It’s not “just play”
Registration for September 2021 is open.
…the creation of safe and loving environments in which children learn through open ended play, explore their natural outdoor environment, learn problem solving skills and are provided with opportunities for creative thinking and self expression.
…an emphasis on learning through the arts.
…the facilitation of a love of learning by making time each day to create, move, sing, discuss, observe, read and play.
…periods of uninterrupted free time for exploration with open ended, child-selected materials.
…the creation of environments where children can simply be children.
Our diverse staff of educators comes with extensive backgrounds in Early Childhood Development and are dedicated to the creation of child-centred, hands-on, play-based environments for young children. They provide a wonderful blend of experience and knowledge and have a passion for teaching young children. All Little Steps staff are Alberta Certified and possess a current First Aid Certificate and Police Clearance.
A Typical Day At Little Steps Preschool
This is creative, child-led activity time where students are encouraged to learn and explore through inquiry, play-based activities in all areas of development, including art, music, science, mathematics and early literacy.
Students let their creativity and imagination flow as they take part in an art activity. They experiment with different textures, mediums and open-ended materials to develop their fine motor skills and communicate or represent their understandings, emotions, discoveries, and interests. With art time, we focus on the process of creation, not the end result.
Students come together to develop a wide range of skills and attitudes such as confidence, self-esteem, discussion, listening, taking turns, patience and respect for others. We sing songs, listen to music, play games, read stories, and prepare for, and reflect on, our day.
This provides students with opportunities to practice manners, good hygiene, and conversational skills while promoting healthy eating.
Music & Movement:
Music is a natural part of a child’s environment. Research shows memory, music and movement are linked, and the body is a tool for learning. Without knowing it our students are working on developing their large and small motor skills, learning to express their emotions, improving balance and coordination, and engaging their memory.