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PRESCHOOLERS


Our preschool program is filled with investigation, exploration, and discovery, where active and enthusiastic children can refine and expand their skills and knowledge. Through intentional teaching practices, purposefully-designed learning environments, and enriched activities, teachers ensure preschoolers have joyful, appropriate, and meaningful learning experiences that lead to success in school and in life.

Our curriculum aligns preschool program goals, helping young learners grow into confident students.

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Preschoolers Curriculum for School Readiness

Fostering and challenging preschoolers’ language and literacy development

Vocabulary expands from a few hundred words to a few thousand and word comprehension takes off during the preschool years. Our preschool programs and curriculum provide children with opportunities to integrate listening, speaking, early reading, and writing into daily activities such as:

Recognizing letters and discriminating between sounds
Answering open-ended questions such as "What do you think?"
Participating in projects that have multiple steps
Playing language and rhyming games
Following along in children’s books read to the class
Dictating thoughts and ideas to teachers about artwork

Developing the knowledge and skills to practice healthy lifelong habits

Because young children are forming attitudes and behaviours that will influence them throughout their lives, it is important to expose them to experiences that foster their ability to make good health decisions, develop a positive self-image, make healthy nutrition choices, and show respect for their bodies. At Leap Years, our preschool teachers provide children with varied opportunities and materials geared towards developing healthy lifelong habits, such as:

Making their own choices at snacks and meals
Identifying nutritious foods and how they help our bodies grow
Taking responsibility for his/her own basic hygiene such as proper hand washing and covering his/her coughs
Engaging in physical activities - hopping, climbing, yoga

Enhancing preschoolers sense of responsibility and compassion

Preschoolers are actively developing their sense of self and who they are in the world. Our preschool teachers create respectful and diverse learning environments, helping children understand the world they inhabit. Teachers also present unique experiences for children, enhancing a preschooler's sense of responsibility and compassion for people, such as:

Sharing cultural and family traditions with the class
Working with peers on community service projects
Experiencing the comforting words and gestures of teachers and peers
Exploring photos of children and adults who are similar or different from us
Playing collaboratively with peers
Caring for classroom plants

Developing preschoolers’ appreciation of the arts through self expression

Artistic exploration encourages important skills such as creative thinking, adaptation, problem-solving, innovation, and follow-through. Our preschool teachers’ nurture children’s own artistic abilities and help them appreciate art in the broader world by engaging in diverse creative experiences, such as:

Working on long-term art projects such as paper-mâché sculptures
Dictating stories to accompany drawings
Singing songs and reading books from around the world
Making instruments
Painting to the beat of music
Creating dramatic play areas such as a greenhouse, grocery store, or office

Encouraging preschoolers’ curiosity and inquisitive approach to science

Preschool children are constantly engaged in research and experimentation, testing hypotheses, exploring properties, making important discoveries and learning how things work. Through our preschool science curriculum, teachers carefully plan experiences that not only develop scientific skills but also nurture children’s natural curiosity, such as:

Investigating objects on a light box or light table
Predicting daily weather
Using microscopes and documenting observations through pictures and charts
Problem solving with the guidance of teacher prompts
Exploring maps, magazines, and other resources

Building mathematical skills to help preschoolers to solve everyday problems

Whether they are counting how many marbles they have, fitting a cylinder into a circular hole, or asking for more milk, preschoolers are constantly using and experimenting with math concepts. Our preschool teachers create learning experiences that build math skills and reasoning so children can solve problems and use mathematics in real and meaningful ways, such as:

Sorting items by size, colour, or shape during clean-up
Stringing beads in a pattern
Discussing past, present, and future events
Counting out small groups of items and matching to a numeral card
Playing estimation games such as "Which jar has more pebbles?"
Experimenting with measuring cups in the sand or water table



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