Early toddlers need an environment that is unhurried and predictable. The rhythm of the day is one that soothes and comforts, thereby nurturing the sense of safety and security that is so essential to keeping the pathways to learning and growth open. The day consists mainly of caregiving routines, playing and activity times. Daily communications with parents is of paramount importance.
Toddlers continue to enjoy an environment that is nurturing and safe. Simple routines and Small group activities that consist of Theme Learning Centers and Free Choice Play areas are introduced for this age level. Large group activities consist of Coming Together (Circle Time), and gross motor activities such as music and movement and outdoor play are also a big part of the toddlers day. Daily communications with parents continue to be of paramount importance in the caregiving routine and learning.
Children of this age are encouraged to learn to make connections with past experiences and current learning. Integrating topics with skill development helps the children make sense of the world and their learning. The skills are developed through a multitude of activities and the centres are used to extend their hands-on learning. As most children need to be active, there are a variety of learning areas or centres to provide for the different needs, interests and ages of the children
Children need to manipulate, explore, and experiment with real objects. Through it, they clarify information, integrate ideas from their previous experiences, and explore and experiment with their environment. The Maple Bear program is designed to educate the whole child, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially; while diverse learning styles and stages of development are respected at all times. The main learning areas are: English language arts, mathematics, science and technology, personal and social awareness, physical skills and well-being, and creative and cultural expression.
Maple Bear schools have high learning expectations of children within a healthy, stimulating and supportive learning environment. Positive attitudes towards learning developed in these early years, form the basis of effective learning in their later years of school. Competence in language, reading, mathematics, science and technology is developed systematically and teachers integrate subject knowledge into a variety of active techniques suitable to the developmental stages of the children. The students that complete the Maple Bear program are well prepared for the primary school of choice and have a strong foundation for life-long learning.