Children experience a friendly, positive and flexible learning environment with the emphasis on small class sizes.
Virtues & Values – are taught using the Rainbow Catcher program. The twenty animal Mollycools teach children to be loving, helpful, cooperative, courageous, enthusiastic, friendly, persistent, peaceful, healthy, confident, united, trusting, forgiving, gentle, sharing, responsible, respectful, creative, truthful and kind.
Social – children are generally happy, curious, compliant, imaginative and pleased with their own ability to plan and complete projects which are primarily carried out in imaginative play.
The children are also encouraged to be independent and responsible for themselves and their belongings.
Emotional – children experience an expanding range of emotions and learn how to identify and express these emotions in socially acceptable ways. Fear and anxiety are common emotions during these years.
Literacy – a strong, daily focus is placed on the development of literacy skills. Children experience a range of stories, rhymes and songs and are exposed to environmental print. The children participate in many varied activities to develop phonemic awareness skills.
Mathematics – children have daily opportunities to develop skills such as 1-1 counting, number recognition and classification of objects by shape, size, weight or colour. Children also experiment with patterns, measurement and space.
Science – children are given opportunities to explore the world around them, to discuss their observations, predictions and experiment with ideas.
Health – children learn basic health concepts and develop attitudes related to nutrition, safety and personal hygiene.
Physical – children are encouraged to develop enjoyable lifelong, positive habits of fitness. Children have daily opportunities to develop gross motor and fine motor skills in both directed and undirected activities.
Visual Arts – children develop the ability to express ideas and feelings using a variety of art materials. They are also encouraged to view and discuss the work of others.
Music – children have the opportunities to sing, play instruments, create music and respond to music.
How do children learn?
Children need to explore, experiment, discover, improvise, create, question, construct and discuss.
Children’s learning is a result of active participation, with guidance and support from teachers.
Children learn through play!
Preschoolers are interested in trying new tasks, assuming responsibility for themselves and materials, playing with others and discovering what they can do with the help of adults. They also pretend play as one way to make choices and decisions that increase their sense of autonomy, competence, and master the social and cultural world in which they live. (Erikson)
Children have an increased ability to think symbolically and conceptually about objects and people outside their immediate environment, which is evident through children’s increasing use of language and imaginative play. (Piaget)
Children are rich in potential, strong, powerful, competent and most of all connected to adults and other children. They have an interactive, constructivist view of learning, intensive relationships among all participants and a spirit of cooperation. (Reggio Emilia)
- All children should be given the opportunity to experience success at a level appropriate to them, within a supportive environment.
- Learning experiences must be appropriate and based on a respect for each individual child and family.
- Each child’s self concept (their ideas, attitudes and feelings) should be acknowledged through meaningful interactions.
- All children should have the opportunity to play. It is through play that children can experiment with ideas, develop skills and make sense of the world around them.