Small Hands, Great Treasures Playschool

Our playschool is a quality, licensed, play-based playschool within a Christian environment, serving the families of the community.

OUR 2017-2018 REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Call Chrissy at (403) 249-8605 ext. 245, e-mail her at chrissy (at) bethanychapel.com or come by the office at Bethany Chapel to find out more and to register!

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Nurturing and Enriching

Registration

  • A non-refundable registration fee ($50) for new students or ($20) for returning students is due when you register your child
  • Children must be fully toilet-trained (no pull-ups) by the start of the program and speak some English.

Three Year Old Class

Is your Child 3 years old by October 15, 2017? (This date is firm)

  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $160.00/month

Four Year Old Class

Is your child 4 years old by December 31, 2017? (This date is firm).

  • When: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 9:15 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $185.00/month

New! Download our Registration Form for 2017-2018 (PDF)

Goals

For the Program

The Small Hands, Great Treasures Playschool program strives to provide stimulating and enriching experiences drawn from the curiosity and interests of each child.  Families are very important to us since you are the first teachers of your children. We enjoy several family events throughout the school year where we come together to get to know one another better and celebrate the children's accomplishments. 

For the Children

  •  Foster curiosity and investigation and be given the time to do so.
  •  Explore the world around them.
  •  Encourage collaborative group work.
  •  Recognize and celebrate how each child learns.
  •  Promote active learning with engaging, play-based and meaningful experiences.
  •  Instill a love of learning.
  •  Enjoy open-ended art experiences.
  •  Learn Bible truths in a child-friendly, hands-on, inquisitive atmosphere.

Philosophy

Reggio-Inspired Playschool Philosophy

The style of education at Small Hands, Great Treasures Playschool is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education. This philosophy began in the northern Italian town of Reggio Emilia shortly after World War II by mothers that desired early learning for their young children and to instill the values of democracy and social justice in their communities. Hundreds of schools have embraced this philosophy and can be found around the world in both private and public institutions.

Fundamentals of Reggio Emilia

The Image of the Child

Children are competent individuals who have within themselves the ability to investigate what they are curious about in their world. Children often learn through trial and error, with experiments being the stepping stones to knowledge. 

Adults come alongside these experiences, sometimes engaging and assisting and at other times allowing discovery to unfold. 

The One Hundred Languages of Children

Each child has his or her own way of learning and communicating. Art techniques, music, drama and the written word only touch on the myriad of ways children's ideas can be represented and celebrated. 

The Role of Families

Each family knows their child best since you are their first and life-long teacher. Partnering with families is essential for consistent, positive experiences both at home and at school. 

We encourage your involvement as our school year unfolds during projects and special events. We support an environment of communication and co-operation. 

Time is Not Set by the Clock

Children have their own rhythm and sense of time. This is taken into consideration when planning activties so that children take the time they need to spread their wings and fly. 

Generative Curriculum

Projects are seen as an active part of playschool life and can involve a small group of friends or the entire class. Projects can last for a day or several months, depending on the passion and curiosity of the children designing them. 

Themes arise from children's theories and interests, supporting the desire for life-long learning. Each step is documented and displayed, allowing for re-visiting and reflection by the children, staff, families and community. 

The Playroom Environment

We feel each playroom should be a canvas reflecting who "lives" in each setting - children, families and staff combined. 

With this in mind, we encourage everyone's year-long participation by adding aesthetically pleasing additions to make for a sensory-rich, naturally beautiful space that develops an appreciation for the world around us. 

Teachers are Partners in Learning

The Teacher's role is as a resource, a listener, nurturer, partner and instigator for further development. Teachers and co-teachers make observations, listening and observing each child, using these understandings to be used as future resources. 

Teachers can then ask questions and discover the children's ideas, hypotheses and theories. This continual research and reflection is key to ongoing discussions with other Playschool colleagues. This ultimately leads to interacting closely with the children and their ongoing growth within their playschool experience. 

The Learning Environment

At Small Hands, Great Treasures Playschool, we believe children learn best:

  •  Through play, at a rate unique to themselves.
  •  Through repetition, building through past experiences and through the use of all their senses.
  •  In a creative and investigative environment. 
  •  When they feel a sense of achievement and self-worth while feeling physically and emotionally safe. 

A Wide Range of Experiences

Our playschool experiences cover a wide range including:

  •  Gym and outdoor activities.
  •  A daily “Meeting Place” time to come together to sing, read books and build community.
  •  Open-ended art.
  •  Family get-togethers throughout the year.