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© Copyright 2017 by Teddy Bear Daycare.

Tel: (867) 332-3171

Email: teddybearwhitehorse@gmail.com

Address

1612 Centennial St, Porter Creek,  Whitehorse, YT  Y1A 3Z3

Curriculum

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Our curriculum is based on the principles of the developmental psychology. We see child development in toddler and preschooler ages as a development of two important virtues: will and purpose. Will helps the child to explore his or her developing skills and develop autonomy,  while purpose gives initiative, a sense of confidence, and the ability to make decisions.

Social-emotional and creativity development.

     Our staff is responsive and enthusiastic. It creates optimal conditions for children’s personality development. Also, activities such as dance, music, and drama contribute to the social-emotional and creativity development. We believe that only the child who feels secure and comfortable can succeed academically in the long term. Therefore we never compromise a child’s confidence or sense of security for a better performance in the short term.

Dance Classes

      Dance is a primal part of the human experience across all cultures and time periods that unites us all no matter our age. The benefits it has on early childhood development cannot be  overestimated

Physical development is one of the most obvious benefits dance classes have for children. They learn a great range of motion, body awareness, balance, muscle strength, coordination, and endurance. Movement patterns require children to use their entire body to reach a level of fitness that is unparalleled by other activities. Through dance classes, kids begin to understand that the possibilities of movement are endless and fun to explore.

Physical Activities

We provide two methods of physical activity: teacher-Led (structured) and free play (unstructured) activities. Structured physical activities are engaging, pre-planned, quick and intense activities led by our teachers. Unstructured activity is free play for children to be creative and use their imagination. Some examples of activities:

  • children act out a story as you read it.

  • kids move while identifying shapes, colors and numbers.

  • dance party or obstacle course.

  • transition times to get kids moving (marching, skipping, hopping).

Literacy development activities

Communication. We believe that communication is a fundamental factor of literacy development at the toddler and preschooler ages. Bonding and interacting with children helps create a sense of security, and a desire for them to interact in return.

Reading. Many books and research articles have shown the importance of reading for child literacy development. Therefore reading is an incomparable part of our daily routine. Reading to children allows them to develop the ability to hear foreign languages and develop skills which are important for future literacy development.

Rhyme and rhythm.  Reading rhymes and singing is a natural part of our activities. Recent research into the development and acquisition of early literacy skills has conclusively shown that rhythm and rhyme play a hugely important role. This is because children’s early literacy skills are about listening and speaking rather than reading and writing.

Phonological Awareness. Phonological awareness is critical for learning to read any alphabetic writing system of any language. It helps children develop a wider range of phonological awareness that will help with mastering literacy in other languages in the future.

Math and Logic.

   Most preschoolers, even without guidance from adults, are naturally interested in math as it exists in the world around them. They learn math best by engaging in dynamic, hands-on games and projects. Preschoolers love to ask questions and play games that involve the many aspects of math. We do not treat math as a one-dimensional subject that is separate from other subjects taught in school. We incorporate math into children’s day to day life.