Our Pedagogy is Inspired by:
Our philosophy is based on the belief that we have the responsibility to nurture each child’s development and learning style, utilizing experiences through interactions that foster a zest for life and a love of learning. At Play Loft Learning we believe that child care and learning are inseparable and that each child is a thinking, creative individual. We believe that a child’s positive self-esteem is critical to social, physical, and intellectual development.
It is for these reasons we incorporate appropriate practices that encourage young children to view themselves as capable human being. School activities focus on skill development outlined in the ELECT (Early Learning for Every Child Today: A Framework for Ontario Early Childhood Settings), How Does Learning Happen, Reggio Emelia, Montessori based learning and the Ontario Kindergarten curriculum, with a concentrate on developing a strong foundation for literacy and numeracy skills. Play Loft staff uses a combination of Reggio Emelia, Montessori, Jolly Phonics and Handwriting without Tears lesson plans to incorporate the framework and provide children with an optimal learning experience. For this, lessons and activities incorporated throughout the day are based on educational themes along with children’s interests. Our school programs focus on a combination of meaningful play-based learning experiences, and exciting guided lessons with activities to develop a strong foundation of school readiness skills, that foster a love of learning.
Play Loft Learning is inspired by approaches to learning that view the child as a capable partner in the acquisition of knowledge and play as a fundamental component in healthy child development.
- Play and learning go hand in hand, each building upon the other, and together they help children develop socially, emotionally, physically, and academically.
- Learning happens when there is an emotionally safe climate and a rich, stimulating environment.
- Learning happens when meaning is constructed from an array of information or from an experience.
- Learning happens when learners know and can ask for what they need to assist in their process and can make choices based on their learning preferences and interests.
- Learning happens when products are created, or performances produced that allow children/learners to apply what they have learned to new situations.
- Learning happens when offered opportunities to reflect.