Preschool Room

( 3 – 5 years old )

In the Preschool room we focus on developing the skills that children need to become lifelong learners. In the morning, children gather together to share stories, sing songs and welcome one another into the space. This is also where we introduce new learning concepts and share ideas. 

Throughout the day, we facilitate learning at every opportunity through both play-based learning and intentional teaching.  The learning relates to local and global issues in the world they live in. We reinforce this through scaffolding play, welcoming and engaging environments, and spontaneous and planned learning experiences. We also believe that using accurate language with children is key to understanding higher order thinking concepts such as maths, language and the sciences.

In preparation for the first year of formal schooling, your child will be exposed to concepts and skills necessary to succeed. 

These skills include:

  • Working collaboratively and independently 
  • Developing focus during group learning
  • Being able to follow 2 to 3 step instructions
  • Developing respectful relationships with peers
  • Developing multiple levels of literacy and numeracy 
  • Building resilience to help cope with challenges 

The Early Year Learning Framework is our guiding curriculum document. This along with our children’s interests and family input influences the program. 

The five learning outcomes are:

  • Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world
  • Children have a strong sense of well being
  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children are effective communicators

 

Our preschoolers are encouraged to engage in free play,  within a home-like environment. Children can move freely from one area of interest to another at their own pace. Each of these environments have a specific goal and objective in mind, which relate to the child’s interests as well as the intentional teaching learning the educators are focusing on. The materials and equipment in the environments are extended on or modifying regularly in order to challenge and extend learning. 

Some environments may include:

  • Drawing/writing table
  • Puzzles, manipulative equipment and games
  • Construction and loose parts play
  • Sensory play/science
  • Creative art
  • Role-play and imaginary play
  • Book nook 
  • Interest-based dramatic play