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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Mind

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.

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!

The Curiosity Lab

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.

Lego Club

Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and motor development are just a few areas that children will benefit from when joining the Lego Club program.  Since its creation in 1940, Lego has become one of the most popular educational building toys today. Each week children will explore a new activity from creating skyscrapers to building their very own working cranes.

Autour du Monde

This program, taught in French allows children to travel the globe.  Children explore various countries all while learning about art, culture, geography and language through fun activities and crafts.

My Body and How it Works

Children will learn about the skeleton, five senses, lungs, heart, brain and digestive system in general terms using experiments, art, worksheet activities and games.  The importance of taking care of our bodies with proper food, hygiene, exercise and sleep will be discussed as well.

Afternoon Activities

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