The Oakville Academy School for the Arts program is an award-winning play-based program designed with the child’s natural developmental stages in mind. The class focuses on creative self-expression, sensory awareness, problem solving, refining motor skills, honing emerging pro-social communication abilities, building a foundation for future academic skills and cultivating each child’s imagination and unique perspective of the world around him or her. This enriched program is designed for children who will be 3 years of age no later than December 31st of each school year. Our Preschool experience provides the perfect learning introduction to our progressive and award-winning Junior and Senior Kindergarten programs. Preschool students may participate in the Tuesday/Thursday stream, the Monday, Wedneday, Friday stream or Monday through Friday.
The Preschool Program is focused on integrating the arts with all other curriculum areas. Our arts specialists and early childhood classroom teachers are dedicated to providing a gentle and safe learning environment wherein the development of language, math, science, social emotional and arts skills are fostered in a developmentally appropriate, play-based fashion.
Young children naturally delight in the arts. Our program provides each child with the opportunity to experiment with a variety of artistic media, participate in exciting music experiences, learn age-appropriate dance techniques and consistently find avenues for meaningful self-expression. Through these opportunities, young children feel free to express their individual ideas and feelings while mastering a sense of autonomy and initiative.
The early childhood years are critical years for venturing, exploring, playing and creating without fear of failure. These are also critical years for testing ideas, learning to learn, problem-solving, developing trust and building positive relationships with peers. Our program provides the optimum environment and curriculum in order to develop emerging skills during these particularly sensitive and critical periods in a child’s life.