Entries by sproutingmindspreschool

Visit to the FireHall

We recently took a field trip to our local Fire Station. Captain Brian Riouh was kind enough to spend the day with us and give us a tour, as well as talk about fire safety. Firefighter Scott donned the full suit while the children watched. He explained his way through while putting on each piece […]

Classroom size matters

Research completed by Conscious Discipline states that a typical preschool classroom has 60 conflicts per hour. That equals to 1 per minute! The main reason for this is a larger group size (20 children) of same-aged children. All of the children in a same-age group have the same needs and skills. They are part of […]

What Do Turtles Eat?

Children were encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to create a small world for animals. They worked cooperatively, using tree blocks, tree cookies, rainbow stacks and pine cones. They built caves and hiding places, lakes and trees. I watched them build their small world and add the animals to high and low places. As […]

Introduction to a great artist and our field trip

I introduced the children to the works of an artist named Dale Chihuly. We examined his works and learned how he became an artist. We watched videos of how Chihuly interacted with his medium and experimented with colour and form while creating beautiful chandeliers and Macchias. I hoped to inspire creativity and use of different […]

Learning About Our Bodies

During yoga, we practice our breathing exercises and the children are always curious about their breath. They breathe in and out and wonder where each breath comes from. It is during these exercises that they expressed interest in their bodies and learning the function of each body part. “Where does it come from?” Jack curiously asked. “From […]

Career Opportunity: Preschool Teacher Position

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The Sprouting Minds Learning Centre Inc. announces a search for a preschool teacher for its Early Learning Center (ELC). This person will join a growth-oriented and collaborative learning community committed to the school’s mission and core values. The ELC program is inspired by the work of educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The program […]

Invitations for Learning – Sink or Float

In my classroom children are viewed as powerful individuals who want to seek and build their own knowledge. The curriculum allows them to learn as they explore the world around them; and the exploration provides an avenue for hypothesizing, questioning, and problem solving.  Such real experiences provide opportunities to learn about science, social studies, math, […]

Curriculum Influences

Sprouting Minds Learning Centre was formed as a Reggio inspired program to create a holistic preschool integrating the best in educational pedagogies.  As I professionally develop and learn more, my teaching methods are drawn from a variety of early childhood developmental philosophies. I utilize the theories of Reggio Emilia, Piaget, Erickson, and the Project Approach […]

Summer Exploration Program

Sprouting Minds Learning Centre is offering a summer exploration program. These sessions are inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education and create an environment where peace is promoted and invitations to learn and grow are provided through observation and listening, interaction, and active participation. Read more about our summer exploration program in our flyer. […]

Insects: Overcoming their fears

I have observed many young children come to school with limited direct experiences with natural environments. Children often have little understanding and great fears about what may happen to them in their encounters with nature. Children must be given frequent opportunities to experience the outdoors so that they can develop a sense of connectedness with […]