Programs

The Carstairs Playschool welcomes children who are 3 years of age by December 31st of the year they wish to attend. The 3 year old class consists of a maximum of 15 children. Children must be toilet trained completely before they can attend.

Click a class below to view the approximate schedule of a typical day for your 3 year old (exact times may vary slightly)

3 Year Old Classes: Monday/Wednesday:

8:45AM – 11:15AM

8:45am – 9:30am

Welcome Students! – Mrs. Coutts will be greeting the students in the boot room where she will take attendance as the children enter the classroom. Parents are encouraged to say their goodbyes before the children enter the classroom. Mrs. Gerle will be in the classroom space where she will guide the children to their cubbies to put on their indoor shoes. This is to help develop the child’s independence and sense of routine.

Free Play – Children love free play, which is more than just play. Allowing them to play freely allows them to use their imagination. They organize themselves in targeted play, solve problems and self regulate.

9:00am – 9:45am

Welcome Song

Structured Centres – The children will be divided into groups and assigned to a center. There will be three centres, which will change monthly, and each group will spend five minutes at each location. Each centre will be fun, interactive and focus on fine motor skills, writing, cutting, coloring, letters, etc.

Here are some examples:

Today’s Theme Table (fine motor skills using colors, numbers and shapes based on the theme)

Sensory Center (helps them explore their environment)

Name Writing Center (using the Writing Without Tears Program)

9:45am – 10:00am

Gym Time – We encourage healthy, active living. Providing the children time to run around, skip or bounce balls does this, along with improving hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills.

Obsticale Course - Closer to the middle of the year, the children willparticipate in an obsticle course which focuses on Gross Motor Skills. They will be jumping, climbing, crawling, hopping with both feet. These movements develop hand-eye coordination and correct posture.

10:00am – 10:25am

Music - The class will head to the circle for music, which could include singing, dancing, and/or playing musical intruments. Studies prove that music and especially rhyming are key to developing early literacy in children, plus they love it.

Hand Washing – Mrs. Gerle and Mrs. Coutts will work with the children to ensure proper hand washing techniques.

Snack Time – Approx. 20 minutes will be given for snack time. Please ensure you are providing a small healthy snack that can be eaten in that amount of time.

10:25am – 10:40am

Book Nook – As the children finish snack, they will be encouraged to settle in the book nook while waiting for the others to finish. Each month, the library of books is rotated out and new ones are added for the children to enjoy.

Rest and Digest using Yogarilla - Yogarilla is a wonderful fun program utilizing yoga movements and activities designed for ages three and up. This helps the children settle their bodies and brain, readying them for learning.

10:40am – 11:05am

Story Time - Story time could include various books. It could be interactive stories, felt book stories or regular stories. Mrs. Gerle will ask the children questions as they navigate through the story. "What do you this will happen next?" or "How do you think the character feels?" These types of questions develop predictability and help the children become aware of feelings.

Free Play – Children love free play, which is more than just play. Allowing them to play freely allows them to use their imagination. They organize themselves in targeted play, solve problems and self regulate.

Playdough Table – Playdough will be out each day and has many benefits. It helps strengthen fingers, works on dexterity, and fine motor skills.

Craft Time – Through out Free Play time, Mrs. Gerle and Mrs. Coutts will pull a handful of children at a time to the craft table, where they will do a craft pertaining to the day’s theme. Doing the craft in smaller groups gives Mrs. Gerle the opportunity to closely work with the children. This gives her the ability to see how the children are developing their fine motor skills. Is the child grasping the pencil properly or “fisting” the crayon? Are they struggling with cutting? Can they follow multiple instructions? Mrs. Gerle will use this time to help develop those skills with the child or adjust the craft accordingly.

Question of The Day – A question will be asked relevant to the current theme, for example the question may be “Do you have any pets at home?”, “What is your pets name?” Every child gets the opportunity to answer.

11:05am – 11:15am

Show and Share – A calendar will be sent out monthly with the Show and Share schedule. Show and Share items will go in the “Show and Share” bin at the beginning of each class. Children are asked not to bring more than one or two items.
Please do not send toys if it is not your show and share day. This causes disruption in the classroom. The calendar can also be found on our Facebook page and website.

End of the Day – Back at the circle the children will sing the goodbye song. Crafts will be handed out, show and share items returned, and shoes will be returned to the cubbies.

Welcome Parents – Mrs. Coutts will open the door and invite parents into the classroom. Mrs. Gerle will be available to answer any questions. Mrs. Coutts will be at the door marking off the children as they leave on the attendance sheet. Please ensure Mrs. Coutts has your child marked off before exiting.

Please note these times will vary! This is only meant to give you a general idea of how your child spends their time with us. There will also be special guests and field trips through out the year.

3/4 Year Old Split Afternoon Class: Monday/Wednesday

12:30PM – 3:30PM

The 3/4 split class will follow the class outline of the four year old program, however, the three year old children will be provided with age appropraite resources.

Welcome Students! – Mrs. Coutts will be greeting the students in the boot room where she will take attendance as the children enter the classroom. Parents are encouraged to say their goodbyes before the children enter the classroom. Mrs. Gerle will be in the classroom space where she will guide the children to their cubbies to put on their indoor shoes. This is to help develop the child’s independence and sense of routine.

Obstacle Course – Once shoes are on, the children will participate in an Obstacle course which focuses on Gross Motor Skills. They will be jumping, climbing, crawling, hopping with both feet. These movements develop hand-eye coordination and correct posture.

Park - On those nice sunny days, Mrs. Gerle may opt to take the children to the park rather than the obsticle course. We always looks for ways to encourage healthy, active living.

12:45pm-1:00pm

Clean Up Obstacle Course

Circle Time

Welcome Song

Question of the Day – A question will be asked relevant to the current theme, for example the question may be “Do you have any pets at home?”, “What is your pets name?” Every child gets the opportunity to answer.

Weather – Each day the one student tells the class what the weather is like on that day by completing the weather chart.

Visual Recognition – Mrs. Gere will show and discuss an item with the children. Items will vary; it could be stop sign, Canadian Flag, a symbol, color, or shape. In mid-October, the children will be shown a “letter of the day”.

Assign children to their designated centers

1:00pm-1:30pm

Structured Centres – The children will be divided into groups and assigned to a center. There will be five centres, which will change monthly, and each group will spend five minutes at each location. This duplicates the corresponding centre activities found in the current kindergarten program. Each centre will be fun, interactive and focus on fine motor skills, writing, cutting, coloring, letters, etc.

Here are some examples:

Today’s Theme Table (fine motor skills, writing, cut outs, coloring, different activities based on the theme)

Puzzle Center (fine motor skills, problem solving)

Sensory Center (helps them explore their environment)

Board Games Center (helps develop critical thinking and social skills, such as communication, sharing, taking turns)

Name Writing Center (using the Writing without Tears Program)

1:30pm-1:45pm

Organize (clean up Structured Centres)

Music – The class will head back to the circle for music which could include singing, dancing and/or playing musical instruments. Studies prove that music and especially rhyming are key to developing early literacy in children, plus they love it.

1:45pm-2:05pm

Hand Washing – Mrs. Gerle and Mrs. Coutts will work with the children to ensure proper hand washing techniques.

Snack Time – Approx. 20 minutes will be given for snack time. Please ensure you are providing a small healthy snack that can be eaten in that amount of time.

2:05pm-2:10pm

Quiet Circle Time – As the children finish up from snack they will be asked to head back to the circle to look at books until all the children are finished.

Rest and Digest using Yogarilla – Yogarilla is a wonderful fun program utilizing yoga movements and activities designed for ages three and up. This helps the children settle their bodies and brain, readying them for learning.

Gym Time - Each week, the children will alternate between yoga and gym time. During gym the children will be encouraged to run, play games, bounce balls or shoot hoops.

2:10pm-2:20pm

Story Time – Story time could include various books. It could be interactive stories, felt book stories or regular stories. Mrs. Gerle will ask the children questions as they navigate through the story. “What do you think will happen next?” or “How do you think the character feels?” These types of questions develop predictability and help the children become aware of feelings.

2:20pm-3:20pm

Free Play – Children love free play, which is more than just play. Allowing them to play freely allows them to use their imagination. They organize themselves in targeted play, solve problems and self regulate.

Playdough Table – Playdough will be out each day and has many benefits. It helps strengthen fingers, works on dexterity, and fine motor skills.

Craft Time – Through out Free Play time, Mrs. Gerle and Mrs. Coutts will pull a handful of children at a time to the craft table, where they will do a craft pertaining to the day’s theme. Doing the craft in smaller groups gives Mrs. Gerle the opportunity to closely work with the children. This gives her the ability to see how the children are developing their fine motor skills. Is the child grasping the pencil properly or “fisting” the crayon? Are they struggling with cutting? Can they follow multiple instructions? Mrs. Gerle will use this time to help develop those skills with the child or adjust the craft accordingly.

Park or Gym Time – Weather Permitting of course.

3:20pm-3:30pm

Show and Share – A calendar will be sent out monthly with the Show and Share schedule. Show and Share items will go in the “Show and Share” bin at the beginning of each class. Children are asked not to bring more than one or two items. Please do not send toys if it is not your show and share day. This causes disruption in the classroom. The calendar can also be found on our Facebook page and website.

End of the Day – Back at the circle the children will sing the goodbye song. Crafts will be handed out, show and share items returned, and shoes will be returned to the cubbies.

Welcome Parents – Mrs. Coutts will open the door and invite parents into the classroom. Mrs. Gerle will be available to answer any questions. Mrs. Coutts will be at the door marking off the children as they leave on the attendance sheet. Please ensure Mrs. Coutts has your child marked off before exiting.

Please note these times will vary! This is only meant to give you a general idea of how your child spends their time with us. There will also be special guests and field trips through out the year.

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The 4 year class consists of a maximum of 22 Children. Children can attend even if they have not attended the 3 year old class. Children must be toilet trained completely before they can attend.

Click a class below to view the approximate schedule of a typical day for your 4 year old (exact times may vary slightly)

4 Year Old Morning Classes: Tuesday/Thursday:

8:30AM – 11:30AM

8:30am – 8:45am

Welcome Students! – Mrs. Coutts will be greeting the students in the boot room where she will take attendance as the children enter the classroom. Parents are encouraged to say their goodbyes before the children enter the classroom. Mrs. Gerle will be in the classroom space where she will guide the children to their cubbies to put on their indoor shoes. This is to help develop the child’s independence and sense of routine.

Obstacle Course – Once shoes are on, the children will participate in an Obstacle course which focuses on Gross Motor Skills. They will be jumping, climbing, crawling, hopping with both feet. These movements develop hand-eye coordination and correct posture.

Park - On those nice sunny days, Mrs. Gerle may opt to take the children to the park rather than the obsticle course. We always look for ways to encourage healthy, active living.

8:45am – 9:00am

Clean Up Obstacle Course

Circle Time

Welcome Song

Question of the Day – A question will be asked relevant to the current theme, for example the question may be “Do you have any pets at home?”, “What is your pets name?” Every child gets the opportunity to answer.

Weather – Each day the one student tells the class what the weather is like on that day by completing the weather chart.

Visual Recognition – Mrs. Gere will show and discuss an item with the children. Items will vary; it could be stop sign, Canadian Flag, a symbol, color, or shape. In mid-October, the children will be shown a “letter of the day”.

Assign children to their designated centers

9:00am – 9:30am

Structured Centres – The children will be divided into groups and assigned to a center. There will be five centres, which will change monthly, and each group will spend five minutes at each location. This duplicates the corresponding centre activities found in the current kindergarten program. Each centre will be fun, interactive and focus on fine motor skills, writing, cutting, coloring, letters, etc.

Here are some examples:

Today’s Theme Table (fine motor skills, writing, cut outs, coloring, different activities based on the theme)

Puzzle Center (fine motor skills, problem solving)

Sensory Center (helps them explore their environment)

Board Games Center (helps develop critical thinking and social skills, such as communication, sharing, taking turns)

Name Writing Center (using the Writing without Tears Program)

9:30am – 9:45am

Organize (clean up Structured Centres)

Music – The class will head back to the circle for music which could include singing, dancing and/or playing musical instruments. Studies prove that music and especially rhyming are key to developing early literacy in children, plus they love it.

9:45am – 10:05am

Hand Washing – Mrs. Gerle and Mrs. Coutts will work with the children to ensure proper hand washing techniques.

Snack Time – Approx. 20 minutes will be given for snack time. Please ensure you are providing a small healthy snack that can be eaten in that amount of time.

10:05am – 10:10am

Quiet Circle Time – As the children finish up from snack they will be asked to head back to the circle to look at books until all the children are finished.

Rest and Digest using Yogarilla – Yogarilla is a wonderful fun program utilizing yoga movements and activities designed for ages three and up. This helps the children settle their bodies and brain, readying them for learning.

Gym Time - Each week, the children will alternate between yoga and gym time. During gym the children will be encouraged to run, play games, bounce balls or shoot hoops.

10:10am – 10:20am

Story Time – Story time could include various books. It could be interactive stories, felt book stories or regular stories. Mrs. Gerle will ask the children questions as they navigate through the story. “What do you think will happen next?” or “How do you think the character feels?” These types of questions develop predictability and help the children become aware of feelings.

10:20am – 11:20am

Free Play – Children love free play, which is more than just play. Allowing them to play freely allows them to use their imagination. They organize themselves in targeted play, solve problems and self regulate.

Playdough Table – Playdough will be out each day and has many benefits. It helps strengthen fingers, works on dexterity, and fine motor skills.

Craft Time – Through out Free Play time, Mrs. Gerle and Mrs. Coutts will pull a handful of children at a time to the craft table, where they will do a craft pertaining to the day’s theme. Doing the craft in smaller groups gives Mrs. Gerle the opportunity to closely work with the children. This gives her the ability to see how the children are developing their fine motor skills. Is the child grasping the pencil properly or “fisting” the crayon? Are they struggling with cutting? Can they follow multiple instructions? Mrs. Gerle will use this time to help develop those skills with the child or adjust the craft accordingly.

Park or Gym Time – Weather Permitting of course.

11:20am – 11:30am

Show and Share – A calendar will be sent out monthly with the Show and Share schedule. Show and Share items will go in the “Show and Share” bin at the beginning of each class. Children are asked not to bring more than one or two items. Please do not send toys if it is not your show and share day. This causes disruption in the classroom. The calendar can also be found on our Facebook page and website.

End of the Day – Back at the circle the children will sing the goodbye song. Crafts will be handed out, show and share items returned, and shoes will be returned to the cubbies.

Welcome Parents – Mrs. Coutts will open the door and invite parents into the classroom. Mrs. Gerle will be available to answer any questions. Mrs. Coutts will be at the door marking off the children as they leave on the attendance sheet. Please ensure Mrs. Coutts has your child marked off before exiting.

Please note these times will vary! This is only meant to give you a general idea of how your child spends their time with us. There will also be special guests and field trips through out the year.

3/4 Year Old Split Afternoon Class: Monday/Wednesday or 4 Year Old Afternoon Class Tuesday/Thursday:

12:30PM – 3:30PM

Welcome Students! – Mrs. Coutts will be greeting the students in the boot room where she will take attendance as the children enter the classroom. Parents are encouraged to say their goodbyes before the children enter the classroom. Mrs. Gerle will be in the classroom space where she will guide the children to their cubbies to put on their indoor shoes. This is to help develop the child’s independence and sense of routine.

Obstacle Course – Once shoes are on, the children will participate in an Obstacle course which focuses on Gross Motor Skills. They will be jumping, climbing, crawling, hopping with both feet. These movements develop hand-eye coordination and correct posture.

Park - On those nice sunny days, Mrs. Gerle may opt to take the children to the park rather than the obsticle course. We always looks for ways to encourage healthy, active living.

12:45pm-1:00pm

Clean Up Obstacle Course

Circle Time

Welcome Song

Question of the Day – A question will be asked relevant to the current theme, for example the question may be “Do you have any pets at home?”, “What is your pets name?” Every child gets the opportunity to answer.

Weather – Each day the one student tells the class what the weather is like on that day by completing the weather chart.

Visual Recognition – Mrs. Gere will show and discuss an item with the children. Items will vary; it could be stop sign, Canadian Flag, a symbol, color, or shape. In mid-October, the children will be shown a “letter of the day”.

Assign children to their designated centers

1:00pm-1:30pm

Structured Centres – The children will be divided into groups and assigned to a center. There will be five centres, which will change monthly, and each group will spend five minutes at each location. This duplicates the corresponding centre activities found in the current kindergarten program. Each centre will be fun, interactive and focus on fine motor skills, writing, cutting, coloring, letters, etc.

Here are some examples:

Today’s Theme Table (fine motor skills, writing, cut outs, coloring, different activities based on the theme)

Puzzle Center (fine motor skills, problem solving)

Sensory Center (helps them explore their environment)

Board Games Center (helps develop critical thinking and social skills, such as communication, sharing, taking turns)

Name Writing Center (using the Writing without Tears Program)

1:30pm-1:45pm

Organize (clean up Structured Centres)

Music – The class will head back to the circle for music which could include singing, dancing and/or playing musical instruments. Studies prove that music and especially rhyming are key to developing early literacy in children, plus they love it.

1:45pm-2:05pm

Hand Washing – Mrs. Gerle and Mrs. Coutts will work with the children to ensure proper hand washing techniques.

Snack Time – Approx. 20 minutes will be given for snack time. Please ensure you are providing a small healthy snack that can be eaten in that amount of time.

2:05pm-2:10pm

Quiet Circle Time – As the children finish up from snack they will be asked to head back to the circle to look at books until all the children are finished.

Rest and Digest using Yogarilla – Yogarilla is a wonderful fun program utilizing yoga movements and activities designed for ages three and up. This helps the children settle their bodies and brain, readying them for learning.

Gym Time - Each week, the children will alternate between yoga and gym time. During gym the children will be encouraged to run, play games, bounce balls or shoot hoops.

2:10pm-2:20pm

Story Time – Story time could include various books. It could be interactive stories, felt book stories or regular stories. Mrs. Gerle will ask the children questions as they navigate through the story. “What do you think will happen next?” or “How do you think the character feels?” These types of questions develop predictability and help the children become aware of feelings.

2:20pm-3:20pm

Free Play – Children love free play, which is more than just play. Allowing them to play freely allows them to use their imagination. They organize themselves in targeted play, solve problems and self regulate.

Playdough Table – Playdough will be out each day and has many benefits. It helps strengthen fingers, works on dexterity, and fine motor skills.

Craft Time – Through out Free Play time, Mrs. Gerle and Mrs. Coutts will pull a handful of children at a time to the craft table, where they will do a craft pertaining to the day’s theme. Doing the craft in smaller groups gives Mrs. Gerle the opportunity to closely work with the children. This gives her the ability to see how the children are developing their fine motor skills. Is the child grasping the pencil properly or “fisting” the crayon? Are they struggling with cutting? Can they follow multiple instructions? Mrs. Gerle will use this time to help develop those skills with the child or adjust the craft accordingly.

Park or Gym Time – Weather Permitting of course.

3:20pm-3:30pm

Show and Share – A calendar will be sent out monthly with the Show and Share schedule. Show and Share items will go in the “Show and Share” bin at the beginning of each class. Children are asked not to bring more than one or two items. Please do not send toys if it is not your show and share day. This causes disruption in the classroom. The calendar can also be found on our Facebook page and website.

End of the Day – Back at the circle the children will sing the goodbye song. Crafts will be handed out, show and share items returned, and shoes will be returned to the cubbies.

Welcome Parents – Mrs. Coutts will open the door and invite parents into the classroom. Mrs. Gerle will be available to answer any questions. Mrs. Coutts will be at the door marking off the children as they leave on the attendance sheet. Please ensure Mrs. Coutts has your child marked off before exiting.

Please note these times will vary! This is only meant to give you a general idea of how your child spends their time with us. There will also be special guests and field trips through out the year.