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Listening in Early Start

This week the Early Start children were introduced to a brand new Quiet Centre in our classroom. The Quiet Centre provides an area for our young learners to be mindful of their bodies and people around them.  The Centre has two headsets for children to listen to stories and music and there is a basket…

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Early Start in the Kitchen

On Wednesday, the Early Start friends got to make a wonderful Fall treat…pumpkin muffins! In small groups, we talked about each ingredient needed, and everyone had a chance to add something and stir up the batter. Everyone used their patience and listening skills well, and many Early Starts showed enthusiasm for helping and watching. When…

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Early Start Loves Apples

The Early Start children are learning all about apples. This week we listened to the story “A Day at the Apple Orchard”. The story taught us about where apples come from and the many different kinds of apples there are. The children enjoyed tasting different apples and picking their favourite… yellow, red or green. We…

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Stewardship in Early Start

This month our character trait is “Stewardship” – a tricky concept for little ones but one that the Early Starts have embraced by being actively responsible for their environment. We are helping our youngest students to be responsible by entrusting them to perform everyday duties in our classroom. The children are being encouraged to help…

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Greetings from Early Start

We have a new morning routine here in Early Start! The children are practicing greeting one another. Each morning the children choose the way they would like to be greeted by pointing to pictures on the door before their entry into the classroom. The options are a hug, handshake, high five, fist bump or a…

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Fun in the Snow in Early Start

The weather finally cooperated for us today and the Early Starts were able to have an extra long play in the snow! It was a perfect winter day to slide, dig, shovel and ride in a sled. It’s so nice to see friends playing cooperatively with one another, taking turns and using natural materials outside…

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Casa Loma Comes to Life in Early Start

This week the Early Starts have been gearing up for our Cozy Toronto Spirit Day! Our landmark is Casa Loma, Toronto’s only castle. The Early Starts enjoyed learning all about the history of this fascinating landmark. The children were surprised to learn that it took 300 people to build the castle over 3 years. We…

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A Frosty Morning in Early Start

One morning this week the Early Start children experienced the wonder of frost. (We had the opportunity to be the first class out on the undisturbed playground on Wednesday.) What a terrific science class we had as a result. The first question was “Why is there snow all over the mirror?” We then discovered it…

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Welcome to Early Start Dana

Hello! My name is Dana Friedrichsen, and I am the new support staff at Children’s Garden School. I was born and raised in Leaside and know what a wonderful community it is for families. From an early age, I enjoyed helping younger children; through my experiences doing so I knew that education was a field…

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Halloween Fun in Early Start

The past couple of weeks the Early starts have been busy getting ready for Halloween. The children are loving all of the Halloween songs we’ve been singing (“five little pumpkins” in particular is a big hit) and have worked hard on some Halloween crafts. We encourage everyone to come see our Halloween board outside the…

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