Senior Preschool Program
Full Time Senior Preschool Program
Our Senior Preschool Program welcomes children aged 3 to 4.5 years, with a maximum group size of 16 children.
Our program helps build school readiness skills in a fun, play-based environment.
The goal of this program is to support and encourage the children as they develop their independence. They will be better equipped to manage in the larger school environment. In the Senior Preschool Program we make sure that the children have the opportunity to express their thoughts and ideas, make choices and ask and answer questions as a way to satisfy their curiosity and build problem solving skills. They are also encouraged to recognize and consider the views of their peers and build and solidify friendships to help strengthen their social skills.
Our dedicated team of Educators encourage and support the children as they explore the world and build on their knowledge and understanding through inquiry-based activities. Each day the children will experience many opportunities for learning through story times, large and small group times, gross motor play and free play activities. Each week the Educators present teacher-directed learning centers that build communication skills, printing skills, turn-taking skills and help practice working at a desk.
The core values underlying our Senior Preschool Program
Learning Environment for Fostering Developmental Growth
Play is more than just “fun” for preschoolers. It’s how they learn.
In our program we strive to create a challenging and enjoyable environment in which your child can grow and learn through play. Through play the children develop social and cognitive skills, they mature emotionally and gain the self-confidence needed to engage in new experiences and environments.
We encourage the children to explore their world and build on their knowledge and understanding through inquiry-based activities. Opportunities for learning are incorporated into all our daily routines, which are designed to foster:
Language DevelopmentDeveloping the children’s listening and speaking skills provides the foundation for literacy development in Kindergarten. We provide opportunities and encouragement for them to express their ideas, make choices and to ask and answer questions.
The Educators develop small projects from the children’s ideas and interests and present them to the children in what we call Learning Centres. These activities are designed to help build vocabulary; identify the sounds that make up words; recognize letters and some printed words; and associate each letter with the sound that it makes.
Physical DevelopmentThe children are provided with daily periods of free play, where they choose and plan their own activities both indoors and outdoors. Additional organized and co-operative games help to develop their physical skills while enjoying the company of their friends. We have fun learning to play board games, musical chairs, chicken limbo and dancing to the music!
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In our program we begin to introduce the children to some more structured activities to ensure that they are ready for their next step of moving to our Mothercraft Kinder Program or moving on to new adventures in the school system.
We introduce the children to the concept of the “school year”. From September to June our goal is to construct a curriculum which fosters cognitive growth based on the children’s own interests and ideas. July and August are full of fun outdoor summer activities as we enjoy a “summer holiday” atmosphere.
We have three basic rules in this program: safe bodies, safe feelings, and safe equipment. By providing a play-space with fewer restrictions and rules, we believe that the children are more in control of their environment. It is a place that truly belongs to them. This in turn creates a room full of happy children, happy families and happy Educators.
A white board is posted outside the classroom to help us share with parents the activities of the day, special events and important notices. Our snack and lunch menu for the week is posted here as well as a daily chart indicating how well your child has eaten and how long they slept.
We also encourage you to share any adventures your child may have had over the weekend, anything you notice that they may enjoy sharing with their friends at day care, any new developments or special talents that you would like to share with our program. This helps us to provide responsive programming that is meaningful to the children.
|7:30||Opening activities ~ all areas are set up to encourage and challenge skill development|
Monday: learning activities guided by the children’s interests.
Tuesday: Physical activities.
Wednesday: Learning Centers (designed to promote specific skills such as listening and following directions).
Thursday: Writing skills.
Friday: Game Day
|11:45||Calendar time (Learning the days, months, year, holidays, etc.)|
|12:30||Clean up and bathroom time|
|1:00||Sleep & rest time|
|2:30||Table top activities ie puzzles, blocks, toy play, etc.|
|3:30||Afternoon Circle (Songs and storytelling)|
|4:00||Outside or inside activities (weather dependent)|
- A knapsack or bag
- In the bag should be: at least 1 complete set of clothes(top, pants, underwear & socks)
- 1 pair of indoor shoes
- 1 pair of outdoor shoes
- Seasonal hat
- Seasonal outdoor clothing, as we go outside
- Sunscreen (summer)
- Refillable Water bottle
- Blanket for sleep (we will send home on Friday to be washed)