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Academics

At Hillcrest, we strive to develop a solid foundation for all our children, providing an evolving journey that prepares children for next steps.

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Our Approach

Through creative play and exploration, program objectives are reinforced, and students develop a love of learning, as well as a sense of responsibility and independence. We achieve this through a balanced program where young students are provided with opportunities for individual differences within a carefully structured learning environment.

The whole child is considered, including social, emotional, intellectual and physical development, with constant attention to safety and well-being. Children learn about themselves and the world around them, while developing positive self-esteem and self-confidence. They are encouraged to be self-motivated and self-disciplined while learning to respect themselves and those around them. These positive attributes are all taught and developed within the framework of understanding Jewish Heritage.

Core Curriculum

Playground

Our extensive play area offers a wide variety of equipment to encourage physical activity and imagination, as they play on the pirate ship, build castles in our covered sand box, climb the spider net and explore challenging play structures.

Sensory & Cognitive

Sensory play is important in helping children explore their environment while developing social skills through sharing and co-operation. Cognitive skills are developed including classifying, size discrimination, sequencing, colour and number concepts.

Creative

Through creative art activities, the children can enhance creativity and imagination, develop aesthetic awareness and a sense of pride and accomplishment, and explore a variety of creative materials.

Jolly Phonics & Handwriting without Tears

Offered to all kindergarten students, we teach a step-by-step approach to reading and writing. Our goal is to enhance the students’ phonetic understanding of letter and sound formation. Unique materials and workbooks are used to encourage correct letter formation and spacing while eliminating common letter and number reversals.

Smart Boards

An interactive medium for the children to experiment with and learn new concepts. Through the smartboard we develop interactive, hands-on lessons for the children to gain a sense of accomplishment when working on new activities.

Extra Curricular

Music

Children participate in music three times a week, encouraging them to develop motor, auditory and rhythmic skills. Group participation, imaginative expression and building self-esteem are naturally incorporated into the musical experience.

Sports

A weekly, non-competitive sports program helps to develop gross motor skills, as well as confidence, coordination and team spirit. Sports introduced include basketball, soccer, hockey and baseball.

French

All students are introduced to the basics of conversational French through a hands-on, interactive program that features the use of puppets, stories and role-playing activities.

Mixed Media Art

Nursery and Kindergarten children are introduced to the works of famous artists and are given the opportunity to create their own masterpieces using a wide variety of media.

Yoga and Movement

This program is for all students. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation and inner fulfillment, they can navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that is non-competitive. Fostering cooperation and compassion, instead of opposition, is a great gift to give our children.

Hebrew

All students are introduced to the basics of conversational Hebrew and vocabulary based on seasonal and Jewish holidays through an interactive program that incorporates puppets, felt-board storytelling, and hands-on activities.

Cooking

Cooking can help young children learn and practice some basic math concepts and build language skills. The experience of cooking/baking snacks within the classroom setting can help build their self-confidence and lay the foundation for healthy eating habits.

Pottery

The sensory experiences the children encounter in our Pottery program are numerous as they experience the texture and feel of the clay. From theme-based creations, to those created out of pure imagination, the children are always excited to take home their finished product!

Drama

Our Imagination Station is a room filled with props, costumes, and sensory toys, where the students spend time role-playing, dressing up, expressing themselves, and enhancing their motor skills and self-esteem along the way.