Guiding Light Early Learning Academy was founded with a goal to promote academic excellence and an unparalleled learning environment. Our action plan focuses on the physical, emotional, social and intellectual well-being of each infant, toddler and child in the age group of 3 months to 5 years entrusted in our care. We believe that we are part of a generation where today’s children are born with a superior intellect that needs to be nurtured to allow them to achieve their full potential. It is our promise to create the appropriate ethos that will help enhance these qualities in your child. Our philosophy aims to develop each child as a complete individual, well adjusted and adept in dealing with their young life skillfully.
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:
Our curriculum is structured on the developmental needs of children in the age group of 3 months-5 yrs. We have devised a program to allow each child the opportunity to grow and flourish in the encouraging environment of the day care.
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:
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 Academy strongly advocates the benefits in multi-lingual education. 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 etc.
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 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 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 Guiding Light invites 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 encourage to pick up after themselves, lay the table and take on a leadership role in all activities to stimulate their intellectual development.
Music is an integral part of all activities at Guiding Light 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.
Guiding Light Academy believe that chess is an excellent way to develop concentration and thinking skills. In addition to the many activities included in the curriculum, we have opted, to included chess into the weekly routine of ages 4 and up.
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.