- Sensory Activity (play dough, sand, water, soapsuds)
- These activities offer a rich sensory experience for the children and a real opportunity for exploration. The development of fine and gross motor control skills is enhanced. There are also many opportunities to create real or pretend situations.
- Creative Area (planned crafts, free crafts, painting, stamping center)
- These materials allow the children to use their imagination in drawing pictures and creating images of ideas that appeal to them. The children learn colours, shapes and sizes. They also experience different smells and textures. Children enjoy using their imagination and they love to create things. Through experimenting and asking questions, they can progress in their learning.
- Table Top Toys (puzzles, games and various other toys)
- These toys encourage a feeling of accomplishment and increase the child’s experience with colour, shape, weight and size. They also offer the satisfaction of taking toys apart and putting them together
- Science Table
- This table displays both familiar and unfamiliar objects that are found in the natural world around us. These objects change as the season and themes change. Children are encouraged to bring things they have found to show the others and learn more through discussion. A large magnifying glass allows details to be seen and explored clearly
- Quiet Area
- This is a calm area where children can quietly enjoy books and puzzles. Parents and children are encouraged to bring in favorite books to share. The school also uses the local public library
- Floor Block Area
- This cooperative area teaches the children to share with each other in constructing shapes and building together. They can practice the skills of concentration, sharing and dramatic play in the process of building
- Everyday Living
- This centre is set up to resemble a child size home, using enough detail to be realistic but not so much as to stifle the imagination. Sharing and cooperation are learnt through role-play.
Your child will also have free play at the school. This is where the children can move as they please from area to area. Helpful guidance is given when a child is experiencing difficulty in any of these areas – either in completing a task or getting along with other children.
- Both the summer and fall morning classes start at 9:00am and finish at 11:30am. Please be on time for school. Late arrival can be difficult for your child as well as the rest of the class. Encourage your child to find his/her own cubby. Encourage your child to undress without help. Please be sure that the teacher is aware of your arrival and departure.
- Free Play
- The children are encouraged to explore all aspects of the school at their own pace.
- Tidy Up
- The children are all encouraged to help put away toys and tidy up
- Group Craft
- The children are encouraged to complete a fun craft activity, generally related to the current theme. Their master pieces are often displayed around the school for everyone to enjoy.
- Circle Time
- The children come together to enjoy stories, songs, dramatic play, discussion, dance and many spontaneous events. This is a time for the group to be together to share ideas and an opportunity for the children to learn to be responsive group members. This is also when the theme is introduced and the activities related to the theme are discussed. During this time all children must stay in the circle area for supervision purposes but are welcome to just listen
- Bathroom/Hand washing
- Children have access to the washroom at all times. Reminders are given to those who need it. All children wash their hands prior to snack time
- Snack Time
- The snack (which is provided by a volunteer parent) is served when all the children are seated and quiet. Children can pour their own juice from manageable pitchers (and mop up any spills!) and are encouraged to say “Please” and “Thank you”. The children also empty, wash and rinse their own plates and cups before returning them to their cubby
- Dressing for Outdoors
- The children will be taught dressing strategies to encourage them to dress themselves. Duty parents should assist several children at once so that each child is ready at approximately the same time. This will avoid discomfort and overheating in winter gear.
- Outdoor Play
- This is usually a time for free play using the sandpit, hill and various toys for digging, sliding etc
- Pick Up
- Parents need to check in their child’s cubby mailbox for work and parental information that is to go home.
Please pick up your child from the playground. Before leaving, children are encouraged to put away outside toys that they have been using.
Please be sure that your child says goodbye to the teacher before leaving. This helps the teacher be aware of how many children are still in her care
A few times a year the teacher will arrange for a field trip that enriches what the children are learning in class. Parents are responsible for transportation to the field trips as well as supervision while on the field trip. There will be a permission form distributed to the parents prior to the field trip to be completed and returned to the school