Young Toddler 12 – 19 months
Our program for children 12 – 19 months is very flexible, as we know each child has a slightly different schedule, depending on developmental needs, interests and capabilities. We respond to children’s needs and cues in an appropriate, timely, caring and consistent manner.
Play time activities promote development and learning in all aspects of the developmental domains. The children explore play materials and centers on their own, and are encouraged to participate in planned activities based on their interests and capabilities.
Teachers record each child’s eating, diapering, sleep times and other important information for parents to check at pick up time.
Toddler 19 months – 3 years
Children are prepared for entry into a Pre-school Room. We focus on building their independence. Weekly programs encourage all aspects of a child’s development. The day is full of various activities based on the children’s interests and abilities. We ensure that children have fun in a safe and educational environment.
Our environment allows the children to self-guide their learning and have access to a variety of play areas throughout their day. Children participate in many fun activities such as art, sensory play, sand & water play, building blocks, puzzles, creative/dramatic play, fine/gross motor activities, and reading. The classroom provides areas for the children to have quiet and relaxing time as needed. Children participate in daily outdoor activities weather permitting.
Preschool 3 – 5 years
Children learn best through play and exploration. We make sure every child in our care has access to materials and opportunities that encourage cognitive and social development. We encourage freedom of movement and choices. We foster creativity believing that every child is an artist. We offer yoga classes. Let your child grow with our dedicated staff holding child care supervisor certificates!
We created an environment where your child can develop at their own pace, with the guidance of proven and trusted principles:
- Practical life: refines fine-motor skills and develops focus and concentration. It follows a sequence, fosters independence and develops good work habits.
- Sensorial: Hands-on materials isolate one concept at a time and guide a child to distinguish sound, colour, size, weight, texture, shape, taste and smell.
- Language: Language is taught through a variety of multi-sensory activities; visual and auditory. We have frequent librarian visits from Edmonton Public Library. We visit the library and have Reading with Parents events. Our children are well prepared for school.
- Math: Mathematics is introduced individually as the child demonstrates interest and readiness. We match each child’s ability to the appropriate materials so that his/her learning experiences are positive, rewarding and provide optimum learning at each stage of development.
- Science & Culture: Science, history and geography are introduced and developed through materials that sharpen a child’s powers of observation and understanding of the world around them. They learn about people and flags of distant countries, and the cultural similarities that unite all people. Children work with puzzles and matching picture/word cards to learn the parts of flowers, trees, animals and insects. They also learn about growth cycles and plant seeds and observe the growing process.
- Art & Music: Children are encouraged to express themselves creatively in everything they do, from painting, sculpture, singing and dancing. A variety of materials are always available for creative expression including crayons, paints, papers, markers, collage materials, glue, scissors, etc. Children engage in activities which help to develop fine motor skills and creativity (gluing, cutting skills, hole punching, tying and taping)
- Care of Self include such activities as washing hands and face, dressing themselves (zippers, buttons, snaps, etc.) tying/fastening their shoes, blowing their nose, pouring themselves a glass of water, or helping to prepare a snack.
- Care of the Environment – tidying up after oneself, sweeping the floor, washing a table, wiping a spill, setting the table for meals and activities, and making the environment beautiful by decorating classrooms for special occasions.
- Care of Others – watering plants, caring for a garden, feeding of birds and helping other children in the classroom.
- Grace and Courtesy – use of manners, respect for others, kindness and empathy.