"Discovering the World around Them," our Preschool Program offers a wide variety of activities to engage your child and prepare him or her for Kindergarten. In Preschool children feed their imaginations in the Reading Centre while reading and sharing; or the Block Centre, building models and towers; in our Dramatic Area, having fun grocery shopping; or by examining feathers during a Nature Circle Time.
We offer an AM/PM snack, and provide a lunch which is prepared on-site. We also ensure children enjoy two-hour Nap or rest periods every day.
In Preschool your children will begin to learn letter sounds and prepare your child for school. Children learn the sounds of the English language, rather than the alphabet. They are then taken through the stages of blending and segmenting words to develop reading and writing skills.
Not all children find it easy to learn and blend sounds. Extra practice will lead to fluency in reading and help your child manage at school. When, as parents, you offer support you should allow yourself to be guided by the pace your child is setting. If they lose interest, leave the teaching for a while and later come back to it. Parental support is important to all children as they benefit from plenty of praise and encouragement while learning.
The five basic skills for reading and writing are:
- Learning the letter sounds
- Learning letter formation
- Identifying sounds in words
- Spelling the tricky words
The Learning Centres in our classrooms are filled with tools that allow your children to explore, investigate, and discover their intelligence. They will also develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Together We Grow teachers supplement these self-directed experiences with small and large group activities that give children the tools they need to grow.
Our Preschool children, twice a day, enjoy the outdoor playground with age-appropriate play structures and activities.
Keeping our parents up to date on their children's progress is important to us. Twice a year parents are provided with report cards that reflect their child's developmental and academic updates, and/or parent-teacher interviews to discuss each child's development.