Our Preschool Program is designed to engage children in an inquiry-based curriculum that follows the Reggio Emilia philosophy of learning through exploration and discovery. We see each child as a one-of-a-kind learner, unique in their interests and the way that they learn.
*Daily Gardening and Exploration, where children spend time outdoors exploring and discovering the world around them. We see the environment as an important teacher in a child’s educational experience. Through nature-based play and outdoor exploration, children are encouraged to engage in the world around them and develop a respect for all life. Outdoor play time and physical activity is a significant part of our program. Children are encouraged to partake in cooperative games, to be physically active, and to get their hands full of dirt in our garden. Our beautiful garden is a peaceful place full of life. Children will have the opportunity to learn gardening skills and grow their own flowers, fruits, herbs, and vegetables to take home. Our garden is filled with opportunities to forage, nibble little bits of bliss here and there, tuck in seedlings, get dirty, and make friends with the birds and worms that share our outdoor space.
*Daily art classes, where children are taught art techniques and are given the opportunity to create their own unique pieces and express themselves through various art mediums, such as painting, sculpting, drawing, building, and more.
*Weekly music classes, where children play with musical instruments, sing, learn basic music theory, and find expression through rhythm, sound, and song.
*Weekly yoga and movement classes, where children enhance their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. Through exercise, relaxation, and mindfulness, children engage in a noncompetitive physical activity that encourages self-esteem and body awareness. Our yoga classes are held at With Our Own Little Hearts Yoga Studio in Steveston Village.
*Weekly academic classes, where children engage in academic concepts and lessons such as writing, reading, math, and more. Instructors work with children in smaller groups in order to maximize the learning and development of these academic skills. These classes are meant to prepare preschoolers for kindergarten.
*Weekly language classes, where children learn French, Mandarin, and Japanese. Children will explore and learn the language of choice through games, art, interaction, lessons, songs, and more. Studies have shown that acquiring a foreign language at a young age has great cognitive benefits and creates flexibility and creativity in learning.
At With Our Own Two Hands Preschool and Learning Centre
We offer both a morning and afternoon preschool sessions:
Morning Preschool 9:00am-1:00pm
Afternoon Preschool 1:15-3:45pm
We offer a full-week and part-time week registration option:
Full-week: Monday to Friday
3 day part-time week: Mon/Wed/Fri
2 day part-time week: Tues/Thurs
Your child is eligible to attend if he or she is:
-At least 30 months of age on the date of entrance to our preschool
-Has not yet entered Kindergarten
At With Our Own Two Hands Flexible Childcare and Activity Centre (Chatham Location)
We offer a Flexible Registration option. This allows you to choose and customize your days of attendance at the beginning of each month. We also offer the option of booking on a weekly or daily basis.
Flexible Preschool is offered Monday to Friday from 9-1pm and 1-5pm.
At the beginning of each month you have the option of purchasing
16, 24, 32, or 40 hours of learning. These hours can then be used to register your child on the days of attendance you desire for the month. This flexibility in customizing your days allows you to choose month to month a schedule that works for you.
With Our Own Two Hands Preschool
is licensed by the Ministry of Health, Community Care Facilities, Licensing Branch, and the Provincial Child Care Regulation.