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Music & Movement
Music is a natural part of life and we believe that exposing children to instruments and different styles of music creates an environment that is not only fun but educational. Music experts say that these experiences forge more pathways between the cells in their brain and can have a big impact on their development. We make use of music daily and in various forms: learning a new song, moving to melodies, exploring new instruments and simply listening to music while painting all contribute to developing a base for musical knowledge.
The biggest impact is when kids actively participate and that’s our favorite part. 

We also have Kindermusik coming to our centre to perform music with all the ages at the daycare. Please check the following link for further information (http://www.notablekids.ca).

Science
Science teaches kids about life 
We believe that a Science Program deserves a dedicated place as an enriched extra-curricular activity when planning for a young child’s complete preschool experience. It uses cognitive skills and promotes creativity. By using the imagination, creativity, testing, experimenting and observing, children get ideas that help them learn basic facts and rules about the world around them. Science is about experimenting – learning by trial and error, not giving up, following steps, and coming up with results. Science uses many math skills, such as estimating, measuring, comparing, organizing and observing. It helps children come up with their own answers and ideas rather than being given to them. In addition to science as part of the curriculum within our classrooms, interactive demonstrations are conducted by specialists from Mad Science, who come in to display introductory experiments. Please visit the following link for further information about Mad Science (http://www.madscience.org/preschool-education-programs.aspx).

Dance
Our Dance Program includes Ballet and Hip-Hop, providing an excellent introduction to the world of dance for our 3-5 program. It helps to stimulate coordination and listening skills, balance, music interpretation, creative movement and motor development. Children will be taken to Vanleena Dance Academy and parents choose if they want their children to participate in Hip-Hop or Ballet. Please check the following link for further information about Vanleena Dance Academy (http://vanleena.com).

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Music
Art
Music is a natural conduit through which young children learn to express themselves, awaken creativity, build self-esteem and enhance future aptitudes in learning areas such as Math and Science.
We make use of music daily and in various forms: learning a new song, moving to melodies, exploring new instruments and simply listening to music while painting all contribute to developing a base for musical knowledge.

Art is important because it encompasses all the developmental domains in child development. Art lends itself to physical development and the enhancement of fine and gross motor skills. It’s an opportunity for children to make a personal statement about their uniqueness through art while allowing them to express happiness, joy, and pride. That is why we make sure to do art projects as much as we can with the kids. Art activities are not only fun but also help with concentration, sensory awareness, self-esteem, and of course creativity. We also see how this can relieve a lot of anxiety in children and help them get over shyness or anger. It’s amazing how many skills are developed and how great their art really is!