Welcome to Guiding Light Early Learning Academy, a Canadian Day Care and Preschool, located just minutes away from the Streetsville Go Station, with a mission to nurture and develop infants, toddlers, preschoolers and children of junior and senior kindergarten (0 to 67 months of age).
At Guiding Light Early Learning Academy we believe that children of this generation are born with superior physical and intellectual abilities. It is our promise to create the appropriate ethos that will help each and every child reach their highest potential. Our philosophy aims to develop each child as a complete individual, well adjusted and adept in dealing with life itself. At Guiding Light we strive TOWARDS TOMORROW TODAY.
Guiding Light Academy will identify and hone the strengths of each child while helping them to imbibe positive values and attitudes thereby shaping your child for success in their future. We aim to develop a love for learning, self reliance, self regulation and the ability to interact positively with others.
At Guiding Light Early Learning Academy we will:
At Guiding Light Early Learning Academy, our forte is our structured curriculum. We combine traditional teaching with the Montesorri method and today’s technology in a creative environment. Here each and every child participates in various activities conducted by professionals from reputable Canadian institutions. This includes music, ballet, karate, drama and gymnastics.
Children are natural researchers with a desire to learn about the world and move through it. They interpret the world around them through experiences and Guiding Lights aims to build on their development in the following key areas:
At Guiding Light Early Learning Academy children learn to represent themselves and their thoughts through painting, sculpting, sketches, crafts and other activities that boost fine motor dexterity. Once a year we invite a local artist into our centre to provide children with tips and techniques on their handiwork.
Our educators build strong relationships with each child to help them feel safe and secure in our environment. The planned routine allows children to have a sense of responsibility and belonging as they build familiarity with their surroundings. Additionally, our students exemplify great character because
Language skills are fostered through exposure to ‘Circle Time’ activities like songs, stories, rhymes to encourage group and individual language development. Educators engage children in activities to encourage vocabulary development through listening and repetition. ‘Interactive’ reading facilitated by the educator will help develop their imagination and critical thinking skills. Guiding Light Academy also introduces Drama and Elocution as part of the curriculum for 4-5 year olds to sharpen their communication and language skills.
Guiding Light Early Learning Academy strongly advocates the benefits of multi-lingual education as it is during these early years that language skills are best honed. Each day, children are taught French in-house through song, play and story-telling. More formal classes are introduced in our Junior and Senior Kindergarten age group.
Our “author in-house” program brings an author to read and discuss concepts from a pre-selected children’s novel. The author interaction encourages both language and creative development.
Physical development is nurtured in all aspects of your child’s experience at Guiding Light Academy.
Gross motor skills are developed through outdoor play, rhythmic games, running, climbing and more, all of which enhance large muscle coordination.
Fine motor skills are enhanced through providing children with dedicated time to focus on the manipulation of small tools and materials such as play dough, puzzles and games.
Sensory development is encouraged through experiential activities where children can draw inference about their surroundings (i.e. clean, dirty, wet, dry etc). Guiding Light Academy invests in media and tools that promote experiential learning.
Guiding Light Early Learning Academy introduces, when appropriate, karate and ballet into the curriculum. We strongly believe that structured physical activity not only promotes a healthy lifestyle but enhances overall coordination and self discipline.
At Guiding Light Early Learning Academy children learn to represent themselves and their thoughts through painting, sculpting, sketches, crafts and other activities that boost fine motor dexterity. Once a year we invite a local artist into our centre to provide children with tips and techniques on their handiwork. Our collaborative learning environment allows children to interact, provide respectful feedback on their peer’s work and share experiences throughout the day.
Children will also be exposed to cooking, baking, gardening activities to give them real world experiences. They will be encouraged to pick up after themselves, lay the table and take on leadership roles in all activities to stimulate their intellectual development.
Music is an integral part of all activities at Guiding Light Early Learning Academy. Educators and the sensory rich environment support intellectual development by making it easy for music/sound to be integrated into a variety of activities. Children can create their own music or learn existing melodies on a daily basis with our structured curriculum.
Our educators build strong relationships with each child to help them feel safe and secure in our environment. The planned routine allows children to have a sense of responsibility and belonging as they build familiarity with their surroundings. Additionally, our students exemplify great character because of the emphasis placed on social graces such as sharing, cooperation and taking turns.
To be announced during the course of the academic year.