Early Learning

 
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It is a happy talent to know how to play.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

We believe that play, especially with peers, is one of the most important experiences of childhood and that it is through play that children learn and grow.

We support ...

  • the whole child

Fostering intellectual, physical, social-emotional growth and language development.

  • learning styles

Recognizing that each child has a unique learning style, unique abilities, and a unique developmental growth arc.

  • hands-on experiences

Hands-on learning is how children make discoveries for themselves -- when learning emerges from a context that is engaging and relevant it becomes concrete and meaningful. 

  • safety

Children thrive in an atmosphere of trust -- where they are provided with gentle support in an emotionally and physically safe environment.

  • positive discipline

Holding in high regard each individual and working with children to resolve conflicts that arise, we cultivate healthy interpersonal connections and model empathy. 

  • Self esteem

A child’s ability to learn is dependent on having a strong sense of self. We nurture a sense of competence and independence.

 
 
If it hasn’t been in the Hand ... and the Body ... it can’t be in the Brain.
— Bev Bos
Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes, and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds and colours.
— Loris Malaguzzi

Preparing children for school success 

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  • Circle time songs and music encourage group participation, coordination, listening skills, and memorization.
  • Rich dramatic play areas provide space for imaginary play fostering a child’s resourcefulness and creativity.
  • Art areas provide opportunities for creativity, self expression, and exploration with a variety of materials.
  • Craft projects, manipulatives, and play-dough exercise fine muscle and finger control needed for forming letters and numbers.
  • Story time develops the skills of concentration and attention, and is an introduction to the wonderful world of literature, language, and the imagination.
  • Hands on math and science activities cultivate curiosity and experimentation.
  • Open-ended building areas offer children space to make and test hypotheses and stretch the imagination.
  • It is through messy play that children learn cause and effect, use their senses, build motor skills, and new vocabulary.
  • Outdoor games prompt the practice of following simple directions, as well as providing large muscle exercise.
  • Climbing, sliding, balancing, jumping from heights, and hanging upside down challenges children, builds awareness of their own body (balance, strength, coordination) and boosts confidence.
  • Special visitors and field trips inspire and connect children to the greater community and world.
  • The Pre-K class is gently introduced to the alphabet, handwriting, and phonics.