Deer Park Extended Program

Our Programs

Educational Philosophy

We believe that education is a three-way process involving the child, the teacher and the parents. Our aim is to create a child-centred environment and to provide a wide variety of enjoyable experiences for the children.

A good balance between basic and necessary communicative skills, arts, sciences and physical education is stressed which, we believe, permits participants to reach their greatest potential. A positive self-image is fostered which helps the children to become independent, self-directed, curious, critical and responsible members of society.

Every child is provided with opportunities to learn and play in a supportive atmosphere. A wide range of materials and learning experiences is provided along with enrichment activities such as Music, Art, Drama, Cooking or Cognitive Games.

These experiences are designed to stretch and challenge the children mentally, physically and emotionally: however, children are not hurried into activities for which they are not ready. Healthy, emotional development is also stressed so that children can learn to recognize, accept and express emotions and to give, share and receive attention.

Enrichment Classes

Each day the children have an enrichment class of Drama, Cooking, Art, Cognitive Games or Music circle. During this time, the children are following the directions from the teacher. They will stay with the teacher, listen co-operate with their group, and at the same time have fun! It is an important time for learning pre-kindergarten skills.

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Unstructured (free) play

Unstructured (free) play describes how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence to engage in new experiences and environments. It allows children to use their creativity, find out what they really like and also how to solve problems.

Areas include sand and water, block building with accessories, art, science, fine motor and dramatic centre.

The teachers observe each of the children and use the Early Learning Framework Principles to extend the child's interests. A good example: the children were interested in ice and snow. We researched how to make an igloo!! Papier Mache and some paint were used and the idea to make a diorama developed. Icebergs, polar bears, and seals were additions and the library had a great book about igloos!

The classroom has an abundant source of items for the children to sort and classify, with graphs to create, analyze and compare. Our teachers use everyday situations to motivate the children to use number concepts that they are familiar with, such as counting and comparing. Cognitive learning includes representation, collecting and organizing information, reflecting and reaching conclusions, communicating findings, seriating and understanding two and three dimensional shapes.

Language and Literacy skills are developed by conversing with peers and adults, using descriptive language to explain, explore and extend, reading books, re-telling stories, letter recognition, matching spoken words with written ones and writing letters of the alphabet

unstructured play