What to teach a child can be puzzling – our innovative curriculum has all of the pieces.
Our carefully planned programs are lead by trained instructors and are designed to help develop your child’s social, emotional, fine motor, gross motor and cognitive skills.
Explore the Pieces that Make Up the Tiny Hoppers Curriculum:
At Tiny Hoppers we are a big family. Children are asked to take ownership in the school and classroom. They will help in setting the table for lunch, cleaning up, watering plants, folding cloths and towels and will participate in all aspects of the daily, classroom routine. This not only helps children become self-sufficient, but helps them to feel like they are an important part of the classroom family. We also create a family environment during our meal times that are served family style. Teachers sit down to eat with the children and everyone helps to serve each other and clean up. Children are encouraged to help themselves and others as much as possible and engage in social conversations with their friends. At Tiny Hoppers we want both parents and children to feel welcome in our Tiny Hoppers family and all family members are always welcome to come in and participate in our classroom. Parents are also given a glimpse into their child’s day on our private Facebook pages where they can pop in, during their work day, to view photos of their child at play and see what they are up to that day.
Tiny Hoppers educators are trained in play based learning. They take careful observations of the children at play to take note of each child’s individual needs and interests. They capitalize on these interests by building off of the children’s play and providing them with the equipment and supplies needed to support their exploration while asking questions to guide children in play expansion and comprehension. Teachers then use these observations to set up their classroom with activities and materials that will support the learning needs of each individual child but will also reflect the particular interests of the children in their classroom. By setting up a classroom filled with open ended materials and activities that are based on children’s interests, teachers foster and encourage exploration and experimentation.
Tiny Hoppers has created a number of daily routines that promote literacy and language development in a fun, exciting and hands on way. As children arrive each morning they are guided through daily passwords, attendance cards, and sign in centres. These activities are fun and are a quick way to ensure that children get daily practice in sight word, letter and name recognition and daily practice in printing their name. Other literacy activities include our daily message and a Friday visit from the Alphaburglar. Literacy centres are a key component of the Tiny Hoppers curriculum with fun, hands on activities as well as weekly writing centres, storytelling baskets and writing experiences and materials that are integrated into all areas of the learning environment. Construction workers will be drawing up plans and blueprints in the construction area, while scientists are recording observations at the science table, and waiters and waitresses will be creating menus and taking down orders in our dramatic play centre restaurant. By incorporating writing experiences and opportunities into all aspects of play, children are fully emerged in literacy learning throughout their day at Tiny Hoppers.
Tiny Hoppers works to create an all-inclusive classroom where all cultures, religions and ethnicities are not only welcomed but are celebrated. Parents, grandparents and family members are always welcome in our Tiny Hoppers’ classrooms and are encouraged to come in and share crafts, discussions, projects and stories from their own families while our dolls, books and equipment are chosen so that they represent all ethnicities that are included in our classrooms. Tiny Hoppers activities also focus on learning about the world and helping others and staff and children are often included in many projects that are focused on charity, friendship and inclusion.
Tiny Hoppers incorporates numeracy activities into all areas of play. Activities are carefully planned so that they are fun, play based and hands on. This ensures that children are interested in exploring the centres and activities and are fully engaged in the learning experience. Activities cover all areas of math learning including number recognition, graphing, patterning, printing numbers, counting, learning shapes, matching, ordering, measurement and one to one correspondence. In addition to carefully planned activities children also have access to a wide variety of open ended math tools and equipment that they can incorporate in their daily play, experimentation and exploration.
At Tiny Hoppers we encourage daily exploration, experimentation, formation of hypothesises and asking questions. We create science areas with changing equipment that are chosen to tweak the interests of the children and encourage them to explore and learn. Activities are based on children’s interests and questions that they have asked throughout their day at Tiny Hoppers. In addition, fun, hands-on experiments are presented each week. These weekly Science experiments are a favourite among the children and they are always excited to see what activity is coming next. Making volcanoes, learning about germs with a germ explosion, mixing up some sticky slime, or creating a hover craft are among many of our fun activities. Our technology areas also have a variety of changing equipment as children learn how to use lap top computers, audio systems, gaming devices, and robotic devices. They will have the opportunity to take things apart and really get to the heart of how things work.
Tiny Hoppers places a huge focus on the arts. Children engage in many visual arts projects and are constantly exposed to a variety of different mediums that they may explore. Children will be able to experiment with painting, colouring, collage, sculpting, stamping and drawing. They will also have fun participating in some unusual art projects like finger painting with shaving cream and painting with baby bottles, yarn, ice, salad spinners, fly swatters, party blowers and other fun equipment. The process is the focus of our activities and children are encouraged to explore materials and create their own masterpieces!
At Tiny Hoppers we provide classroom sets of drums, maracas, tambourines, rhythm scarves, parachutes, ribbon wands, balls and a wide variety of music and movement equipment. This equipment is used during our circle time activities to get children up and moving to the rhythm. The hands on equipment make circle time a super fun time as children learn to move to the beat and play along with instruments to the rhythm of the music. Our music and movement activities are so popular that we are always asked to visit other centres and locations with our equipment to perform music and movement workshops with thousands of children every year.
Our adorable dramatic play centres are a favourite among the children at Tiny Hoppers. We ask the children what they would like to turn these areas into and, with their help, we transform these areas into beauty parlors, restaurants, ice cream shops, grocery stores, bee hives, castles, pirate ships, post offices and a variety of other dramatic play areas. We provide wonderful props for the children so that they may enter these centres and work with other children in all sorts of make believe play. Children also have access to beautiful puppet theaters and a variety of multicultural puppets and animal puppets that they may use in their performances. Dramatic play is also a huge component of our literacy program as children work together to act out stories we are working on and short plays during circle time.
So much learning occurs as children engage in constructing and building a variety of structures. At Tiny Hoppers we provide children with tons of open ended building equipment that they can use during their play. Equipment includes blocks, Legos, Mega Blocks, Gears, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, and many connecting sets. All can be combined to create some magnificent building projects. Teachers also provide other materials as requested by the children like boxes, boards, stones, sticks and tubes. Everything is available to promote some serious building play!
The Tiny Hoppers sensory area is a great place to get messy and experiment with all kinds of materials. The items that go into our sensory bin are based on the observations teachers make of what is of interest to the children. Children are thrilled to be able to explore goop, slime, sand, water, shaving cream, bubbles and other wonderful messy materials. This area is also used to create sensory worlds that are of interest to the children including ponds, treasure hunts, under the sea landscapes, dinosaur digs, and farm lands. We also take many projects outside where we are free to make a great, big, glorious mess!
At Tiny Hoppers we have one of the largest collections of gross motor equipment for the children to use. Children have opportunities to play on and in climbers and tunnels while enjoying games and activities using bean bags, hula hoops, parachutes, rhythm wands, rhythm scarves, balls bubbles, and float balls. Children will practice daily skills such as balancing, jumping, throwing, catching, climbing, sliding, running, skipping and jumping, and dancing. They will not only be engaged in gross motor activities inside but will enjoy running and exploring in our fun play yards. Tiny Hoppers teachers are trained to not only prepare the indoor environment for the children but to extend their learning into the outdoor play environment by setting up a play yard that is interesting and engaging to children with tons of gross motor equipment, and activities available at all times.
Following routines and moving through transition times can be very difficult and upsetting for young children. At Tiny Hoppers we have developed a way to move children through routines and transitions using musical cues. Teachers sing our signature, Tiny Hoppers songs to signal time to clean up, line up, make a circle, come to circle time, and for lunch. We have discovered that guiding children through music is a fun way to get children to respond to transitions in a soothing and comforting way. When people visit our Tiny Hoppers’ centres they are blown away by how well the children respond and follow these musical cues and how well organized and calm our Tiny Hoppers classrooms are.
Great research went in to decide how to properly set up the Tiny Hoppers classrooms. Educational areas are broken up and clearly separated so that children can see the division in play areas. Shelves, tables and play equipment are turned and set out in formations that encourage the children to flow from one activity to the next while limiting frustration and opportunities for conflict. Classrooms are broken up into the following play areas, construction, dramatic play, puppet play, reading, table top toys, math and language manipulative, science, technology, sensory and art. Each area is clearly labelled and marked with a poster explaining the types of learning that children engage in in that particular play area. We have filled these areas with a collection of open ended and fun educational toys and equipment that the children can explore. Teachers set up the play environment so that all areas are filled with activities that interest the children. If children want to take out a new toy, project or activity at any given space they are welcome to do so. Using the Tiny Hoppers’ curriculum teachers are constantly adding new activities and projects to this environment that the children may explore.
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