"Children this age have an increasing capacity for language and inquiry and for understanding other points of view; they are learning to plan and monitor their own activities and take on independent projects”
In our Pre-K program, children spend four hours a day at school immersed in active and purposeful learning across different areas including literacy, math, science, art and design, and pretend play. Our Pre-K curriculum is designed to encourage a balance of child initiated and educator facilitated activities. It offers children a variety of choices within a carefully prepared indoor and outdoor environment.
Day in the Life
Start of the day
Welcome and Inquiry Time
During circle time, children and teachers discuss the different stations that have been set up, indulge in mindfulness exercises, and share personal stories. After circle time, children immerse in inquiry time which is set out for exploration of a project within a unit.
Choice time is an opportunity for children to direct their own play and therefore, their own learning. The educator carefully sets up centers with materials that provoke investigations but it is the child who discovers ways of using the materials.
Math and Literacy Time
Children spend an hour everyday focusing on Math and Literacy related inquiry and projects.
Snack time is an opportunity for educators to model healthy food habits and discuss different types of foods being eaten in the class.
Sensory or Outdoor Play
Everyday, children spend about 45 minutes in the sensory gym or in one of the outdoor play areas. Activities include obstacles courses, ziplining, tumbling, cycling, sand play and water play.
After an exhausting and eventful day, children and educators gather to recollect their energy and experiences. Reflection time is an opportunity to discuss the activities of the day, participate in storytelling, or sing unit-specific rhymes.
The Bell Goes Off
Pre-K Learning Spaces
The sensory gymnasium is every child’s favourite space at Toddler’s Den. It is filled with open-ended and structured challenges that change every week. Children strengthen physical skills and social skills as they walk on balancing beams, wobble on river stone gonges, fall on crash mats, climb on rock walls, jump under parachutes, ride scooters, swing on ziplines, and hang on wallbarz.
Outdoor Play Spaces
Toddler’s Den is equipped with 3 types of outdoor spaces - active, social, and experimental. In the active play area, children have access to open-ended play equipment where they develop their gross-motor skills through playing football, cycling, crawling and climbing on mounds. The outdoor social area is an interactive and collaborative space with a sand pit, water tub and a pretend play area. In the experimental outdoor area, children experiment with materials that evoke their multiple senses.
Numeracy and literacy station
In literacy, children start with a phonics program that promotes their oral and reading skills as well as build their writing skills through several art and pre-writing explorations. In math, children learn counting, measurement, patterns, geometry, and data handling. The areas are well equipped with light tables, mirror tables, montessori materials and children learn by playing, making, drawing, recording, and solving.
Art and Design Station
The Art and Design Station has easels, tables and mirror tables for engaging in various kinds of visual art activities such as sketching, painting, creating illustrations, cartoon-making, and texture-making. Children are not limited to traditional tools and techniques but instead have access to a range of natural and synthetic art tools such as rollers, stamps, sponges, steel scales, leaves, stems, and many varieties of paper.
The reading station is a cozy nook filled with pillows, plush characters, and couches. Storybooks of all genres including science, numeracy, social world, imagination, and emotional intelligence are hosted in this center. Children engage in reading individually or in pairs, listening to read-alouds and performing plays with peers. The reading station also acts as a reef of calm where children can escape the hustle and bustle of the classroom.
Children this age start utilizing their senses to examine, discover, categorize, and interpret the materials presented to them. From observers they turn into scientists, creating hypothesis about each material, its properties, and its purpose. This station hosts a water and sand table, a sensory table with different touch and feel materials, and a sensory wall. Children use these materials to test several theories by experimenting with them.
Our block station is equipped with sturdy and child-friendly blocks of different sizes, shapes, and characteristics such as magnetic blocks, lego blocks, spiral blocks, foam materials, wooden unit blocks, linkers, and miniature models. Using all of these materials, children imagine, tinker, and recreate their thoughts and interpretations of the world here.
Pretend Play Station
The pretend play station is complete with a kitchen, a dining table, a hospital, mirrors, costumes, and props. Children spin their own tales or recreate experiences they’ve seen or read. Dramatic play helps children make sense of their world by translating their abstract thoughts into concrete actions. Children build their social interaction skills and learn to use various tools by spending time in this area.