Preschool / Montessori:
Our preschool/Montessori program, with qualified educators, offers a secure and encouraging environment for children to develop autonomy, focus on respectful relationships and understand social courtesies. We engage children with individual, small group and whole group experiences and structured group sessions for discussion times, music and language. All activities are designed to be flexible and are focused on the learning experience rather than the academic outcome, while literacy and numeracy is introduced naturally through every day experiences. Our 4 – 5-year-old program for those children not attending Kinder is aimed at preparing our young people for school. We focus on helping children understand and deal with their emotions, to be able to initiate friendships and develop self confidence and self-esteem. We know that social and emotional readiness will assist in successful entry to school, allowing them to be effective learners. We will also introduce Montessori Practical life theory:
Montessori – Practical life in Montessori is purposeful activity, develops motor control and coordination, and develops independence, concentration, and a sense of responsibility. The exercises in practical life cover two main areas of development: care of self, and care of the environment.
Full Day Kinder / OOSC: We offer Summer programs with related program calendars. During the Summer program, a range of field trips and workshops are available based on the weekly theme. We also use the surrounding fields, parks and playgrounds.
Our OOSC and Kinder program are organized into specific play centers (i.e., costumes, housekeeping, blocks, homework, reading area, library, art, music, technology, science center, puzzles, manipulative toys, board games, dramatic play and sports). Large outdoor play areas with parks are also attached to every center. Arts and crafts, science, multiculturalism, active play, group games and outdoor play are all integral main components of our daily programming. The most successful after school programs leverage schools, families, and communities to ensure the success of children. Strong partnerships are not just a nice feature of an afterschool program, partnerships are becoming a “nonnegotiable element of supporting learning and development across all the contexts in which children learn and grow. After school programs are an extension of the classroom and as such when afterschool programs are aligned with classroom topics, and if families are re-enforcing these topics at home, children’s education will prosper. While after school programs are an extension of the classroom, it’s still important to retain some separation between regular day and afterschool due to possible overload. Strong partnerships help children learn in every activity, and as children learn the benefits of afterschool programs will be more pronounced. A high-quality afterschool program is a place where children aren’t only safe, they thrive. We try to provide this environment for them here. Our room is full of activities such as puzzles, games, table toys, floor toys, sensory activities, water play, sand play, dramatic play, science area, home work area, quiet area, arts & craft area, Game Cube, Wi, Free Dance, Karaoke, and much