The goal of our program is to
provide the children with the skills and knowledge they need to confidently
progress to grade primary. We strive to instill a love of learning and
exploration that carries over a lifetime of education. We feel children
learn best while having fun so we follow the internationally accepted
philosophy of teaching preschool children of "learning through play".
In addition to academic skills, children learn how to interact with their
peers and are encouraged to be respectful of others, share, learn to take
turns and develop the skills to be a good friend and classmate.
One of the many benefits of attending Judys is that we provide a low teacher
to child ratio of one teacher for every 7 children. The average in the
majority of metro's preschool programs is one teacher for every 12 children.
Our low teacher to child ratio allows the teachers to have much more one
on one time with your child to meet his or her individual needs. Our staff
provide nurturing care and a positive attitude which encourages the children
to enjoy learning and grow to feel confident that they can succeed in
their learning now and in the future.
Another advantage of Judys is the size of our preschool. There are never
more than 14 children in the building with two teachers to ensure the
safety and quality of their care.
Our program has two components, teacher lead activities and free play/free
choice activities. Each class there are two teacher lead "circle
times" that provide teacher directed learning opportunities for children.
Circle time allows for children to improve their attention spans and learn
how to share ideas and contribute to a group learning experience. The
first circle time is held early in the class and focuses on the calendar,weather
and exploring the topic or letter of the day with songs, finger plays,
activities and music and movement. Children are also exposed to french
numbers, colors and greetings. The second circle time is held towards
the end of the class . This is a teacher lead story time promoting Early
Literacy skills through our vast library of books, flannel stories and
listen and learn stories. It also reinforces the theme/letter of the day.
Early handwriting skills are developed using an internationally recognized
learning to write program called " Handwriting Without Tears".
Our staff has received training in this program and are well equipped
to teach it to the children. The children learn how basic shapes make
letters and correct letter formation through fun activities and songs.
"Mat Man" is also part of this program used to teach shapes,
build vocabulary, following directions and sequencing skills.
Our program encourages exploring art and imagination through use of various
mediums of paint, glue,crayons, scissors, markers, pencils, stickers,
wallpaper, stencils, and much more. Each day children create and take
home a craft, drawing or painting which reinforces the theme/letter of
the day. Our children love to create from just about anything offered
in the art area each day. In addition to encouraging creativity, time
in the art area encourages fine motor development skills of proper pencil
grip, learning scissor skills, learning to print letters of their name,
etc. to identify their art work.
There is time set aside in each class for free play/free choice activities.
During this time children can choose and explore a variety of educational
activities that stimulate their growth and development. Educational games
on computer and tablet teaches the children to use technology and improves
eye hand co-ordination. Building with large and small blocks to create
castles, planes, pirate ships, etc. for imaginative play. They learn to
think, plan and work with others to create anything they can imagine.
Fine motor skills improve as they create with lego, Lincoln logs, flex
blocks, gears, etc. Role playing in our Housekeeping/Dramatic play area
explore and try out the many roles they see in the world around them.
They can become anything they want to explore from a firefighter to a
kangaroo. Children can enjoy sensory play with sand, water, sensory bins,
playdough, etc. Children love exploring texture and learn important concepts
such as heavy versus light and sink versus float while stimulating their
The value of exercise for a healthy body to grow and develop is taught
through daily motor activities and Yoga stretches. Children enjoy outdoor
activities and play whenever weather permits. Our preschool has a fenced
outdoor play space with an extensive play structure, grassed area and
natural play spaces. We believe this outdoor play area sets Judys aside
from the preschools located in malls and commercial locations. Our outdoor
play area is a treed, grassed back yard where children can explore nature.
Our children are exposed to very early public speaking skills through
a "Show and tell" day where they bring in something to present
to their classmates. Children also sing a few songs for their family at
the year end graduation ceremony. Children are much more confident in
speaking in front of other children by the time they graduate from Judys.
We encourage healthy eating habits both by serving nutritious snacks and
by setting healthy examples in the play food in our kitchen play area.
Children can enjoy preparing fruit/vegetable snacks, Sushi, stir fry,
salads, pitas and other healthy food choices in their imaginative play.
Experimenting with preparing these foods for their dolls and friends may
make children more willing to choose and try eating these foods themselves.
The details of the daily routine and a typical class at Judys can be found
on our Routine page. Click here to go to that page Routine.