Diverse Learning Environments
Your young child will be steeped in language and music to help develop their receptive language and further develop
their verbalizing. Opportunities for repetition is a daily occurrence as child-initiated play will be acted on by our
Educators as part of the How Does Learning Happen. Basic sign language is used to help these little people communicate
some of their needs. Physical (gross motor) challenges in learning to roll over, crawl, stand up and walk are exercised
every day. Tactile and sensory (fine motor) opportunities will be offered daily to enhance their curiosity and build on
their cognitive (thinking) abilities. Children under one year of age must have a feeding schedule provided by the parent.
Daily notes are taken of eating, sleeping and elimination for each child.
These youngsters will receive more opportunity to verbally communicate their needs through spoken words and sign
language to help them deal with frustrations of not being understood. Focus is on enriching their curiosities and
learning cues by reading books, learning to count, ABC’s, teaching them manners, painting, sensory opportunities,
self-help skills (getting dressed/undressed), potty training and learning new songs. Our Educators will offer ample
time to explore, develop control over their body and opportunity to experience activities over and over again while allowing for child driven actions as part of How Does Learning Happen. Belonging, well-being, engagement and expression all play a key role in the overall flow of the day.
Our Toddlers learn at their own pace and understand that 18 months to 2.6 yrs. is a valuable but short time in their
young lives to speak in a recognizable language, feed themselves, walk with control, make good choices, and share
their toys is a remarkable feat. The Toddler rooms will allow time for them to gain a sense of control and self-
worthwhile striving for and achieving these goals.
Some of these children still need the repetition of what has been provided in the Toddler program. They will be
introduced to expanding opportunities for choices in creative, sensory, literacy, language, social and physical
experiences. Children will be able to pursue learning activities by initiating interests with their Educators allowing for
expanded learning opportunities.
Little Rascals supports the expectation for all children to be taught to be polite/respectful and use their manners to
become good citizens.
This class will closely mirror the curriculum offered in the elementary school curriculum. Letter and letter recognition,
personal life skills and social education are part of the framework woven into the children’s playing to learn. Class size
will be smaller (ratio is on average 1 to 8) allowing more flexibility for students. The Educators will have more
opportunity to adapt activities that are child initiated to better suit the student’s needs, development, and
opportunity to satisfy their curiosity. How Does Learning Happen is about expanding thoughts and ideas to allow
children time to develop/understand or solve questions they have about the world around them.
There are community field trips that enrich the learning and provide opportunities for interesting learning
Kindergarten classes will operate from September to June, Monday to Friday, if numbers can be accommodated.
During the summer months (July and August) if numbers warrant, we will run a Summer Recreational program for
school aged children between 6 and 10 years of age. This program will run Monday to Friday.
This group of children are generally 6 to 12 years of age. For the most part they are curious, out- going and
independent. They are defining who they are – they are quite adept at conversing; they can be challenging physically
and mentally. These children are going to be teachers, mechanics, scientists, labourers, so they need opportunities to
view the world and confront what they see. They are trying to see “where do they fit in” and they do this by
experimenting with authority, with each other, with their families and with school and their teachers. As Educators
we need to follow their lead and help them by extending their learning curve. This is why it is so important that you
as a parent understand why we feel the How Does Learning Happen is vital to their success.
The Summer Recreational program allows for more opportunity to explore and engage in their interests. Field trips
are planned regularly with their interests and development in mind.