Ingredients of active learning
Language & Literacy
We provide meaningful language and literacy experiences for children in their daily routine by promoting speaking, listening, reading, and writing as an integrated program. Four essential components of early literacy have been emphasized by professional and government panels
• Comprehension is the process of deriving meaning from action, speech, and text by connecting what one is learning to what one already knows.
• Phonological awareness is recognizing the sounds that make up words.
• Alphabetic principle is the relationship between letters and sounds in oral and written language.
• Concepts about print is knowing how print is organized on the page and how it is used for reading and writing.
MATH AND SCIENCE
As young children act on the things, they learn two things:
(1) What objects are made of, which leads to the formation of scientific concepts; and
(2) Different ways of manipulating the object, which makes them think about different ways of doing things, doing ways of thinking about things. This leads to reflection, the basis of logic and math.
Here's what they do:
Classification: ort and match things that are the same or different.
Seriation: Arrange things in simple patterns, based on their characteristics.
Number: Use words like "more," "less," "a lot," "the same as."
Space: Describe the positions of objects and people and how they move through space in relation to other people and objects.
Time: Use words to refer length of time (d uration what comes next (predictability), and in what order things happen (sequence).
Ballet, Piano, Martial Arts.
Art (visual arts)
In our art classes children will begin with exploration, proceed to enrichment, production and reflection. Children's sequenced experiences with art materials are built on a knowledge of the developmental stages in making and appreciating art. Teachers are trained to support children as they develop an understanding of realism versus abstraction; progress from making random to deliberate marks and from simple to complex forms; and begin to make aesthetic judgments based not only on thematic content but also on artistic style and composition. Art activities are used to promote and enhance children's learning in literacy (e.g., writing and illustrating stories, labeling pictures), mathematics (e.g., sequences and patterns), and other cognitive and social areas.
Pretending or dramatic play is commonplace in developmentally based early childhood programs. HighScope deliberately capitalizes on the learning opportunities inherent in children's role playing and representational activities. These activities are an important avenue for learning language, literacy, and interpersonal skills.
Children are encouraged to act out stories, based on the books they have read or ideas they invent themselves. They are actively engaged in creating dialogue and props, using a wide range of language and artistic skills. Dividing and defining play roles enhances their social development, often posing many opportunities for conflict resolution. Children's general cognitive development is strengthened when they extend simple pretend play themes into sequenced and elaborated actions that may continue over many days and involve detailed planning. Finally, adults help children reflect on their dramatic experiences to enhance a variety of linguistic, spatial, and temporal concepts.
Movement and music
Education through Movement focuses on purposeful activity in both movement and music. Systematic instruction help young children build capacity and an awareness of the body's potential to move and create sound. Using sequenced activities in movement, teachers work with children as they learn to act on movement directions, describe motions, move in nonlocomotor and locomotor ways, feel and express steady beat, and express creativity in movement.
Music experiences focus on moving to music, exploring and identifying sounds, exploring the singing voice, developing melody, singing songs, and playing simple instruments. Opportunities to integrate movement and music with literacy, math, and other content domains are included throughout the daily routine at InventiveMinds Kidz Academy.
Our school day begins with Circle Time where we do the calendar, the days of the week, have our daily lesson, show and tell and story time. During Circle Time your child will have the opportunity to enrich their social and language skills as they participate in cooperative activities.
Free-Play is the cornerstone of our program since children learn best when it arises from their natural desires to explore. Children can choose to participate in the arts and craft area, manipulative area, dramatic play centre, library corner, computer area, or our science corner. Teachers are always close by to facilitate, give support, answer questions or provide challenges to an inquisitive mind.
Quiet time or naptime is an important part of the day as children are busy and on the go all day. We have a scheduled quiet time every day. While napping is not compulsory, children need time to "wind down" and rest. Quiet activities such as books or foam puzzles will be available for children that don't sleep .
We teach basic French words that your child will recognize in daily use such as days of the week, colours, the alphabet, songs, parts of the body and numbers. This basic French class will be foundation for further French instruction within the public or private school system in the future.
Eco-friendly environment, with abundant material.
Making a difference happens with one small change at a time. When we all take steps to help the environment, the impact can add to something meaningful. We encourage our children in super-eco gardening activities. This supports both children cognitive skills, as they predict and observe the changes in their environment and help make the environment green.