Every day at Alerces Spanish Immersion Preschool & Kindergarten the children and teachers spend a lot of time outside exploring nature, gathering natural materials for arts and crafts and letting their curious mind shape the learning journey for the day as they run through magical forest, climb trees that are mountains, build snowmen that are princesses, witches, wizards and dragons. At Alerces we guide our students through play-based learning following the child's lead and incorporate all subjects of math by counting stones for example, literacy by writing words with sticks and leaves and building social skills through cooperative play.
Preschool & Kindergarten Daily Schedule
Full Day Preschool/Kindergarten: Monday - Friday: 8:30am to 3:30pm
Part-time Preschool/Kindergarten: Monday - Friday: 8:30am to 11:30pm
Unlike most preschools in Saskatoon where your child attends for a few hours 2-3 times per week, children attend Alerces every day for a half day or a full-day. In many cases Alerces replaces childcare for parents or reduces childcare needs.
Naps for Preschoolers
Children who need naps will sleep in a quiet space with soothing music and caring staff to comfort them to sleep as needed. Sleeping mats and covering sheet are provided for each child and we recommend that children bring their favourite blanket to make the environment more comfortable and home like.
Parents have the option of placing their children in a half day schedule every morning or in a full day Kindergarten class.
Alerces offers this unique opportunity for full day kindergarten every day which sets them apart from public school kindergarten programs in Saskatoon. Most Saskatoon public and Catholic schools offer alternating full days or half days.
In our full day program students receive twice the amount of learning hours in an academic year than other kindergarten programs and are prepared to enter grade one ready for the expectations and demands of full day learning.
Even if you have a child coming from a daycare program, they can still benefit from one year of full-time kindergarten in a bilingual environment before entering into grade one.
Children eat lunch together every day where they practice life skills like setting the table, unpacking their own lunch, helping to clear the tables and chairs. Alerces encourages parents to pack a healthy, nutritious lunch to aid in their children's learning. Alerces is a nut-free environment and is mindful of children’s allergies and food sensitivities.
Learning Through Music
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” - Plato
Alerces places a strong emphasis on music within their Kindergarten curriculum to promote focus and the development of executive functioning through learning rhythm, tempo and patterns. Alerces incorporates musical instruments as well as objects from nature and the environment around them to create the sounds and rhythms of insects, animals, people, cultural dance and music on a global scale. Children learn to be resourceful by creating musical instruments using elements from nature, recycled material and unusual and open ended materials such as fabric scraps, cardboard tubes, popsicle sticks and more.
Co-founder Bati McComas is a RYT 200hr Yoga for Youth teacher and teaches the children yoga and mindfulness throughout the week. Co-founder Maru Aguirre has studied in the field of Forest Education and guides the children into the magical learning world of outdoor play.