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.
The children expand on their knowledge of shapes, textures and color mixing while being introduced to a new art medium each week. They will explore different art techniques which will not only help to support their fine motor skills but also unleash their creativity!
The children are introduced to a selection of artists, as well as their art works and their art techniques. They will recreate and replicate famous works of art while being encouraged to put their own original spin on their masterpieces. In this class, our budding artists will also explore and experiment with a wide variety of two- and three-dimensional materials.
A stepping stone to our signature “Petits Chefs” programme, “Orchard House Bites” offers children the opportunity to learn the artful skills of cooking before applying them to more creative recipes. In the comfort of the Orchard House Petits Chefs kitchen, the children are introduced to kitchen safety, health and nutrition. They learn about the five food groups through sensorial activities (such as smelling, touching and tasting). In addition, the children have the opportunity to explore kitchen skills such as spreading, peeling, tearing and tossing. A wonderful culinary opportunity to create and be creative!
Learning to code sounds serious but, with Osmo’s Awbie, it’s all fun and games. Our kid-coders will begin with special board games to learn coding fundamentals, computational thinking and problem solving, before moving on to Osmo’s Awbie. There, they will learn how to place physical blocks into sequences, loops and if/or actions, so on-screen Awbie can walk around, jump over obstacles and grab strawberries in a magical world. When they are ready, our kid-coders move on to code Botley, the coding robot!
This guided art activity provides simple, step-by-step drawing instructions that serve as a spring board to the children’s inner creativity. Leaning on our monthly school themes for inspiration, and following helpful hints and suggestions from the teacher, the children discover the tools that allow them to transform their guided art work into their own personal masterpieces.
In their very own Petits Chefs kitchen, the children participate in making special dishes related to our monthly themes (e.g. fall vegetables, summer fruits, winter treats…). They also work on developing fine motor skills through measuring, pouring, stirring, mixing, and kneading various foods. All young chefs get to eat / drink their work of art at the end of each class (allergies are always cautiously taken into account). Bon Appetit!
This program invites the children to travel the globe, learning about different modes of transportation from land to sea to air. The children will explore various countries while learning about art, culture, geography and even animals through fun activities and crafts.
Our little travellers will learn about the different continents and explore the various countries around the world. They will travel the globe in an effort to familiarize themselves with languages, landscapes and cultures, and to gain a better understanding of how our friends in other parts of the world live, work and play.
In an effort to promote empathy, to raise social awareness, and to support an understanding of the perspective of others, the children in this class will have an opportunity to “pay it forward”.
By supporting school fundraising initiatives and other community-related events, the children will participate in classroom projects by executing thoughtful gestures for others. What an important foundational social skill for our next generation!
This class is designed to engage preschooler’s natural love of music and activate their imagination through music making, body awareness and body beats. Our little musicians will explore a variety of musical instruments through games, rhymes and stories.
Your mini-maestros will enjoy singing and manipulating instruments as they accompany both new and familiar tunes. They will learn to follow beats, rhythms and pitches, to match patterns, and to even create their own sounds. They will have the opportunity to make their own instruments, which will allow them to carry their music right to their home!
Alison Notkin brings her innovative music and nature program to Orchard House, offering soothing yet lively music classes filled with songs, movement, props and instruments, and plenty of fun facts about nature and how to care for our natural environment. Added bonus: classes for the 3’s and 4’s are conducted in French.