The discipline of Early Childhood Education has a rich history with many practices and principles to choose from, and it can often be overwhelming for caregivers to select the best fit for their children.
This is one of the ways that the new Alberta Curriculum Framework is helping to align early childhood education.
By combining the most effective philosophies from Te Whāriki, Reggio Emilia, Maria Montessori, and other traditional pedagogies, the framework ensures that Albertan children will learn the best from the world and for the world. It is in bringing the world to our children, through music, story, touch, taste, sight, smell, relationships, and experiences, that our children will in turn bring their best to the world, so we strive to co-create, with all our students, families, and community members, a classroom that is diverse, equitable, democratic and responsible. On top of this it is also a vivacious, fun, and nurturing space that celebrates a joy of learning.
Beyond implementing the new curriculum framework, Rhyme and Reason also strives to create an environment that uses best practice recommendations from neuroscience and psychobiology. Children learn best when they experience a healthy baseline, so we carefully attend to the physical and mental health of each of our students to allow them to reach their full potential in the classroom.
It is important that caregivers, teachers, and our children are all on the same page and the same team in the education process. Rhyme and Reason keeps a digital archive for each student, with stories, pictures, video, and audio elements to track and preserve each learning journey. Every family will have private and secure access to their child’s archive, which will be updated weekly with artefacts of learning. Multiple lines and methods of communication between caregivers and teachers will be fostered throughout the year to keep us connected.
Rhyme and Reason offers a teacher-student ratio of 1:8 to ensure that every child receives the nurturing and responsive care they deserve.
Our Educators are highly-qualified and extremely passionate, with years of experience in a wide variety of classrooms, teaching methodologies, program structures, and continuing training.
We offer ten sessions a week, and families can choose either morning or afternoon sessions for 1,2,3,4, or 5 days a week. We do not split our classroom into traditional age cohorts, instead using iso-principle to gauge where our students' energy levels are and stream them through the 'energetic start to the day' or the' calm start to the day' (this is assessed on a daily basis so children get to experience a variety of cohort combinations). Parent Volunteers are scheduled on a regular basis to join in and witness the learning that takes place in our classroom. Special Guests and Partner Organizations also join us regularly for enhanced learning opportunities. We want the world to be our classroom, so in our brief hours in our indoor learning centre, we will bring the world to us.