At Open Space we value that each child is different. This is why our program differs based upon the age of the child. A child’s typical day changes as they move from one classroom to another.
Our classrooms are designed with our children in mind. Each classroom is divided into various learning centers. These learning centers may include Art, Blocks, Literacy, Science, Sensory Dramatic Play and Manipulatives. All of the materials we use are open-ended to encourage every child’s creativity and the use of their imagination. We value the process involved in creating and exploring rather than the product. During every process, teachers encourage the children use their cognitive skills to plan, observe, and problem solve.
Every classroom has an open layout to encourage the children to move freely around the classroom. All of the shelves and furniture are on the child’s level so they can easily access materials to promote autonomy. We encourage discovery based learning, which allows them to retrieve materials they are interested in as well as putting them back when they are finished.
Children in our Infant classroom experience stories, finger plays, songs, art and sensory experiences everyday! We strive to create a warm, individualised nurturing environment for all our infants.
Children in our Toddler classroom begin to explore their autonomy! Our Toddlers spend most of their day discovering the world around them through self-directed & teacher guided play, circle time, small group activities, reading books, singing songs, and both art & sensory experiences.
In our Early Preschool classroom, teachers encourage independence, social relationships and the individual interests of all children. The teacher uses the interests she observes to plan projects and lessons.
In our Preschool classroom the structure is similar to the Early Preschool classroom with a greater focus on school readiness.