At Alerces we take the classroom outside when the weather permits providing the children with fresh air, exercise and a new environment in which to stimulate their curiosity and foster a love of learning. Playing with blocks improves motor skills, counting, cooperation and creativity.
Spanish Preschool Saskatoon
Preschool: Where the Adventure Begins
Alerces offers the only Spanish bilingual preschool program in Saskatoon. Preschoolers attending Alerces benefit from a rich, learning environment with the combination of both Spanish and English as children learn phonics, math, story telling, music, movement and kindness projects. Embracing the Reggio Emilia approach inspired by the more advanced early learning studies from Malaguzzi, H. Gardner, Stainer, Piaget, Vygotsky, Montessori and others, the teachers at Alerces strive to create an early learning atmosphere where children can engage in activities at their own pace through educational initiatives designed to inspire and nurture creativity. Where some children may feel passionate about art, others may focus on role play or building with unusual materials. Each teacher adapts to the learning needs of the child while creating an inclusive classroom. Parents can feel confident that their children are encouraged to play freely while meeting the benchmarks of early childhood education.
Montessori vs. Reggio Emilia
Parents exploring Montessori school can be confident in considering preschool and kindergarten at Alerces, which follows the Reggio Emilia approach to education. Similarities to Montessori schools include the individualized curriculum, focus on collaboration between students, flexible learning environment and the role of the teacher. Reggio Emilia schools put more emphasis on the arts and learning through play, incorporate technology in the classroom, and are project-based. The Reggio Emilia method prepares students to enter into Saskatchewan public or Catholic education system for primary, secondary and post-secondary studies.
Additional benefits of preschool include small class sizes as each teacher is responsible for an average class size of 10 students. The number of children in each class may vary depending on the age and needs of the students.
If your child will be starting preschool this fall they must be toilet trained and out of diapers. The youngest age we accept is 2.5 years of age, turning 3 years old by the end of January of the school year.
School Environment & Discipline
Alerces provides an inclusive environment for all children to thrive. There are 5 different rooms identified by colour that classes rotate through during the week. A schedule is posted so kids can easily follow and start to become confident with the routine. Each classroom has a different learning focus. Along with the classrooms, there is also a nap room, lunchroom, art area, open gym and plenty of bathrooms. With the understanding that all children are unique, we approach preschool education as a child-directed environment where each child has different learning needs specific to their interests, abilities and neural/physical stages of development.