Our Preschool Programs **Exciting NEW program for September 2018 — FUN 4 TWO’s — scroll to bottom of page for more information

Remember to check out our FRENCH Immersion Preschool and SPANISH Preschool as well.

Early childhood education serves as a way to transition your child from home to school.

Preschool should be fun for children and learning through play is a huge part of preschool, but what else will your child be doing in preschool? Read below to find out how Leap n’ Learn will nurture and engage your child as we ignite their passion for learning.

Preschool should be a preparation for learning. It should also be fun and engaging. At Leap n’ Learn, we believe that it is our job to develop a child’s creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. During the preschool years, children develop characteristics which will affect their lifelong love of learning. The reason we strive to teach using the Multiple Intelligence theory is that by discovering a child’s talents (their strengths), and teaching to their weakness, we help to create well rounded, flexible students and happy children.

Our programs strive develop a child’s disposition to learn by enabling a child’s ability to sustain an interest in an activity, to feel secure at school and to be able to work in the classroom environment and to learn how and when to listen.

We offer the following programs for the 2018/2019 school year:

To read more about any one of the programs, simply scroll down to the program you would like to read more about. We have programs that run 1, 2, 3 or 5 days per week!
  • 3 yr old Preschool
  • 4 yr old Preschool
  • Jr. Kindergarten
  • Saturday Preschool
  • French Immersion Preschool/Jr. Kindergarten
  • Spanish Immersion Preschool/Jr. Kindergarten
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ALL CHILDREN MUST BE FULLY POTTY TRAINED TO ATTEND PRESCHOOL.

3-Year Old Preschool

Leap n’ Learn three-year old program. Children must be three by the 30th of September. (If spaces remain after the beginning of the school year, we accept children on an ongoing basis throughout the year as they turn three.)

Children will develop a strong knowledge of self and self-esteem, the ability to take turns and an understanding of how a classroom works. Your child will learn problem solving skills, conflict management, and proper behavior when he or she spends time with other children. The importance of schedule and structure is introduced and children begin to learn the necessity for time management. Letter and number literacy, shapes, colors, patterning, daily calendar, arts, crafts, Handwriting Without Tears (without workbook), story time and free play (centre time) are just some of the great aspects of this program.

4-Year Old Preschool

For the September, 2017 school year, Children must be four by March 1st, 2018 for Calgary schools and by December 31, 2017 for Okotoks schools.

Four-Year Old Preschool readies a child for the structure of a formal school setting, being open and ready to learning new things and to the Kindergarten experience. The importance of schedule and structure is continued in this Preschool session and children begin to learn the necessity of time management, making it a much easier transition into the Kindergarten setting. Aspects of this program include reading readiness, literacy and storytelling, math readiness, art, crafts, music, science, introduction to French, Handwriting Without Tears (including workbook) and learning and exploring through play and social activities, while learning about the community through theme based curriculum and hands on experiences. Our programs benefits from visitors from the community whenever possible, firefighters, policemen, doctors, nurses, dentists, pilots, optometrists, etc.

Junior Kindergarten (three or five mornings or afternoons/week)

Children must be attending Kindergarten in September 2018 and should be four by December 31st, 2017. Some exceptions made in the Calgary schools if child is turning 4 by March 1st, 2018 and will be attending kindergarten in September 2018.

This specific program, while still blending learning through play, hands on experiences and academics, also has a higher level of academic activities including a focus on reading readiness; letter recognition, letter sounds, sight words and handwriting, as well as incorporating math, science and art and music throughout the day. Kindergartens are changing more and more each year; their expectations are increasing as to what a child should know before beginning school. The preschool experience readies a child for the structure of a formal school setting, being open and ready to learn new things and to the Kindergarten experience; Junior Kindergarten does this too, as well as setting a child up for success specifically in Kindergarten and is planned with this in mind. It is planned to assist children in flourishing academically and socially. The children are confident when they enter Kindergarten. Concepts they are learning are already familiar to them. They are reinforcements of what they are already beginning to feel certain about. Children who are confident socially and academically become more willing to take healthy risks in and outside of the classroom setting.

QUESTION OFTEN ASKED: What if I am uncertain if my child will attend kindergarten in September of 2018?
ANSWER: We have a three & four-year-old combined class that is a great option for these children.

Immersion Preschool Programs (French & Spanish)

Silverado Location

FRENCH
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:30 to 11:30 AM (Junior Kinder program)
Tuesday/Thursday 8:30 to 11:30 AM (Preschool 3 & 4 year olds)

SPANISH
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12:05 to 3:05 PM (Junior Kinder program & 3 yr. Old preschool)

Okotoks Location

FRENCH
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12:35 to 3:35

WHY IMMERSION?
  • Comprehensive curriculum
  • Learn French while it is easiest and most natural
  • Stimulates creativity
  • Sparks intellectual growth
  • Enhances verbal and Mathematical problem solving
  • Augments understanding one’s language
  • Facilitates learning additional languages
  • Gives children who will be entering the elementary a head start
Junior Kindergarten

This program offers the same great aspects of the Junior kinder in our regular program along with the benefits of the LANGUAGE Immersion Program.

Your child does not have to be continuing in the Immersion elementary system to benefit from the Immersion Preschool experience.

This specific program’s higher level of academic activities include focus on learning a second language, reading readiness; letter recognition, letter sounds, sight words and handwriting, as well as incorporating math, science and art and music throughout the day. The language is introduced naturally and increased throughout the year as the children's understanding increases. Kindergartens are changing more and more each year; their expectations are increasing as to what a child should know before beginning school. The preschool Immersion program readies a child for the structure of a formal school setting, being open and ready to learning new things and to the Kindergarten experience (in French, Spanish or English); Junior Kindergarten does this too, as well as setting a child up for success specifically in Kindergarten and is planned with this in mind. It is planned to assist children in flourishing academically and socially. The children are confident when they enter Kindergarten. Concepts they are learning are already familiar to them. They are reinforcements of what they are already beginning to feel certain about. Children who are confident socially and academically become more willing to take healthy risks in the classroom setting.

French or Spanish Immersion Preschool (3 & 4 Year olds)

Program runs each year if interest warrants starting a session. Children do not need to do the three-year old Immersion program to continue on in the Junior Kindergarten Immersion. Children can enter directly from the English program or without previous preschool experience. The three-year old Immersion includes all of the great components of our English preschool classroom with the added bonus of learning a second language.

 
NEW For September 2018 — FUN 4 TWO’s (24 to 36 months) SILVERDO LOCATION ONLY

Leap n Learn is excited to be adding this additional program to our families and communities. This unparented program is for children 24 months to 36 months and is a pre entry program to Preschool. Children do not need to be potty trained but must be able to be left by their caregiver without causing them distress. The key elements of this program are to enable your toddler to socialize,make bonds with other children their age, this playbased program will include supervised free play, sing songs, stories, dance and have the option to do craft and or sensory activities. Get your toddler ahead of the game, engage their curious little minds and register TODAY! Same great 3hr session.



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