Month?

Why Ag Month? Agriculture Month is a time to celebrate agriculture and share our stories about food and farming. It is proclaimed annually in Saskatchewan, providing the perfect opportunity for those who grow food, and those who love to eat it, to connect.

Each October, the agriculture industry works together to tell their chapters of the food story through campaigns, events and programming. Through the celebrations, we hope to help people better understand how Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers raise their livestock and grow their crops, while engaging in authentic conversations with people from around the province.

Become a Member

Today, less than 3% of Canadians have a direct link to the farm. It’s not surprising that people have so many questions about food and farming.

Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan is a non-profit coalition of farm families, agribusinesses, food processors, restaurants, retailers, food companies and individuals here to help connect those curious consumers with the farmers and ranchers who grow their food.  We are the only such group in Saskatchewan that represents all producers and our goal is to provide a trusted, accurate source of information on Canadian food production practices to increase public trust in agriculture.

We are looking for like-minded organizations, associations and businesses to support us in our efforts to combat the spread of misinformation and ensure a sustainable future for agriculture. You can find membership levels and benefits here:

To apply for a membership, please complete these documents

and return to our office by mail or email.

If you are an individual or family farm who would like to show visible support for the efforts to build public trust in Saskatchewan agriculture and would like to join a community of supportive individuals and organizations who are making a pro-active effort to ensure a sustainable future for our industry, please consider a $500 Friend Membership.

Why do we celebrate?

In Saskatchewan, we have a lot to be proud of. Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers provide the world with plenty of safe, affordable and healthy food. Our scientists develop innovative solutions to meet growing demand for food. And our producers and agribusiness work together to care for the environment we all rely on. Every October, we celebrate these many accomplishments.

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The Real Dirt on Farming
"We hope you've had the opportunity to visit a local fair, farmers' market, roadside stand or pick-your-own farm recently. These are among the too-few opportunities that we, as Canadian farmers, have to meet you, our consumers, face to face.
Usually there's a crowd of people between us – food processors, distributors, supermarket managers and restaurateurs – so it's not easy for us to get acquainted.
It seems incredible that a century ago, over half of Canada's population was farmers. Today, Canada has a population of about 35 million, but less than 730,000 farmers. Naturally, that means many of you might not know a farmer and, as such, may have a few questions about where your food comes from.
Have you ever wondered how your fruit was grown, pondered on the origins of that loaf of bread, or mused about the environmental footprint of meat production? If so, then check out The Real Dirt on Farming –a publication that helps to explain the intricacies of Canadian food and farming.
The Real Dirt on Farming is designed to connect you with the food you eat, and introduce you to some of Canada's farm families. This booklet provides basic facts on topics such as the difference between growing crops conventionally and organically, pesticide use, animal housing and animal welfare, environmental sustainability, technology used in farming as well as many other subjects that you have indicated are important to you. The goal of this book is to help you make informed decisions about the food you're serving your family.
Thank you for taking the time to find out about us and how we grow your food and, most importantly, thank you for buying our products. We truly appreciate it. By reading this booklet, you'll get the "Real Dirt" on food and farming in Canada.
Canada's farmers from coast to coast to coast"

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Bingo  ​606 Harvard Preeceville Air Cadets Squadron Sponsoring Committee BINGO. Every Thursday at Club 60. Doors open at 7pm, first game starts at 8pm.

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