The 3 prime areas of learning are:
– physical development; and
– social development.
Our planned daily activities are chosen to meet the ethical values by providing a bilingual and multicultural experience that raises awareness of the natural world we live in.
Social / Emotional development: Interacting with one another
Social development involves learning the values, knowledge and skills that enable children to relate to others effectively and to contribute in positive ways to family, school and the community.
Through their relationships and connections with others, children build a sense of who they are and where they ﬁt in the social world. Coming to an understanding about self and others is therefore a central goal of children’s social development.
“One language sets you in a corridor of life. Two languages open every door along the way.” Frank Smith
Learning a foreign language at an early age helps with brain development and lays the foundation for lifelong academic achievement.
Children who learn a second language from an early age significantly enhance creativity, critical thinking skills and flexibility of the mind. Children who are exposed to different languages early on in life develop profound linguistic awareness that they carry throughout their lifetime.
We provide the children with a great wealth of confidence and vocabulary to speak French.
Two Giraffes Bilingual Crèche offers the acquisition of a foreign language to your child. Daily French classes are offered to children of all ages. Proven studies demonstrate that children are better learners when they are engaged and are having fun.
Children will discover numbers and shapes through games and charts.
Our engaging and encouraging climate for children’s early encounters with mathematics develops their confidence in their ability to understand and use mathematics.
Research clearly shows that the more math-oriented activities children do before kindergarten, the better they’ll understand math in school.
Investigating the natural world around them, beginning to learn about how it works by testing it with their tiny fingers, watching it change, listening to its sounds and feeling its textures.
Engage the real world
Children’s exploration of science is enhanced by this sun-filled environment at Two Giraffes Bilingual Crèche.
The teachers and children all participate in the growth cycle of plants by using what is grown in cooking and arts and crafts projects.
Physical Education Program
Beyond the regular school day, our children participate in physical education. We offer all children a Physical Education Program that helps them develop their gross motor and coordination skills.
In our Physical Education Program our children learn to:
- Walk in a straight line
- Walk backwards
- Jump forwards and backwards
- Climb stairs
- Throw, catch, bounce, kick a ball, etc.
It is recommended that children get at least 1 hour of physical activities daily.
Our R.E.D. policy: Read Every Day
We expose children to a variety of books by using age-appropriate strategies on reading.
Children can borrow books they like from our library for an evening or the week-end to allow parents to read them at bedtime or over the weekend.
Children are not born with an innate knowledge that text is read from left to right, or that the words on a page are separate from the images. Reading to children and with children is a very joyous event and a way of fostering a relationship, as well as [helping] language development. And we don’t have to wait until we’re getting them ready for school. We can make it part of regular routine.
Books teach your child about situations, personalities, and what is good and what is bad in the world he/she lives in. Fantasy books provide material for his/her imagination and free play. Fairy tales fascinate and help your child distinguish between what is real and what is not.
Benefits of reading to your child :
The knowledge that reading is fun! Early reading for toddlers helps them view books as an indulgence, not a chore. Kids who are exposed to reading are much more likely to choose books over video games, television, and other forms of entertainment as they grow older.
A stronger relationship with you. As your child grows older, he will be on the move—playing, running, and constantly exploring his environment. Snuggling up with a book lets the two of you slow down and recaptures that sweet, cuddly time you enjoyed when he was a baby.
Academic excellence. Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education. After all, if a student struggles to put together words and sentences, how can he be expected to grasp the math, science, and social concepts he’ll be presented with when he begins elementary school?
More logical thinking skills. Illustration of the importance of reading to children is their ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgement. As your toddler or preschooler begins to relate the scenarios in books to what is happening in his own world, he/she will become more excited about the stories you share.
- Teach your child to treasure books and treat them with respect – keeping them clean and in good condition.
- Surround your kid with books. Keep books where your kid can easily reach them so he will be able to browse them by himself.
- Take books to read to your child on long trips and places where you have to wait like the doctor’s office.
The Arts: Hands-on Learning
Children draw to express what they are feeling and thinking. Because a toddler’s small muscle control is not fully developed, he/she may approach the drawing task by grasping the marker with his or her fist, creating a bit of difficulty placing the marks exactly where he or she wants them. Movements are typically large, involving the entire arm with little finger or wrist control.
With practice, the toddler will naturally improve his/her control of wrist and finger movements. Full control, however, will not be achieved until much later.
Drawing also helps to develop manipulative skills that will assist children to write.
Music has the ability to strengthen the connection between the body and brain to work together as a team. For instance, when dancing and moving to music, children develop better motor skills.
Like language development, toddlers develop their musical skills through imitating and memorising rhythms and tones of songs such as clapping to a beat and singing in tune.
In addition to providing physical benefits, early childhood dance programs using creative play also help to develop greater emotional understanding and improved social skills. Through creative movement activities, children learn to express emotions through their body’s movements (including facial expressions) and this, in turn, allows them to more easily identify these emotions in others.
Dramatic play – expressive language
Dramatic play teaches and encourages expressive language. Children are motivated to communicate their wishes to their peers and therefore must learn to speak from the perspective of their pretend roles. Dramatic play is often a very comfortable place for children who are shy or withdrawn to participate in a group.
Dramatic play enhances child development in four major areas:
- Social/Emotional – develop the skills they need to cooperate with their peers
- Cognitive – develop literacy skills.
- Language – personal vocabulary grow as they begin to use new words appropriately.
- Physical – develop motor skills
(a play area with props, dolls and clothes) with role-playing games and activities.