The core of the program is STEM learning. Everyday, students will engage in Math and Science with a hands-on, practical learning approach. We believe that expectations in the elementary curriculum are “light”. We bolster the curriculum with memorable lessons, exercises and projects that will help them excel to a level of mastery in their grade and beyond because they will understand why they are learning it and where they will apply these skills.
No assignments will be sent home with students. With an 8 hour school day, we have plenty of time to cover topics effectively. Children should be able to enjoy their evenings with their family. We encourage spending time reading together or discussing the school day. Projects will be completed at Brick Labs with the assistance of our instructors. Collaborative projects will be featured in regular “expos” through the year for parents to come in and see what their children have created and are capable of doing. Major expos this past year included: Canada, Future City, Robotics, Space, Art, Financial Literacy and Innovation Engineering.
Each month, we feature a different sport for our students to learn and play. They are acquainted with the general rules and aim of the game; we practice basic skills; and then engage in pickup games. This year our sports program has included soccer, baseball, football, ball hockey and more. Sport is run during one period of our outdoor sessions daily.
We are lucky to be located in an area surrounded by parks, playgrounds and walking trails. On-site, we have a small field dubbed “the science field”. Adjacent to our property is the Leaside Spur Trail/Don Mills Trail which leads to Bond Park, Duncairn Park, Talwood Park and beyond. Just across the street from us is Southwell Park and playground. We take full advantage of these fantastic, natural areas for activities, exploration and sport.
We believe creativity is already a part of STEM as a learned and applied element. In everything we do, we encourage our students to be creative, and we give them plenty of opportunity to be expressive in a variety of artistic forms.
No, because that would leave too much of your child's potential on the table. Children are capable of so much more when given the opportunity in a joyful, experiential environment. "Regular" school is not capable of adapting to the individual needs and interests of each student. With a maximum of 6 students per teacher, we can take your child along a learning path that they help choose.