SKOP Pre-school Program is an integrated setting for all children between the ages of 2 to 5 years, with a special focus on supporting children with special needs. The Program features:
- Small Class Sizes
- Play-based Curriculum
- Individualized Program Plan
- Child-centered Learning
1. Use of the Environment:
An environment that encourages engagement is a crucial aspect of the Pre-school Program; creating centers for learning through exploration, play and inquiry (How Does Learning Happen, 2014).
Through play children are introduced to…
- Dramatic/Pretend Play
- Fine & Gross Motor Skills
- Communication Skills
- Problem Solving Skills
- Functional Play Skills
- Attention & Focus
- Self-Help Skills
- Cognitive Development
2. Use of Movement:
“Movement is the language of the brain” ~ Anat Baniel
Our Movement Program is based on the clinically tested Neurological Reorganization philosophy which promotes the following:
- Organized thinking and regulation of emotions
- Organizes the brain and promote new neural connections/pathway
- Increases attention and focus and also improves the brain’s ability to learn
- Calm the nervous system and promote body/spatial awareness
- The Movement Program is a small group activity facilitated by Registered Early Childhood Educators who have trained by a Movement Practitioner. The Program implements up to 30 minutes per day.
Targeted movements include, but are not limited to:
- Hands and Knees Crawling
- Vestibular Movements
- Sensory Input
3. Speech and language sessions
Promotes the following:
- Social skills
- Speech production
The small group speech and language sessions are designed by the Speech and Language Pathologist and implemented by the Resource Teachers. Children are assessed by the SLP and Individualized plans written with activities and strategies for teachers and parents to implement are provided.
4. One on One Support Pre School Program
Occupational Therapy works to improve fine and gross motor skills and motor planning.
Our one on one support program focuses on the following areas:
- Self care routines
- Organization skills
- Holding and controlling pencil; using scissors etc.
- Throwing and catching a ball etc.
The children are assessed by an OT and individualized plans written with activities and strategies for the teachers and parents to implement are provided.
5. Daily Routine
Our Daily Routines solidifies our three core values of Structure, Consistency, and Expectation. Our routines include, but is not limited to:
- Circle Activity
- Outdoor door play