AKIDEMY is founded on the belief that children have an innate desire to explore, play and learn, and are naturally competent and capable learners. We believe children learn best in a community where their ideas and questions are respected, and where children are guided through the process of building meaningful understandings through hands on learning experiences.
We are guided by the Alberta Early Learning Curriculum Framework, which draws inspiration from The Reggio Emilia Approach. This approach is regarded as an innovative approach to Early Childhood Education. It values the child as competent and resilient; full of curiosity and knowledge. Every child brings an innate inquisitiveness that drives their interest to understand the world and their place within it. Educators then work as co-learner, facilitator and collaborator.
We provide a nurturing and stimulating environment in which children's curiosity is respected, creativity valued, and collaborations supported. Our hope is that during their time at AKIDEMY and beyond, children will deepen their love of learning, develop a thoughtful awareness of themselves and others, and have the confidence to pursue their passions.
The children will be exposed to a wide range of meaningful activities through various centers including arts, literacy, dramatic play, gross motor play, fine motor skill development and cognitive development to prepare them for Kindergarten and beyond.
Our emergent curriculum is focused around these prime areas:
Fine motor and prewriting
Creative expression; through mediums such as art and music
Science and discovery
Social and emotional development
Understanding the world and values of cultural identity
Topics of study are determined from children’s discussions, community or family events, as well as the known interests of the children through project work. Projects are in depth studies that continue until the children’s interest is exhausted, they may last one week or many months. Throughout a project, teachers help children make decisions about the direction of study, the ways in which the group will investigate the topic, the medium to be used to demonstrate their learning and make it visible and the selection of materials needed to represent the work.
We include a full range of activities and take account of each child’s individual needs and interests when planning the curriculum. Through ongoing observations and assessments, we monitor each child’s progress.
In order to deliver the highest standard of quality care and education AKIDEMY provides low student to educator ratios and focuses on staff development. All classrooms will be comprised of two Educators with a Provincial Child Development Supervisor Certification and an Educational Assistant with a minimum of a Provincial Child Development Assistant Certification.