Our indoor classroom is a bright and open space with areas for every child to learn and explore in their own way. The classroom is divided loosely into several sections:
One of our largest sections in the classroom. With creative art easels, a free art table, and an art project table which changes weekly. The children have access to natural and man made art objects, along with a range of paints, glue, markers, crayons, and pencils.
The beautiful centerpiece of our classroom is our horseshoe snack table, where our students come together to talk and eat. The circular table allows all students to see each other and interact as they build friendships and community.
Carpet and Learning Bench
This is where your child will start and end their time in our indoor classroom. The students sit on the carpet with one teacher, while the other teacher sits on the bench and introduces the Lucky Duck, the art project for the day, reviews any changes in the class and reads a book. During free play students can come into this area to look at books or do large floor puzzles. At the end of the day all the students return to the carpet to talk about their day and say goodbye to their friends.
Sand, Water, and Tactile Play
Here students can engage in tactile play. There are water table shirts, so that they can explore colour mixing, bubbles, how water flows, and what will float. At the sand table there is lots of digging, moving, and excavating. Sometimes we change to snow, “magic sand”, or a foamy mixer so they can experience different densities, textures, and smells.
We have new fresh homemade play dough every week in a variety of colours, smells, and at times glitter enhanced. The play dough table is always popular and can have placemat and food cut outs, natural items to made imprints of, or a variety of ways to squish the playdough into a variety of strings and ribbons.
This is one of our most dynamic areas for learning. There are plants that the children care for, our pet fish and tiny frog, composting worms, light table, books, and dynamic learning area. We have introduced colour mixing at the light table, fossils, animal tracks, hibernation, space exploration, and more. Hidden in our science area is the quiet cube where students can get away and take a breather in the pillows.
Fine Motor Skills
Puzzles, games, and tracing are the activities of choice in this area. Small pieces, fine drawing, and sorting keep the students engaged and their fingers nimble.
The “house” is another focal point of the room and while it is often a house it can transform into a living and working space for whatever the theme is: Safari Hut, Paleontology Center, Doctor/Vet Office, Market, Restaurant, Space Station, Travel Agency, and more. Beside the house is a dress-up area with an ever changing selection of work outfits, dresses, animal costumes, and pieces of fabric.
Trains and Cars
If you have a child that loves nothing better than to build new tracks and ride the rails, this is where you will find them. Here they can Chugga, Chugga and Toot Toot to their heart’s content. They can race cars or build lego and engage in making a city.