Afternoon Activities

Our enriched afternoon program complements the goals of our morning program by providing a variety of co-curricular activities for the children to choose from. These activities are directly linked to your child’s learning in the Montessori classroom, and allow all of those skills that have been previously introduced in isolation to be implemented and practiced in an authentic and social setting. It is in these afternoon activities that the children learn to pace themselves according to a group rhythm.

Our afternoon program offers a wide and alternating variety of activities that will allow your child to explore new skills and find new passions. The array of activities - offered by specialists both visiting and in-house - focuses on the development of the whole child, with a concentration on soul, body and mind.

Afternoon Activities

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Animal Kingdom

It’s time to learn all about the different animals in our kingdom! The children will explore animals that live in various habitats such as the tropical rainforest, the African savannah, the Polar regions, the forest, the oceans, and more! Through projects and hands-on activities, the children will learn the traits and characteristics of many animals on our planet.

The Book Nook

Each week, the children review a new book in order to help develop important language skills. Book discussions help children practice turn-taking, encourage them to use language to analyze, make predictions and solve problems, and provide them with opportunities to try out new vocabulary words.

En route vers l’école

Ce programme équivalent au “Kindergarten Toolbox”, mais offert en français, se concentre sur le développement de la discipline et d’autres pratiques gagnantes pour la rentrée à la maternelle. Votre enfant travaillera l’éveil à la lecture et à l’écriture, la logique mathématique, ainsi que sa capacité d’attention, de concentration et d’auto-contrôle.  Une excellente préparation pour l’école primaire.

Kindergarten Toolbox

The purpose of this program is to introduce children to exercises and routines that will be useful to them as they transition into Kindergarten.  Through progressive content work, the children engage in enriched classroom activities, exploring numerals and quantities, practicing arithmetic computations and using their math skills in various role-play scenarios. With a variety of language-based manipulatives, the children also explore letter sounds and combine sounds to form words and create stories. In this treasured Toolbox, the children will also find tools that will help them to develop important school-readiness skills, including organization, perseverance, self-reliance and intrinsic motivation.

Afternoon at the Museum

The renowned Redpath Museum comes to Orchard House!  This new program features interactive classroom presentations by a trained museum educator, using natural history specimens and teaching props directly from the Redpath Museum.  Each presentation includes supervised, hands-on time with the specimens.  Themes that will be covered in this session include dinosaurs, fossils, volcanoes, rocks and minerals, shells and marine life, endangered species and conservation.

Montessori Madness

Children participate in Montessori exercises where they practice various skills at their own pace.  Activities include exercises in the Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics areas.  As they work, children increase their concentration and time spent on tasks.  These successful experiences encourage intrinsic motivation and aid children in reaching their potential.

Ni Hao Mandarin

Foreign languages expose children to a whole new world of words.  In doing so, we introduce young children to diversity through language and culture.  As the children learn an additional language through fun and games, they enhance their overall mental development.  In particular, they will increase their language skills, heighten their sense of self-esteem and strengthen their thinking and reasoning skills.  Joins us for an interactive, introductory class to Mandarin!

Preschool Poets:

Finger play and rhymes come to life as we encourage the children to show word meaning through simple actions and finger movement. The children focus on the rhythm, sounds and forms of poetry which will help to develop both memory and recall skills as they sing and recite songs and poems.

Science Explorers

Through hands-on experiments and observations, children learn to implement the scientific process, asking a scientific question, constructing a hypothesis, doing an experiment, drawing conclusions and communicating their results. Fun themes include magnets, sinking and floating, the weather, and color mixing.

Rhythms and Rhymes

Through the use of books, songs and puppet play, this program helps the children to further enrich their language skills, orally and in print. Developing an ability to create rhymes, segment words, blend sounds are all pre-literacy skills that build a firm foundation for later reading and writing. This multi-sensory approach to learning language keeps young children engaged and makes learning fun!

An Afternoon In The Stem Lab

Our upcoming, one-of-a-kind STEM Lab has been conceived to promote engagement in play in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This newly-designated space – equipped with light tables, building materials, microscopes, magnets and more – allows the children to tinker away, practicing critical thinking and problem solving skills as they work autonomously or with friends by their side. This STEM lab is a wonderful spot that will appeal to each child’s sense of curiosity and encourage each one to create meaningful learning experiences along the way.

Afternoon Activities

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