ACADEMIC PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
Kids Avenue believes that children learn best through play. To this end, our educators observe the children to discover their interests and learning needs. This in turn allows the educators to plan weekly themes that are relevant to the learners and creates opportunities for them to discover more about the world around them as well as themselves. By using this Emergent Curriculum as the basis for planning learning activities, children have meaningful play-based experiences that help their holistic development.
The monthly Preschool Program is a guide that helps ensure that the children are developing skills to prepare them for the challenges and adventures that Kindergarten will bring. The educators incorporate the monthly program with their weekly themes in order to provide meaningful opportunities for the children to develop their physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and creative skills. If, for example, the children show a deep interest in cars then the educators will plan activities that both fit the monthly program as well as enrich their knowledge about cars. They can learn about traffic signs and read car stories for Literacy Day, discover what special vehicles different cultures use for Multicultural day (eg Filipino Jeepneys, Thai Tuktuks), and can count how many of each part a car has for Math Time (eg 4 wheels, 4 doors, 1 steering wheel). The monthly Preschool Program is planned to be flexible enough for different themes and levels of development.
Because of restrictions due to COVID-19, there are limits to the kinds of activities we can provide. Once the government has lifted these restrictions, we can offer a wider variety of learning opportunities such as sensory play, field trips, cooking classes, water fun outside,and inviting special guests to share their expertise. In the meantime, below is a list of monthly activities we have in store for your children:
STEM Learning Fun:
STEM learning stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics learning! On these days, the children have opportunities to understand how their themes of interest that week work and how those themes are relevant to them. The educators plan activities that immerse the children in natural sciences, technological innovations, and how they relate to the world around them.
The children learn a variety of games that challenge fine motor skills, gross motor skills, lateral thinking, and healthy competition! Educators plan different theme related games such as guessing games, board games, and skill challenges that enrich the children’s exploration of the theme for the week.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot invite special guests into the centre. We have, however, availed of online yoga classes for the children to stretch, wiggle, and move to. As part of the program, the children must bring their own yoga mats every Wednesday. We will send the yoga mats home at the end of the day for sanitizing and storage.
Show and Tell:
On Show and Tell day, the children have the opportunity to share their thoughts, feelings, and favourite things with their friends! With some help from the educators, the children practice answering open-ended questions and learn more about each other as well as themselves.
Letters are part of everyday life! On Alphabet Days, the children learn more about the letters that are significant to the theme they are exploring that week. They begin to learn how to connect the sound a letter makes to its visual symbol, and how letters are the building blocks to words and communication.
As the children make connections between words and their meanings, Literacy day provides opportunities for them to engage in language in meaningful, developmentally appropriate ways. They learn about sign interpretation, communication, and different languages!
The world around us is a fascinating place! Nature Fun days are chances for the children to learn about their environment and why it is important to us. The children can grow plants, work with natural material such as wood and stone, and grow closer to nature.
Math Time is when the children learn how numbers, shapes, and spaces work together. The educators plan meaningful math activities that are connected to the theme of the week and invite the children to learn more about how math is important to them in developmentally appropriate ways.
On Sports Days, the children engage in gross motor movements to learn the basic skills for a variety of sports. They run, pivot, jump, kick, and balance while learning about teamwork and friendly competition. They also have opportunities to kick, pass, and shoot balls!
Art Project days are times for the children to express their creativity through different mediums. They use their fine motor skills to shape, pinch, pull, cut, paint, and color different materials to share their ideas. They can also learn more about colors, shapes, and the theme of the week through meaningful art activities.
Kids Avenue is a diverse, inclusive space filled with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. We celebrate these differences and similarities on Multicultural Days, where the children get to talk about their families and experiences. We build deeper relationships and create a friendly, welcoming environment.
Recycling Days are opportunities for the children to help Mother Nature by recycling material into craft activities or other useful objects! They work on their fine motor skills as well as their creative expression and lateral thinking to give their materials a new purpose.