KINDERTOWN PROGRAMS AND CURRICULUM
Building Relationships and Developing Knowledge
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose – Dr. Seuss
We encourage our toddlers to begin thinking and acting for themselves from the first day of class, right up until they move up into the preschool program. By focusing on self-help skills and ‘risk-averse play’ we encourage confidence through indepenent acts of learning that will allow each child to develop, test and explore their own theories about the big, vast world around them.
By nurturing this sense of self, and guiding them to regulate their emotions, bodily functions and social competencies, we can help grow their individual autonomy. Once children grow comfortable in our unique learning environments, we expand the scope of their experiences by introducing them to different parts of our neighborhood and community.
Our Preschool program builds upon the self-help skills developed in our toddler programs by implementing school-ready skill sets. Developed around a play-based learning curriculum, our educators focus on individual curiosities and interests that arise throughout the day. By embracing the role as researcher, Kindertown educators document, reflect and implement a program that is responsive to these special learning moments and their relation to ideas of numeracy, literacy, science, and natural wonder.
To support these acts of learning, and build upon their everyday classroom learning experiences, we incorporate a curriculum that is rooted in place-based education. By utilizing the spaces and places throughout our neighborhood and city, we provide our preschool children with opportunities to explore and learn from special places around Hamilton like the Eramosa Karst, Hamilton Farmers Market, Heritage Green Senior Home and Gage Park Greenhouse.