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The following is a comprehensive, but not exhaustive group of various skills, which we work to help our children to master: SOCIAL: developing a sense of self-worth & value which we implement through exploring ideas & questions; seeing their work as important; realizing that all people matter. Learning to associate with adults & other children in a positive & caring manner which we implement through including them in rule making process, establishing limits, helping them take responsibility for their actions, self-regulating their own behavior, taking turns, respecting other's feelings, learning that our feelings matter and when it is or is not appropriate to act on them; taking responsibility for materials. PRE-MATH: Counting in sequence, counting objects, distinguishing between numbers & other symbols, recognizing numbers & knowing their names, ordering numbers, matching amount with numeral & simple addition. COLOR SKILLS: encouraged through art activities, games, environments color awareness & discrimination. PRE-READING: encouraged through reading a great deal to our children & allowing them to read along in a book, beginning to recognize own name & names of friends & family, learning the alphabet, labeling, rhyming, recognizing sounds of letters, recognizing simple words. PRE-SCIENCE: cooking, experiments, nature observation, seasonal observation, weather, environment & learning about our own bodies. LANGUAGE: dramatic play, conversation, questioning verbalizing wants & needs, listening, following directions, books, music, rhyming & reading, dictating individual & group stories, experience charts done after events, exposure to new words. SENSE OF AWARENESS: encouraged through visual (smaller/larger, taller/shorter, narrow/wide), hearing (sounds: near/far, music: high/low) taste (sweet/sour, chewy/liquid, salty/bland, bitter/sweet), smell (variety of scents; touch(rough/smooth, heavy/light, warm/cold). SMALL MOTOR: art, painting, drawing, pasting, paper mache,tearing, folding & cutting paper; pouring & sorting: rice, water, beans, sand, buttons, etc. LARGE MOTOR: sweeping, raking, field trips, games which include: running, jumping, climbing, yoga, play equipment for riding, swinging, digging, climbing & balance. SELF-HELP: zippers, buttons, laces, snaps, Velcro, buckles, ties, hand-washing, setting & washing table, taking care of belongings, special jobs. EXTRAS: At times we provide various groups of our children with possibilities for enrichment including movement classes & music classes. These extras are fit in, as we are able & charged directly to parents when fees apply. We go on a limited number of fiend trips, mostly to places in the village, to the library & the park, program on the green, river walk, Mertens House, the Homestead.
Heartworks provides a warm and enriching environment for childhood play and learning. The focus is on seeing children as skilled and wise little beings who want to discover, learn, develop and express their special wisdom. Our work is in helping children to experience life by nurturing their natural curiosity, creative energy, compassionate nature, and to gain confidence in their social interactions, intellectual discoveries, emotional well-being and physical and life skills development. The guiding principals and goals of the Heartworks philosophy are: To assist children to recognize their personal giftedness and create a sense of self-worth. To create a sense of inter-connectedness with all living beings and an emphasis on learning to live in harmony with respect to the Earth and our world community. To maintain a compassionate approach with children, teachers, parents and all members of the school community incorporating. To teach, model and incorporate the development of strong character, morals, and values through monthly character development themes. To provide a foundation for children for children to develop skills in language arts, mathematics, and to provide a body of knowledge through morning month-long themes in science and social studies and through our hands-on inquiry focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math).To hire capable, experienced, certified teachers with degrees in Elementary or Early Education. To understand and value differentiated instruction which allows us to met the particular needs of each child and their unique style of learning. To maintain small, same age classrooms that are intimate in their daily rhythm. To offer individual, whole group and cooperative opportunities for learning. To provide an inspiring program to integrate art, drama, music, dance, and physical arts. A commitment to ethnic, racial, socio-economic and spiritual diversity. To provide high quality materials and tools for the development of the children with an eye to the creative arts, science, math, literacy, social studies, theme work, physical development, dramatic play and all that is needed to support the curriculum. To model and spark each child's interest in learning and to help each child to be successful.
7:00-8:00 - drop-offs, welcome children, self-directed play 8:00-8:45 - breakfast, clean-up/wash-up 8:45-9:00 - circle time (stories, songs, show & tell) 9:00-9:45 - nap time (depending on age), craft/activity time 9:45-10:00 - washroom break/diapering 10:00-10:15 - snack time 10:15-11:45 - outside play 11:45-12:00 - washroom break/diapering 12:00-1:00 - lunch, clean-up/wash-up 1:00-3:00 - nap time, quiet time for non-sleepers (sit down activities, reading books, coloring, puzzles, etc.) 3:00-3:15 - washroom break/diapering 3:15-3:45 - snack time 3:45-4:30 - outside play 4:30-5:30 - pick-ups, self-directed play
The Kids' School is communication based in all our teaching methods. We feel communication is key with parents as well. Parents are a child's primary and most important teacher and we strive to support and keep parents involved with their child's early childhood experiences. The relationship between Kids' School staff and the families is so important to the growth of the child. Our relationship needs to be strong, open and communication filled in support of our family-program relationship philosophy. Kids' School is owned by Kay Sparks and directed by her daughter Lindsay Baumann. As required by CDD, our license is posted on the bulletin board and a copy of the regulation book is posted and available for reading. Our license is renewed every three years. Kids' School is a 4 STAR program. The Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS) is about going above and beyond the base line of the CDD's regulations. Being a part of STARS increases subsidy values, lets us collaborate with the public school system as a prequalified prekindergarten program and shows the CDD that we are adding to our program to benefit your children.
Preschool program based on Montesorri Theory. Encourage learning through play and activities.
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