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School Age Room

Welcome to Magic Pencils' School Age Room. This room is licensed for 15 children, with an E.C.E. Teacher, and in the event of a field trip or special occasion, an Assistant.

It is Our Goal to implement a variety of centred activities that will act as a liaison between home, school, social, and daycare environments. There will be activities in all areas of development that are both age appropriate and geared toward academic achievement, based on individual needs.

Children are encouraged to complete their homework before joining in other activities.

In the School Age room, we have a number of different centres to choose from. The children will be encouraged to participate in each centre in order to develop their skills. The children are encouraged to participate in different activities. Our centres board give some opportunity to choose the centres alone, by interest. This teaches the children to be more independent and learn how to follow rules.

The Puzzle Centre helps to improve fine motor (hand) skills. We are providing puzzles with a wide range of pieces.

The Creative Writing Centre will focus on the development and enhancement of the cognitive skills based on the use of the individual's imagination. It is also intended to promote the use of correct printing, cursive writing, spelling and grammar, which will aid in the development of cognitive and fine motor skills.

The Fine Motor Activity Centre Fine motor can be developed and enhanced in a variety of ways. This area will greatly stimulate the use of hand/eye coordination. The availability of many kinds of activities will keep the centre interesting, fun and exciting. Some of the activities offered will be cutting, sorting, stamping, tracing, sculpting, and many fun and educational toys.

The Art Centre is available to the children at all times. This centre helps to enhance creativity, self-expression, and self pride. During any daily programming, we complete a craft that relates to our weekly theme. We send all of the craftwork home for you to see.

The Dramatic Play Centre enhances creativity, role playing, and self-expression, and encourages children to use their imagination. The setup of this area is rotated to correspond to the weekly theme.

The Reading Centre is a relaxing, quiet place that allows children to get away and have some alone time, if they wish. This area is set up to encourage children to enjoy reading. There are many different books to choose from and they get changed periodically.

The Learning Centre is also a quiet, relaxing place. The toys and activities in the centre are all educational. The main focus of this centre is to develop academic skills using resource materials such as an atlas, globes, maps, math, word puzzles and dictionaries. Video games, listening and computer centres are also available.

The Science/Sensory Centre is fun and full of interesting objects to explore. During the year, we will bring in lots of nature materials pertaining to the different seasons. The sensory centre consists of something different everyday. Water play and rotated materials are available, these to include any number of different fun materials to play with. We will provide materials for participation in hands on experiments.

Outdoor Time is mainly for gross motor activities. At that time, we play special games, sports, and ball games. This time is also planned and posted.

A daily schedule is posted and followed. We do free play before school. We do a PM circle, at which time we talk about the special theme for the week. We update the calendar, the weather calendar, and we learn a new song. We also read theme related stories, play games, and learn new words. Discussion of our theme will be a focus during circle time. A variety of board games are available at free play time.

Our classroom behaviour management technique is to encourage the children in a positive way to behave appropriately. We redirect the child toward a different activity, if required, or ask the child to take a break and relax in the book centre, away from the other children. We are teaching the children to solve their own problems with their peers.

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