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MoonGlade studio – Pre-kinder for children aged 3- to 4 years
At this Aurora Early Learning Center, we offer a comprehensive program in our Moonglade studio. In our pre-kindergarten program there is a strong focus on social, physical and emotional development. Our educators encourage curiosity and eagerness to learn through creative learning methods such as art, music and ‘hands on’ experiences with a focus in the second half of the year on skill building in readiness for kindergarten the following year.
As well as providing a predictable and fluid routine to each day (to ensure the children feel safe and secure in the learning environment), the educators ensure that children’s needs and interests are reflected in targeted and negotiated activities and experiences set up around the room.
Interesting and engaging resources and materials help facilitate and encourage children to engage in play, which is how they learn best. Many opportunities arise throughout each day where the group comes together to share understandings and ask questions as well as share information.
We run a mentoring program between our pre-kindergarten room and kindergarten room. Every child in Moonglade studio is paired with someone in Willow Walk kindergarten who can mentor and guide them through social play and planned activities set up in the kindergarten for them to enjoy. Running on a two week cycle, all children From Moonglade studio receive an opportunity to enter the kindergarten room to spend time with their buddy as well as gain an insight into how the kindergarten room is run. We have seen many strong bonds created through the running of this program which also encourages our Moonglade children to be capable and confident learners when entering the kindergarten environment the following year.