A Day at Little Owls
"Play is the highest form of research" Albert Einstein
The First Hour:
The children are welcomed as they arrive and are given the opportunity to choose activities at the various learning centers. This self-directed play invites the children to explore, discover and learn independently with a wide variety of activities and materials. The learning centers include painting, play dough, blocks, puzzles, drawing, water or sand play, dress-up, dramatic areas, books, floor toys and more.
Children wash their hands and join their friends for snack time. The teachers advocate a shared (peanut free) snack where children bring a healthy item from home that is shared amongst the group. Only healthy choices are allowed such as fruit, vegetables, cheese and crackers. The children enjoy pouring their own water to drink.
Following a clean-up routine , the children meet on the carpet for Circle Time. A variety of activities are included which reflect the weekly theme such as ‘Safety’ or ‘Manners’ as well as daily routines featuring topics such as the calendar or the weather. The activities include stories, songs, puppetry, poems, movement, discussions and many other ideas to facilitate your child’s learning.
If the weather allows, the children have an active, outdoor play at the Kerrisdale Community Centre Park. In case of bad weather, the teachers incorporate gross-motor play through movement activities in the classroom, such as dancing, marching, parachute play and more active games.
Before the children go home, the teachers incorporate a five minute closing activity that includes reading a book and handing out any works of art that are to be taken home.
In addition to this daily schedule, the teachers incorporate special activities like music, cooking and reading, show and tell, field trips and skating days.
In-class presentations are also scheduled throughout the school year on a monthly basis to expose the students to a variety of experiences. In past years they have included a visit from Mike’s Critter’s, a magician, a clown, a presentation from Science World, a concert from Music with Marnie, yoga class, and dances from a variety of performers. Every year is new, different, and exciting!