Alerces opened its doors September 2007 in Saskatoon, as the dream of Bati McComas and Maru Aguirre. Bati (from Argentina) and Maru (from Colombia) joined forces to open the first Spanish Immersion Preschool in Saskatchewan, to overwhelming success.
The idea of “Alerces” was born from Bati & Maru's passion to bring to the Saskatoon community the first Spanish Immersion program for children, using a completely new and unique approach.
Focused in the learning of Spanish, contributes to the consolidation of our Canadian Mosaic culture.
The Alerces name belongs to a wonderful tree, whose remaining forests grow in Chile and Argentina; it is an example of nobility, longevity and durability.
These traits are part of what your children will develop at Alerces, a set of valuable experiences and knowledge that will stay in their lives forever.
Why Reggio Emilia Inspired?
Our program is based on the Reggio Emilia approach to education (we are permanently learning through, observation of children’s work and needs) combined with a variety of Spanish methodologies to provide the best learning experience for each student.
We recognize that each child has a personal and unique learning approach, and we are beside them ready to help, guide, encourage and provoke, and provide motivation to challenge their processes.
At Alerces, teachers and parents become children’s co-learners.
We blend the latest early learning studies, the constructivist, social constructivist, and systems thinking theories of Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner, Hawkins, Gardner, Malaguzzi, Rinaldi, Ferreiro; the implementation of Play and Exploration Early Learning Program Guide of Saskatchewan, ECERS-R and The New Saskatchewan Curriculum with inquiry approach.