At KOLTS, we base our program on the well-accepted principal of early education that children learn about the world around them through play. We define children’s play as active involvement with other children, adults, the environment and materials. In addition, we feel that high quality play involves the whole child: gross motor, fine motor, senses, emotion, intellect, individual growth, and social interaction with peers and adults.
We believe that children, from infancy on, are natural researchers who are curious, competent, capable, and creative: that they question what they see, hypothesize solutions, predict outcomes, experiment, and reflect on their discoveries as they seek to understand their world. It is the role of the KOLTS program to join them on their journeys and to support their learning and development. In support of the development of self-regulation skills (the ability to control one’s own behavior, emotions or thoughts and to change behavior depending on the situation), children’s learning is reinforced by sharing their thinking with other children and with adults.
The KOLTS program is guided by the principles in the Ministry of Education’s document How Does Learning Happen? More details can be found at: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/child care/HowLearningHappens.pdf
Staff members at KOLTS design the classroom environments (both indoors and outdoors) to inspire children’s desire to use their natural curiosity to explore the world around them, engage with others, and build meaningful relationships. We value and celebrate the uniqueness of each child and the partnerships we share with families. We work together to provide a place where children, families and educators can grow while learning together.