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.
Judith Derlachter, museum education specialist, runs a new program focussing on the natural sciences. Fall topics include animal habitats, dinosaurs, rocks & minerals, skeletons & our bodies. Spring activities revolve around the “Butterflies in my Class” program which involves observing the complete life cycle of the butterfly. Beginning with live caterpillars, the children witness the changes each week and enjoy the complete metamorphosis into butterflies. The end of the session will be marked by a butterfly release!
Each week, the children are introduced to a new, stimulating picture book. The discussions that ensue encourage the children to activate prior knowledge, to make connections and predictions, to visualise and summarise. These important reading comprehension strategies will deepen critical thinking skills and enrich the children’s response to literature.
Through a variety of language-based manipulatives and activities, the children are immersed into the French language. Receptive and expressive language skills are strengthened and written skills are introduced. By simultaneously exercising attentional and self-regulatory classroom habits, this class is a wonderful preparation for the transition into Kindergarten!
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 recording their results. The children explore concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through hands-on activities and experiments. The use of the educational Light Table, and the innovative and creative 3-D printer, are an added bonus!
The renowned Redpath Museum comes to Orchard House! This 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 special exhibits. Themes covered include dinosaurs, fossils, volcanoes, rocks and minerals, shells and marine life, endangered species and conservation.
As your young preschooler begins to assert control of both self and environment, structured opportunities are provided within the framework of a stimulating Montessori setting, which encourage your child to show initiative and inquisitive exploration. Here, your children begin to reinforce their individual identity as they become increasingly aware of themselves in context of the world in which they live.
This is a French immersion pre-kindergarten program which further exposes your child to literacy, numeracy and plenty of opportunities to problem-solve. In this class, your child will increase social interactions with friends, learn to positively relate to others and begin to develop more complex forms of play and teamwork. As the necessary skills for success in Kindergarten develop, a genuine sense of pride in abilities and accomplishments will pursue.
This activity incorporates aspects of the Writer’s Workshop – a key component to any balanced literacy program. Here, the children are exposed to the organization and thought required to create a story or to write about a favorite topic. The children begin by drawing and dictating their ideas and, when ready, are encouraged to use phonics to sound out words. They are introduced to the main components of a story to help organise their ideas in a clear and efficient way.
In this class, the children are introduced to the age-old notion of board games, which benefit both social and cognitive development. These ‘retro’ games will support eye-hand coordination, strengthen dexterity and boost young players’ expressive and receptive language skills.
The children learn patience through turn taking and are introduced to the value of teamwork. They also begin to understand the concept of winning and losing in a safe and controlled environment. What wonderful platform to exercise self-regulation and practice conflict resolution skills!
Through hands-on experiments and observations, children learn the first steps of the scientific process, hypothesising and observing natural phenomena around them. Fun themes include magnets, sinking and floating, and color mixing. The use of the educational Light Table, with complementary products such as the Human X-Ray sheets and other translucent materials, is an added bonus!
More complex board games are introduced to encourage healthy brain development and executive functioning skills which include planning, organizing and making decisions. Here, the children are encouraged to detect patterns, exercise critical thinking skills, predict opponents’ moves and strategize planning next steps. Our players are encouraged to cooperate, to collaborate, follow games with rules, and learn how to lose gracefully!
KiwiCo.’s Koala & Kiwi Crates celebrate the children’s natural tendency for creativity and curiosity. Each monthly crate includes activities in science, arts & crafts, and imaginative play, with materials for projects related to themes such as music, gardens and cityscapes. Weekly activities accompany and enrich the monthly crates. Koala and Kiwi Crates are designed to help children discover, explore, and create things in the world around them, and brings hands-on fun right to our door!
Children are immersed in the French language through playful activities, songs, dances, stories and games. They will develop their receptive and expressive language skills through familiar songs and fingerplays touching on everyday vocabulary and phrases.
Children learn about all aspects of the human body, including the skeleton, the five senses, the digestive system and the main organs. They are also introduced to the notion of taking care of their bodies with proper food, hygiene habits, exercise and sleep. The children will explore this fascinating topic through experiments, art activities, interactive worksheets and group games.
Dramatic play is a critical part of any early years program. In this class, themes that include restaurant, kitchen or supermarket corner, pet clinic or doctor’s office, post-office or fire station set the stage for the children to practice their symbolic representation, pretense capabilities and re-enactment skills. Dramatic play opportunities encourage the children to put themselves in others’ shoes, developing creative thought and empathy, and strengthening language and social skills.
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 construction toys to this day. Each week, children will explore a new activity from creating skyscrapers to building their very own working cranes.