Introduction to Music:
Our music program is developed and conducted by Music Together, an international early childhood music and movement program. This research based, developmentally appropriate music curriculum will bring out your child’s creative and artistic side. Our program consists of singing, dancing and making music. Children are intrinsically drawn to music and we believe it is important to explore their musical abilities. Children will learn to move their body to music by clapping, stomping, rocking and dancing to the rhythm while enjoying simple instruments such as tambourines, bells and rattles.
Introduction to Yoga:
The benefits of Yoga for young children are immeasurable! Yoga will instill:
Yoga is part of our daily routine at Options Academy!
Introduction to Sports:
In addition to our regular gym activities, Sportball instructors will also visit our early education site at various times throughout the year to work with the children on:
Options academy and Sportball agree on the philosophy that we need to follow the child’s lead, use equipment that is child-sized and that having fun is key for keeping kids in the game!
Arts and Crafts:
Our art program (for Preschool, Pre-Kinder and After School Academies) focuses on building our students creativity and confidence. Children are encouraged to explore, use their senses and share and reflect on their creations in our single purpose art studio. We integrate our art work with the other subjects in our curriculum so that the children get the most out of their learning experience. Art time is a great opportunity for children to develop their motor skills and their hand eye coordination.
In our Baby Academy and Junior Academy programs, children will have the opportunity to experience paint, clay and different textures from a very young age. They are encouraged to explore, use their senses, improve their motor skills and develop their hand-eye coordination while getting messy and colorful.
Introduction to French:
Children are much more successful at learning a second language when they begin at a young age. Learning a second language is wonderful for brain growth and development. We therefore offer French as part of our curriculum. The Children are introduced to basic French vocabulary, greetings and songs.
In our home economics program, children will participate in preparing simple snacks such as fruits, vegetables and various whole grain foods. They will learn about the 5 food groups and about healthy eating. This option is designed to expose children to nutritious food options, to heighten their senses and to increase independence and confidence!
Children improve their gross motor skills while playing and exploring in our gross motor room. This room consists of:
This equipment is laid out on soft mats for the children to experience and enjoy!
For our Preschool Academy program, we focus on improving motor movements, balance and coordination. We aim to develop the children’s motor skills and abilities while having fun and staying active.
e2 Young Engineers:
The e2 Young Engineers Program is based on scientific and mathematical principles that allow children to learn how to build various masterpieces using LEGO along with motors, gears and batteries in a fun and exciting way. This program utilizes an Edutainment (Education + Entertainment) approach while introducing children to theoretical and practical knowledge in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical Fields!
Introduction to Jiu Jitsu:
Parents will have the option to enroll children in the Jiu Jitsu Bully Proof program (registration fee to be paid directly to Gracie Jiu Jitsu). Options Academy staff will take children enrolled in the program down to the Jiu Jitsu facility once per week.
Jiu Jitsu is a form of martial arts that focuses on non-violent self-defense techniques. This program focuses on verbal assertiveness and provides the children with the confidence they require to deal with bullies they may encounter as they grow.
Parents will have the option to enroll children (subject to space availability) in the Paul Sadler Swimland program (registration fee to be paid directly to Paul Sadler Swimland). Options Academy staff will take children down to the swim program one day a week.
Paul Sadler Swimland provides children with excellent opportunities to develop life-saving water safety and survival skills. The program also facilitates children to become competent swimmers in a tension free, fun and exciting environment. All swimmers receive incentives throughout their aquatic education that celebrate their small successes throughout their Swimland Journey, such as t-shirts, tattoos, certificates, medals and trophies.