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For over 20 years Ridley Orchard School has committed to quality care and enrichment for the early years. Our pedagogical approach works hand-in-hand Ontario’s Vision for Quality In The Early Years. We view children as competent, capable, curious and rich in potential.  

 

We engage in child initiated, educator supported play based learning building on the recent government initiatives and policy framework of How Does Learning Happen (HDLH) Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years Document (HDLH ) and Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT) guidelines, copies available in the school or online here.

 

Below will help you guide you are which program, length, and days work best for your family. Learn more about our program’s advantage by clicking here. To book a tour today with Sophie, our school’s Director, click here.

Step #1 - Pick Program Period

10 Months – September to June

12 Months – September to August

Step #2 - Pick Program Type & Length
Step #3 - Pick Days & Extras

Flexible Day Options

Extra Options

  • Specialty programs are for all students in the ¾ and full day programs
  • Lunch Program and Extended Hour service.
  • Lunch is included with all full day and 3/4 day programs.

Specialty Programs

(included with all Full and 3/4 day programs)

Musical Instruments including Mystic Drumz

Students participate in music and instruments class. Music encourages the development of motor, auditory and rhythmic skills. Group participation, imaginative expression and building of self-esteem are naturally incorporated into the musical experience.

 

 “Mystic Drumz” is a musical adventure. Students are engaged in music and sounds from around the world. The classes integrate music and movement games, storytelling about ethnic instruments, performances and demonstrations of world music instruments, and hands-on music making.

Royal Ontario Museum EduKit

ROM collections and ROM objects and lesson materials are brought to the school for a hands-on component to student learning. The ROM’s expertise and touchable objects are the foundation of each EduKit experiences unique, engaging, memorable and fun! EduKits cover a variety of topics and are linked to the Ontario curriculum. Each EduKit contains objects (specimens, models, reproductions and/or accessioned artifacts), activity centres for student inquiry, and teacher’s notes for educators.

Dance

Students participate in creative movement and dance class; facilitating and guiding their natural interest in dance improvisation and sequenced character playing all to sound, music and songs in hope of preserving their movement spontaneity for the rest of their life.

Pottery and Sculpting

Students participate in Pottery and Sculpting, challenging their imagination with the endless possibilities for constructing and modeling various materials into unusual and wonderful creations.

Animals including Reptilia and Whimz

Students are introduced to live animals through Reptilia and Whimz Animals

 

“Reptilia” gives young people a look into the wonderful world of nature through the eyes of reptiles and amphibians. The programs focus on the diet, characteristics, and behavior of the reptiles and amphibians and – should they wish to – the students can touch lizards, turtles, crocodiles, and snakes while learning about them and the way they survive in today’s ecology.

 

“Whimz Animals” introduce students to the wonderful world of animals. This includes hands-on interaction with the animals, as well as movement, storytelling, crafts and songs. Students meet 3 to 4 different animals each week. In addition to learning how to hold these animals, the participants will learn about the animals in their natural habitat and in captivity. All activities throughout the class flow from the animals.

Yoga, Gymnastics, Soccer and Karate

Creative, highly active and cooperative skill based multi-sport and exercise program develops children’s gross motor skills, as well as confidence and coordination. The program focuses on having fun, playing games, teamwork and individual development. Using developmentally appropriate methods to introduce, practice and refine gross motor development in;

 

Yoga gives students the opportunity to relax, have fun and increase body awareness. Using a child friendly approach of exercises, students learn how to harness their energy for mind-body connection while gaining self-esteem.

 

The Gymnastics program develops balance, flexibility and coordination. It also encourages self-confidence, motivation and concentration.

 

Karate combines traditional philosophy with modern day techniques. Learning practical martial arts skills can be combined with physical exercise to create a great experience for all ages.

 

Soccer combines training and instruction with the objective of guiding players to attain their maximum potential in the game of soccer. Skill and tactical development and the maximization of game enjoyment are highlighted through a training process that emphasizes fair play, respect, team spirit and enjoyment of the game.

French and Canadian Mosaic

Students participate in conversational French through a hands-on, interactive program that features the use of puppets, stories, and art, physical and role-playing activities.

 

Parents and families are invited to share heritage, cultural events, holidays and celebrations with the students in class.